The first batch of professional StarCraft 2 reviews are online - and it's looking like the title will be crowned one of the highest rated PC games in history.
The Blizzard RTS is currently sitting pretty on Metacritic, with a 97 per cent average score.
Full marks come from respected blog Joystiq, which reports: 'StarCraft 2 didn't change the formula because it didn't need to. This isn't just a fresh coat of paint on StarCraft, it is StarCraft, right down to its pixelated bones. It's proof that games don't have to be disposable, that some games are so creative and balanced and fun that they don't go out of style or disappear over the years. Some games, it turns out, really are timeless.'
GameReactor also gives the game a perfect judgement, writing: 'An amazingly well-crafted strategy experience. Not a lot of chances were taken, but Blizzard knows what works, and it shows. Addiction in a package and sublime strategy.'
90-plus scores also come from the likes of NZGamer, Gameplanet, MEGamers and Gaming XP, which notes: 'The long time waiting between "StarCraft" and StarCraft II has not been wasted. Flawless gameplay, great graphics and a bombastic atmosphere result in one of the best real-time strategy games in the world.'
The game was released worldwide at midnight on Monday.