so i just finished the campaign on hard- i'll share my thoughts below. needless to say, SPOILERS, bros.
on the whole, i think i like WoL more- granted that's an unfair comparison (one's a complete game with more years of dev, the other an add on). i do stand by everything i said before about the story. it's real dumb. if people want to get into the nitty gritty, we can do that. but i'll say this much- the characters are even more monotone than WoL, there was no equivalent to Tychus in this game (not in terms of needing a southern gentleman, but just a genuinely interesting new character). and again- if you compare the ending of last game (we've saved kerrigan) to this one (kerrigan's zergy again)- it feels like wasted narrative. lots of powering up, and waiting to face the "true" threat. there's almost zero political intrigue, and correct me if i'm wrong, but they've done a lot of retconning as well. i guess my fundamental criticism is this- the characters feel exceedingly simple, as do the plot lines. and just find that a little boring, especially since blizzard has a universe setup, but then tells a very pedestrian story. it is TOTALLY the ALLSTORY. that in and of itself isn't a problem- i just feel like the story went effectively nowhere in this game. kerrigan is still zerg, jimmy's still bummed, and the threat is still out there. granted mengsk is dead- but he was just a pissant anyway, he probably would have been more interesting to keep around.
still great fun however- looking forward to polishing of brutal, the achievements, and diving into some team multi. great cinematics as well (as always)!