Archive for the ‘ Starcraft 2 ’ Category

StarCraft II Superb Cosplay by Spiral Cats

Spiral Cats did some superb Starcraft II cosplay!

 

spiralcatsstarcraftinvenYou can see a lot more photos over at the Korean News site: http://www.inven.co.kr/webzine/news/?news=54538
 

They previously did cosplay for diablo 3

Boxer Intel ad with SNSD

Looks like this has been out a while but here it is:



This advertisment comes in 1080p with english subtitles, even though its for intel’s korean campaign to push its iseries processors. The actual part where Boxer comes in is really only at the 3:30 mark. You get to see some starcraft action with the classic SlayerS Boxer siege tanks.

There are english subtitles to guide us, but of course you would notice that she isn’t using a mouse at all. You can see intel is really taking out the big guns in their advertising campaign! And I guess Boxer is rolling in the endorsement money in the e-sports scene. Maybe one day the e-sports scene will be as big as golf or tennis. Yoona from SNSD is a singer like the Taiwanese Pro Gamer Linda Liao, but unlike Linda Liao is not a starcraft 2 gamer and is instead also a dancer in the korean girl group SNSD.

SC2 Season 3

Everyone currrently playing Starcraft 2 competitively should be rather excited as the new season is here. With it comes arefreshed map pool.

From the official blizzard website:

http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/2943356#blog

Along with a new season of ladder play, we continue to update and refresh the map pools, with the goal of providing a fresh and invigorating set of challenges for StarCraft II players of all stripes. With the start of Season 3, you’ll find a number of new maps to explore and master:

The 1v1 ladder map pool

Our goal for the 1v1 ladder map pool is to have the most competitive, balanced maps across three main categories. We want to have a good mix of maps that give a lot of variety which, in combination with our veto system, should empower each player to customize their map list to best fit their individual playstyle.

The 2v2 ladder map pool

In 2v2, we’re trying to go with mostly maps where you and your ally have a shared choke point to defend. At higher levels of 2v2, there are clearly team compositions that are stronger than others on open maps. We’re hoping to address this balance issue through map layout, since this is only a 2v2-specific issue.

The 3v3 and 4v4 ladder map pools

Looking at the statistics, we’re seeing that the higher level players rarely play these formats. Therefore, we’ve decided to go with a bit more of a casual-player-friendly selection of formats. We want to provide a good mix of fortress style maps, as well as rush maps, to cater to the broad player base here. Our goal for these two formats is for players to be able to enjoy variety in the gameplay, rather than trying to provide an eSports level of game balance.


If you notice from the site all of the maps are called test. Do play them and give Blizz your feedback!

Heart of the Swarm Trailers

The last time we had news about Heart of the Swarm was when there was a mysterious video proof of what seemed to be a leaked ending of heart of the swarm chocked full with spoilers. Needless to say, don’t watch it if you don’t want to be spoiled. What we have now though is real official trailers from Blizzard for their next expansion!

It might take you a while to stream from the official blizzard servers and the websites though, so you might want to use youtube links at the bottom if the blizzard stream is too slow for you. The links to youtube are provided below

The two trailers that blizzard has released deals with different aspects; one is a cinematic style teaser trailer showing you high definition footages, the other is a gameplay trailer showing you what has changed and what hasn’t from the first game.

For the movie like trailer, what you see at the start is ghost and more ghosts chasing after another ghost. Nova which you would have seen from Starcraft 2 and heard from the abandoned game project, is likely under orders from arcturus mengsk to chase down the new now human form once ghost Sarah Kerrigan.

Naturally Jim Raynor is not too far from the action and once again you see his trademark yelling after kerrigan scenes. In my humble opinion however kerrigan looked much better before she was zergified. Her converted form has zerg tendril-like hair.

As for the other trailer that deals with the gameplay, it really is pretty much the same old with some new cosmetic changes. Instead of being onboard Jim’s Battlecruiser in Starcraft 2, the expansion has you joining Kerrigan on her journey to regain her powers and retake control of the zerg horde. So instead of the researcher to guide you down the tech tree or the mechanic at the forge, you have two unique zerg creatures taking over those roles. From the trailer it looks like you can also give Sarah Kerrigan herself upgrades, and it appears she takes a more active role in the individual campaign missions than Jim Raynor did in the first game. While there will be new units, new tech and new abilities the expansion looks pretty much the same in terms of game mechanics as the old!

The Trailers here:

Teaser

Gameplay

When Cheese Fails Season 2

If you liked the videos in the previous post you would be glad to know that the second season of when cheese fails has been out for quite a while. It is approaching the halfway mark which should be about 5 episodes out of the season’s 10 episodes.

You have the good ole fashioned canon rushes to gratuitous use of planetary fortress as well as all sorts of different players getting out-cheesed. There is even a drone rush in there.

If you can’t wait you can go on ahead to the embedded youtube link right here:

It is no longer as funny, but I guess that it also really depends on the replays they get. Send more in and they are looking for an actually decent 2v2 Cheese game!

When Cheese Fails

I think I may be a little slow on this one, but someone just pointed me out to this hilarious series on youtube called ‘when cheese fails’. It has eponymous content in that it is about Starcraft 2 Cheese strategies in games that fail or backfire badly on them. Sometimes it involves a double cheese through counter cheese. The first season has 10 episodes in total although I think the ones that are the best are the three episodes leading up to the finale in the other of episode 8 followed by episode 7 and then episode 9 which made it for downloading to view whenever I need some laughs!

 

Huiting v Nysskel (Terran, red v Protoss, blue respectively)
The most hilarious game ever made so far.

You can check out the other videos from the channel!

Starcraft edits

Those who are not new to Starcraft would know about the many things that got cut and edited. Kotaku has over the past few weeks covered some of these edits and decisions Blizzard had to make in developing the Starcraft Franchise.

One of these would be Starcraft Ghost

http://kotaku.com/#!5759800/the-head-of-blizzard-explains-the-death-of-starcraft-ghost

This would be the very ghost that you see if you go down the alternative path in the game and get ghosts in Single Player. If you’ve not heard of it, she was supposed to have her own game called Starcraft: Ghost in first person action.

Apparently they had to sacrifice it to get World of Warcraft out properly, as well as maintain their development schedules for Starcraft 2. Maybe you’ll see it rear its head in the future!

The other cut that kotaku covered has to do with making Starcraft 2 playable. Or more specifically, viewable as an e-sport like you see in GSL over at GomTV or perhaps the recent IEM.

http://kotaku.com/#!5777029/the-sacrifices-of-starcraft-ii-made-in-the-name-of-esports

According to the article the Ultralisk and the Mothership were intended to be waaay larger than they are in the current game. Naturally fi they were too huge you could hide mounds of banelings and stalkers under their bulk, in effect ‘spoiling’ the game which were why they were scaled down.

And those were the decisions that had gone into the world of Starcraft!