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Homeworld (PC)

by Vivendi
Windows XP
 Ages 7 and Over
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Send your armies to combat in an amazing real 3D universe
  • With its epic storyline extended over 16 single player missions
  • With a broad range of incredibly detailed vessels
  • Incredible 3D graphics with or without a 3D card
  • Multiplayer mode for up to 8 people

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000063EKR
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm ; 45 g
  • Release Date: 15 Mar 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,601 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

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.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Every so often, a game comes along that completely redefines a particular genre. In 1998, Half-Life ignited first-person shooters with its addictive blend of storytelling and action sequences. Homeworld, a polished, groundbreaking first-time effort from Relic Entertainment, attempts to change the way gamers play real-time strategy games. In the past, none of these 3-D games have accomplished the daunting task with the same gorgeous visuals and tactical gameplay as Homeworld.

Upon the discovery of an ancient galactic map inscribed with the words "our home," the people of Kharak began construction of a massive mother ship and fleet to traverse the galaxy and reach their long-rumoured home world. Players construct, maintain, and control the Kharak fleet through 16 challenging single-player missions or against fellow humans on Sierra's WON.net online gaming service. During the solo campaign, you'll face literally 100s of enemy vessels. All friendly and enemy ships, ranging from small, yet dangerously quick interceptors to the powerful, though expensive destroyers and heavy cruisers, are rendered with exquisite detail; further, expect plenty of impressive visual effects, from the glowing ship exhaust to fiery explosions. Adding to the pluses, Homeworld's thoughtful interface design eases the intense--and often complicated-resource-gathering and combat situations. --Doug Radcliffe

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timelessly classic. 13 April 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Homeworld is infamous as the first real-time strategy game set in space that utilised full 3D movement. Your 'HQ' in the game is the Kushan Mothership, which starts each level by hyperspacing into a new region of space. Your fleet deploys from the Mothership and you can commence harvesting resources (asteroids and pockets of gas) and expending your forces. Homeworld features a persistent fleet model, so the fleet you leave one mission with is the same force that appears at the start of the next. You also carry researched information and resource units (money, basically) between missions as well, meaning that canny (and extremely patient) players will wait until they've harvested every single possible resource from one level before jumping to the next. Each region or area has a specific objective, whether it's the acquiring of resources, the destruction of an enemy force or investigating a mystery before moving on. In this manner Homeworld is actually fairly reminiscent of a TV series. In fact, those detecting similarities between Homeworld and Battlestar Galactica are on the money: the game started as a concept for a BSG adaption, but when Universal made it clear they weren't interested, an original storyline was developed instead.

