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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Goes On Sale Today

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March 12, 2013 9:21:31 AM

It's finally here!
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March 12, 2013 10:14:09 AM

Mighty expensive for a DLC. I'll skip until the price is a bit more reasonable, say under $10.
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March 12, 2013 10:21:14 AM

ddpruittMighty expensive for a DLC. I'll skip until the price is a bit more reasonable, say under $10.


It's not a DLC... It's an expansion.
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March 12, 2013 10:32:01 AM

how well does this and starcraft 2 play on linux?
using either wine or something else
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March 12, 2013 10:32:26 AM

For an expansion, it is a little pricey, but not too bad. After playing the first one a lot when it came out, I probably will not be buying this. SC2 was fun for a little while, but quickly showed its flaws. Add on some of the draconian, gamer unfriendly moves that Blizzard has made in the past couple of years and I am definitely staying away. The single player campaign in SC2:WOL was boring anyway, so this expansion probably won't be worth $40 even if I did want it.
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March 12, 2013 10:32:57 AM

I'd like to get this considering I enjoyed the campaign experience of Wings of Liberty so much. However, I'm not allowing myself to buy another Activision-Blizzard product until well into its life to determine the quality and reception. Their recent work warrants extra caution.

They really did put enough content into Wings of Liberty to justify being called a full game, it is just a very disappointing design concept to not include campaigns for two of your three races in the first game; to expect your gamers to wait to play a story experience for the other other two in 'expansions.' I disagree with that route.
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March 12, 2013 10:42:42 AM

I know a lot of folks hate Blizzard, but I will be stopping by and buying it tonight. I love the Starcraft franchise and will support it.
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March 12, 2013 10:49:15 AM

$40 dollars, not bad, but for an expansion pack? Is anyone else tired of paying higher prices for games based on the same engines with little tweaks done? Although this one specifically does have a minor price reduction, most games on the market reuse the same engine and offer very little in terms. Especially seeing how slowly mainstream games have been reducing in price.
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March 12, 2013 10:49:16 AM

Blizzard did an amazing job with HotS and I recommend everyone should get it. The campaign was well done, and the multiplayer was done extremely well. Blizzard worked with the community and professional players through a long period of beta testing to bring the best multiplayer experience possible.
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March 12, 2013 10:55:19 AM

catfishtxI know a lot of folks hate Blizzard, but I will be stopping by and buying it tonight. I love the Starcraft franchise and will support it.


I loved the starcraft series. However to play devil's advocate, most of the original members of blizzard have gone away. Although this is a normal experience that the gaming industry will see, you also see that blizzard has been shifting its resources to provide the least amount of work with the highest return (IE: "Copy/Paste" game creation). I'd highly urge others in order to stop allowing themselves be duped into thinking their money is going to quality products when most indie titles have far more re playability.
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March 12, 2013 10:56:50 AM

Chairman RayBlizzard did an amazing job with HotS and I recommend everyone should get it. The campaign was well done, and the multiplayer was done extremely well. Blizzard worked with the community and professional players through a long period of beta testing to bring the best multiplayer experience possible.


Inside info (beta/alpha)? Or just from what they posted on their website? Any changes in specific compared to WOL that may make it more appealing?
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March 12, 2013 11:04:50 AM

Don't remind me I don't get paid till Thursday.
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March 12, 2013 11:18:20 AM

childofthekorn$40 dollars, not bad, but for an expansion pack? Is anyone else tired of paying higher prices for games based on the same engines with little tweaks done? Although this one specifically does have a minor price reduction, most games on the market reuse the same engine and offer very little in terms. Especially seeing how slowly mainstream games have been reducing in price.

It offers quite a bit more than your typical expansion pack, though I agree a lower price tag would've been preferred. For those who preordered it was pretty easy to pick up for $30, a price I find reasonable for the new content.
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March 12, 2013 11:31:04 AM

childofthekornInside info (beta/alpha)? Or just from what they posted on their website? Any changes in specific compared to WOL that may make it more appealing?

There's a long list of significant changes, though I can't speak from experience as I haven't had the chance to play it myself yet. There's a new UI, revamped engine, a slew of new multiplayer features (many of which have come to WOL as well), new units, a new ~30 mission campaign, etc. I've been watching the multiplayer beta evolve for the past couple months, and it's looking really good. It's too bad you won't be giving HOTS a chance (sounds like you didn't even really give WOL a chance), I think you're going to be missing out on a great RTS.
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March 12, 2013 11:31:34 AM

Haven't played through the whole thing yet but so far I'd say it is worth the money. After the D3 disaster, I was a little hesitant to give any money to Activision/Blizzard, but you have to give credit where it is due and they ended up doing a nice job.
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March 12, 2013 11:45:56 AM

samuelsparkIt's not a DLC... It's an expansion.


Semantics. What Blizzard calls an expansion is sold as a DLC for other games (BF, MW, SC2, etc) by companies aren't raping you (yet) for everything you have. Your paying near full price for a couple of levels and 6 extra characters, I buy new games cheaper than that.

