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on 29 June 2001
Homeworld: Cataclysm came in for a lot of stick upon release by not being a mission disk. For only 17 missions and apparently cosmetic changes, the publishers charged £35. However, on reflection this isn't quite so bad. The original Homeworld only had 16 missions and the interface restrictions were often annoying (not being able to attack from the tactical map, the mothership being immobile, the lack of a time-accelerate function to make resource gathering less tedious). Homeworld: Cataclysm is considerably more user-friendly. It is also rather more difficult than the original Homeworld, extending its life-time by several days at the very least when compared to the original. The plot is cheesy, but the atmospheric cut-scenes generate a real feeling of menace, whilst the graphics remain impressive and spectacular. The control system remains instinctive: out of all the 3D RTS games to date only Homeworld has a truly well-integrated camera/control system, unlike the horrible mess of, say, Force Commander or even Black & White. It's interesting that other RTS games like Hostile Waters have started to employ similar systems to Homeworld, perhaps realising its innate superiority. Having said all of that the price remains galling: Relic did all the work on the 3D engine over a three-year-period. All Barking Dog had to do was the missions and alter the existing interface and units. Perhaps more work was put into this than most mission disks, but not enough to justify selling it at the same price as the original. All of these arguements are destroyed, however, because Cataclysm will be out on budget within a few months (if the recent release of Homeworld on budget is any indicator). As a result, the gameplay should be the deciding factor in any review and it is simply stunning, particularly in the final, desperate missions as you struggle to put the mothership's siege cannon in position to damage the enemy command carrier. The new units are often inspired and overall the game is a delight to play. The only major criticism is that it's too short (17 missions is paltry compared to the 28 for Red Alert 2 or 50 for Tiberian Sun and X-Wing Alliance) and that, despite hints at the time of release, it seems there won't be any additional mission disks until Homeworld 2 comes out. Despite these quibbles, Cataclysm is a worthy purchase.
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on 12 November 2001
Homeworld Cataclysm is an excellent game but doesn't quite reach the level of Homeworld. The game is set 15 yeays after your triumphant return home, your people have begun the task of rebuilding there lives and there civilisation while the mothership has been pressed into service as a shipyard, orbiting Higara churning out ships for the defence of your new home. You start out on a mining ship that's busy collecting resources to fuel the rebuilding process, a surprise attack from your old enemy takes you home where you help in the defence, you are then sent out on a rescue mission which results in you finding alien technology, eager for any way to get an edge in this hostile universe your leaders tell you to bring it aboard your ship for analysis, little do you realise it's not just the technology you are bringing aboard, the technology is infested with a inteligent virus capable of subverting technology, it quickly takes controll of your hangar module but luckily you are able to eject it before your entire ship is taken over. You send another of your ships to investigate believing the virus is contained but the subverted module fires a beam at the ship causing to to become infected too, you quickly realise you have unleased a terror on the galaxy, for every beast ship you destroy two more become infected. It's up to you to find a way of defeating this new enemy before it takes over everything.
That's the basic story anyway, while not as gripping as the original Homeworld, Cataclysm is still a great game with the same excellent graphics and gameplay. You have a whole new selection of ships to choose from including the "Leech" that attatches itself to the enemy ships and slowly extracts the minerals from the hull untill it explodes, my favourite however is the sentinal, a unmanned craft that in small groups, projedcts a shield around your ships. One new feature is the abillity to accelerate time, this comes in handy when you have killed all the enemy ships and want to harvest the rest of the resources, it is open to abuse though, I often found myself accelerating the battles which took something away from the game. The final mission is something of a let down too, it lacked the climax of the original. When all is said and done, Cataclysm is still a great game, if you enjoyed Homeworld you will want to buy this, just don't expect it to improve on the original.
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on 7 October 2000
Homeworld Cataclysm is simply amazing. It is war on an epic scale. If you have ever watched Babylon 5 and wanted a game with battle scenes like that, buy this. The story is also brilliant and keeps you hooked. The missions are finely tuned so that your never bored. The new tweaked control system is also a delight. Trust me this is one game you don't want to miss.
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on 17 May 2003
This game will be enjoyed by anyone who has played Homeworld and will be enjoyed by most people who have not. it is much better than its predicesor (homeworld) for many reasons such as the ships that do jobs it would take three ships to do on homeworld, the amazingly large number of technologys and also the vast aount of special caperbilitys: misile launcher, linking, leeching, swarming and mimicing are just some of these functions.
the game is less difficult than homeworld (I have only reached level nine in three months on homworld but I have reached level 7 on homeworld: cataclysm.
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on 11 September 2000
The graphics in Homeworld, as everybody knows, were simply awesome... Now the graphics are stunning! This is the first RTS game that uses an engine similar to those of first person shooter games. The Beast, the new enemy adds the game spice and makes it more fun to play. There are new ships such as the gigantic dreadnought and new stratigies such as waypoints. If you already have Homeworld you have to buy this! If you don't you still should buy it! If you like classic RTS, go buy Red Alert 2!
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on 14 September 2000
The atmosphere of the game is darker than the original but still the score for the music is relaxing. The game progresses quite quickly but allows you to get a feel for the controls for the first couple of missions. The Beast is a formidible enermy and the AI for the enemy is more sneaky, if the tide turns too much against it, it then retreats and then attacks again. The requirements for the control of the ships is much greater than that of the original.
The game is amazing.
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on 15 August 2009
just like all the others this game is HARD, this isn't for casual gaming. However its fun, the clips are well made, and though the graphics aren't the best the game-play compensates.

Homeworld cataclysm provides you with an easier tech tree, playing as the Somtaaw, a clan of low stature, the mining vessel changes over the course of the campaign, as you attempt to quell the virus race known only as The Beast.

a good game, and a must buy for homeworld fans, and if you aren't such and don't have the original, it makes no difference as this is a stand alone game.
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on 8 November 2013
i never played this before but i have played the other homeworld games in the series but it was still a really good game. the graphics are not impressive but the gameplay and story more than makes up for this. i would recommend this to anyone who loves playing hardcore strategy games,
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on 28 April 2014
I bought this game because I had it a long time ago but sadly lot it. It has to be one of the most amazing and entertaining RTS games ever made. If only other games were as good as this one
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on 8 November 2000
So Homeworld cataclysm has finally arrived and what a let down.The graphics are smoother, the controls alittle diffrent to the first one but no big deal. But the single player game of 17 missions I found no challenge at all ( well three or four were abit tough!) and as for the final mission, the big show down with the beast, well the beast can't kill you! Whats the point in that? This should have been a mission disc.Great if you don't have the first one think twice if you do!!
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