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Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm

by Blizzard
Windows 7 / XP / Vista, Mac OS X
 Ages 16 and Over
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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Edition: Standard Edition
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Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC/Mac DVD) + Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Mac/PC DVD-ROM) + Starcraft/Broodwar Expansion Pack (PC DVD)
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Game Information

  • Platform:    Windows 7 / XP / Vista, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Edition: Standard Edition
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  • ASIN: B00A6OP29E
  • Release Date: 12 Mar. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,371 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Edition: Standard Edition

Heart of the Swarm is the first expansion set to the epic sci-fi real-time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Heart of the Swarm continues the story from Wings of Liberty with an all-new campaign that focuses on Kerrigan, the former Queen of Blades.

In the Heart of the Swarm campaign, players will be able to evolve their swarms with unique, campaign-only units and abilities, and this evolution will happen in an organic manner befitting of the expansion's zerg theme. Kerrigan will also play a major role in each of the battles as a powerful hero. Over the course of the campaign, she will grow in strength and earn new abilities, and players will choose which powers to enhance and use from mission to mission.

New multiplayer units and maps will add new dimensions of strategic gameplay, and the expansion will include new features and upgrades to the Battle.net online platform to improve the custom-game experience.

Features:

  • Continues the epic story of StarCraft II from where Wings of Liberty left off.
  • Approximately 20 new campaign missions.
  • New campaign gameplay mechanics, allowing players to evolve new abilities and units for their zerg army.
  • Go into battle with Kerrigan as she tries to restore her strength and regain control of the Swarm.
  • New multiplayer units and maps, expanding strategic choice and gameplay depth for each race.
  • Expanded features and functionality for Battle.net to improve custom-game search, and new tools for map authors to create even more epic custom games.
  • New pre-rendered and in-game cinematics bring the story of Heart of the Swarm to life.

Please Note: Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack and requires Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty to be played.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome!!!!!!! 7 Sept. 2014
Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Took ages to decide if I should buy this add on. So glad I did, it is so good being the Zerg new units and upgrades were very good. If your starcraft 2 installation is up to date you do not need to install the game as it is already part of the starcraft 2 program, all you need is your CD KEY to activate the add on, which is a great idea. The story is great the video sequences are brilliant, for an expansion in my opinion it is worth every penny. Can't wait to the Protoss expansion when its released.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By L. Hubbard TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
HOTS is the second installment of Starcraft II that focuses on the Zerg story as opposed to the Terran story in SCII. Without dwelling on it for too long, the installation of the game seemed a bit strange, with it seeming to install both from the DVD and as a download simultaneously for me. I have read on other forums that for some people, it downloads the game in its entirety and completely bypassed the DVD altogether, which makes you wonder why they didn't just release it as a digit download only. Anyway, regardless of how you get it on to your hard drive, it's certainly worth the wait.

The 1 player Zerg story is every bit as good as the original. In a nutshell, the story begins at the end of SC2 - Sarah Kerrigan aka Queen of Blades has been captured and continues to enjoy wearing her orange Zerg contact lenses from time to time. The woman is also in desperate need of anti-psychotic medication to treat those anger outbursts that usually results in a burst of psychic energy followed by pain and death of those around her. Emperor Minsk is still that evil dude running the show and Jim Raynor continues to look in desperate need of a shower. Needless to say Kerrigan doesn't stay locked up for long, and the game plays out like a Rentokil nightmare as you build and increase the strength of the Zerg swarm. Kerrigan is playable as a "hero" unit that stronger during the game as you upgrade her abilities. In the 1 player missions, she can be "killed" but is quickly respawned from the hatchery so no lasting damage there. In addition, you can improve Zerg units during the course of the game, increasing speed of units, increase health etc. One thing that impressed me is that the graphics looked better, and the game feels smoother, yet the specs required to play the game are the same as SC2.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The dreaded Queen of Blades, the leader of the Zerg, is no more. Sarah Kerrigan has been freed from the Swarm and is now human once again...but consumed by the need to avenge herself on Arcturus Mengsk, Emperor of the Terran Dominion, the man who betrayed her and left her for dead. When Mengsk's troops raid the facility Kerrigan is recuperating in, she finds herself alone and without any allies. Kerrigan needs an army to bring down her enemy and the leaderless Zerg Swarms may be the key to victory, if she can resist becoming part of the Swarm once more.

Heart of the Swarm is the rather tardy second instalment of the StarCraft II series of games, arriving an eyebrow-raising three years after its predecessor, Wings of Liberty. Considering the game uses the exact same engine as its predecessor (some minor upgrades aside) and apparently follows a story arc laid down by the guys at Blizzard almost a decade ago, the reason for the delay initially appears puzzling. The answer, of course, lies in the franchise's multiplayer angle. Blizzard have introduced new units with this expansion and have spent months and months painstakingly testing every iteration of the changes, dumping some new units and bringing in others, to make sure they don't upset the multiplayer balance. Given that StarCraft II's multiplayer scene is worth millions of dollars, this is unsurprising, but it does leave those of us primarily interested in the game's single-player storyline hanging in the wind for quite a long time.

Still, the game is here, and to a certain degree it's StarCraft as normal. You have a base, you collect resources, you build units and you fight the enemy for territory (control of additional resources areas where you can establish secondary bases) and ultimately try to destroy them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good game, but should be better... 10 Dec. 2014
By zadigue
Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Good game, but I would like to have more campaigns. And necessity to contact battle.net server each time you play is frustrating. I like to think that if I purchased a game I can use it when I want without further restrictions. Why honest users must be punished for other people's piracy? Also it needs not more awesome graphics, but awesome gameplay, strategy challenges, longer scenarios etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product; but Key-Only Purchase Better Value 10 July 2014
Edition:Standard Edition|Verified Purchase
Arrived promptly, and in excellent condition.

This is essentially just authorisation information, and takes up approximately 50MB of size on the actual disc, which feels considerably cheaper than the Wings of Liberty set.

As the expansion is downloaded through battle.net, I see no benefits to purchasing the disc above purchasing a licensing key; except where the disc is often cheaper.

The campaign for the game is considerably better than WoL, and enjoys some excellent gameplay modes, which make it considerably more fun.

Multiplayer has become - at least iny opinion - a horribly stale mess, which will hopefully be resolved in short time, but likely won't see improvement before Legacy of the Void.
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