Homeworld Remastered Collection Review
Homeworld Remastered Collection Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Gearbox Software
Pub: Gearbox Software
Release: February 25, 2015
Players: 1-8
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Suggestive Themes, Fantasy Violence

Outside of the campaign, there is a large selection of multiplayer maps, ranging from two player skirmishes to eight player conflicts. These matches can be customized with added features, such as challenges to perform certain tasks, relics that appear randomly to provide a resource boon to whomever controls them, bounties awarded for kills, and various other options to test. With limited diversity in the void of space, the variety between maps comes from asteroid (resource) placement and the gorgeous yet superfluous backdrops, ranging from nebulae to light echoes to various planetoid configurations. At the time of this review, only computer controlled matches were available, though the online multiplayer beta is expected to be available on launch day.

Homeworld Remastered Collection Screenshot

The display of combat was a fluid experience in the original Homeworld, and flows like a symphony in the remastered version - albeit a somewhat confusing one. With the ability to zoom out to where your units are mere specks or zoom in to scrutinize every panel of a ship, controlling the camera and issuing commands is a monumental task. There is a steep learning curve to organizing your units into separately controlled squads, mastering tactical formations, and memorizing the effectiveness of each unit type against the enemy's armada. Trying to discern your own ships during a heated engagement with hundreds of vessels whisking around is a challenge in itself. The game tries to differentiate between teams via the color of the plasma stream from the engine's exhaust, though it is nonetheless daunting at first. Of course, the cult community of aging fans of the series will find no issue with the controls, and those freshly plucked gamers who become enraptured by the Homeworld's beauty will likely wield a craving to become masters of the formula themselves. When figured out, a massive engagement between several players is a glory to behold, and one I personally cannot wait to see with the new graphics.

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To see a fading classic rejuvenated with such a clear display of visual craftsmanship sets the bar going forward for any other would-be remastered title. And yet the untouched gameplay manages to stand the test of time, offering an engaging and challenging experience able to stand on equal ground and even eclipse some of the more recent RTS offerings. Homeworld Remastered Collection is a testament to game development done right, both in its original form and in the meticulously updated version, and one that should not be overlooked by any fan of the genre.

By
Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
Date: March 4, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.6
Graphics
The amount of work done to enhance the visuals of this classic series is mind-boggling. Only when you zoom in to where you face is plastered against a capital ship's hull can you spot where the detailing becomes washed.
4.0
Control
It's a monumental task to control every aspect of your fleet and the camera in such a large space. But once you master the steep learning curve of this real-time strategy game, you'll be beckoning your enemies to test you.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Flawless. A perfect blend a various music types to simulate the action and the emptiness of space alike, and impeccably executed voice work on every level.
4.7
Play Value
The campaigns of both Homeworld and Homeworld 2 have enough allure to replay again to improve your performance. Add in a dynamic multiplayer mode, and you've got the revitalization of a series worth the long wait.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Experience the epic space strategy games that redefined the RTS genre. Control your fleet and build an armada across more than 30 single-player missions.
  • Choose unit types and fleet formations and flight tactics for each strategic situation.
  • Utilize advanced research to construct ships ranging from light fighters to huge carriers and everything in between.
  • Bonus archival versions of Homeworld Classic and Homeworld 2 Classic, preserving the purest form of the original releases with compatibility for modern operating systems.

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