Starcraft 2: Mothership Connection

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Announced last night at some sort of Korean gaming convention.

Boring announcement video and screenshots...

I was hoping it would be a bit more 3D, as it is, it looks like the old one but with nicer graphics.

DougD, Saturday, 19 May 2007 10:47 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.starcraft2.com/

jessie monster, Saturday, 19 May 2007 15:09 (twelve years ago) link

Holy shit, the linking code works now! far out.

kingfish, Saturday, 19 May 2007 19:26 (twelve years ago) link

looks neat

funny farm, Saturday, 19 May 2007 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

Yesterday they announced a Beta opt-in (kind of). To be eligible you have to have a battle.net account and Blizzard 'may contact you in the coming months.'

calstars, Friday, 8 May 2009 02:22 (ten years ago) link

A friend works for Blizzard and was saying last night it's still in the Alpha for a couple of months yet, but says its looking good, though it seems system requirements are pretty high...

CraigG, Friday, 8 May 2009 11:44 (ten years ago) link

jesus how long is it going to take them to get this shit together. not only has it been like 10 years since the last one but everything about 2 looks like it's pretty much exactly the same with a couple new units and hi-resier graphics.

s1ocki, Friday, 8 May 2009 13:03 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, you could say the same about SFIV, though, which also took for-fuckin-ever.

Leif. (Z S), Friday, 8 May 2009 15:57 (ten years ago) link

Blizzard's as bad as anyone in using the "when it's done" excuse, but they haven't released a bomb in probably 15 years so it'll probably be very good. I'm on the fence about the game myself, but I'm one of those crazy people who enjoys the game in single player more than in multiplayer mode (DoTA and other such mods aside).

Nhex, Friday, 8 May 2009 19:16 (ten years ago) link

I think it's really in their best interests to make sure this works perfectly; starcraft is STILL a massive sensation in most of the world and there's no reason to fuck with perfection.

I’ve seen a lot in my days as an mp3 blogger (forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:24 (ten years ago) link

Basically, the only other developer whose games consistently pleased me as much as Blizzard's do was Black Isle. (Even Capcom has bombed for me; see my total lack of interest in the Resident Evil series.)

admiral tub-a-lub (HI DERE), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:30 (ten years ago) link

Valve, maybe.

I’ve seen a lot in my days as an mp3 blogger (forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:36 (ten years ago) link

And Popcap!

I’ve seen a lot in my days as an mp3 blogger (forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:36 (ten years ago) link

jesus how long is it going to take them to get this shit together. not only has it been like 10 years since the last one but everything about 2 looks like it's pretty much exactly the same with a couple new units and hi-resier graphics.

Having just witnessed the pre-Beta in action I can confirm that it looks and plays pretty much exactly the same, but a bit more 3D-er (and sharper, or course). Apparently they haven't finalised all the races yet, and to my ears it sounds like they're using the same awful sound effects/voices from the last one. So it looks kinda nice, but sounds hella annoying. Maybe they're just placeholder sounds for now...

CraigG, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 19:53 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

Anyone else going nuts every time they push back StarCraft 2? I'm iffy on this whole "one race per product" thing for single player, but the mode to train for multiplayer sounds interesting. Mainly I just want them to release a multiplayer beta, with the fringe chance that it'll get hacked and distributed widely if I'm not in the beta group.

mh, Monday, 24 August 2009 19:28 (ten years ago) link

Im trying to pretend Im not going to pick this up on day 1 but I probably will. I kinda hate RTS games these days but Blizzard does such a good job with them w/r/t the stories and the characters.

mayor jingleberries, Monday, 24 August 2009 20:21 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

my roommate got into the beta, i'm about to give it a whirl

phantompenguin, Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:51 (nine years ago) link

curious!

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 18 February 2010 21:58 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

got my beta key yesterday after pre-ordering from gamestop. Haven't had the time to play it yet though.

calstars, Friday, 23 April 2010 17:49 (nine years ago) link

anybody else here tried it?

bracken free ditch (Ste), Friday, 23 April 2010 19:37 (nine years ago) link

I'm 0-4 so far. About to leave the 'Practice' league OMG

calstars, Friday, 23 April 2010 22:32 (nine years ago) link

it looks really complicated to play. is it complicated?

dyªº (dyao), Saturday, 24 April 2010 00:48 (nine years ago) link

is it enjoyable is what i wanna know

forksclovetofu, Saturday, 24 April 2010 02:51 (nine years ago) link

odd timing. I just bought the original game for $5 at a used shop earlier tonight.

