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Starcraft II

Hey, guys: Starcraft II. Those two words have Blizzmaniacs so jazzed that we could just close the post there. But instead, we’re going to run down some of the other games coming out this week too. And then we’re going to go play Starcraft II.

Starcraft II: Wings Of Liberty – So the sequel to one of the most popular games of all time (especially in Korea) is dropping in three parts – is this a genius move on Blizzard’s part, a cynical way to milk more money out of the devoted fans, or perhaps both? It’s hard to say, but the return of one of the most beloved real-time strategy games of all time is cause for celebration, especially with the insanely high production values that Blizzard brings to the table. You can bet this is going to be all anybody’s talking about for the rest of the week. Watch the trailer.

Trackmania Wii – The Trackmania series has a serious cult following – super-customizable and moddable (at least in the PC incarnations) results in a long period of engagement. It’s looking like the Wii version is going to ship with the track editor that’s the series claim to fame, so that’s good. Recent Wii titles have made it easier and easier for users to share content without the onerous burden of Friend Codes, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this one handles it.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift – The latest installment in Arc System Works’ somewhat confounding hardcore fighting game, if you like sprite-based 2D fighters will all sorts of strategic layers, this might be for you. Four new characters for the home version on top of an arcade-perfect port means a lot of sweaty Hori sticks in the nation’s future.

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