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Homeworld 2

by Vivendi Universal
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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Platform: PC
  • Epic story about the legacyand destiny of the Higarans.
  • Totally new 3D engine that renders breathtaking graphics of outer space and ship detail.
  • Streamlined interface lets people control the whole game with a few mouse clicks.
  • All new fleets, each with unique abilities and craft, for different styles of play.
  • Experience outer space complete with asteroids, massive derelicts, gas clouds, and nebulae that stretch for many miles.

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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000083JXD
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 16, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,259 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

From the Manufacturer

Homeworld 2 continues the epic struggle of the Hiigarans and their leader Karan S'jet. Many thought their hardships would end when they returned to Hiigara, yet fate has not been so kind to the Exiles. Now the Hiigarans face a new and bitter enemy, a renegade clan from the eastern fringes of the galaxy, who wield the power of the ancients. Homeworld 2 chronicles the valiant journey of the Mothership and its crew into the oldest regions of the galaxy to confront their new foe and discover the truth behind their exile.

An innovative 3D engine generates cinematic-quality graphics, stunning special effects, and beautifully rendered ships. The sublime vistas and otherworldly splendor of Homeworld 2 are in the award-winning tradition of the original. In-game cinematics flow seamlessly in and out of gameplay as players command their armada around eerily beautiful phenomena of deep space, including giant asteroids, massive derelicts, gas clouds, and nebulae light years across.

A streamlined interface lets players take total control of their ships and explore the universe. And all-new camera panning makes maneuvering fleets in the thick of battle easier than ever. Zoom in to see objects in intricate detail, zoom out to get a panoramic view, or rotate your view of deep space a full 360 degrees.

In the dynamic 3D universe of Homeworld 2 the awe-inspiring phenomena of deep space--giant asteroids, huge derelicts, murky gas clouds, and vast nebulae--pulse with the energy that permeates the cosmos. These fully interactive phenomena--some strategically helpful and others fraught with danger--add another dimension to gameplay.

Two all-new customizable battle fleets, each with unique capabilities and spacecraft, enhance Homeworld 2's strategic complexity and tactical flexibility. Players can now group ships in strike formations that move together into combat. New ships such as the flak corvette and the marine frigate offer innovative tactical choices, while capital ships have subsystems like engines and weaponry that can be crippled while leaving the ship ready for capture.

New multiplayer modes and features allow up to six players to wage war via a LAN or over the Internet. Additional tools and modules enable the community to develop new missions and mods.

Product Description

Take advantage of enhanced visuals, richer tactics and strategic gameplay as you build your fleet and engage in 3-D space combat.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game, but too hard for most December 22, 2003
By Oyvind
Platform for Display:PC
This game was a must-buy for me since I also owned the original Homeworld. The story of HW2 is a lot less compelling than the story of the original Homeworld, but still not bad. The gameplay is however better.
If you are unfamiliar with the Homeworld series, it's based on fighting your way through levels, where you bring your resources and space fleet from the previous mission (level) to the next. They are all interconnected, and if you do poorly in one, chances are you'll be at a disadvantage in the next one.
You command the mighty mothership in your quest to save the galaxy by retrieving an old hyperspace gate. The mothership is able to build ships, including carriers that in turn can build most types of ships. You will be tasked with developing technology, building a viable fleet, mining for resources, completing mission objectives, and fending off the enemy - all in a nice concoction of organized chaos. The pace can be pretty high at times, and although the battlefields are nicely laid out and the navigation relatively simple, it's still a mess to get through some of the missions. Chances are you'll play each mission somewhere between 2 and 20 times before you succeed.
* Excellent concept and gameplay
* Beautiful graphics and sound
* Hours and hours of fun and challenging gameplay
* Multiplayer option, and option to play against the computer
* Large fleet of different ships - friends, allies and foes
* A lot of improvement to make to your fleet through research
* Nice storyline to follow
* Extremely hard - only one difficulty level. It's a good idea to either read online strategy guides and walkthroughs, or simply buy the official strategy guide.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing that warm-fuzzy feeling February 15, 2006
By Tsoick
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
(This is for Homeworld 2 version 1.1... That's including the most recent patch.)

