StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
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  • Extremely polished.
  • The most solid, familiar RTS around.
  • Varied, fun missions.


  • A big bag of cliché.
  • Expensive for an expansion.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PCPer on

The wait has been long and anxious for Heart of the Swarm, the expansion to 2010's StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Blizzard originally hinted at a very rapid release schedule which did not exactly come to fruition. The nearly three years of...

By on 90

Starcraft has been a running for some time now with its most recent Terran based Starcraft II ”Wings of Liberty” title so we all knew it was only a matter of time until there was more to the story, and today we take a look at just that in the new “Heart...

By on 85

The original StarCraft is well known in gaming circles. That game was one of the biggest factors in making eSports mainstream, and is still counted as one of the most finely balanced games ever created, to the extent that it is still played in a lot of...

By Maximum PC on 90

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. That, or tentacles – because it’s certainly not Sarah Kerrigan’s disposition that keeps cowboy-turned-space-marine Jim Raynor chasing after his queen in Blizzard’s Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. We’re not...

By on 100

As Starcraft players go, I might be one of the outsiders. Though the much-celebrated multiplayer aspects of Blizzard's sci-fi RTS grasp me intermittently in any given year, I'm driven to each new release primarily by an enthusiasm for the campaign rather...

By Gaming Nexus on 88

Heart of the Swarm delivers a fun single player experience and updates to the multiplayer portion of the game. It took a while to get here and the 20 or so missions available is a little shorter experience that I would've liked for waiting two and a half...

By HardwareHeaven on 87

Released earlier this month the first StarCraft 2 expansion, Heart of the Swarm, focuses on the Zerg race. We follow the story of Sarah Kerrigan, picking up where the plot in Wings of Liberty left off. Wings of Liberty was of course the initial...

By HotHardware on

If you've enjoyed Starcraft in the past, HotS is absolutely worth a pick-up. The Arcade Mode adds a lot of great replay value to the game, the price is low compared to other full-sized games (and this is a full-sized product, even if the number of...

By AsiaOne on 90

If you are a fan of real-time strategy (RTS) games, Heart Of The Swarm is a must buy....

By NZGamer on

I’m not sure I like Kerrigan. She's a little disturbed. It seems there is no pleasing some people, lest of all the Queen of Blades. But maybe the fact that I don’t like her is an example of good characterisation, which is the mark of a good game,...

By IGN on 86

Kerrigan's vengeful rampage may come with a generous helping of cheese and some tedious boss fights, but the chance to play with increasingly powerful units and abilities makes up for a lot – as does some inventive mission design and greater-than-average replayabilty appeal.

By GameSpot on 80

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm's fantastically diverse campaign and entertaining online play make up for its lackluster...

By Strategy Informer on 95

Round 2, fight! Blizzard has finally given us the second chapter in StarCraft 2’s soap opera and it arguably has the best of the factions take the star role because, well, everyone likes being the ‘bad guy’ right? Well that might just be me, but the...

By Trusted Reviews on 80

The big question hanging over StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is whether it validates Blizzard's decision to split StarCraft II into a trilogy, each chapter focusing on one of the three major races of the StarCraft universe: Terran, Protoss and Zerg....

By on

With crisp storytelling, brutal multiplayer and a devoted fanbase, all signs are pointing to Starcraft II having a very bright future. Go forth and slay all who oppose you, for you are numberless, you are the Swarm.Tags: Starcraft | Wings of Liberty...

By PC Gamer on

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm 12Next »The front half: a 20-odd mission campaign with a steadily evolving spread of controllable units spurred on by an earnest, overwrought story of revenge. Dig through that, learn the game’s many long and greasy...

By PCAdvisor on 80

An overarching theme in Heart of the Swarm is the Zerg's evolution, and how they must always change to survive. Many fans will want more units, mechanics, and tweaks to the StarCraft formula. But remember, evolution takes time... and apparently more than three years.

By EuroGamer on 90

If there's a single competitive bone in your body, you really need to play Heart of the Swarm. If you're only interested in the tactical tasting menu of the campaign - you still need to play it. Good luck, have fun.

By PC Advisor on 80

Just as the Zerg are always evolving, so too is Blizzard's iconic real-time strategy series. Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm doesn't just upgrade and expand the exceptional StarCraft formula--this game also hacks, cuts, and refines the core gameplay. The...

By New Game Network on 86

Heart of the Swarm follows admirably in the footsteps of its predecessors. It's a high quality expansion to a high quality game, and further solidifies Blizzard's throne at the top of the RTS...