StarCraft II Really Does Have A Campaign

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It's a matter of mere days until the start of Blizzard's big huge fan event BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, but the company has already started dropping some heavy hitters on its forthcoming lineup. (I only use "forthcoming" in the most literal, you-will-play-this-stuff-eventually sort of way, because let's be honest, it isn't coming forth anytime soon.)
 
The closest Blizzard game to a release date at this point has to be StarCraft II, so it's appropriate that we've got a bunch of new material from that game's single-player campaign, which Blizz has been alluding to for what seems like forever but until hadn't actually presented in any significant form. I think you'll agree, this looks somewhat akin to a real-time strategy game. There's your professional analysis. (You can find an in-depth preview of the campaign over on Shacknews.)

 

   
 
Here's a few shots of the real-time cinematics, which gives you a pretty good idea of the level of detail Blizzard is going for with the in-game assets. 


 
 
Lastly, here's a cinematic trailer Blizzard released along with these other assets. I feel like I've seen this one at some point in the past, but then, you really can't beat Blizzard when it comes to quality CG. So here it is again.
 
 
   

Drew and I will be heading down to Anaheim to get a closer look at everything Blizzard has going on with not only StarCraft but also Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, and any other shenanigans happening at the convention. So hey, stay tuned this weekend!
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#1  Edited By Brad

It's a matter of mere days until the start of Blizzard's big huge fan event BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, but the company has already started dropping some heavy hitters on its forthcoming lineup. (I only use "forthcoming" in the most literal, you-will-play-this-stuff-eventually sort of way, because let's be honest, it isn't coming forth anytime soon.)
 
The closest Blizzard game to a release date at this point has to be StarCraft II, so it's appropriate that we've got a bunch of new material from that game's single-player campaign, which Blizz has been alluding to for what seems like forever but until hadn't actually presented in any significant form. I think you'll agree, this looks somewhat akin to a real-time strategy game. There's your professional analysis. (You can find an in-depth preview of the campaign over on Shacknews.)

 

   
 
Here's a few shots of the real-time cinematics, which gives you a pretty good idea of the level of detail Blizzard is going for with the in-game assets. 


 
 
Lastly, here's a cinematic trailer Blizzard released along with these other assets. I feel like I've seen this one at some point in the past, but then, you really can't beat Blizzard when it comes to quality CG. So here it is again.
 
 
   

Drew and I will be heading down to Anaheim to get a closer look at everything Blizzard has going on with not only StarCraft but also Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, and any other shenanigans happening at the convention. So hey, stay tuned this weekend!
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#2  Edited By empire_man

Sweet stuff.

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#3  Edited By joelalfaro

Count me in!

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#4  Edited By Luberik

the single player doesn't look too bad at all

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#5  Edited By jasondaplock

Looks good. I just hope the scale of combat stays that high throughout the singleplayer and not just for two or three missions.

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#6  Edited By Aishan

Single player vid really makes me wish my PC was good enough to actually play this.

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#7  Edited By Liber

I don't like the voicework for Jimmy :(

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#8  Edited By vaiz

I'm in Anaheim right now and will be for the next couple of days, but will not be able to attend Blizzcon. This is painful.

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#9  Edited By chewii101

This is Jimmy.
 
And stoked for Friday/Sat. Gonna watch the thing live.

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#10  Edited By thecreambun

Looks so effin amazing. Cant wait to play this game. Blizzard and Capcom are doing wonderful things for my past, present and future:) 
 
Oh and btw... Whats up with that jukebox in the ceiling in the two first screens?

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#11  Edited By Cerza

Another totally kick ass cg vid from Blizz. They never fail to impress in that department. I'm still on the fence about SC 2 though.

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#12  Edited By grtjustini

I've never played Starcraft before.  I'm wondering if this game will bring me into the series.

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#13  Edited By PJ

So Brad is the official Giant Bomb guy for covering Con's. Well I can't say I can see Jeff or Ryan going to a con of any sort. Vinny though, seems like a guy who was born at a con.

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#14  Edited By usedtype
@Aishan said:
"Single player vid really makes me wish my PC was good enough to actually play this. "

How bad IS your PC?  Blizzard is known to make their games run very well even on older systems.
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#15  Edited By TheClap

Ew, escort mission.  I hope that lava stuff doesn't get to be a constant hassle.

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#16  Edited By Aishan
@usedtype said:
" @Aishan said:
"Single player vid really makes me wish my PC was good enough to actually play this. "
How bad IS your PC?  Blizzard is known to make their games run very well even on older systems. "
As a comparison; I get about 15-20 FPS on WoW. At low settings.
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#17  Edited By fallen_elite
@Aishan said:
" @usedtype said:
" @Aishan said:
"Single player vid really makes me wish my PC was good enough to actually play this. "
How bad IS your PC?  Blizzard is known to make their games run very well even on older systems. "
As a comparison; I get about 15-20 FPS on WoW. At low settings. "
duder, it's time to buy a new PC
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#18  Edited By DRE7777

HOOOLLLLYY SHIT! 
 
Idk about what anyone else thinks, but that CG was amazing. Not necessarilly the content but deffinatly the quality.

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#19  Edited By Teirdome

The cinematic is freaking amazing.
 
I'm still harboring that "hate-the-jock" mentality towards Blizzard since they've become such a success and their consequential sell-out, but I cannot resist StarCraft nor Diablo.

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#21  Edited By DavidSnakes

Robert Clotworthy!

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#22  Edited By isaiah

damn, I'm back in the day one purchase camp again, shesh i'm easly manipulated.
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#23  Edited By Dan_CiTi

Looks like this is the first RTS since World in Conflict that I will care about.

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#24  Edited By giyanks22

This will be one of he all time greats...if its ever released...

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#25  Edited By tekmojo

The detail is amazing.

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#26  Edited By rateoforange

Rad. I knew there was a reason I just upgraded my i7 rig with a 4890.

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#27  Edited By evanbrau

Looking amazing right now, its Blizzard so we can almost be certain that everything will turn out well with the final product. I can't wait.

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#28  Edited By MeatSim

Woudn't it be crazy if it didn't have a campaign?

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#29  Edited By sjupp

This game is just.. Freaking awesome.

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#30  Edited By Undeadpool

From a distance it's hard to tell single from multi-player in an RTS

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#31  Edited By ToxicAntidote

 I really hope the system requirements aren't too high, because i'm still rocking a Radeon X550 and 2X512 DDR. ;P

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#32  Edited By sociald1077

I hope that this and D3 will be playable at PAX.
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#33  Edited By Osphere

Looks great, excited to see what the new battle.net brings.

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#34  Edited By RollHard86

hope its 30 bucks for terran then 15 for the other 2 :(  or 50ish and the stuff is free when it gets released.  anyways ill buy the first one for sure most my time is spent in multiplayer!!

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#35  Edited By HektikLyfe

I want to play this game already...  Where is our "Saint's Row?"

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#36  Edited By RHCPfan24

Hey it's Starcraft II!!! And you know what? It is still looking like Starcraft II!! Which is probably why I find it interesting.

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#37  Edited By Cartridge_Eater

I lost my jaw

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#38  Edited By Lind_L_Taylor

Looks like they updated the original Starcraft to the 21st century, but 
other than the updated graphics & campaign, still seems like the
same old thing. I'm sure it'll be fun though.

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#39  Edited By Media_Master

great cinematics AND gameplay!