First, let me say that I've played and completed both Homeworld and Homeworld: Cataclysm, and I found the first extremely enjoyable and engrossing (though somewhat frustrating), and the second just mostly frustrating.

This game was somewhere inbetween.

I agree with reviewers that said that the storyline of this game was weak. It doesn't make much of sense, and it leads to many missions that are almost carbon copies of the original Homeworld (especially the first few missions!) I'm not sure it fits into the series storyline, either.

Also, the game felt extremely rushed. There's barely time to breathe between the objectives that the game gives you. You can't neglect the objectives, either, because if you do, you might find yourself on the wrong side of overwhemling force. After the last objective has been achieved, you automatically collect all remaining resources and hyperspace jump whether you want to or not, and you're on to the next mission. I know why the devs did this, because players in the original Homeworld (and I think Cataclysm as well) would spend hours collecting resources after each mission, but somehow having all that done for you just felt like it was moving the game *way too fast*. In addition, while you auto-collect all the resources in the area, meaning that you never have a shortage, you don't have time to rebuild or take stock. This means that, while you might win the current mission, you'll be horribly under-powered for the next mission, and also unprepared with your groupings, and since many missions start out very quickly this can be a BIG PROBLEM.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homeworld2: Evolution, not Revolution. September 23, 2003
Platform for Display:PC
The motto of the Developement team on Homeworld2, Evolution not Revolution, is evident in the final product. It is a very much improved version of Homeworld in almost everything.
Homeworld was the first 3D space RTS. In Homeworld you commanded a fleet of ships (centered around the Mothership) trying to get back to your Homeworld. The storyline and how it was presented in the singleplayer gave you a sense of emotional connection.
Homeworld2 is more easy to use than the Original. It uses an interface which is all about being optional and unintrusive. In Homeworld2, unlike the original you are never taken out of the action, you are always there.
In addition to the simple GUI improvements, Homeworld2 has (maybe unneccessarily) simplified the 3d; as well as the standard "Movecommand, target on disk, deviation into 3d" form of movement, there is a click on target form. What I like less in their changes is the "flattening" of the game into a more flat world, but maybe that is neccessary in the singleplayer. Another new feature I found very useful in the interface is the panning feature; in the original you had to be centered on an object (or where an object was when you chose to center there) while now you can pan the camera around the map in a similar fasion to many other RTSs.
However, the difference that I find most fulfilling is the change in actual play. Homeworld2 sport 2 *truly* different races, unlike Homeworld, where the 2 races were identical except for 2 ships. Homeworld2's Hiigaran and Vaygr races have totally different tactical possibilites; multipurpose formations vs. specialized swarms. Also there is the addition of Subsystems to large ships; targetable parts such as Engines, Hyperspace modules, or Fire Control Towers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome game know i have the awesome mod to play to
Published 1 month ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great great game!
Published 1 month ago by Bryon K. Eversole
5.0 out of 5 stars This Games is one of the best Games ever made
This Games is one of the best Games ever made. I played through many times and it is still a lot of fun. Hope they make a HoW3!
Published 1 month ago by Christoph Käsmayr
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
I'm so grateful they have modified this game for up to date multiplayer gaming, the complex mods are getting better and better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marcus Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars husband loved it
Bought this game for my husband and he loves it...good quality picture good graphics even worked well on my husbands gaming computer
Published 4 months ago by amber smith
5.0 out of 5 stars HomeWorld 2
It is a great fun game. For thoses into space exploration and ships. This is a game you should get.
Published 6 months ago by Mr.Hazz
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok game
This game is pretty good, I'm not a big PC player but I'll admit it was fun. The graphics could be better but i got it on time and the shipping did a nice job.
Published 7 months ago by Benjamin Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it to this day!
Lastly, SAME Comment as other two Homeworld purchases..."Max rating to any Homeworld game. Loved this series when i was young, had to own copies again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris Lansdown
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
Despite its dated graphics it is a classic .To my mind it remains a turning point in the catergory,it is still a relevant game to play and master.
Published 9 months ago by BOBTEK
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Homeworld 2
A great strategy game from the past. I would hope that someday they will come out with a more advanced version for today's PC's. Read more
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