5 alternatives to StarCraft 2

Blizzard has recently unleashed their long-expected (and long due, if you ask me) title Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty which is poised to be a major succes no matter of the qualities it possesses. Alas, not all will be satisfied by what the game offers. Some will be unable to play the game due to having an obsolete PC (yet most of the PCs CAN run the game, laptops with integrated Intel cards included!), others are not willing to pay the high price of $60 the publisher Activision-Blizzard has slapped onto the box just because they can (get away with it), and some will find the single player campaign offerings a little on the weak side.

No matter what, here are 5 titles you want to check out no matter if you are a Zerg-infested fanboy or a psyched Protoss ambassador.

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Sun

From the very first second of the campaign, Starcraft 2 will feel strongly familiar to a title we already played. Cynics would say it's in fact the same game come in a nicer coat and ten light years late to the party. Notwithstanding whose opinion you favor, Tiberium Sun is one hell of a ride and EA's making it a free to play title is a reason to go and play it right now.

Unreal 2: The Awakening

Starcraft 2 seems to be borrowing a lot from other titles. The point-and-click adventure elements of game-play in-between the individual missions is closely reminiscent to what we saw in Unreal 2. This game also has a touching storyline and happens to have aged extremely well. In fact the visuals are probably on par with most of what you'll be seeing in Blizzard's latest hit.

Warhammer 40k RTS series by Relic Games

May criticise Starcraft 2 for re-deploying obsolete mechanisms when it comes to UI, game-play and contro-scheme citing Relic's near-perfect titles from the Warhammer Universe. Also, as with Tiberium Sun, Starcraft 2 comes limping out of the comparison, seemingly having "borrowed" a number of unit and visual designs from the game.

Company of Heroes RTS series by Relic Games

Another series by Relic, often quoted as having reformed the stale paradigm of RTS design shifts focus from base-building and resource gathering to actual strategy and need to employ clever tactics. Not competitive friendly in everybody's eyes, the game is much more friendly to new and casual players.

Dune 2: Battle for Arrakis

Seriously. No Dune 2 equals no Warcraft, equals no Starcraft. Go and play the game that started it all and behold its omnipotence!