WTF cat with unfitting music (kingfish), Saturday, 24 April 2010 09:14 (nine years ago) link

It is enjoyable. People who have played the original will have an initial advantage in that the resource and production system is the same. However about half of the units are new which makes things a bit confusing at the onset.

The Terrans have 4 ground units as opposed to 3 in the original - marines, ghosts, and two units that are kinda like firebats. And unfortunately the goliath is gone - replaced by HUGE ground units called Thors (which require as much tech upgrading as the Battlecruisers did in the original, so you won't be able to create them for awhile).

calstars, Saturday, 24 April 2010 13:06 (nine years ago) link

can i still switch my modes on the tanks to awesome stationary cannon unit?

bracken free ditch (Ste), Saturday, 24 April 2010 21:03 (nine years ago) link

Yes

calstars, Sunday, 25 April 2010 01:35 (nine years ago) link

Also if you have the capability, the graphics are nice (there is an 'ultra' setting I'd like to see someday). I'm playing on a 3 year old laptop withal 128 meg video card and on LQ it looks good and is quite smooth.

calstars, Sunday, 25 April 2010 01:38 (nine years ago) link

SPAWN MORE OVERLORDS 7-27
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2010/05/04/starcraft-2-wings-of-liberty-release-date-a/1

βΠψ (bnw), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 15:23 (nine years ago) link

realized the original was released at the exact halfway point of my life atm and I kinda lol'd but was mostly sad

going non-native (dyao), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 15:28 (nine years ago) link

is this coming out on the mac at the same time?

mayor jingleberries, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 16:35 (nine years ago) link

I'm playing on a 3 year old laptop withal 128 meg video card and on LQ it looks good and is quite smooth.

mine's only 2 years old and runs terrible, even on LQ

:(

kclu, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 17:09 (nine years ago) link

MACS REQUIRE MORE VESPENE GAS 7-27

βΠψ (bnw), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 17:55 (nine years ago) link

kclu, do you have a video card or integrated graphics?

calstars, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 02:32 (nine years ago) link

btw Command Centers now have offensive ability

calstars, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 02:32 (nine years ago) link

...though not when they're airborne (unfortunately)

calstars, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 02:32 (nine years ago) link

my number one wished for ability for the command center was for it to land on other units (possible your own)

going non-native (dyao), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 02:35 (nine years ago) link

pretty sure integrated

kclu, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 04:34 (nine years ago) link

i can't play RTSs but i do get a weird pleasure out of watching youtubes of this game

went ham in a bad way (stevie), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 08:50 (nine years ago) link

It looks awesome. I hope it runs on my 2 year old iMac.

The original starcraft caused me to flunk out of college the first time. I would play that shit for 20 hours a day.

Jeff, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 12:03 (nine years ago) link

my pc has an NVIDIA GeForce 7150m / nForce 630M, which should be good enough, I think.

so is it the processor..?

kclu, Thursday, 6 May 2010 19:27 (nine years ago) link

oh, my processor is only 2.0 GHz.

kclu, Thursday, 6 May 2010 19:33 (nine years ago) link

This beta test is pretty awesome. It's a lot like the original SC, but I feel like the races are a little more differentiated and have a definite flavor. The existing units and abilities kind of got shifted around so it's a very different game in that the strategies are different, but the gameplay is nearly identical to the original.

mh, Tuesday, 11 May 2010 17:34 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

In one hour I will playing the beta on my Mac. Woohoo!

Mordy, Saturday, 17 July 2010 14:19 (nine years ago) link

Mordy, let me know if you want to play

calstars, Saturday, 17 July 2010 18:52 (nine years ago) link

I'm so terrible at it. :(

Mordy, Saturday, 17 July 2010 18:58 (nine years ago) link

this game is sick, you have to play soooo much to be good. i still love getting my ass kicked, though.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 17 July 2010 19:09 (nine years ago) link

additional supply depots required

calstars, Saturday, 17 July 2010 21:53 (nine years ago) link

not enough thespian gas!

Guru Meditation (Ste), Sunday, 18 July 2010 00:50 (nine years ago) link

DRG is a Zerg right?

People complain about that slow asphyxiation/war of attrition style of Terran but I find it kind of mesmerizing.

I find Boxer to be an entertaining player but also I think it'd be fun for the celebrity old timer to pull one out.

It's amazing how fast these guy's stars can rise and fall--seems like a stressful way to make a living.

ryan, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 19:00 (eight years ago) link

I mean I don't know if you can call the way someone plays a video game "charismatic" but that's how I feel about boxer.

