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Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Genre: Real-Time Strategy
Nova Covert Ops Mission Pack 1 stumbles out of the gate by being too timid to go all-in and fully flesh out some of its more interesting ideas. Kicking ass with Nova’s diverse equipment builds can be entertaining, and the new and returning voice cast do a laudable job bringing the StarCraft universe back to life after the conclusion of its grand arc. Unfortunately, they’re given a pretty lame environment to do it in, both in terms of the scenario design and the story execution. I sincerely hope the remaining six missions get a better footing.
StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops doesn't deliver anything that you haven't seen before, but it does it in an engaging way that sufficiently supplements the universe. If you aren't big on the massive time investment that a typical StarCraft campaign warrants, this is a nice little alternative.
Although I wish there were more missions and that some new mechanics had been introduced, there’s some fantastic Starcraft narrative and gameplay here. The price to content ratio is fair, and this is the closest we’re likely going to get to experience what Starcraft: Ghost could have been. If you enjoyed the Terran, Zerg, and Protoss campaigns you’ll get a great kick out of Nova Covert Ops.
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StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops