HomeWorld Cataclysm
Genre Strategy -> RTS
Today's Rank 5053
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USA
Date 2000-09-02
Publisher V.U.G.
UK
Date 2000-09-29
Publisher V.U.G.
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtHomeworld took real-time strategy into the third dimension, and the latest instalment takes the series to exciting new levels. Set 15 years after the events in the original, Homeworld: Cataclysm comes with new ships (some of which are upgradeable), enhanced gameplay, and a load of new tactical challenges. Once again, it's your job to lead a fleet of spacecraft through a campaign that involves past threats, a civil war, and eventually a frighteningly powerful menace that eclipses everything that came before it. The basics are still the same, but now players can't see anything outside of the range of their ships' sensors. This makes defence tougher, because it's hard to predict where attacks will materialise; also, it requires the effective use of a small screening force to avoid nasty ambushes. Your new mothership is a lowly mining scow, so it isn't possible to build anything but the most basic ship until a captured vessel is towed in and researched. There's also a new limit on the number of ships that you can have in your fleet at any time, which means that it's important to build the right ship and make it count. There are a lot of new things to learn in Cataclysm, and all of them add to the game's fun. One of the best things about Cataclysm is that you don't need a copy of Homeworld to run it, and the story line is completely self-contained. An excellent tutorial is included that will help players come to grips with moving their ships in a fully 3-D environment. The graphics haven't been upgraded much (but they didn't need to be), and the game runs smoothly on even low-end PCs, as long as you have a cap able video card. This is a must-buy for fans of the original, although newcomers might want to start with the original, so that they can feel the full effect of this polished series. Then again, no real-time strategy fan will want to miss the multiplayer mode. --T Byrl Baker
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