I haven't played StarCraft in years so for my first 1-v-1 skirmish I got my ass hands to me in seven minutes. I had about 6 marines and 4 heavy infantry types. Then my opponent shows up with a fucking army and two tanks! I was man enough to let my opponent destroy my base and win the match, but I sort of nerd rage quit after that.
I think the problem with SC2 is not so much SC2 but the player base. You have hardcore veterans. You also have those who play RTS games exclusively and know the mechanics like nobody's business. There are also those with photographic memories who can recall which units they've deployed plus the optimal pathway to building structures. Unfortunately I am none of these.
This was merely a setback though. I think I should jump back in there and try again. I tried on Intermediate; I should change to Beginner. I should also see if my luck changes with Zerg or Protoss (my favorite race from SC1, "My life for Aiur!").
Besides that the game plays JUST LIKE StarCraft 1. If you played StarCraft 1 years ago you'll be able to pick up and go. The video configurator set my game to medium quality and the graphics still looked very nice! I was running with outdated video drivers and there were no problems (kudos to Blizzard for that). My connection is asynchronous 10 Mbps upload and download so I was surprised to see some latency issues on my part. The UI is very clean with lots of subtle animations! The music is either from StarCraft 1 or redone, but it is a nice nostalgia trip to say the least. This comment was edited on Feb 18, 2010, 12:59.
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