Homeworld remains a terrific game. The art direction is absolutely stunning, with both your ships and those of the enemy having a crisp feel very reminiscent of SF book covers from the 1970s, particularly the art of Peter Elson or Chris Fosse. In fact it's worth playing with the Taiidan ship skins because, whilst not the 'canon' ship designs, their bright primary colours and more interesting gun arrangements are a joy to control in battle. Graphically, the game is nowhere near as dated as you'd expect.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little dated, but excellent value 23 Nov 2003
I was worried about Homeworld. A 3D-RTS...it's easy to lose track of what's happening in a 2D one, let alone 3D. Homeworld tackles the problem with an excellent mass-selection system, allowing you to select entire formations of ships or single ships, to assign groups quickly and easily, and allowing perfect control over your armada. The range of ships is excellent, giving you a wide range of tactical options to handle any situation - faced with an enemy armada? You can deploy one or two super-heavy ships, a handful of destroyers, a fleet of frigates or a swarm of fighters with an equal chance of winning, as long as they're properly managed. Add to that mix the variety of each size, and no two battles will ever be even close to similar.
In short, for this price, Homeworld simply cannot disappoint. Beauty, brains and graceful aging - buy it now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Jun 2004
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This may be an old game, but what a buy. I completed the game twice it was so compelling. The interface is intuitive, if a little outdated, but it is still good enough to cope with the 'higher pressure' moments in the game. Just don't go crazy gathering resources, as this game is almost unique in the fact that resources are VERY limited. This adds an extra dimension to gaming. Use them wisely.
If you haven't played it, then buy it. You will not be dissapointed, and it represents outstanding value for money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 27 Mar 2006
I bought this game several years ago and even now still occasionally pick it off the shelf for a blaze. It is a fantastic game and incredible immersive and atmospheric.. and a rare diamond in this game is that the single player storyline is actually REALLY good. Online this game is also great fun and although awkward at first, once you get used to the full 3D navigation the game is excellent fun. I can't do anything other than heap praise onto this game as it is a masterpiece and a benchmark game.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a godsend 10 Jun 2004
I picked this game up one blustery afternoon on the way home from a bar shift. As i sat awaiting a bus i found the manuel and didn't immediatly discard it. Unlike most modern game manuels it didn't read like a 11 year olds first attempt at creative writing.
The game itself continues to impress, to be honest the grapihics alreay had me, but with such a plot i was completly hooked. About 9 months ago i broke my neck and was made bedbound for 5 months; it may sound cheesy but in that time this game kept me sane. A pc magazine described the games attraction as the almost real life-like moments this game breeds, i couldn't agree more- whether it be that split second before your cruiser implodes, the sheer fright as an ion beam ignites the air in front of your face, or the sorrow as your last scout desperatly fends off the inevitable.
i can remember one forum post having a customer saying thankyou for such a game, now that's rare
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Homeworld is a space set RTS (Real Time Strategy) game, which puts you in control of the most advanced ship ever to be built by your race, the Mothership. A fully contained world that can create ships, gather money, and control an empire away from home. When your home planet is attacked and everyone you knew killed you take the mothership on a revenge attack against your attackers.
With gamesplay and control unsurpassed in any RTS game to date and graphics to match them this game was a sure fire success and unlike Star Treks attempt at a space RTS, it goes where no other game has gone before. Homeworld has beautifully crated graphics, which even today look state of the art, with each ship designed and graphed by the producers so you could even imagine seeing people walking around inside the ships. From the tiny fighters, to the large Destroyers, to the mammoth Mothership the artwork and care put into this game is clearly visible. The gameplay in this game even surpass the graphics, as this is the first space game that actually gives you a 100% 3D environment. With excellent controls and the extra abilities to cap or have infinite units this game would delight any gamer, Sci-fi fan or not.
The game gives you two fully playable campaigns and together with an excellently composed soundtrack and well-designed video sequences this game is almost perfect. Homeworld lead the way for two sequels but still the first shines out as the future of all space RTS's, a most buy for all gamers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great game at a great price
Published 19 days ago by Alan Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
Initially the product was sent with no CD Key, This has now been rectified and I would be happy to recommend this item to any other person.
Published 2 months ago by Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest RTS ever made
Homeworld is so amazing you will not want to play any other RTS after you experience Homeworld it will also make you feel everything that the Kushan are going through as you travel... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Boohey
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best games to have ever existed
i had fun playing this again after such a long while since i last played it. brilliant story, brilliant art work and brilliant gameplay. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J MAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic
Old it may be, but the slightly chunky graphics in no way diminish what is an excellent game. I'd have payed twice the amount to play through its various missions and I look... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by Skye Blue
4.0 out of 5 stars Homeworld PC review
This was purchased as a replacement for a previous copy of this game after the disks wore out. I of course knew what I was getting! Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by MARK DARTON
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Very old but still very worthy.

An excellent story, incredibly well intermeshed classical music tracks and intense sweaty mouse moments.
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Space RTS Ever!
The Homeworld series -- from the first one to the third -- has got to be the best space RTS ever. Would be great to make into a Hollywood film!
Published on 11 Sep 2010 by M. L. Alferez
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking good.
Homeworld plays well and is a good looking game for its vintage. I've only completed the first couple of levels; they're well designed and highly playable. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by Yavit Tudu
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I ordered this and received it with 3 days from Zoverstocks (a great place to get used games cheap) so nothing wrong on the shipping front. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Alex MacCuish
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