Six Community-Created Custom Starcraft 2 Campaigns That You Need to Try
Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty is considered to be one of the best real-time strategy games of all time. It was released all the way back in 2010, which makes the game a little long in the tooth. Regardless of its age, players have amassed thousands of hours into the game’s online multiplayer mode, and there are several tournaments still going strong to this day, with the recent one being ESL SC2 Masters 2023 Summer which had a prize pool of $75,000 USD.
However, if you are interested in playing Starcraft 2 for its campaign or if you want to replay it to hype yourself up for the third game, here are some really interesting custom campaign modes that you should definitely check out.
How to Play Custom Campaigns in Starcraft 2
If you are interested in playing custom campaigns for Starcraft 2, you must first download the campaign launcher from . There are also simple instructions which will help you set up your launcher.
There are a lot of custom campaigns to choose from and it can get pretty overwhelming. Thankfully, Reddit user partisan_a has posted about six different custom campaigns made by some really talented creators on r/starcraft and on the . Each of these campaigns comes with the name of the author, a short description of what it offers along with instructions on how to play them. Here are these custom campaign modes:
Wings of Liberty Reversed
“Play on the side of the villain and stop Raynor through the classic Wings Of Liberty missions. An Ultra Brutal difficulty is available with a very tough challenge. It also has achievements.”
Status: In development, 16 missions ready as of Feb 2022
How to play: In the Custom > Campaigns section via the launcher "Wings Of Liberty Reversed - Launcher"
(from CruelAngel's playthrough).
GiantGrantGames playthrough on the Ultra Brutal difficulty:
Izanagi playthrough on the Ultra Brutal difficulty with all achievements:
Heart of the Swarm: Protoss Edition
“Play through the classic Heart of the Swarm missions as a Protoss. The campaign features many of your favorite heroes and different factions.”
How to play: In the Custom > Campaigns section via the launcher "HOTS Protoss Edition - Map Launcher"
(from CruelAngel playthrough)
GiantGrantGames playthrough of the Brutal difficulty
CruelAngel playthrough on the Brutal difficulty
Legacy of the Void: 3-Player Coop
“Play through the classic Legacy of the Void missions with your friends. The maps now fit three bases and extra enemies were added. Each player has unique Spear Of Adun abilities. A solo mode is also available if you like a good challenge.”
How to play: In the Custom > Arcade section. It comes as a set of separate maps without a launcher. Search for "Coop Lotv". The progress is saved in the bank across missions.
(Jayborino, GiantGrantGames and Synergy playthrough).
Jayborino, GiantGrantGames, and Synergy playthrough on the Crazy difficulty with Evil tactics
Kerrigan Covert Ops (NCO as Zerg)
“Play through the classic Nova Covert Ops missions as Sarah Kerrigan and her swarm. This one isn't very stealthy :)”
How to play: In the Custom > Campaigns section via the launcher "Kerrigan Covert Ops - Map Launcher"
(from CruelAngel playthrough).
GiantGrantGames playthrough on the Brutal difficulty
CruelAngel playthrough on the Hard difficulty
The Dark Story - Protoss, Zerg, and Terran Campaigns
“Follow an original story of the Protoss heroes Delanar, Tolaris, Avalax, an infested terran Byron Kane, and an artifact hunter Leslie Clark. The campaign has a lot of unique elements and mechanics. It features a variety of missions, built around a combination of macro, hero play, and boss fights. It also has achievements.”
How to play: In the Custom > Campaigns section via the launcher "The Dark Story".
GiantGrantGames playthrough of Race With Destiny (the protoss campaign) on the Hard difficulty
Jayborino playthrough of Shadow Of The Past (the Zerg campaign) on the Normal difficulty
Brood War Alternate
“What if the Zerg Swarm was scattered, divided between factions and loyalties? What if the Protoss were ruthless conquerors, seeking to expand their Empire with force of arms? What if Terrans set out to protect the galaxy from the Protoss threat? A total race-swap of the original six episodes, featuring new playable races, advanced AI, custom voice-acting, and a parody storyline.”
Game: StarCraft Brood War
How to play: Launch the included mod file, then use the default custom mission selector to launch the included maps.