This is for you Dirt!
Yup, official. So anyway I know I swore I wouldn’t get it. But after hearing Assassin and the other Dungeon characters were now playable, and seeing the special edition strat guide. I gathered together all the pc games and motion picture dvds I could find and made a ‘bottom of the barrel’ trade in trip to EB Games. I managed to get 80 bucks credit thanks to all the freaming GMR bonuses and the SCII trade in bonuses. So I grabbed the special edition guide and the XDude version of SC2.
First off. Spawn rocks. I was worried he’d be a complete Rock copy, but he isn’t. He’s animated very well, modelled well, and his moves don’t make him a total cheesefest. Spawn > Necrid in every way possible. The levitation move just looks awesome, and opens up so many new attacks. Good players and harder AI can still evade and parry (or whatever its called) these moves but they look awesome. All of his axes rock too, especially the later one. Anyone know if he has a third costume, and if so what it looks like?
It was with even more joy that I discovered how many levels of difficulty the game had. The original SC seemed far too easy against AI back in the days I used hwang, and this is what I feared would happen in SCII. I played SC2 import on the cube back in WA against people, so my ideas about the AI strength was still off speculation. I cranked the AI smarts last night and was happy to find the AI loves to move around and use ALL of its defensive options to work into a good offense. This is what I like. Plus all the junk to unlock in Weapon Master mode is a lot of fun too. I ended up trading in DoA3 as part of the credit for this game and I think it was the right move ;)
So anyway I also noticed that returning characters’ moves also fit their individual style better. Taki feels more like a ninja, Mitsu feels more like a samurai.
The visuals and music rule. Im playing on a Samsung 27 inch flat with a seperate sub/sat setup for sound and wow. The music rules. Im glad I got the special edition guide since it comes with all 28 tracks on a cd. Of course I have them on mp3 but hey, its nice to listen to in the car! Im undecided on the voicing tho. Some characters fit some dont, but even if they do fit, hearing the same samples in english is far harder to take. The female screams have some pitch too, ouch.
Oh, and the intro rules. As much as I love butt rock I think this one is even with or surpasses Soul Edge’s intro. A lot of it has to do with the music, just sounds so epic.
Id also like to note that while I got bored of the first SC since it seemed to offer more to the aggressive player, SC2 has renewed my interest because playing defensively is just as important now; guessing at an opponents moves, and planning your own ahead of time seems much more important.