ABOUT THE GAME
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and its expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void is the sequel to StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War, the 1998 RTS classic which redefined the genre with 3 unique species to choose from - the highly advanced Protoss, ravenous Zerg and flexible Terran, each with its own strengths and weaknesses, and even more divergent playstyles in StarCraft II. The game is fast-paced and brutal, making it good for quick online matches, and player skill plays a large part in determining the outcome of a battle.
For more information, visit the official StarCraft II community website
- Go to this page
and follow the instructions. Make sure you have a North American account, you can check this by logging into battle.net and viewing your account summary.
- Download and patch the client but be patient, the installation will take some time to complete.
- Start playing!
This is not a game you get for the single-player. It's alright for learning the ropes and game mechanics, but the multi-player is where it really shines. A lot of TBA members play it actively online. The easiest way to get in touch is usually through the forums or instant messaging, as people won't be sitting in-game the whole time, but you can still add people as friends.
To add friends, you must open the 'Friends' menu in the bottom right corner of the main screen once you are logged in. From there, click on 'add friend' and 'add character friend'. This will allow you to add people listed here;Ashington - 215
BluPhoenix - 569
Crabarms - 268
Cipher - 768
Lionsef - 558
DMpsi - 137
DMsev - 591
Sinitron - 600
Gladius - 570
Stuart - 326
LillySatou - 551 (rtil)
(this list will be updated because SOME PEOPLE didn't give me their details yet)
Most people also have Skype, so a skype account is pretty beneficial as voice communication makes things a lot easier, but I won't list those here.
Finally, there's a great deal of online videos, guides and tutorials you can reference to help kickstart you. Day's Newbie Tuesdays, for example, are pretty good, and suggestions can be listed here;Newbie Tuesday #1WHY SHOULD I PLAY STARCRAFT II?
Compared to most current RTS games, StarCraft II is fairly well balanced, it doesn't take as long to finish a battle, and there's a wide array of playstyles available with the same basic mechanics for every race.
For example, the Protoss have the ability to instantly reinforce their position anywhere on the map with basic units provided they have a power field, which can be used by itself or in conjunction with more heavy duty tech. The Terrans can pick and choose from highly mobile infantry, devastating tanks and mechs, as well as a strong air force to complement either. Finally, the Zerg can rapidly produce large numbers of units, and if you stockpile resources and larvae, from which all Zerg units are derived, you can simply get the prerequisites for a unit and start producing it en masse right off the bat, which can be effective both defensively if you see it coming in time, and offensively to rapidly overwhelm the enemy.
The basic mechanics are easy to pick up on, and are shared between the races, but beyond that there's limitless potential and every player can find something that suits them. Due to how the ladder system works, it doesn't matter if you suck balls because you will eventually be facing people of a similar skill level anyway and can work your way up. Pretty much everyone here was awful when they started out and learned everything THE HARD WAY by getting their asses kicked for a while, but that's fine! There's even a special starter league so you can work on strategies and stuff for a while against real players without having to worry about getting bumrushed and dying 2 minutes into the game.I'M STILL AFRAID OF GETTING MY ASS HANDED TO ME!!
If you don't want to be HARDCORE, there's always custom games against computers of any skill level you choose, as well as hundreds of custom game modes developed both by Blizzard and the users thanks to the powerful Galaxy Editor tool which comes with the game. There's everything from custom battles similar to the core game, to remakes of snake and pac-man, and even third-person shooters. DOTA-clones? Word games? Weird crappy party stuff? Everything is there, and if it isn't, somebody is probably making it. If you're up to the task, you can even create your own custom games and scenarios in the Galaxy Editor!