Holy crap this is exactly like reading every other Blizzard based forum. You get the mods and the intelligent people trying to discus like adults and then everyone else talking crap and forgetting that a reasoned argument is best. I don't know what magic Blizz has but its got to be on a par with that of Apple. Joe I think as someone who isn't besotted by the first game you're a great choice to preview the current beta, however I would hope that someone else be handed the final review so that you original impression don't taint the review. To all those who say you cant draw parallels between the original and the 2nd without playing the original first, I say to you there is another documentation out there that an accurate depiction of the original can be achieved. Hell I bet even a cursory glance at the unit list and it similarity could give you an idea of how little the core of the game has changed. @Digi, I would't say Blizzard are afraid to be innovative, they are just afraid of the ire that they would receive from the fans if it did anything other then pay the utmost respect to a well loved franchise. Their secret 4th project (the others being WoW: Catclysm, Diablo and SC2) will be the one to show their real power to be creative.