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(out of 7 reviews)
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11
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Review this title!
Parent of a 16 year old Written byc0rsana January 22, 2011
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Awesome game.

Requires thought, strategy, and practice to master online. Players work their way through the ranks whilst besting online peers in the community. A great Starcraft player is best described as someone with the mind of a chess master and an ungodly amount of dexterity. Absolutely the best game you can buy, for it teaches how to manage time wisely as well.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bymr rogers naborhood June 24, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Give it a shake, but you MUST have online to get the full experience.

If you don't have a constant internet connection every time you want to play...well you're in for some disappointment. The game's appeal focuses mainly on its massive and competitive multiplayer community, the single player mode is just extremely limited. Oh and don't try to out-muscle (out-macro) an insane AI. At least not if you're not really really good. The community is far better than Call of Duty's, partly because it's for PC users (which boasts a more mature fanbase, unsurprisingly) but still in some regards hostile. People with extremely sensitive feelings should steer away from multiplayer and multiplayer chat. If you aren't an instant starcraft genius the trek up the ranking ladder will be arduous and you will be frequently called "noob" (a term which means new player) and often it will have derogatory connotations to it. Don't get me wrong; noob isn't intended to be insulting, but a lot of people will use it as so. Some examples of which consist of "man you f--- noob i'm not playing with you no more". At the end of games it's customary to say gg (which means good game) but particularly troll'ish players, especially those who feel like they've been cheesed or hustled, will feed you a variant like "gg B--". I am occasionally guilty of it myself. Oh and prepare to lose. A lot. And by a lot I mean on average about 50% of your games. Some of them simply won't feel fair. If you get past the competitive metagame which is actually a professional sport, you can try out the custom games (they've done some spectacular things with starcraft). Don't believe me? Think I'm exaggerating? There have been first person shooter mods, albeit not very good, based on starcraft. There are DotA ripoffs and Diablo clones, rpgs, Civ clones, tower defense, counterstrike starcraft edition, etc. etc. My personal favorite doesn't deviate away from the starcraft metagame too much; it's team monobattles. You work on a team of 4 against another team of 4 and each member is restricted to only building an army consisting of one type of military unit. The problem being that many units are hard counters to others so you need to communicate and coordinate with your teammates. It builds character. As for positive role models...well...I can think of Matt Horner, and to a lesser extent Valerian Mengsk, who is using his power for "good" in that he's purifying Char, the zerg homeworld. Otherwise, the protagonist who's supposed to be Jim Raynor...is an alcoholic mess of an individual who in my opinion was simply a massive jackhole many a time. And hey, regarding the violence, the protoss deaths are the least violent. However, if you do have models turned on to a high setting (basically default graphics medium or above, for the less graphically literate), terran biological unit deaths are rather violent. For example, if fried by laser or flame type weaponry biological units will flail in agony before collapsing in a charred mess. If attacked by explosives they will...well, basically fall apart. If attacked by blade-like weaponry marines and marauders can be cut in half for examples. ALL zerg units...almost NO exceptions, die very gruesome...and frankly unrealistic...deaths, for example the ultralisk splits apart and you can see all of its internal organs. When zerg buildings "die" they leave behind a gory mess. The violence part of the game makes a lot of M-rated games feel lightweight, but hey I ain't complaining.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byRevolverSly May 18, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

The best Electronic Sport for anyone.

Definitely the SC2 game is aimed to active minds; the more you can achieve in "mind cycles" (mining, construction, production, scout, combat) the more you are able to develop a high paced multitasking sense. And this is not end here, you must be creative at the same time, the limited information about your rival challenges you to wonder about what to do, when to do and how to do. I think the very competitive nature in the game can discourage to some kids with security issues, in that sense, the game can be useful to challenge the kids to deal with the insecurities and develop a commitment with put your best effort and improve constantly. SC2 is a mix from theory, exercise and constant practice. As bonus points, the community in SC2 is huge, and we hope to grown even bigger: live events, broadcast events, local tournaments, replays, commentators, analysis, discussion, competition.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written byEnder Wiggin July 4, 2011
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

avoid the 1 player campaign and you will be safe if you are older

while i am 28 years old and very careful with what i watch and play, i don't feel like all teenagers can say the same. there is violence, swearing, and even a bit of suggestively dressed girls in this game that you should know about. this isn't a kids game. it is set up to be addicting as well, so you should really be careful with this game... though, i must say it is the best game i've ever played :) you just need to know a head of time what you're getting into, and stay away from the 1 player campaign if you want to avoid most of the a fore mentioned, possibly offensive material.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written bypdjohnson3 August 5, 2010
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Great strategy game for older kids

My son loves this game. While there is a little violence, it is cartoonish and is usually seen from far away in a "bird's eye view". It requires strategy, logic, patience and maturity--not like many other video games that cater to those with short attention spans.
Parent of a 12 year old Written bybingomanatee August 5, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
The zerg are a pretty scary bunch, reminiscent of "Alien" monsters; a bit freaky even with the top-down perspective. One possible concern, which parents should be aware of, is that the entire country of South Korea plays this game with feral intensity, including sponsoring compounds where kids (they start as kids anyway) play day and night - so intensely that their hands move like hummingbirds, too fast to be caught on camera. This means that the competition can be VERY intense! This can be quite demoralizing for kids who just wander into the multiplayer environment. Making sure that your kids play with other kids to ramp up will be better for their self esteem. I'd not be especially concerned about the sexuality - the female of concern (Kerrigan) is kind of a cross between X-men's "Mistique" and a gargoyle.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Adult Written bydaniel.nicholas... August 6, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
I was skeptical about this game, namely from the Battle.Net revamp which left out many key features from the first game, but it turns out that I love it! A note bingomanatee about the Korean thing: There is no cross-server play (as of now) so if you bought the game in the US, you'll only play people in the US. There is also a nice matchmaking system that puts you against people of your own skill (roughly, of course).
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great role models