I'm quite confused as which Starcraft 2 game to buy first?

If I buy Heart of Swarm will I'll be able to play in Wings of Liberty too? or no?

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    Wings of Liberty. You can always check the release date of each via google though so you can check which comes first.
    – Arkl1te
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 0:20

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Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack, not a standalone game. You HAVE to have bought Wings of Liberty as well in order to play it.

The story of Heart of the Swarm also continues on from where it left off in Wings of Liberty, so you'll find some spoilers if you try and complete Heart of the Swarm first.

To quote the Starcraft 2 FAQ (some snips to avoid spoilers):

Heart of the Swarm is the first expansion set to Blizzard Entertainment’s sci-fi real time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Heart of the Swarm continues the epic story from Wings of Liberty with an all-new campaign that focuses on Kerrigan. New multiplayer content will also be included in the expansion, as well as new features and upgrades to the Battle.net online platform.

So the answer, play Wings of Liberty first.

  • If i buy wings of liberty can i have the heart of swarm for free? no? Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 4:38
  • @gamdevNoobie doubt it otherwise everyone who brought Wings of Liberty years ago would get Heart of the Swarm for free and Blizzard wouldn't make any money, you might find some sort of deal pack with both in it but i very much doubt it
    – Memor-X
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 4:41
  • @gamdevNoobie - No. You must buy both if you want Heart of the Swarm as well
    – Robotnik
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 4:45
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    Exception: you can download the SC2 Starter Edition and use spawning to play HotS multiplayer. Basically, if a friend with HotS invites you to a party, you can play HotS multiplayer.
    – Wikwocket
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 5:15
  • @Wikwocket - Neat trick! I'll remember that next time I need to convince a friend to buy the game :)
    – Robotnik
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 5:49

You have to play wings of liberty first unless you just want to play multiplayer only. I find Hearts of the swarm is more fun to play in multiplayer.

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