I betcha the same people complaining about SimCity, D3, and A:CM buy this and complain. Writings on the wall.

edit: by SC2 I mean Supreme Commander not StarCraft, stupid mistake
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March 12, 2013 11:54:25 AM

Personally, i will wait a bit until impressions from the comunity. I would buy this in a heartbeat because SC2 was really good, but Diablo 3 was a waste of money. Never again.
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March 12, 2013 11:56:23 AM

I'm going to wait until all three are sold in a bundle for $20-$40. It may take 4-10 years, and that is fine.
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March 12, 2013 11:58:28 AM

ddpruittSemantics. What Blizzard calls an expansion is sold as a DLC for other games (BF, MW, SC2, etc) by companies aren't raping you (yet) for everything you have. Your paying near full price for a couple of levels and 6 extra characters, I buy new games cheaper than that. I betcha the same people complaining about SimCity, D3, and A:CM buy this and complain. Writings on the wall.edit: by SC2 I mean Supreme Commander not StarCraft, stupid mistake


You have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about. If you ever played any blizzard RTS expansion, you should know that they are the real game changers. SC:BW and W3:TFT both brought the original game to a new height.
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March 12, 2013 12:19:47 PM

Summon more ziggurats :D 
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March 12, 2013 1:14:09 PM

If Blizzard take the same amount of time with the next expansion we should see it in October 2015. Can't wait.
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March 12, 2013 1:43:50 PM

ddpruittSemantics. What Blizzard calls an expansion is sold as a DLC for other games (BF, MW, SC2, etc) by companies aren't raping you (yet) for everything you have. Your paying near full price for a couple of levels and 6 extra characters, I buy new games cheaper than that. I betcha the same people complaining about SimCity, D3, and A:CM buy this and complain. Writings on the wall.edit: by SC2 I mean Supreme Commander not StarCraft, stupid mistake


From the first few missions alone, I can see that HOTS definitely changes things up and adds enough content to be called an expansion, and is worth the price point. Personally, I'm pleasantly surprised that it is priced at $40, rather than the nowadays $60 standard for new games.

As one of the people who were deeply disappointed in the Diablo 3 debacle, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Heart of the Swarm is not plagued by the same issues, and looks to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 12, 2013 2:10:48 PM

I Already ordered it weeks ago, and been looking forward to it SCII has been great so far.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 12, 2013 2:43:33 PM

Just gotta give my 2 cents...this is not a DLC...afaik you can't buy a physical copy of Downloadable content...

At $40 it is a little pricey, but there were plenty of chances to get it for 10% off and maybe with free shipping. I still think its worth it. I've always loved the campaigns in SC and don't think WoL disappointed. I doubt HotS's campaign will disappoint either. It also has more than "a couple of levels".

This is not the same thing as D3 - SCII never had the same problems. Yea Activision owns Blizzard, but that hasn't gotten in the way of Blizzard making SCII great (yes, the original/BW was better though).
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March 12, 2013 4:25:23 PM

In your face EA! Look at how smooth this launch was... even though I do not have HotS yet :( 
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March 12, 2013 5:07:13 PM

Pre-ordered this 2/23/2012 lol....received it today :) 
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March 12, 2013 5:53:10 PM

News of the day hands down. Thank you for covering it!

I'm loving it :)  Cant wait to play moar!
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March 13, 2013 1:00:57 AM

ddpruitt said:
samuelsparkIt's not a DLC... It's an expansion.


Semantics. What Blizzard calls an expansion is sold as a DLC for other games (BF, MW, SC2, etc) by companies aren't raping you (yet) for everything you have. Your paying near full price for a couple of levels and 6 extra characters,


Your argument is based on the perception that there is less content in HoTS compared to WoL. The campaign is the same length as Wings of Liberty, so you get just as much gameplay with added units and features.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2013 1:26:49 AM

Well, since i did not like sc2 WOL, ill pass on HoTS.
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March 13, 2013 3:00:21 AM

Got it for 26 Euros, thanks Groupon.
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March 13, 2013 5:29:54 AM

It's blizzard, I learned my lesson with Diablo III and SimCity(EA). I will not buy zero day release titles.
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March 13, 2013 6:10:51 AM

classzeroIt's blizzard, I learned my lesson with Diablo III and SimCity(EA). I will not buy zero day release titles.

Expect that HotS is an expansion with already established infrastructure. The only issue there was, was achievements being down for like an hour which slowed my brutal campaign progression just a bit since I didn't wanna replay those few missions to get the completion achievement.
That said, it took me roughly 10 hours of gameplay (on brutal which plays at 150% speed, but it also features heavily upgraded opponents which evens things out).
Cinematics are effing brilliant and there's a competitive and non-competitive multiplayer component with some new and some changed units. Well worth the €30 I paid for it.
If you're interested in getting it for less than on Battle.net, google 'allkeyshop'.
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March 13, 2013 6:51:32 AM

It's not semantics. There is more than enough content for a stand alone game. The artwork is outstanding. They've really raised the bar for themselves. It's quite an accomplishment.
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March 15, 2013 4:59:58 AM

one step closer to protoss expantion :) 
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