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Homeworld - PC

by Vivendi Universal
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews) 3 answered questions 93 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00001LDCK
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 30, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,829 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Homeworld is the next evolution of real-time strategy gaming, delivering a fresh experience in a totally 3-D universe. It gives players freedom to create new styles of play while delivering cinema-quality graphics, special effects, vividly rendered ships, and an innovative interface.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Graphics and Epic Space Battles November 17, 1999
I'm not usually one to play strategy games, but the graphics of homeworld looked so impressive that I couldn't resist the temptation of picking up a copy. After playing it for a few evenings, I've come to the conclusion that this game is simply stunning.
Homeworld immerses you in a full 3D battlefield and makes it easy to zoom, pan and rotate your view to different perspectives. You can choose to watch battles unfold from afar, or select any visible ship and instantly shift your focus to their view and follow them through combat.
Large scale battles are incredible to watch from either perspective. They're so detailed and so well rendered that they remind me of some of the space battle scenes from the Return of the Jedi (ok, the resolution isn't as good, and the game isn't as smooth as CGI, but it's pretty incredible nonetheless-- large battles are definately "wow" material).
The gameplay is well balanced, and to date, I've found the different missions/battles to be quite challenging. Unlike most strategic war games I've played, the storyline for homeworld is quite interesting. It unfolds gradually, and does a great job in building up the drama behind your mission.
The main difference behind homeworld and other strategic wargames is the 3D nature of the battlefield. Space is definately harder to fight in than land.
Definately five stars, definately a must have...
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great game! December 1, 1999
By Jaffo
I've been a fan of RTS for a long time - starting way back with Warcraft I, II, Starcraft, Command and Conquer, etc... I was very excited to hear about Homeworld, and was well rewarded while playing it!
I have seen some of these reviews knock the user interface. I have to say, I thought the 3d interface was great! It was intuitive and easy to learn (A mouse w/a wheel is highly recommended - it allows for zooming a bit easier than with a two button mouse)
The graphics are amazing. They were so good, I didn't mind getting blown up a few times on the last level. The battle between two huge fleets was so pretty, it was hard not to stop and just watch! It was like watching your house burn down!
Another aspect of the game that was impressive to me - I had absolutely NO bugs to report. I know that can be system dependent, but it's the first game in a long time that worked out of the box, through ALL the levels, without failing at some point or another.
I highly recommend this game. I'm sure there will be many imitators - and some may make marginal improvements, but this game is a huge step for the RTS genre.
I hope Relic turns into another Blizzard - I look forward to their next quality release.
Now that we've conquered 3D RTS, where do we go next?
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest real-time strategy game I have ever played. January 27, 2000
Many computer games have tried to use the limitless possibilities of space as a backdrop, but Homeworld is the first to get it right, stretching the aesthetic limits of the real-time strategy in new directions.
Imagine this moment: your fighters fly in tight formation toward an opponent's huge capital ship. You centre and zoom in on your lead fighter, and the sounds of the ship's engine fills the room. As they near their target, your ships break formation, and you tumble and roll with them as they attack. Particle beams pierce the darkness around you, missiles fly past, explosions surround you. There is nothing like this in gaming.
The single player version is excellent. Although the plot draws heavily on classic space operas, such as Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars, the challenges you will face are unique, interesting, and sometimes comical.
A word of caution: to get the most out of this game, I recommend a high-end video card, with resolution jammed to the max. Turn on all the effects; it's more than worth it.
As well, experienced RTS gamers will not be able to jump immediately into the game and succeed. Start with the excellent tutorial and master the 3D play environment. Learning game mechanics at this point is critical.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unreal, Highly Immersive Gameplay! June 17, 2000
Homeworld's best features-graphics engine, scripting, control mechanics, narrative flow, and mission structure, are so fluid, so highly immersive, that it makes the experience far more than the sum of its parts. The combination of large scale fleet actions and cinematic perspectives creates the most impressive space combat ever made for a strategy game. Its like being in the middle of, and in cotrol of, a Star Wars battle. 16 single player missions can make for some short gaming time but most people go through the campaign at least twice-its that good. In single player, you'll encounter 2 races, aside from the main one that your trying to decimate.
There are 26 units to choose from on each side, with 3 main classes of ships-from the paltry fire of the scout, to the amazing might of the heavy cruiser. The excellent use of 3D makes for some interesting strategies, putting much imphasis on the element of surprise...
To sum it up, buy Homeworld for its engrossing real-time-strategy matched to a vital and visually intense story, making this a gaming experience like none other.
P.S. You may want to check the Relic and Sierra message boards to see what other people think of the game-plus it could help you along in learning the basic components of the game
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game.
Published 16 days ago by Theodore Bundesen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent RTS game.
For those of you who love RTS games, this is a MUST HAVE!

I've played the C&C's, the Supreme Commanders, Starcraft, Warcraft, Warzone 2100, you name it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Myles Bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic game at its best.
I love this game, I am also happy to learn that they are releasing a remastered version that i cannot wait for. Read more
Published 21 days ago by William B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must experience game.
This series of games is one of the few in my collection that I will never part with!
It might be showing it's age graphics wise by today's standards but, the experience is top... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mooki
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Star since it is dated
A Game that is still in my library with its sequel.. Yeah I like it that much, found it addictive and imaginative as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by IGOTIT
5.0 out of 5 stars works, interesting game.
the only problem i have is that it's too difficult. i'm not sure if it's adaptive. i'm getting clobbered. kinda reminds me of playing chess against the computer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by hamid mazuji
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, Greatest Space RTS
One of the greatest RTSs in history. Space never seemed so fluid or dynamic. Being able to make attacks in the z axis was revolutionary. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it to this day!
Same applies as Cataclysm... "Max rating to any Homeworld game. Loved this series when i was young, had to own copies again. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Lansdown
4.0 out of 5 stars I remembered.
I loved this game back in the 90's but it wouldn't play when I upgraded by PC. So far this CD plays just fine on my Windows 7.
Published 7 months ago by Doug J Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool RTS game in open space
Very cool RTS in open space.. it seemed bigger when I played it back in 97 but it still makes it happen .. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Darin McNew
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