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Friday 23 August 2019

Resurrection of Homeworld an outstanding hit

Gearbox has updated the Homeworld games beautifully for a new generation of real-time strategy fans.
Gearbox has updated the Homeworld games beautifully for a new generation of real-time strategy fans.

Chris Hayes - Game Review

At the time of their releases - 1999 and 2003, respectively - Homeworld and Homeworld 2 were considered far beyond their time.

The breathtaking pains taken in regard to attention to detail in both titles was nothing short of dumbfounding. The large-scale space battles were notable in that everything played out like a form of large-scale ballet. Ships would weave and dance around each other, displaying a physics engine to match the scope and ambition of its aesthetic. And remember - this was all back in the early 2000's.

Fast forward to 2015, and new developer Gearbox has updated these games beautifully for a new generation of real-time strategy fans. In a generation where hand-holdy games are becoming increasingly more commonplace, a resurrection of the Homeworld series feels like a much-needed breath of fresh air.

The interface in Homeworld does a fine job of helping you wrangle your forces, though, especially now that many of Homeworld 2's improvements have been retroactively applied to the original game. Zooming out to a tactical view of the area and giving orders to control groups makes things far less cumbersome, and double-clicking to select every unit of a type is nothing short of a godsend.

Both games are well balanced, fun to play and the sort of thing where if you mess up, you actually want to try again. There's always a technique to take advantage of, and always a tactic you can employ to get out of a sticky space-situation.

Both Homeworld games are just as good as anyone who played them first time around will remember, and that's a great feeling.

Anybody coming to either game for the first time will be welcomed with a fair learning curve and the feeling that real-time strategy titles really should be more popular than they currently seem to be.

Also, Homeworld Remastered really does a good job on the whole actually remastering front of things.

Upscaled to a maximum possible 4K resolution, both games also have better lighting and particle effects, and all sorts of other extra bits and bobs that competently bring it up to speed with the modern generation.

There may have been a few worries when the series ended up in the hands of a fledgling developer, but fear not, Gearbox have done an outstanding job on one of the finest RTS games ever made. A strong recommendation.

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