Starcraft Two – Where to Begin [Part 1]
I already wrote something similar to this but it had a lot of typo’s and some people didn’t agree with me. So this time I will try harder.
What is StarCraft 2?
StarCraft 2 is currently the most played and most competitive RTS game on the market right now. It is the follow up to StarCraft 1, better known as Brood War. Your goal is to defeat your opponent by harvesting minerals and gas found on the map, and with them build buildings and units. This may sound easy, but believe me, it is not in many cases.
There are 3 Races, Terran, Protoss and Zerg. Each of them has hundreds of build orders. For example, I think the most used Terran build is called the 1-1-1, where you build 1 Barracks, 1 factory and 1 stargate at the start of the game. Don’t hold me on that because I play Zerg. What those buildings are, I will explain later. Anyhow, it is very effective since you can continue the game in almost any way. Like dropping your units in your opponents base as a diversion while you attack with your main army at the front. If some things are unclear, I will probably explain them later on.
Why should I play it?
Maybe you have some talent for it and you don’t know it yet? Or are looking for a competitive RTS game? Then StarCraft is the way to go. There are actually a lot of reasons to choose this over something else.
The first thing most people will do is probably set their graphics to the highest possible setting their PC can handle and hop right into a game. A lot of people will agree with me that that is wrong. It’s important to see clearly what is happening on your screen and react to that, that is sometime very hard if there is blood everywhere, units getting burned, exploding and any other possible way of a unit dying.
So it is important you set your graphics to the lowest possible settings. Yes, the lowest possible. You could also get away with medium.
It is also important to know with what unit to retreat before it dies, so under gameplay you should set the health bars to always show. And for key timings, like when to attack, also enable the timer. You should also learn the hotkeys for your race. These include building buildings and making units. So enable the option to show those to. For the rest you could tweak the rest of the settings to your likings.