Watching one of these tournaments all weekend like it's football is a great way to spend a summer weekend though.

ryan, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 19:04 (eight years ago) link

Oh yeah, I definitely find certain play-styles very charismatic. That is certainly true of Boxer, he comes up with really unique builds and maximizes the value of his units. Players like MVP and Thorzain take that asphyxiation style Terran to the extreme. Thorzain is Swedish, but he recently went to Korea to compete in GSL and the Koreans call him the "spoon" Terran because his style is so slow and meticulous they say its like he's killing his opponent with a spoon, haha.

Yeah, DRG is a Korean Zerg, so is NesTea. I love DRG for his aggressive counter-attacking style, and I love NesTea for his defensive play and unbelievably perfect decision-making. NesTea's ZvZ is so good that he has over 90% win-rate in ZvZ in the GSL, and ZvZ is considered one of the most unpredictable, volatile match-ups--no one else even comes close to that kind of consistency in any match up.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 30 August 2011 22:03 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

this Idra vs Boxer series from last weekend was high drama: http://tv.majorleaguegaming.com/videos/78101-clr6-egidra-vs-slayersboxer-game-3

(starts with game 3 and you have to skip around 10 minutes of pre-game...)

ryan, Thursday, 20 October 2011 20:31 (eight years ago) link

Listening to this Sportscenter-style analysis of Terran vs. Zerg in the pre-game is killing me.

polyphonic, Thursday, 20 October 2011 21:30 (eight years ago) link

i actually went to MLG with some friends, it was really, really fun. the Idra/Boxer series was awesome, but the series that Idra played right after against Bomber was even better, the crowd was soooo into it.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 20 October 2011 22:08 (eight years ago) link

Listening to this Sportscenter-style analysis of Terran vs. Zerg in the pre-game is killing me.

― polyphonic, Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:30 PM (38 minutes ago) Bookmark

yeah I just watched this whole thing, p surprised that I loved everything abt it really, but like at the end whenever the announcers would shout GEE GEE at the same time I would die a lil inside

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 20 October 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) link

Anyone else kinda more into watching than playing these days? Feel like I've reached a plateau and am just grinding out the same strata over and over ... And losing still really hurts.

calstars, Friday, 21 October 2011 18:34 (eight years ago) link

Watching makes me want to play but then I do and it doesn't look like Boxer vs Idra, haha. I am trying to force myself to do things I'm not good at, losing more than normal, and hopefully better in the long run.

That idea v bomber was great too. Almost feel bad for Idra running the gauntlet of Boxer's early pressure and Bomber's macro-Terran style to just lose to what seemed to be pretty standard Protoss play from MC. I'm actually really excited to see the next MLG next month.

ryan, Friday, 21 October 2011 20:02 (eight years ago) link

damn I am thirsty for some nos energy drink

strongly recommend. unless you're a bitch (mayor jingleberries), Friday, 21 October 2011 21:25 (eight years ago) link

Anyone been to a barcraft event? Beer and SC competition and friends sounds pretty awesome.

calstars, Saturday, 22 October 2011 00:01 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2567539/2009/DAY9.jpg

calstars, Friday, 6 July 2012 15:22 (seven years ago) link

Still have yet to beat the final mission, even tho I watched the cutscene just for the plot

Steam Sale Jonesin' (kingfish), Friday, 6 July 2012 15:33 (seven years ago) link

i peaked at high diamond, getting matched against some masters players, and i got to the point where i realized i'd have to start putting serious time into playing more to get any better, but i wasn't really up for that kinda commitment. and it wasn't really fun for me when i wasn't improving, so i quit.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 6 July 2012 17:04 (seven years ago) link

Played last weekend against Zerg. Opponent upgraded their overlords and came and dropped a zergling army on my main gg.

calstars, Friday, 6 July 2012 17:41 (seven years ago) link

classic

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 6 July 2012 18:08 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

damn the HotS expansion has a long beta. Release date is a good 4 months away???

calstars, Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:39 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

ok playing starcraft again who wants to come play and beat me

adam, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:03 (six years ago) link

I read the campaign was kinda weak in this and I am so shitty at multiplayer its not really an option. think Ill just watch lets plays while Im bored at work..

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:20 (six years ago) link

I got a lot better at multiplayer after practicing a ton when SC2 came out. I might be in the top 99% of players.

☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:34 (six years ago) link

um

Darth Icky (DJP), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:35 (six years ago) link

Yes, I am better than 1% of other players

☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:52 (six years ago) link

stop umming my jokes

☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:52 (six years ago) link

aw

Darth Icky (DJP), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:53 (six years ago) link

i will win a multiplayer game at some point. i know it. i beat the training scenarios. steps.

adam, Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:06 (six years ago) link

are you bronze? just be hyper aggressive early and often and they'll get so flustered you'll win like 80% of the time.

ryan, Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:30 (six years ago) link

worker rush imo

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:33 (six years ago) link

worker rush is a terrible idea

calstars, Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:34 (six years ago) link

banshee rush focusing on their mineral line will beat a ton of people

calstars, Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:35 (six years ago) link

joking about the worker rush... but it actually does work. just won't help you learn to actually play the game.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:41 (six years ago) link

serve the hive

☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Thursday, 14 March 2013 03:06 (six years ago) link

After reading a ton load of articles for the past month, and having a sick curiosity about this, I'm thinking that this weekend will be the one to try it out.

I only see a few tiny problems.

1) I'm not that into battlefield tactics games.

2) The last point & click game I really enjoyed was Syndicate on the Amiga.

3) I have two young kids and no free time whatsoever.

4) I've lost my mouse.

5) I don't play space marine games.

This can't be a bad idea can it?

my opinionation (Hamildan), Thursday, 14 March 2013 13:13 (six years ago) link

there's a trial version! do it.

beating up on the AI a little bit this morning. been honing my douchebag marine rush.

adam, Thursday, 14 March 2013 13:54 (six years ago) link

I'm not big on playing as the zerg so this campaign is not quite my cup of tea. The cutscenes look really good, though!

Now to wait a couple years for the inevitable protoss expansion

☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Thursday, 14 March 2013 14:17 (six years ago) link

I found my mouse!

my opinionation (Hamildan), Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:05 (six years ago) link

I also have two kids and no time. I haven't played in more than a year. Still confident that I could beat noobs with one hand though.

calstars, Friday, 15 March 2013 02:34 (six years ago) link

ditto, minus the kids

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 15 March 2013 02:55 (six years ago) link

So I've played this a fair bit over the weekend, kinda dig it.

its way more traditional than I thought it would be, but that i think must be the thing that keeps people hooked. I suppose when half of South Korea is lining up to f**k your golden cow, you dont change the cow...

The campaign seems to be just a massive tutorial to avoid you getting schooled in multiplayer, much like a fighting game.

the one thing I really like about it is that you can play for 20/30 mins and win/lose and be done, seeing as the only games I've played in the last year are Skyrim/Arkham city. The idea of a game that actually has a defined end appeals a lot.

There is a weird disconnect about how much it seems to be troubling my Macbook Air and how simple the graphics are, but I've literally not played a game on a Macintosh since the millenium, so who knows...

most places had it for £17 which is a price I'm cool with, but now it seems to have gone up everywhere to £26. So I'm on the fence...

Would the multiplayer be useful at all? or will everyone be on HOTS now with only me and some super l33t players still playing wings of Liberty?

my opinionation (Hamildan), Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:27 (six years ago) link

HOTS is overpriced. I'll be sticking with WoL until it comes down.

calstars, Monday, 18 March 2013 13:47 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

I'm going to play some mono battles tomorrow. Haven't played in over a year.

Gotta take it slow in your fast ride (calstars), Saturday, 21 December 2013 21:46 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Anyone buying the new one? I still haven't bought HotS. WoL multiplayer 4 life

calstars, Saturday, 7 November 2015 22:16 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Let me put my sunglasses on so I can see what I'm doing here

calstars, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 00:27 (two years ago) link

Shit, same day, different years. That shit is freaky.

calstars, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 00:28 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Practicing my DT moves on the Brooklyn map, blinking from bar to bar

calstars, Saturday, 18 March 2017 17:18 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Somehow I've found myself watching lots of competitive Starcraft again. I had assumed it was dead but it seems to be going strong. I don't understand some of the new units since I haven't played since Wings of Liberty.

ryan, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:26 (nine months ago) link

This is interesting:

https://variety.com/2018/gaming/features/starcraft-ii-esports-history-1202873246/

ryan, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:27 (nine months ago) link

the rise of serral is almost singlehandedly to blame for me watching again

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:39 (nine months ago) link

He's really something. Zergs in general seem really strong. Few Terrans seem to get deep into tournaments right now.

ryan, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:41 (nine months ago) link

his play is the most beautiful thing i've seen in SC2, though i hadn't seen much since like 2012

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:58 (nine months ago) link

four months pass...

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