Reliving the Sci-Fi Past

Homeworld is fondly remembered as one of the frontrunners of the real-time strategy genre, and allowed players to engage with the RTS in fascinating 3D space for the first time. While we may still be hungry for a new title in the series, this remaster does plenty to whet the appetite as it serves up a comforting nostalgic meal with some new garnish.

The Homeworld Remastered Collection gives players access to remastered versions of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 along with classic editions of each game. Returning to titles that harken back to another era of PC gaming is a bit surreal, but I enjoyed revisited a time when real-time strategy was one of the most popular and exciting genres.

In the fully 3D setting of Homeworld, you participate in traditional resource gathering and collecting, building up formations and forces, and skirmishing and colliding with enemy forces in a variety of situations. From strategic combat to inventive units, everything that made the originals fun to play is here in full force. Of particular note that’s uncommon in the genre is that you retain a persistent fleet through the campaign, keeping resources from mission to mission; expect to get attached to your ships, which makes dangerous encounters even more intense.

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The campaigns of both Homeworld and Homeworld 2 hold up today, though some remnants of older design are still intact – things like long, repetitive, slow, and boring missions. But for the most part, the story is interesting, especially in the first game, as you command the Kushan against the Taiidan in a quest to find your homeworld. For new players to the titles, there are some trial-and-error missions that might be frustrating, but if you’re at the table to play a remastered real-time-strategy game, you can weather

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