StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - PC

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Game Description:StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s 1998 hit StarCraft, which has been hailed by players and critics worldwide as one of the top real-time strategy games of all time. Sporting a vibrant 3D-graphics engine, StarCraft II will once again center on the clash between the protoss, terrans, and zerg, with each side deploying legions of veteran, upgraded, and new unit types. Unparalleled online play for StarCraft II will be available through a new version of Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment's world-renowned gaming service. Battle.net has been redesigned from the ground up to be the premier online gaming destination for Blizzard gamers, with several enhancements and new features, such as voice communication, cloud file storage, leagues and ladders, achievements, stat-tracking, and more. The solo campaign for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will continue the epic saga where it left off in StarCraft: Brood War®. The story line chronicles the exploits of marshal-turned-rebel-leader Jim Raynor and features both familiar faces and new heroes. Players will be able to tailor the experience, choosing their own mission path and selecting technology and research upgrades to suit their playing style throughout the 29-mission campaign. Several challenge-mode mini-games will also be included, with focused goals designed to ease players into the basics of multiplayer strategies.
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The Hardcore Gamers Guide 2010

The Hardcore Gamers Guide 2010

By Stephen Johnson - Posted Nov 19, 2010

Return to X-Play's Holiday Buyers Guide 2010 

If you drew the name of a gamer with hardcore Suicidal Tendencies in your office's secret Santa, don't despair: The games listed below should more than adequately max out his or her hardcore-meter... just make sure they don't already own them. Hardcore gamers aren't exactly known for waiting around for holidays to try out a new game.

Let's first take a look at some of the premier shooters to come out in 2010, as recommended by X-Play. 

And now, it's time to dive into the guide proper.

New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas

New Vegas features a mode called hardcore, which adds the difficulty of finding food, water, and places to sleep to the already ardous New Vegas Wasteland survival experience. But maybe that’s not hardcore enough for the person you’re buying the gift for. If so, tell him to turn off the HUD completely and play with no automated PIP Boy assistance. That'll teach 'em.

 Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops

No game genre is as hardcore as realistic war simulators, and this one (set on Legendary, of course) should be more than enough for the hardcore gamer in your life. The single-player is one thing, but reaching Prestige in multiplayer should be more than hard enough.

 StarCraft II

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

StarCraft players online do not eff around. If you have a gaming fan who needs to be humbled, this is the game to do it. Not only does it take cat-like reflexes, one must also be smart and tactical to succeed. If your giftee is really hardcore, though, he needs to play some of the top Korean StarCraft 2-heads.

 Super Street Fighter IV

Super Street Fighter IV

Any game that requires a specific peripheral to master is hardcore. While my skills at Street Fighter end at mashing a bunch of buttons and praying for a miracle, I understand there are people who have mastered the intricacies of fighting games, and there's no better hardcore forum to employ those skills than the fast-motion ballet known as Street Fighter IV.

Time for a break to talk about some of the best in multiplayer gaming this year, with X-Play's Multiplayer Madness. 

Madden NFL 11

Madden NFL 11

Many “real” gamers don’t like sports games because they don’t like sports, but Madden is deep. Very deep. Even casual online play requires an encyclopedic knowledge of football, as well as a wide-receiver’s awareness and dexterity – in other words, Madden is hardcore. The game's franchise mode allows you to extend your gaming over many, many seasons, too, so it's a gift that keeps giving.

Bejeweled Blitz

Bejeweled 3

There is no one more hardcore than a hardcore Bejeweled player. Just try to get your mom to stop playing some night, and see what I mean. And now that this long awaited threequel is inbound, you should probably start adjusting for a much more solitary life. We're sorry.

Rock Band 3 Instruments Revealed

Rock Band 3

(With Pro Guitar): There is no gaming experience in all of video game history as challenging as playing Rock Band 3 on expert with a pro guitar. None. Playing the guitar is just a hard thing to do, and by mirroring the actual notes, your gaming pal will learn just how 'core non-gaming pursuits can be.

Return to X-Play's Holiday Buyers Guide 2010

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  • Smiterdin

    Bejeweled? Guitar Hero? In my hardcore gamer section?

    As for CoD Black coks and gaylo reach no real hardcore gamer plays them, they're mediocre at best

    Posted: April 6, 2011 5:31 PM
  • shturmouthwhnmenrtalking

    I already got my guy Mass Effect 2. And I need another idea for Valentine's day. I don't play so I have no idea. Help? plz. PS3

    Posted: February 4, 2011 11:39 PM
  • takoma7777

    call of duty has veteran not ledgendary tisk tisk g4 tisk tisk

    Posted: November 26, 2010 7:30 AM
  • CALiiGeDDon

    Mass Effect 2 and God of War 3 should have made this list.

    Posted: November 25, 2010 12:13 AM
  • Jimi0088

    not a good list. mass effect 2, god of war 3, enslaved, vanquish, assassins creed, can replace a few games on this list

    Posted: November 23, 2010 7:41 PM
  • sandboxgamer

    wow you got it right if its one thing in the entire world that hardcore gamers love its bejewled 3 lmao.

    Posted: November 22, 2010 7:09 AM