A few may have noticed that I’ve been excited for the nearing release of a game. I’ve spent a good amount of time speaking of a specific character who I find to be a shining example of how to do a complex villain right. She has strength both psychically and mentally, which creates a fearsome adversary. She has a strong story filled with emotional drives, which makes her a lively dynamic. She is certainly no 80s cartoon villain. She is the Queen of Blades.
I may have a rocky relationship with Blizzard, having fallen away from World of Warcraft twice already and maintaining no plans on returning to that. I do feel that their merger with Activision has attributed to their decline in my mind. There are a number of things that occurred in WoW that just did not properly please me enough to make me worship them. However, I shall not go into that. Despite what negative feelings that I have in the loop for Blizzard, I absolutely adore Starcraft.
Still, I am more than excited for the Heart of the Swarm. Out of all of the races from the Starcraft games, I love the Zerg the most. Perhaps it is just that I have a tendency to like monsters, especially well-designed monsters. The Zerg have always had designs that please me. If I could, I’d happily take a pet Zergling.
Then there is Kerrigan. As I said earlier, she is a very complex and developed character. Her history is not in any way simple. I have to admit that I haven’t read the books that may have more on her past than what’s in the games. However, I can’t deny that this scene here is a very good reason to seek out revenge.
I know there’s other elements, such as her Ghost training which, from what I have read, was not a pleasant experience. I’m also aware that the Zerg-infestation twisted her personality. However, I always felt as if most of it was a removal of inhibitions. So, it brought out things that were already there. I feel like the trailers for Heart of the Swarm back-up my beliefs on this matter.
Then there’s the fact that I simply love the design for the Queen of Blades. I call myself a wing-aholic. I love things with wings. The more interesting the wings, the better they are in my book. Few have wings more unique than the Queen of Blades. Of course, the wings are not practical. There is absolutely nothing to them that would realistically permit for flight, for there are no feathers nor webbing. The near skeletal quality of the wings certainly are just for show. However, I love them nonetheless.
Then there is her battle prowess.
This is a woman who is feared for her capabilities. She is respected for her abilities and tactics. Through ruthless tenacity, she earned her right to lead the Zerg through her battles. I most definitely enjoy the fact that Blizzard made a strong female as one of their “villains”.
So, I am more than excited that the Zerg expansion for Starcraft II is coming out next week. I’m very likely to play it a lot more than I played Wings of Liberty. Raynor does not entice me quite like Kerrigan does.
Anyway, there’s an awesome trailer out there that makes me even more excited.
I don’t think that I need to say anything else after that. Ok, maybe I will. I want the music from that trailer!