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Alex06
10-28-2011, 03:32 PM
I can't believe no one noticed these; They were uploaded last friday.

There's a bunch of cool new screenshots, detailing characters, new units and some of the modified mechanics.

http://pc.ign.com/dor/objects/14289205/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm/images/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021020620817.html

For one, the Focus menu has been changed, and each focus' name has been also changed. There are also a few close-up shots of characters, such as a few of Kerrigan, showing that Blizzard has re-worked her skin to make it look more detailed, more Human and more realistic. Those would make good wallpapers, IMO.

AND, there is this screenshot of a new Protoss female aboard Kerrigan's Leviathan:
http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/121/1210400/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021020733378.jpg

I doubt it's Selendis, as she looked quite different back in WoL, and I'm not talking just about her armor, here.

Twilice
10-28-2011, 03:51 PM
Why thank you :D

I still miss some gameplay videos, I guess I am just bad/lazy at "googling" around to actually find it.

EDIT:
Anyone else noticed that the Izsha "boobs" are as flat as kerrigans shoulder plates in one image. They look exactly the same. So what is the current state of who Izsha is?

http://pc.ign.com/dor/objects/14289205/starcraft-ii-zerg-heart-of-the-swarm/images/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021021039749.html

http://pc.ign.com/dor/objects/14289205/starcraft-ii-zerg-heart-of-the-swarm/images/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021021030540.html

Sheliek
10-28-2011, 05:50 PM
That first image, at least for me, shows the Raiders working with Protoss fighting Dominion. Hell yes, if that's from campaign.

EDIT: Forgot Replicants exist.

Zero
10-28-2011, 05:55 PM
I doubt it's Selendis, as she looked quite different back in WoL, and I'm not talking just about her armor, here.

Unless Blizzard changes it, that is absolutely not Selendis. Her name is mentioned, but it was so quick you couldn't really understand what it was, but it wasn't a recognizable one.

Abuthur wanted to dissect her, but Kerrigan felt she may of be better use as a hostage.

Alex06
10-28-2011, 10:00 PM
Unless Blizzard changes it, that is absolutely not Selendis. Her name is mentioned, but it was so quick you couldn't really understand what it was, but it wasn't a recognizable one.

Abuthur wanted to dissect her, but Kerrigan felt she may of be better use as a hostage.
So are we going to get a write-up of the story demo or not? :P

Aldrius
10-29-2011, 06:55 AM
Uh, that's weird, because that looks exactly like Silendis. o.o


That first image, at least for me, shows the Raiders working with Protoss fighting Dominion. Hell yes, if that's from campaign.

That's not from the campaign, and that wouldn't make any sense if it was from the campaign.

LordofAscension
10-29-2011, 09:18 AM
So are we going to get a write-up of the story demo or not? :P

Yes, although it's going to be regarding the changes from the ones I played in May vs now. The missions were the same, just the briefings and the voices were different. I really wish I had wrote down the name of that Protoss prisoner. It's driving me crazy. If anyone comes across, please PM me and let me know what it is!!!!

~LoA

Eivind
10-29-2011, 11:20 AM
I haven't heard anything about any demo...

DemolitionSquid
10-29-2011, 11:30 AM
I haven't heard anything about any demo...

He meant the playable campaign missions at Blizzcon.

Kimera757
10-29-2011, 11:39 AM
Sweet. They've got some nice unit images in the bunch. Also, if you look closely, you'll see some upgrades too.

For instance, zerglings get Corrosive Claws, which increases base damage by 5 (doubles the base damage, in other words).

Sheliek
10-29-2011, 02:31 PM
That's not from the campaign, and that wouldn't make any sense if it was from the campaign.


EDIT: Forgot Replicants exist.
Kthx.

Alar
10-29-2011, 03:05 PM
Sweet. They've got some nice unit images in the bunch. Also, if you look closely, you'll see some upgrades too.

For instance, zerglings get Corrosive Claws, which increases base damage by 5 (doubles the base damage, in other words).
Oooh, that sounds like a great upgrade in the campaign. I can't wait to have my Zerglings ripping things to shreds even faster!

Alex06
10-29-2011, 04:22 PM
Kthx.
It's a multiplayer map, obviously because of the Xel'Naga tower and because there are no Orange/Purple Zerg.

And that same map has been used for official WoL MP screenshots.

Sheliek
10-29-2011, 05:49 PM
It's a multiplayer map, obviously because of the Xel'Naga tower and because there are no Orange/Purple Zerg.

And that same map has been used for official WoL MP screenshots.

And yet, in my edit, I quite obviously noted it was no longer likely to be singleplayer.

Hence, kthx.

ManjiSanji
10-30-2011, 03:05 PM
So...it doesn't double Zergling damage, it increases it 20%.

Hamshank
10-31-2011, 01:00 AM
which is equivalent to 1 research upgrade last time i checked my math

Rezildur
11-02-2011, 10:56 AM
http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/121/1210400/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021021030540_640w.jpg

She looks so. much. better.

DeltaCadimus
11-02-2011, 11:58 AM
http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/121/1210400/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021021030540.jpg

She looks so. much. better.

http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/121/1210400/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021021026655.jpg

Agreed. Not playing racist, but that previous skin map she had wouldn't look good in gold release. Good to see that was only WIP.

Rezildur
11-06-2011, 06:36 PM
I don't think its racist at all. I think they finally figured out her look.

She looked too young and innocent to me in the New Gettysburg cinematic, and her mouth wasn't big enough.

Then in the first HOTS screens she looked too close to being half black, which isn't bad, its just that isn't the character.

Now she fits her description. Attractive but not pretty, overly wide mouth- she looks tough, she looks caucasian, and if I mentally put red hair on her she looks like the original Sarah Kerrigan. Her face has CHARACTER now.

I'm happy with this.

Gradius
11-06-2011, 06:51 PM
Then in the first HOTS screens she looked too close to being half black, which isn't bad, its just that isn't the character.
It hasn't really changed. Her mouth is still the same width too.

mr. peasant
11-06-2011, 07:34 PM
It hasn't really changed. Her mouth is still the same width too.

Funnily enough, I'm pretty sure you're right. I suspect what people are talking about when they say she looks 'less black' now is because of the apparent difference between these two pics:

http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/121/1210400/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021021030540.jpg
http://sclegacy.com/features/events/5.26.11/screens/Evolution09.jpg

However, I suspect it's actually due to differences in lighting with people's eyes playing tricks on them. This is evidenced when you compare the Kaldir pictures between Blizzcon and the May press junket:

http://pcmedia.ign.com/pc/image/article/121/1210400/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-20111021021026655.jpg
http://sclegacy.com/features/events/5.26.11/screens/KaldirSet02.jpg

When you actually put them side-to-side, it's pretty obvious there isn't any obvious change going on. At least, as far as skin tone is concerned. However, the lips' natural/resting shape seems to be slightly altered.

Rezildur
11-06-2011, 11:28 PM
It hasn't really changed. Her mouth is still the same width too.

Agreed. But the human brain can detect the most subtle of changes in people's faces, and Blizzard made the right subtle changes.

They changed things. The most obvious things I can see right now are that she looks older, less immature, her nose is more narrow and less upturned. Her eyes are smaller, her face is narrower.