Starcraft 2: The Five Hardest Missions in the Campaign
I bid you welcome to my newest Starcraft 2 related hub! The last one touched on the top 5 campaign upgrades. To follow the trend, this hub will list the five hardest campaign missions in Starcraft 2. These missions made me want to pull my hair out, and perhaps you feel the same as well!
Note: I have been playing the campaign at Brutal, so my opinions will be tempered because of this. Keep it in mind when you're wondering why I find certain missions so difficult.
All In (Char)
You probably expected me to start here. :P
All In is the last mission of the Wings of Liberty campaign and also the hardest. Your micro and macro skills will be pushed to their limits as the Zerg assault your base (nearly) endlessly from 5 different angles. The previous mission gives you a choice to prevent the Zerg from using a type of unit on you, but that won't help...much. You see, if you play Shatter the Sky, the Zerg have no air units (except for Overlords/Overseers but those don't attack) but they get Nydus Worms, which spawn reinforcements at a sickening rate until you destroy them. If you complete Belly of the Beast, the Nydus Worms are gone, but they get Mutalisks and Brood Lords (to be fair, the Hive Mind Emulator breaks this mission easily if they send air; I pity you if you got Psi Disrupters instead.)
Welcome to the Jungle (Bel'Shir)
This is part of the Covert storyline, which will net you Spectres or Ghosts (depending on which branching mission you play at the end of the storyline). It's also the hardest one of that line. It's ridiculous.
Basically, you have a base near the lower right corner of the map, and have to collect seven canisters of terrazine gas (it's similar to Vespene Gas, but it's used to create Spectres specifically). Now, this would be easy if the Taldarim Protoss in the area would leave you alone. As you can expect, fat chance of that happening. Essentially, you need to defend your base, harvest terrazine and micromanage your units as they protect the SCV, all at the same time. Oh, did I mention you'll probably have to expand to get more resources? And that the attack groups will start attacking your expansion once you try to set it up? You're going to need a healthy mix of troops just to not get wiped out, and expect to see such beauties such as Colossi (Hard or higher) and High Templars (Brutal only) in the attack groups as well. Oh joy!
Oh, did I mention there's only 13 altars? And that they seal them? Quickly, in Brutal, mind you. Be prepared to hear the message: "Warning, the Taldarim are sealing a terrazine altar!" a lot!
Engine of Destruction (Valhalla)
From the Covert storyline, we go to the Rebellion storyline for a mission that's hard not because of the layout, but because of your mission objectives. You have to protect an overeager (extremely so on Brutal) Tychus Findlay as he commandeers the Odin (a super-sized and overpowered Thor if you've been playing custom/online games instead of doing the campaign first).
Once you know what you're doing, you can actually trivialize the mission (if you have Tech Reactors by now, the mission becomes several magnitudes easier), but in the meantime you'll probably rip your hair out, again, and again, and again. You see, after the Odin destroys a base (you're supposed to help him by using cloaked Wraiths to destroy Siege Tanks, Battlecruisers and Diamondbacks), Tychus takes a break. On Brutal the break is about 3 minutes, at which time your base will get attacked by Dominion forces (so you're under pressure to do something ALL game.). So, if you somehow still have a base after you get brutalized, Tychus then charges into the next base, where you have to lead with the Wraiths to destroy the units that could give him a problem. It's an even more frantic pace than what it seems by how I write it.
In Utter Darkness (Unknown Location)
This mission, perhaps the hardest mission of the game unless you find All In to be harder, is actually the last mission of the Zeratul storyline. On Brutal, it's almost as if you have a sign on top of your base saying: "Come destroy me now, for the main campaign is Terran, I have nearly nil experience with Protoss and I have to hold off 2500 of your troops". Then it gets worse.
See, you can get attacked from 3 angles (2 if you retreat to the high ground) and don't get to use Sentries in this mini-campaign at all (which means no Force Field cheese to hold off/trap mobs of opposing units). So, your ability to play Protoss will be severely tested as you have to determine what's the best unit composition against the Zerg waves, which hit you relentlessly, and who will have more and more Hybrids in their ranks as the mission timer ticks on. Once you determine what works, you'll have to keep reloading as your micro slips and you lose more units to a wave than you should have. Rinse, lather, repeat.
Hey! Look at this way: Once you're done with this mission, you're done with this mini-campaign, so push on!
Piercing the Shroud (Castanar)
My final entry in this hub goes to the campaign's secret mission. This mission is unlocked by destroying the Science Facility located in Korhal (you'll go there for Media Blitz).
Anyway, this mission is such a nightmare because it's a micro-fest. Mind you, I enjoy the challenge of having to manage a small army instead of a base and a large army. At the very least, it's a nice change in pace. However, your micro has to be spot-on if you want to clear this beast on Brutal. The second part of this mission can give you problems on Hard, which should tell you something. I'll let you play this mission for yourselves, as I consider that it's pretty fun, difficulty aside.
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Well, there you have it: The five hardest missions in the Wings of Liberty campaign. Feel free to comment on which missions you found the hardest and if you'd like to add something to what I've already said about my hardest five. As mentioned in the Introduction, it is important to keep in mind that I have played through the campaign on Brutal, and so my list is tempered by that fact. Some of these missions are substantially easier at lower difficulties.
Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)