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  • Summary: Deported to a harsh desert world, exiles have struggled for three thousand years to regain the stars. Now it's up to you to guide them home through a brutal empire bent on annihilation. Homeworld boasts amazing ship graphics and gorgeous deep-space vistas, a unique command and navigationDeported to a harsh desert world, exiles have struggled for three thousand years to regain the stars. Now it's up to you to guide them home through a brutal empire bent on annihilation. Homeworld boasts amazing ship graphics and gorgeous deep-space vistas, a unique command and navigation interface and white-knuckle real-time strategy. [Sierra] Expand
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  1. Simply one of those titles that makes you say "Wow." You'll have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you experience it for the first time. It is a rare gem; an awesome feat of programming, graphical design, and sound production, all wrapped around superb gameplay. It deserves the highest praise.
  2. Sound in the game is spectacular.
  3. An exceptional game, and promises to only get better from here. With only a few small repairs, this game could be the greatest to date.
  4. The interface is nothing short of brilliant. The story is well-developed and engrossing. The gameplay is challenging but well-balanced. The graphics and sound are breathtaking. Finally, it is simply a heck of a lot of fun.
  5. With its stunning 3D engine, uniquely challenging gameplay in both single- and multiplayer modes, great audio, and terrific story, Homeworld is both an excellent game and one that may well reshape the entire real-time strategy genre.
  6. 90
    A solid and compelling title, that can keep you riveted to the very end, even when play starts to border on frustration blowout. Sure, Homeworld has some warts, but these are generally hidden by the game being fresh and innovative, instead of a regurgitated old rehash.
  7. Big and brave Homeworld might be, it doesn't quite add up to the wondrous game we were hoping for. The spectacle of deep space soon begins to look very empty and the battles repetitive.

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  1. Sean
    Feb 20, 2006
    10
    This game changed the way I viewed computer games... more than just a way to kill time, it was truley compelling and satisfying, an amazing This game changed the way I viewed computer games... more than just a way to kill time, it was truley compelling and satisfying, an amazing virtual world in which you could control an entire fleet through a gripping story, with complex strategies and gorgeous graphics to boot. Oh, and a note on the visuals in this game - they were so ahead of thier time, they still hold impressive to this very day, rivaling anything you'll see on many of today's consoles. Amazing. Expand
  2. Mar 8, 2011
    10
    I played it for the first time about five years after it was released, I didn't expect much as the price was pretty low. How was I surprisedI played it for the first time about five years after it was released, I didn't expect much as the price was pretty low. How was I surprised when the game turned to be so awesome. Great story and the climate, amazing music and art, as well as great graphic. First game to fully utilize full 3d combat and movement in space. And what combat it is! Sure, the controls can be confusing a bit at the beginning, but it's nothing a few minutes in tutorial can't fix. The story is simply amazing. Enthralling, one may say, and If you have a heart somewhere there inside your flesh, you will be moved by it. Maybe even to tears. All in all, amazing game. Expand
  3. ChadM.
    Feb 5, 2008
    10
    Although I also enjoy it's two sequels, Catacylsm and HW2, this original has an undifined touch of score and epicness.
  4. Feb 13, 2015
    10
    I played both of these when they first released. Never came across a game as fun as these since then, Homeworld 1 & 2 pulled me out of FPSI played both of these when they first released. Never came across a game as fun as these since then, Homeworld 1 & 2 pulled me out of FPS game's, fully into RTS game's. So glad to see them get remastered. Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2014
    10
    Half RTS, half space aquarium, Homeworld is one of the few essential titles any strategy fan needs to have played. Even replaying this amazingHalf RTS, half space aquarium, Homeworld is one of the few essential titles any strategy fan needs to have played. Even replaying this amazing game more than a decade later it is still unsurpassed as far as game play, graphics and sound is concerned. The single player campaign is on my list of essential sci fi literature along with Alien, Star Wars and Starcraft. And on top of the spectacular pacing of the story comes great visuals, tremendous sound and tough as nails tactics. At every turn you feel as if you really are way out in space, and some of the scenarios are breathtaking and feel really lethal. The single best feature of the game for me is the fact that all your forces carry on between missions, giving you a chance to plan out your fleet from the start as well as a powerful urge not to lose any ships. Needless to say this is pretty hard to accomplish. On top of this resources are tight as a drum, and you`ll happily fly for ten minutes each way just to pick up a single grain of space dust if you have to.

    If any negatives can be found they are negligible. However for people unaccustomed to RTS games Homeworld will be very tough to get to grips with beyond the first couple of levels. Even once the relatively tricky procedure of learning how to control your fleet in 3D is done with, the campaign is just unbelievably hard. It is hard in all the right ways though, and doesn`t cheat you. But still I can see it being a bit overwhelming for many people.
    Secondly, I have also identified a graphical bug which causes the occasional star to stick on the left edge of the view after it should have disappeared off screen. And finally in Homeworld there is a powerful compulsion to remain in each zone until every last resource has been gathered by your slow moving harvesters. This is because you need all of it, and it really does take the odd half hour for this to get done on some levels. And because people complained about it a high speed gathering function was added for the sequels. But this is an artifact of the gaming community in the classic PC era, which was composed of very patient people, quite unlike today. It was expected that games would reward patience as well as skill, planning, overview and tactical ability. Personally I loved it (And I detested the fast gathering in Cataclysm and Homeworld 2, possibly as the only person in the world.) since it gave me a welcome break between the hectic missions during which I could watch the backgrounds and listen to the relaxing music. Anyone who doesn`t need a breather after the intense missions in Homeworld should have their blood pressure and other vitals checked..
    If none of this turns you off then go get Homeworld with all appropriate haste! It is one of the most flawless games ever released for the PC
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  6. AndrewK.
    Aug 28, 2006
    9
    Excellent gameplay with balanced units between races. Includes a great storyline and single player missions that can actually be quite Excellent gameplay with balanced units between races. Includes a great storyline and single player missions that can actually be quite challenging. The MP aspect is well-done, with many custom maps that have been and spread through the community over the years, I have been a fan of this game for many years and as a veteren RTS gamer I can say this game ranks in my personal top three. Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2021
    0
    Ce machin date un brin, juste avant le bug de l’an 2000 pour être plus précis ! ou juste après pour cette édition budget de l’éditeur Sierra «Ce machin date un brin, juste avant le bug de l’an 2000 pour être plus précis ! ou juste après pour cette édition budget de l’éditeur Sierra « bestseller » que ça s’appelle… et donc il s’agit d’un énième STR (stratégie en temps réel de mes deux) mais qui se passe cette fois-ci dans l’espace et tout ça !

    Et donc, en fait… c’est encore pire qu’un STR « normal » et rapidement d’une complication qui donne mal à la tête. Le didacticiel et ses leçons m’ont déjà passablement endormi, puis au moment de commencer la campagne, lorsque j’ai entendu qu’il fallait dès maintenant commencer à farmer les ressources (dans l’espace) à savoir fabriquer les petites merdes à collecter, puis rechercher dans la recherche des nouveaux trucs très recherchés, puis patati et patata… cliquer et recliquer, activer les raccourcis au clavier, zoomer et dézoomer…

    Patatrac ! j’ai fait alt-f4 ; ça c’est une combinaison de touches que je connais, que je sais utiliser et en général, ça marche à tous les coup, oui Mon Général ! Alt et F4 : le rémède imparable contre la lourdeur des jeux relous qui vous gavent un peu trop vite ! alors, tu lui fais fermer sa gueule : tiens, alt-F4 dans ta tronche et dégage ! rentre à la maison, « Homeworld »… avec ton pote E.T. !
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