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Homeworld: Cataclysm (Windows)

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Description

Homeworld: Cataclysm is a stand-alone expansion for the Real-Time Strategy Homeworld.

It includes a new race called "The Beast", an alien sort of biomechanical parasite that "converts" any other units that come in close proximity to such "infected" Beast units.

There are also new units available, such as the Mimic, a fighter that nearly perfectly imitates other units and objects (even such as asteroids); a Ramming Frigate, which rams itself into hostile ships, and many more new units also.

Home-base management has become more complex: If one wants to research new ship classes, one must build a Research Laboratory to do this. If one wants to research a new weapon technology, one must construct yet another Lab. If the player wants to expand his fleet, he must build rooms for his pilots, to support them. All of these add-ons are attached to the "Mothership" (which in this game is actually a large Mining vessel). The Missions' design and scenarios are also new and quite different from as in Homeworld. The controlling user-interface is also improved.

Multiplayer games are available via local network (or virtual LAN), as general Internet games were hosted on the now-defunct WON.net network.

Screenshots

Homeworld: Cataclysm Windows The "Processor", a mighty one.
Homeworld: Cataclysm Windows Orders received - harvesting.
Homeworld: Cataclysm Windows Get into battle with huge fleets.
Homeworld: Cataclysm Windows A really stylish ship - the "Hive Frigate"

Alternate Titles

  • "家园:惊世浩劫" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

If only the original Homeworld had been this good... BJ Hoskins (3) unrated
Great game with some annoying, niggly quirks. luciphercolors (62) unrated
Umm... well... somebody (6) unrated
Great sequel to a classic game. Kartanym (10781) unrated

The Press Says

Gamer's Pulse Oct 03, 2000 96 out of 100 96
ActionTrip Sep 27, 2000 95 out of 100 95
IGN Sep 12, 2000 9.2 out of 10 92
GameSpy Sep, 2000 91 out of 100 91
GameSpot Sep 15, 2000 8.9 out of 10 89
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 09, 2000 17 out of 20 85
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 10, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Oct 24, 2000 8 out of 10 80

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Server shutdown

The official Sierra game servers were shut down on 1st November 2008.
DaHero (868) added Homeworld: Cataclysm (Windows) on Sep 01, 2000