‘starcraft II’ doesn’t deviate much from the original’s formula
‘StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.’ You might almost forget what this game is if you’ve seen the jaw-dropping, cinematic commercial for Blizzard Entertainment’s long-awaited sequel to its 1998 real-time strategy game, which is something like a national sport in countries like South Korea. While the computer animation is phenomenal, the game mechanics are similar to the original hit: three species duking it out on maps, but with much prettier graphics and, presumably, more robust online and singleplayer missions. ‘StarCraft II’ is being split into three separate games. ‘Wings of Liberty’ is the first. Rated T for Teen. $60-$100 for Standard or Collector’s Edition, for Windows PCs and Mac.
‘BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.’
The latest edition of this fight- ing game series includes multiple fighting styles, ‘Drive attacks’ for each character and features like Barriers, Counter Assaults, Rapid Cancels and Distortion Drives. It’s also playable online with Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network. Rated T for Teen. $40, for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Also out this week: ‘Arc Rise Fantasia’ (Nintendo Wii), ‘Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar’ (Nintendo DS), ‘Clash of the Titans’ (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360), ‘Wolfschanze 2’ (Windows PC), ‘Chuck E Cheese’s Party Games’ (Wii), ‘Our House’ (DS), ‘I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover’ (DS), ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ (PC), ‘Little Bears’ (DS), ‘Galaxy Racers’ (DS), ‘Girls Only’ (DS), ‘Lost Secrets: Vatican Mysteries’ (PC).