Kid reviews for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

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Common Sense says

age 13+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 26 reviews

age 13+

AMAZING game.

Very cool story game, and an even better versus/team mode! Violence 6/10 Bloody and gory violence, although the perspective that the violence is usually shown in makes it less graphic. Sex 3/10 A few suggestive images, such as a picture of a woman in a suggestive position and a hologram of a woman doing a sensual dance, nothing explicit. Language 5/10 Mostly mild language like "damn", "kick-ass", and "hell", and rare moderate language like "b---h" and "s--t". No strong or explicit language like "f--k" or "c--t". Drug use 7/10 In the HQ and cantina, there is heavy alcohol use and cigarette smoking. Raynor is implied to be an alcoholic, and he is also addicted to nicotine. Frightening and Intense Scenes 6/10 Some scenes of violence against all three races can be frightening. Twists and deaths can be intense.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

I am currently a Diamond 1 zerg player and I think that this game really gives an experience that is much better than any first person games. This game really challenges people to think about what they are doing as well as their opponent. I do think that this game is not for people that do not enjoy losing and/or trying very hard as you really do need to put in a lot of work. Pushing 300 buttons a minute is not easy and you have to focus on the game while other games will allow you to do whatever. You will also need to memorize and learn different "openings" or build orders. I would describe the multiplayer side as a form of chess but you can play more moves than your opponent.

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Great role models
age 8+

This game is........ hard

I've played almost 8,000 multiplayer games since 2010. I have learned a lot, and reached the top 3-4% of the playerbase. I was able to achieve master league, and a consistent APM of 300 or higher. That being said, this game is FRUSTRATING. Depending on your elo, some matchups feel absolutely crushing. When I was hardstuck Diamond for four years, ZvP was such an atrocious matchup. The higher elo I get, the easier it becomes. Because the races all have different functions, they are better at certain parts of the game than others. When most players are not very good (Diamond League) the low APM that everyone has directly affects how good they are in a matchup. Aside from the multiplayer and my undying hatred for toss, the campaign is fun for all three expansions. It tells a great story. It's worth playing through each expansion's campaign at least once.
age 12+

Great game, though the the term strategy is overused.

The original starcraft is fantastic, the second is practically the same, except less memorable. The gameplay is enjoyable and can be either incredibly easy or painstakingly hard since you can set the difficulty. Like CMS said there is mature content, though it can be avoided. The battles can be very tense because of the limited resources, time, and many other factors. I would not say that you can use much strategy when attacking another group of enemies since it usually comes down to who has better soldiers. There is most definitely a large amount of strategical content in this game, but not as much as people say. It is highly enjoyable, frustrating, and overall, a great game for any strategy loving gamer.
age 12+
age 17+

This game is only for person aged 16 and above

Beacause it's rated 16+ by PEGI. Reason: It contains realistic looking violence
age 14+

