Fans of real-time strategy games have been waiting a long time for the arrival of the final chapter of the StarCraft II trilogy and now it has finally arrived: StarCraft II Legacy of the Void. StarCraft II initially launched in 2010 with its first chapter – Wings of Liberty – which was followed by the second installment Heart of the Swarm in 2013. Today, we will be reviewing Legacy of the Void, the conclusive third chapter in the three-part series.

The timeframe between Wings of Liberty and Legacy of the Void is a long one; five years in total. Nevertheless, Blizzard have done an excellent job of keeping the game feeling fresh and new for fans of RTS games and Heart of the Swarm was a big step up from Wings of Liberty; giving the game a massive face-lift. Unfortunately, in that period, RTS games have lost a lot of their past popularity and many RTS players have moved on to MOBAs (multiplayer online battle-arena games) such as League of Legends and DOTA 2. Blizzard have also attempted to make ground in this category of games with their recent Heroes of the Storm (which I have to admit, is quite fun). Despite this, StarCraft II has retained somewhat of a solid fanbase of players who love the game and will certainly be pleased with Legacy of the Void.

One thing which is certain; anyone who has not played Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm will have no idea what is going on in Legacy of the Void. So, in some ways, this is a bad thing as it may dissuade gamers who are new to the series from trying Legacy of the Void as they may not have the time to invest in playing all three games. While many players will ignore the story to jump into the gameplay, Blizzard has created a fantastic story in Legacy of the Void which is told through beautiful cinematics and an exceptionally good score. Anyone who is interested in the plot of the game will be kept hooked to the detailed, coherent story from start to finish.

Blizzard have a knack of producing polished visuals which look incredible, even on less powerful systems. Even in Legacy of the Void, they have managed to pull the best possible from an engine which is over five years old to create something which can still stand up to modern titles. Clearly, there has been an incredible attention-to-detail paid when developing StarCraft II Legacy of the Void and it shows in the final product.

To assist players who have never played StarCraft II multiplayer before, Blizzard have added matchmaking which matches players with other players of similar level and ability. This will be a massive help for new players, as the players who have been playing StarCraft II since the start have become very good at the game! A number of new game modes have also been introduced, including a new co-op mode. The fundamentals of multiplayer remain the same, outside of the new modes and a few new units. So, overall, Legacy of the Void makes it easy for new players to get going with multiplayer. Blizzard is also currently running daily tournaments in-game.

Now, in terms of the gameplay, hardcore StarCraft II players may find that the main story missions have become a little repetitive, however, this is to be expected if one has been playing a game for almost five years. Blizzard have tried to counteract this by making the game’s missions more open and flexible, allowing you to approach them in many different ways with many different sets of tactics. For this most part, this strategy has worked and as a result the game feels noticeably less linear as it may have felt in the previous two chapters. Also, a few new units have been introduced in the game, some of which are exclusive to the campaign and some of which are present in multiplayer.

Blizzard have also gone back to the drawing board and have introduced a variety of new types of optional side missions. These optional missions deliver rare upgrades and materials and feature new units with different powers to those who have featured in the Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm. Overall, I think enough new content has been delivered to keep fans of RTS satisfied and I am sure they will enjoy Legacy of the Void.

Overall, Legacy of the Void is a FANTASTIC conclusion to an excellent series. The final chapter should satisfy what players who have been playing from the start were looking for from the final entry to StarCraft II.