A Year of Starcraft II
A FULL Night of Starcraft II
I have finally begun playing Starcraft II, and for more than 20 minutes. My mac can play the game, with the additional memory and at low settings. I am returning the graphics card I bought, and will be purchasing another next week. Hopefully that is the problem (I’m 90% sure it is).
So, I played for almost three hours (minus a small break) and I have to say it is a very fun game but I don’t understand much of the story. It seems that I would have to know a lot of the lore to know what’s going on. But I only played the first four missions, so maybe I’m just not far enough in. The rest of the time I played a few games vs. the AI on Medium (I was told Easy and Very Easy are a joke). Four games, to be exact. One as each of the races and an extra of Protoss. I lost the first two (I played as Protoss and Zerg) and won the last two (Terran and Protoss).
I think I’m beginning to understand what everyone was saying about how much of the game is macro. Once I’m about five minutes or so into the game, I don’t know what’s going on. I just blindly build shit, trying to send out a force if I have what I think might be enough to kill some of the opponent. And I don’t really know what to build yet.
I remembered hearing about a Protoss Deathball on r/starcraft, so I made my own with a bunch of stalkers and void rays plus some zealots thrown in there and sent that out on the last game. It was cool to watch my little army destroy the enemy Terrans. I had also realized how much extra cash I had available at the end of the other games, so I was trying to keep up building units and buildings so that I didn’t have too much money just sitting there. But after five minutes, like I was saying, I lost focus and couldn’t keep up. I laughingly kept building probes, which turned into more money, which I spent building more probes. But I won, and thought it was a good game to end on. I learned a little bit and had fun doing it.
Zerg… Zerg is confusing as hell. It took me way too long to figure out that I had to change the larvae into the different units. And how do you keep clicking on those little things when other units start to stack on top of them? I think I built my first zergling at around four minutes. I also wish I had known that the overlords were the “supply”. I made one to go check out the enemy (like I had seen almost all Zerg players do on the streams I have watched) and then forgot about supply until all of the sudden I couldn’t make anything. I don’t think it helped that the AI played Zerg also on that game. It was over quickly.
I believe I won as Terran simply because I had been playing it all night in the campaign. I knew what to make (in the beginning) and grabbed some bunkers to keep my base locked down, which destroyed the AI’s Protoss force that was sent. I even made some tanks, but didn’t realize I had to research something to get the siege bit (or even what it did, really). Then I had to figure out which building did that research. By then, the army I had sent out had already arrived at the enemy base and taken out the little Protoss defense left. I don’t know what I did right there, other than build those bunkers. It was probably the longest of these games, and I never even expanded. I had the new base unit sitting in my main base for about the last minute of the game (I was trying to figure out how to make it fly and move it to an expansion like I had seen the pros do in MLG).
As of tonight, I would say I’ll be playing either Terran or Protoss when I move on to the multi, unless I can somehow figure Zerg out and it is as fun as it looks. Tomorrow I will play a few more missions of the campaign, then move to the AI games. I think I’ll just play on random, forcing myself to at least get used to all the races.
I also wanted to say thanks to everyone who expressed their support in the comments here and in the game. It was very cool to have twenty or so people pop up as I was playing with GLHFs and offers of games. Sorry if I didn’t respond quickly enough to all of you, I couldn’t figure out how to pause the game and chat at the same time. I thank all of you for the advice and help, and look forward to playing, and maybe beating, you in the coming year.
TL;DR: Herp, Derp, Starcraft II.