Top 5 Reasons The StarCraft Saga is Awesome!

Maybe you do not really need a list for this. If you have ever played the RTS (Real Time Strategy) game StarCraft (the original game was released in 1998, had an expansion called Brood War, and then the sequel ‘StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty’ was released in 2010) you probably know it is a wonderful game. Perhaps the best RTS of all time even. In fact, here are some quick numbers to back me up: It won game of the year when it was released. The first game has sold over 9.5 million copies world wide. The day of the sequels release, Blizzard (the company behind StarCraft) said they sold over a million copies. After day two, when they finally incorporated digital copies, they sold another 500,000 copies, making it the fasted selling strategy game of all time. In its first month, it sold three million copies! It has since sold 4.5 million.

The crazy thing? The game was also heavily pirated, reportedly being downloaded over 2.3 million times, and setting a record for most data transferred by a single torrent in only three months!

Alright, so clearly the numbers back up the statement of it being an awesome game. You do not sell that many copies of a game at $50 a pop if it stinks. Let me give you 5 more reasons!

5. Game play: StarCraft has something all good games should have: Easy to learn, almost impossible to master (I refer to this as ‘The Chess Effect’). The learning of which buildings can produce what and how much resources and time you might need to accomplish your goals is some that is weird to learn, but soon becomes second nature. The game seems daunting, but it is quite intuitive. Sitting down and playing the tutorial for 15 minutes and you will already get the hang of all the basic game functions…but then MASTERING those is something that I haven’t even done. Seriously. Check South Korea out if you want to get into the competitive world of StarCraft playing…

4. The Races: You get three to choose from. Sure, that doesn’t sound like much. But each one is so drastically different. There is very little that overlaps between the three which is so damn impressive. Each one has it’s strengths and weaknesses. It is like a giant game of rock, paper, scissors. What are the three races? Let us find out:

Terran: Humans. But a race of humans that spawned from a crashed ship. They are ingenious in what they have been able to accomplish. They are tech savvy, resilient, mobile and, their best trait, adaptable. They are able to adjust the easiest out of the races to new and different threats.

Zerg: Super race of large ‘bugs’. They are a hive mind type of race and they tend to overwhelm the other races with superior numbers. They are limited in a verity of ways, but once they outnumber you, it is hard to stop the swarm.

Protoss: Warrior race of alien monks. They are cold, calculating, and mysterious. They are powerful because they are tough. They have technology that far exceeds that of the other two races, but they tend to need a lot more resources to do anything at all. Not a whole lot is known yet about this race.

3. The Characters: Jim Raynor. Sarah Kerrigan.  Arcturus Mengsk. The Hive Mind, Zeratul, etc. The list goes on. The world is super fleshed out with a wonderful array of characters that are each so different. They are driven by different motives and all form alliances or disband them (often times by backstabbing) based on their current goals. None of them seem to know what is going on in the long run, and they are all plotting against one another. It is a web that is spun not unlike Game of Thrones. You are never quite sure who is good or bad or if anyone really is good or bad. They all do questionable things at times. But that is the best thing about characters. There is no black or white, there is only gray. These characters are Gray for sure. If you want some good characters to read about, look up these guys in the midst of a wonderful story (stay tuned).

Still a FAR BETTER love story that Twilight.

2. Online play: Whether or not you like 3v3 shared base, or 1v1 or even just the fun arcade games like Tower Defense, Starcraft has a ton to offer the online player. It also is probably the most competitive online game of all time. And yes, that includes Call of Duty games, Halo, and all the first person shooters. Alex Bellos of BBC said that Starcraft: Brood War was the best and most successful E-Sport in the entire world. Since its launch, StarCraft II has become a successful e-Sport with many leagues of ongoing tournaments with prize-pools up to US$170,000. Currently the largest professional tournament is the GSL (GomTV Star League) which is a monthly tournament held in South Korea. The tournament enjoys major corporate sponsorship and prize pools of over $100,000. Who says you can’t make a living playing video games?! If you want great competition, put down the controller and put a mouse and keyboard in your hands.

1. Story: The story, at its heart, is one of betrayal, love, duty, survival, revenge and many different people doing what they think is right for them and their races. Sarah Kerrigan seems to be at the heart of all of this. A Terran woman who worked as a Ghost (a unit that specializes in infiltration) who fell in love with a grunt marine named Jim Raynor. However, Kerrigan was betrayed by the head of the Terran peoples, Arcturus Mengsk. After the betrayal, the Zerg took over Kerrigans body, and the world has been in turmoil ever since. The game is a wonderful game, but it revolves around an equally wonderful story and an amazing fleshed out world. Even if you do not like Real Time Strategy games, this game is the best in the business because of the world and the story surrounding it. Give this game a shot.

Have you ever played Starcraft? If so, what is your favorite race to play!?

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