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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

alaTest has collected and analyzed 703 reviews of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other PC Games for all reviews. Opinions about the gameplay and graphics are generally positive. The single player gameplay and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other PC Games the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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PC ADVISOR - RECOMMENDED

Expert review by: Alec Meer (techadvisor.co.uk)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm review

 

It's a game of two halves, but then it always was. Once again, StarCraft II is split between a heavily scripted singleplayer campaign that's in equal parts epic and overblown, and strategy gaming's most ferociously competitive, tightly-balanced...

As far from a token add-on as you could imagine. Big, brash, cheesy singleplayer and subtle, thoughtful multiplayer improvements make StarCraft II's first expansion a must-have.

Apr, 2013

Recommended!

Expert review by: Stuart Andrews (trustedreviews.com)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

 

The second part of the StarCraft II trilogy puts the Zerg centre-stage.

The best, most finely tuned RTS gameplay around ; An excellent single-player campaign ; Slick production values and a gripping story ; New training missions to ease you into multiplayer

Some missions lead you by the nose ; Visuals aren't exactly cutting-edge

The expansion throws a generous handful of new Zerg units into the mix, boosting an already lovable selection. The beauty of StarCraft has always been in its brilliant, memorable unit development and in the superb balance between distinct opposing...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Gorbash (gamesxtreme.net)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

 

Part two of the Starcraft 2 trilogy is here and this time it is the turn of the Zerg to conquer all

As an overall package then, this game offers something for everyone and even if it was only purchased for one facet of the overall experience, you will find excellent value in the box.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Kaostic (gameon.co.uk)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm PC Review

 

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to attend the European launch event for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (HotS). Once I left the event, I wanted nothing more than to get my hands on the game and play it to oblivion. Having not played the 2010...

New units change things up ; Simplified UI ; Same core gameplay

I'm now terrible at multiplayer, thanks Obama

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (macworld.co.uk)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm review: Released three years after StarCraft II, this is the next chapter in the Starcraft saga

 

Released three years after StarCraft II, this is the next chapter in the Starcraft saga

challenging single-player campaign, new units and skills, strong multiplayer mode

single-player requires Internet connection, resource-management can detract from the action

As you’d expect from Blizzard , everything about Heart Of The Swarm is immensely polished and enjoyable. It’s a complex strategy game that will require plenty of time and patience – and a permanent Internet connection even for the single player game –...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: (gamespot.co.uk)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Review

 

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm's fantastically diverse campaign and entertaining online play make up for its lackluster writing.

Fun and diverse campaign with plenty of places to visit and cover in creep ; Kerrigan and her army can be upgraded in powerful, satisfying ways ; Great, varied online play with strategic depth ; Slick production values in all respects

Absurd story makes the original Starcraft seem like Shakespeare ; Some multiplayer balancing issues

The new Kerrigan is boring, and her actions are often incomprehensible. After a series of happenstances end her (entirely unconvincing) romantic subplot with Jim Raynor, she devotes all her energy toward killing the Dominion's dastardly Emperor...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Holt (macworld.co.uk)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm review - a big step in StarCraft II's evolution

 

Heart of the Swarm does what any good expansion should: it renews interest in a series, hones the rough edges of the original, and expands the scope of the narrative.

Renews interest; Hones the rough edges of the original; Expands the scope of the narrative

Single player is lacking

Heart of the Swarm does what any good expansion should: it renews interest in a series, hones the rough edges of the original, and expands the scope of the narrative. Story-wise, the single player probably doesn't stack up to Wings of Liberty, though...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Roger Hargreaves (metro.co.uk)

Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm review – Zerg rush

 

The first expansion pack for the world's most successful real-time strategy focuses on the alien Zerg, but is it still just more of the same?

The already excellent multiplayer is enhanced and improved in subtle but useful ways. The new units are all great and the new upgrade system is highly versatile

The story is pure sci-fi shlock and yet not quite in the realms of ‘so bad it’s good’. Campaign is very linear and the missions as clichéd as the characters. Expensive for an expansion

There’s little attempt at innovation in Starcraft II’s first expansion, but enough refinement and fine-tuning to please fans both new and old.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: (computerandvideogames.com)

StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm review: The Jim and Sarah show

 

Sarah loves Jim. Jim loves Sarah. Sarah and Jim hate Arcturus. Sarah and Jim are seriously confused by Zeratul. Yet, despite their mutual love, hatred and confusion, Sarah and Jim just can't get it on.

Extremely polished ; The most solid, familiar RTS around ; Varied, fun missions

A big bag of cliché ; Expensive for an expansion

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: (game-debate.com)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

 
Jul, 2012