‘star­craft II’ doesn’t de­vi­ate much from the orig­i­nal’s for­mula

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360BETS - — Omar L. Gal­laga

‘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).

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