Though it doesn’t mess with the formula that made its predecessors so successful, this is an engaging, challenging, and rewarding RTS game expansion for computer players. In fact, the tale (and related missions) nicely tie up everything for those who’ve been following along over the past couple of games. Despite some cheesy dialogue and sometimes confusing side stories, it’s a gratifying end to the story arc. The game looks and feels familiar, which is a good thing, as you build structures that produce units, mine for resources, explore the map, and engage in tactical skirmishes that can last from a few minutes to close to an hour.
Along with the single-player campaign, which offers some welcomed unit, name, and character customization, Legacy of the Void adds some online cooperative (co-op) missions, where you and a friend choose from a half-dozen characters and work together to complete various tasks. The matchmaking works well through the online lobby. There’s also an option to play the new Archon Mode, where you and a friend share one base and army and take on another Archon. As you’d expect, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void also introduces a few different competitive multiplayer modes with new units, maps, and tournaments. For StarCraft II fans, buying this game is a no-brainer. Real-time strategy lovers who haven’t yet played the previous games might consider them first. Legacy of the Void is an intensive and immersive “lean in” RTS experience to help keep you glued to your monitor for hours on end.