The original Homeworld was released in 1999 and it set a great standard for Space RTS genres, instead of a flat view like traditional RTS games now you could move in all directions. It allowed for a different type of thinking and strategy to take place in this genre and the game was succeeded by and Expansion Cataclysm in 2000 and Homeworld 2 in 2003.
Last year with the announcement of Homeworld Deserts of Kharak they also released HD remakes of the classic titles to get old and new fans excited for this new adventure. Deserts of Kharak takes homeworld from space to a planetary setting and you guessed it on a planet called Kharak.
There is a lot of nostalgic elements in the game that will make fans of the series feel welcome and although the setting is no longer in space, the mechanics/gameplay still plays the same. The new setting is refreshing for the series and I think it will do very well.
The Homeworld gameplay is a bit different to the general RTS games, for instance you do not build any buildings and produce units and upgrades from there. Instead you have a mothership, or in the case of Deserts of Kharak a Carrier, and everything gets done from this gigantic base. The Carrier and units in Homeworld Deserts of Kharak has the same look and feel as the ships in the previous games. The biggest difference is that because it takes place on a planet now, you can no longer move up and down.
The story is interesting and takes place a 114 years prior to Homeworld. Kharak is a dying planet and you are now in search of your salvation searching for a strange object in the vast and dangerous dessert of Kharak. You will travel great distances and battle fierce enemies in your search.
The game has multiplayer and a skirmish mode as well to wage all-out war on the AI or your friends. The units are well balanced and you will easily get the grasp of what tactics to use in different situations.
Homeworld Deserts of Kharak is a great start to a new beginning for the Homeworld series and I hope to see more of it in the future. RTS game are quite rare these days so it is great to see a classic be revived for the future.
Reviewed on: PC
Available on: PC
Age Rating: Teen+
Publisher/Developer: Gearbox Software / Blackbird Interactive
Estimated RRP: R489
Release Date: 20 January 2016
- Great new Story
- More involvement/options in Campaign