Parents' Guide to

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Thrilling, violent end to the StarCraft II strategy series.

Game Mac, Windows 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Korean streamers are unwatchable on twitch

I can’t judge Starcraft II gameplay which is everything good but in fact many korean progamers had been playing this game for many years but their English pronunciations are very bad on twitch. I had a weird happen from some random korean teammates they tried to steal my Starcraft friends as I felt shocked. I repeat the first paragraph again “StarCraft II gameplay is good” but community is super poor. I’m also wondering how korean teammates could keep playing with USA/Canadian gamers either every day? Bruh, just Grandmaster/Master league is a joke for reason, for me master still not accepted from decent USA/Canadian/German gamers? My final conclusion is giving a bad rate of 1/5, thank you very much. Keep sc2 community gonna be low, no one cares. Cause all real life people can’t understand korean streamers spoke bad English pronunciation on twitch, it’s definitely fact, not surprised.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 10+

A very noggin straining game

I've played Starcraft on and off ever since my childhood. That does not mean I am good at it, far from it actually. Strategy and micromanagement are key to success in this game. Every time I spend significant time playing I get mentally exhausted. It is very fun to play with friends regardless of the steep learning curve. Good online community for the most part, I've only been sworn at for a stupid move once or twice. There is a fair bit of gore. Human and aliens die in several gruesome ways. Explosions, blood, bodies sometimes fall apart in slabs after being sliced with laser blades of sorts or big dinosaur turk-like blades, etc... Pretty awesome. Usually you're too distracted with the micromanagement to take in every detail of the mass destruction. Campaign wise? There is some swearing although unfrequent. The Protoss tend to speak in a dignified manner.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

Though it doesn't mess with the formula that made its predecessors so successful, this is an engaging, challenging, and rewarding RTS game expansion for computer players. In fact, the tale (and related missions) nicely tie up everything for those who've been following along over the past couple of games. Despite some cheesy dialogue and sometimes confusing side stories, it's a gratifying end to the story arc. The game looks and feels familiar, which is a good thing, as you build structures that produce units, mine for resources, explore the map, and engage in tactical skirmishes that can last from a few minutes to close to an hour.

Along with the single-player campaign, which offers some welcomed unit, name, and character customization, Legacy of the Void adds some online cooperative (co-op) missions, where you and a friend choose from a half-dozen characters and work together to complete various tasks. The matchmaking works well through the online lobby. There's also an option to play the new Archon Mode, where you and a friend share one base and army and take on another Archon. As you'd expect, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void also introduces a few different competitive multiplayer modes with new units, maps, and tournaments. For StarCraft II fans, buying this game is a no-brainer. Real-time strategy lovers who haven't yet played the previous games might consider them first. Legacy of the Void is an intensive and immersive "lean in" RTS experience to help keep you glued to your monitor for hours on end.

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