Heart of the Swarm picks up shortly after the events of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, however instead of following from the Terrans perspective, we now see the ongoing battle through the eyes of the Zerg. You take control of Sarah Kerrigan and aid her in her efforts to regain control of the swarm.
The game is presented in a similar way to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, in which before and after every mission you get to talk with members on your team to get a deeper story and understanding of your units, however instead of meeting in bars and briefing rooms as you did in Wings of Liberty, you now go to different sections of the Leviathan, a huge Bioship that transports you around the galaxy.
Similar to the first game, you have your main story arc, the option of a couple of side missions, and a number of optional evolutions mission. I, being a completist did every single mission, which meant that the final mission was reasonably easy as I had everything fully upgraded. Within each mission, there were also a number of sub objectives, doing these would give you a bonus.
Now I have to say, in all the Starcraft games I’ve played, I’ve never been very good at playing the Zerg, I’ve alway found them a little confusing. With the Terrans (Humans), I’ve always found the build order of the buildings and units very easy to follow, and I’d have a reasonable army together is a small amount of time. The Zerg however,….I’ve find myself struggling to work out what unit I needed to build next. This was until I was about 75% of the way through, and then it just clicked, and I stormed through the final quarter of the game.
Being spoiler free, I don’t really want to discuss the story too much, however it’s very interesting and ties in very well with the first.
If you are a real time strategy fan, you can’t go wrong with Heart of the Swarm, however I’d strongly suggest completing the Wings of Liberty story arc first.
Approx Time taken to beat – 20 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:5/5]
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