Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 12 years, you've probably heard about StarCraft. StarCraft has been the de-facto standard for real time strategy (RTS) games for over a decade now. Recently, Blizzard released the much anticipated sequel – StarCraft 2. If you're anything like me, you love the RTS genre of video games but are easily frustrated by the number of different strategies and tactics necessary to really excel at the game. Recently, Tony Saunders released his new strategy guide, StarCraft 2 Secrets, to help people like me up the steep learning curve of the game. Tony has created tons of hugely successful guides for other games like FarmVille, World of Warcraft, Mafia Wars, etc.
But, the past does not always equal the future. Let's take a quick look at this new guide stacks up against the competition and can it help a real newbie to the game reach the top of the gaming ladders.
The first thing I noticed is that Tony has released a TON of information on a game that's only been out a few weeks. Many guides give you a little information now and a little more information later. They expect you to keep paying over time to buy recycled information or information you can find any place else on the Internet. Tony's guide gives you all the information he's gotten available and will continue to provide new and fresh content (even after the release of the two additional expansion campaigns) completely free of charge.
Quite honestly, there are tons of players who have been consistently playing StarCraft since 1998 when it first came out. Millions of players have years of experience and are able to use that knowledge to get themselves ahead faster in the game now. How can someone who has not played in years (or never played before) compete against talent like that?
StarCraft 2 Secrets levels the playing field just a bit because it shows many of the top winning strategies used by long time players. Take it from me, there are many terms and phrases used in the strategy websites that even if you try to look on Google for free tactics, you will have a difficult time. Tony takes all the lingo and strategies and breaks them down in such a way that anyone who has never even played them up, practice them, and improve your game.
Even though it's a sequel, StarCraft 2 differs from StarCraft in a lot of subcont ways. Learning to capitalize on those differences early will enable you to practice a lot more efficiently to master the basic and advanced strategies StarCraft 2 Strategies gives you. I really feel like StarCraft 2 Secrets will give me (and you) a competitive advantage over people who do not have someone like like Tony helping them learn their game and tactics.