I didn’t love Starcraft II for the gameplay. I didn’t love it for nostalgia; hell, the first game’s multiplayer basically turned me off all multiplayer for years, until Warcraft III, which did the same thing. I didn’t love Starcraft II for the mechanics, the design. I loved it for the story and the flavor. It was one of my favourite games of the year, and it remains one of my absolute favourite gaming experiences. And, for those worried about spoilers…this review is completely free of them, even for Starcraft II.