Thursday, August 2, 2012

Featured Game: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Tweaking necessary 2010
Genre: Real-Time Strategy
Recommend: Ehh.....

There's just no way around it; StarCraft II is a heavy game for netbooks. Even with the most powerful netbook out there (A6-5200-powered), tweaking might still be required to get the game to run smoothly. Once you do, though, the reward is well worth the effort.

What you'll need

Before you even attempt to run StarCraft II, you have to meet certain requirements. For starters, 2 GB of RAM is absolutely necessary, unless you're running an ION 2 platform on Windows XP. You'll need a dual-core CPU from the following list: Atom N550, N570, N2600, or N2800; AMD C-60, C-70, E-300, E-350, E-450, E1-1200, E1-1500, E2-1800, or E2-2000. If you don't have to tweak anything, consider yourself fortunate.

Reviews and Awards

 StarCraft II has been highly praised from every direction: story, gameplay, multiplayer, graphics, and more. The game scored around 93% on the aggregator sites GameRankings and Metacritic, and received 10/10 or equivalent ratings from at least 4 sources. However, some have criticized the game for its lack of LAN multiplayer support.


"Well," you say, "I don't know how to tweak a game!" Fear not, it's not that difficult. See this site for assistance.
Screenshot from the StarCraft Wiki


  1. So do you think that this would be worth it for my computer :p

    1. Definitely, your laptop is much more powerful than many netbooks. Which is sad, 'cause it's so old... :)

  2. Will it run on my netbook?

    MS Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit SP1

    Intel celeron CPU 887@ 1.50GHz

    4.0GB RAM

    Intel HD graphics

    1. Yes, your netbook is stronger than most and will do just fine, both in the base game and Heart of the Swarm. You'll probably have to play on mostly low settings, though. If you need more performance, try keeping the netbook's temperature low so the GPU can use its Turbo Boost feature.