developer: Gearbox Software
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Homeworld Remastered Collection is a bundle containing the renewed versions of Homeworld and Homeworld 2, the renowned space RTS games made by Relic Entertainment studio. The remake was developed by Gearbox Software.
The first Homeworld tells the story of the Kushan people, who have developed their civilization on the desert planet of Kharak for thousands of years. The history of this society is made up mostly of series of wars for the scarce natural resources. Everything has changed since the discovery of the wreckage of an enormous alien spacecraft. The ship contained technology which allowed for interstellar travel, and a map leading to a planet named Hiigara, which meant “Home” in the Kushan language. This discovery united the people of Kharak and throughout the next century the entire civilization focused on creating a spaceship of their own, based on the findings and technology extracted from the wreckage. However, a terrible tragedy took place during the first flight. The vessel had successfully performed a jump through hyperspace and arrived at its default destination, only to discover a handful of fighters of a hostile, alien civilization. After defeating them and returning to the orbit of Kushan, the crew found that the fighters were only a part of a huge armada, which annihilated all of the Kharak’s population. The 600,000 Kushans hibernated aboard the ship were the only survivors of the slaughter. The crew decided there wasn’t any point in returning to the ruined planet and set out for Hiigara.
The plot of Homeworld 2 begins 115 years after the events of the first game. That century was a time of peace and prosperity for the Kushan people and their new homeworld, Higgara. The end of that golden age was marked by the dynamic growth of the warrior race of Vaygr, which launched a massive invasion on the Kushan civilization. After a series of battles it became clear that the inhabitants of Hiigara are losing the war. In the face of defeat, the Kushan decided to build an enormous mothership, a way to tip the scale back in the favor of their own people. Unfortunately, before the project was completed the enemy had already prevailed and managed to reach the construction site of the massive spacecraft. As their last effort, the Kushan launched the ship into space and fled from the enemy with a few Hiigarian survivors on board.
Both of the Homeworld games are space RTSs, true to the laws of the genre. Our task is to collect resources, deliver them to the mothership and then use them to produce new units and research new technologies. What distinguishes Homeworld form other games is the combat system. The battles are fought deep in the vacuum of space and the devs have made a wonderful job of utilizing its 3D nature. The combat isn’t limited just to the horizontal plane and we can attack our enemies both from below and above their ship’s position. In combination with the small number of objects on the maps, this completely revolutionizes the way our engagements develop and the game renders all of the ordinary combat strategy completely useless, forcing the player to come up with new tactics in order to prevail.
Both Homeworld and Homeworld 2 have long storylines, as well as a well-polished multiplayer mode. In comparison to its predecessors, Homeworld Remastered Collection offers superior graphics and sound design. All of the textures have been changed to high resolution versions and the cutscenes have been remade from scratch. The soundtrack has also been redesigned, under the watchful eye of Paul Ruskay, the composer responsible for the original soundtrack of the Homeworld games.
Game score 8.86 / 10 calculated out of 663 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 9.6 / 10 calculated out of 113 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Quad Core 2.3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560/Radeon HD 5850 or better, 20 GB, Windows 7
Minimum: Dual Core 2.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8800 GTS/Radeon HD 4800, 20 GB, Windows Vista