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I've been playing this game for about a year now, it i've got to say it's really good. The story is a complex one (bonus points from me), it's about a man by the name of Jim Raynor, who used to work with the current dictator of the government, Arcturus Mengsk, to overthrow the previous government. But Mengsk betrayed Raynor and left Sarah Kerrigan, Raynor's love, on a zerg infested planet to die. (there is a cutscene of this, but it cuts off right when the zerg are circling her. The zerg may be scary for younger kids.) Now Raynor fights against Mengsk, who has turned into a high up dictator who anyone would want to be brought down. But the loss of Kerrigan destroyed Raynor, and all he has left is revenge on Mengsk. So as he fights for a honorable cause, it fights it for a dishonorable reason. Then it turns out that the thought destroyed zerg have returned, and at their head is Sarah Kerrigan herself, only a twisted version of her. And now Raynor fights both the dominion and the zerg, all the while trying to figure out how to save Kerrigan. So basically there is no good role model, except for Raynor's second in command, who actually fights the fight for good reason. You do begin to connect with Raynor later on as he begins to redeem himself, but at first I questioned wether i wanted him to win. There are other characters, both funny and dark, but they don't get a lot of screen time. Just so you know, there is swearing (never goes to the f word, thank God), there is drinking and smoking, and of course, violence. I have a bit of an issue with the violence, but it's fixable. Simply go into settings, set the graphics to medium or low, and uncheck the 'Violent deaths' in the parental controls box. Don't go to ultra graphics if blood and gore bothers you, even with the unchecked box the deaths are still pretty gruesome. If you don't you'll be dealing with blood and flying body parts as the units fight it out. The worst are the zerg deaths, even the buildings are made out of organic material, so they explode as such. And the big zerg are even worse, so please, if you have a young kid, follow my instructions above. I'd also like to warn you that the game has its own version of 'zombies', seeing as the zerg can 'infest' people to fight for them. There is an entire mission devoted to that topic, but it's optional at least. As for the gameplay itself, it is awesome! The campaign is ridiculously fun, with many different varieties of missions to do, from trying to reach a target mineral amount as you fight zerg at the same time, to escorting civilians to a ship to escape a planet. Sometimes you have to retrieve an artifact by infiltrating an enemy base, others you have to wage a full out war. The ai knows what it's doing, so you have to think about staying alive and attacking at the same time. The game gives you every unit you would ever need, from marines for the front line to massive battleships for a heavy airstrike on an enemy base. But the real game is in the multiplayer. Play solo against another solo, or team up to an amount of 4 players per team. There is even a free-for-all mode! The Battlenet matchmaking system pits you against players of your skill, so you are constantly challenged. But be warned. This game is NOT easy to learn. Even if you did awesome in the campaign, the multiplayer is a whole other game. Things get high tec, FAST. It's common to have your mineral supply sniped by some void rays in the first 10 minutes of the game. And then there are the pro players. Thankfully the matchmaking system prevents you from having to play these people, but they use the keyboard in everything they do, sending their APM (actions per minute) into the hundreds, thousands even. If you want to excel at this game, you need to learn each unit, how to counter them and when to use them, learn the different strategies for the different races, how to expand your mineral supply quickly, when to strike and when to wait, so on and so forth. Or, if you aren't into that kind of thing, check out the arcade. This section of the game is one where players of the game, took it, modded it, and turned it into something else. For example, there's a game called Squadron tower defense, where you build units to prevent the creeps from destroying your security system. Or there's Empires and conquest, where you conquer other empires by destroying their command center, and they then fight for you. The list goes on and on, even including a game called proton cycles, where you fight it out, Tron style, riding cycles that leave trails of deadly light behind. The games are endless. So my final verdict is: this isn't good for kids under 14, (unless your kids are like me, kids who were exposed to the dark side of the world, and taught that it was bad and why) but otherwise i would recommend it. It's well built, the story is good, the gameplay is phenomenal, and you can play the arcade if you don't like the multiplayer.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Favorite game, great game. It's not as violent as it says.
age 11+

Infinity in One

StarCraft II is a complete misnomer for the game you are about to indict into your annals of gaming bliss: it requires no name. Because of the open source arcade that you can receive FOR FREE on the Battle.net website, you can enjoy the euphoric feeling derived only from this game simply by clicking the download button. Allow me to explain in simple vernacular: StarCraft II only requires payment if one wishes to purchase the single-player campaign, which is nowhere near worth sixty dollars; what is worth sixty dollars, likely much more than that, is the fact that the user can play multiple custom games and access a slew of other content through the avenues of this famous RTS. The list could go on for miles and, just to give you a description of the amount of modes found in this game, there are about fifty pages of mods for the game itself; each page holds sixteen results. If you have sixty dollars and you lack this game, what are you doing with your life?
age 10+

Great Game but may have content not for 9-

Starcraft 2 is a great game and is about thinking strategy instead of a fps where you just kill people. In the single player campaign there is a little swearing. There is violence but you see from a birds eye view and the blood is not very realistic. In multiplayer there is a filter so you cant see inappropriate language. I

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing