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Dune 2000

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Description

Dune 2000 is a remake of the classic Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty, updated for Windows. In this Real-Time Strategy game, you can play one of the three houses: The noble Atreides, the insidious Ordos, or the evil Harkonnen. Each has different sets of units and tactics while maintaining an overall balance.

Unlike the original, the cutscenes happen after every mission, with a live-cast this time, like already seen in Westwood Studio's Command & Conquer franchise. A 16-bit color mode was the next step for their RTS genre, boosting up the graphics in Dune 2000.

Everything from the original is back: sandworms, the spice, the Fremen, the known structures and the map of the planet, and even the intro-cinematic is an enhanced live-action version of the original one.

Each house fights differently. The noble Atreides have air-superiority and rely on their honour and alliance with planet natives, the Fremen. The insidious Ordos rely on guerrilla tactics and superior technology, as well as mercenaries. The evil Harkonnen just go brutal, with no care for lives of their own troops or destruction as long as they are victorious.

Screenshots

Dune 2000 Windows Building concrete slabs before the building to place it upon has the same functionality as in the original, to get the full HP and wrecks less.
Dune 2000 Windows The Atreides Mentat
Dune 2000 Windows Troops protecting your base
Dune 2000 Windows Inside the Harkonnen Base

Alternate Titles

  • "חולית 2000" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Dune" -- European PSX Classics release title

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User Reviews

Lame cash-in attempt Windows Maw (845)
Money For Old Rope Windows Martin Smith (76)
An excellent must-play for any Dune fan. Windows Jacob Enriquez (15)
An unfairly trashed game Windows emerging_lurker (136)
A disappointing update to one of my favorate games. Windows Brian Hirt (10014)
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Windows James ruwan (3)
This isn't Dune Windows Terrence Bosky (5232)
Disappointing. Windows Stephen M (24)
a shame, considering its from 1998 Windows Tomthesecond (45)
Westwood lost the lead in RTS Windows Daniel Martin (17)

The Press Says

PC Action Windows Jul, 1998 85.5 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep, 1998 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Windows Aug 05, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Gamesmania Windows 1998 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Windows Aug, 1998 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Windows Aug, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Gamezilla Windows Apr 22, 1999 67 out of 100 67
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Nov, 1998 55 out of 100 55
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows 1998 55 out of 100 55
Deaf Gamers Windows 2000 2.5 out of 5 50

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Trivia

Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty

There are references to Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty, of which Dune 2000 is a remake: the manual says that the mentat Ammon of House Ordos was executed. Ammon was the mentat who assisted the player in the Ordos campaign in Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty. This makes Dune 2000 seem like a sequel and not just a remake.

Fremen language

There is some Fremen language heard in the videos. For example in the Atreides campaign, when Noree Moneo gives coffee to Kari, he says "Subakh ul kuhar" (Are you well?). When he mentions the Fremen hostages, Kari says "Tahadi al-burhan! Taqwa!" (Ultimate challenge! Price of freedom!).

Frank Herbert created Fremen words as corrupted versions of modern Arabic, showing how they will evolve in the future. For example "subakh ul kuhar" is from modern Egyptian "Sabah El Kheir".

German version

In the German version death cries were removed and the blood which shows up after killing an infantryman was coloured black.

Sequel

The game Emperor: Battle for Dune is a direct sequel to Dune 2000. Indeed, in the beginning of Emperor: Battle for Dune you will be shown the Ordos ending sequence from Dune 2000. This the first game by Westwood Studios in which the victory of the evil side is made part of the canon.

Universe errors

Although the game is based on the Dune universe and follows its background, the scenario doesn't fit in the timeline established by the novels. For example, there was no emperor Frederick IV, and Arrakis was not the place of war between rival powers. The Atreides campaign mentions Duke Leto, indicating that the timeframe is that of the original Dune novel. In Leto's time, the emperor was Shaddam IV.

While the House Ordos is inspired from the Dune Encyclopedia, their insignia seen in the game is not the one shown there, but the insignia of House Wallach.

In the Atreides cutscene where the Fremen Kari is introduced, Noree Moneo tells the player: "She's Naib... Fremen Death Commando". In Herbert's novels however, the Death Commandos are called Fedaykin, not Naib. A Naib is the leader of a sietch and is typically male.

Information also contributed by Boston Low.

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Contributed to by Brian Hirt (10014) and Grant McLellan (544)