Getting into StarCraft – Buyer’s Guide

THIS IS OUTDATED! – Refer to the updated information here.

Getting started

StarCraft II is a real time strategy game created by Blizzard. There are multiple game modes,

  • Multiplayer (Player versus player)
  • Campaign (Story)
  • Co-op Mission
  • Arcade

You can try the game for free by downloading the StarCraft II: Starter Edition. All you need is to create a account. The key features include,

  • Versus A.I.
  • Multiplayer custom games
  • Arcade
  • Co-op Missions
  • Spawning (Allow friends who have the full version to party with you in a full multiplayer game)


Buying the game

You only need to buy Legacy of the Void to enjoy the multiplayer mode. The full version has full access to the multiplayer mode, which is the main game mode.

It is a pay-once game. The optional in-game purchases do not affect the competitiveness of the multiplayer game mode, as they are mainly aesthetics and one player game mode content.






Q: Do I need Wings of Liberty and/or Heart of the Swarm to play Legacy of the Void?

A: No, Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm are not required to play Legacy of the Void. Legacy of the Void is a standalone game.

Q: Do I have access to all three races (i.e., Terran, Zerg and Protoss) with only Legacy of the Void?

A: Yes.

Q: Is there any reason to buy Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm now?

A: Yes, each of the three expansions comes with a unique set of campaign missions. Legacy of the Void only has the third instalment of the StarCraft II story trilogy, so you need Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm to complete the campaign mode.

Q: What is the best way to buy all three expansions?

A: You can buy the Battle Chest that contains all three at a better price. Highly recommended.

Q: Is the game region locked?

A: No. You can access to any of the regions from anywhere in the world. However, you should pick the region that has the lowest ping for the best experience. If you are in Australia or New Zealand, you should play on the U.S. server and the game will automatically move you to the internal AU server. Read more here.

Q: Is it too late to start now?

A: No. Unlike other eSports titles, StarCraft II does not require levelling or unlocking to be fully competitive, so those who start on day one have the same resource as those who start today.

Q: Is it worthwhile even if I only play single player modes?

A: In my opinion, yes. The campaign itself is a good justification for the purchase. Co-op missions and arcade modes have great re-play value.

Q: Does the game has high system requirements?

A: No. It can virtually be played on any non-gaming laptop available in the market now. Read the full requirement here, and learn about the optimised settings here.

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