Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void!

Ohhhh man, Blizzard just released an awesome cinematic video announcing the third and final (? maybe?) installment of StarCraft II.

This is exciting for me, because I somehow managed to not play SCII at all, aside from a demo from several years back.  A few months after Heart of the Swarm was released and realizing how far behind I was, I decided I would just wait for the third installment and then just ‘Netflix it (as in, marathon session) when I had all three in hand.

Now that that day is on the horizon, I think my Thanksgiving is going to consist of:

I’ve always appreciated the StarCraft (well, any from Blizzard, actually) cinematics because you get a tangible interpretation of what’s actually happening.  For instance, in a real battle (well…sci-fi real) between a Terran Marine and a bunch of Zerglings, the marine isn’t going to just sit there and go “ouch” *pew-pew-pew-pew-pew* “ouch” pew-pew-pew-pew-pew* “OOoaaa-wowwwaahhh!!!” then suddenly explode in a pile of guts.

In any RTS game, you’re watching a somewhat abstract representation of a battle; basically, what you’re seeing isn’t what’s actually “happening” to your troops.  Getting to see the nitty-gritty of how they act as individuals, like moving, speaking, attacking, and getting injured really gets my imagination going.  During gameplay, even though you’re just watching a bunch of sprites perform animations next to each other, I like to think about it occurring on the small scale.  Check out this gem from the original StarCraft, which I think is one of the best game cinematics I’ve ever seen.

Damn that’s cool.  I can’t wait to get all three and play (and get murdered at multiplayer)!

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will be available on November 10, 2015.