Where to buy starcraft 2 for mac?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Jae Hokes, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Jae Hokes macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    Hey guys, I'm interested in buying Starcraft 2 for my Mac but its not in Best Buy for Mac only for PC, its not on Steam so where can I get it? Is it better to have the disk or digital download - And is Starcraft 2 the new Command and Conquer? I'venever played it before
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    All copies of SC2 run on Mac and Windows. The version from Best Buy will work.

    You can also get it from Blizzard.
  3. star-affinity macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
    Well, they're both RTS games and in many ways the core idea is similar: gather resources, build troops/structures and upgrade them with these resources and try to take out the enemy base with your troops.

    While similar in some ways I think the games ”feel” very different.
    I'd say SC2 is quite a bit more hectic than C & C, but at the same time I don't have that much experience playing C & C, at least not online. In SC2 online you have to keep track if an immense amount of things and there's a lot of so called ”micro management” needed to succeed and there are many good players (I get ran over all the time).

    What I do think is great with Starcraft (and the other Blizzard games) is that they keep on patching and ”taking care” of their games years after they are released. I'm seems Blizzard will keep releasing balance changes, bug-fixes etc. for the foreseeable future.

    Like Nermal said: the game disc contain both Mac and Windows version.
  4. DRCsaint, Jun 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011

    DRCsaint macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    Boston, MA
    SC2 vs C&C

    Star-affinity is absolutely right about it being a similar kind of game - but SC games have a very different flow when compared to C&C. I've only played a few Command & Conquer games, but having played Blizzard games my whole life, I had a very hard time adapting to the style/speed of C&C.

    I didn't get into C&C very much for just that reason - but I think I'd of had an easier time learning SC2 after playing C&C for years, opposed to trying to learn C&C after being spoiled by Blizzard games.

    Granted, there is a lot you have to worry about in SC2, the C&C interface always seemed very complex to me. I had trouble remembering what each building was for, and where certain units were produced. Since I had such a hard time with the general interface of the game, I never got to dive very deep into strategy.

    SC2 also has 3 races, which are completely different from one another. From what I've seen in most C&C games, each race has pretty much the same units - except race A will have a stronger version of infantry, race B has better mechanical units, race C has better air... etc.

    I would say Starcraft 2 is fairly easy to learn, especially if you'd had practice and/or success with similar style games.

    As far as purchasing the DVD's or the digital download - that comes down to preference. Blizzard's system for digital downloads works very well, and is very easy to use. Once you purchase the game (by either method) and register it with Blizzard, you will have access to the game installer via download, wether you bought the DVDs or not. Benefit to having the DVDs is a) a hard copy and b) ability to install in the off chance you have no internet.

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