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Homeworld 2 (Windows)

80
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A revolution or simply an evolution? Sam Hardy (76) unrated
Visually superior; but lacking in most other respects. SharkD (415) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall MobyScore (27 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Withingames
Brillant, genial, herausragend. Mir fallen fast keine Adjektive mehr ein, mit denen man ein Spiel wie „Homeworld 2“ beschreiben könnte. Selten schaffte es ein Spiel, mich derart in seinen Bann zu ziehen. Dass dabei noch eine brillante technische Umsetzung das vereinnahmende Spielprinzip und die sehr schöne und spannende Story unterstützt, setzt dem Ganzen die Krone auf. „Homeworld 2“ ist so schön, dass es mir Glückstränen in die Augen treibt, sobald ich das Spiel spiele – und das will etwas heißen...
92
Strategy Informer
I’ll admit right from the start that I’m slightly biased when it comes to Homeworld. My hard disc holds umpteen games, but there are only 3 that have never been removed – Total Annihilation (probably the best planet based strategy game ever) and Homeworld. This game blew me away when it first came out with its stunning graphics and superb full 3D control of all your ships. It had a superb storyline, played a damn good AI game and was well supported for full multiplay as well – what more could you want. Then along came Cataclysm (the 3rd of my ‘always there’ games), with its new races and ships – not quite as good as the original, but as good a sequel as I’ve seen anywhere. And now I’ve finally got my grubby mits on Homeworld 2, the ‘proper’ sequel to my all time favourite game. This has a lot to live up to - and biased or not, if it doesn’t live up to my expectations, I’ll soon tell you why.
90
games xtreme
If you liked Homeworld then you should like the sequel, the story is excellent and the game is pretty well polished already. People will always see unit balancing issues and Relic is committed to fixing every bug that is found. If you didn’t play the first game then go out and get it, then get the sequel and play them one after the other, it’s a great feeling to watch that story unfold and see the action heat up.
90
Joystick (French)
Grande précision tactique, finesse stratégique, graphismes somptueux : Homeworld 2 est une éclatante réussite. La campagne solo est fortement linéaire mais bien scénarisée, et le mode escarmouche avec difficulté variable permet de s'amuser contre l'ordinateur quel que soit votre niveau. Le mode multi assure une très longue durée de vie, et on peut s'attendre à ce que de nombreses modifications voient le jour sur Internet.
90
Game Chronicles
Although some might be disappointed with the lack of any major additions, I simply couldn’t have enjoyed Homeworld 2 more. As far as space-based RTS’s go, this is as good as it gets. From its finely honed user interface to its nearly flawless campaign and PvP modes, Homeworld 2 is a breath of fresh air when most games of its ilk are bogging themselves down with needless complexity.
90
DreamStation.cc
Homeworld 2's graphics and soundtrack are incredible. It also has one of the best tutorials for newbie’s I've ever seen. There are a few things it would have been nice to have, such as a difficulty setting because some of the single player games are very hard, and some variety in skirmish or multiplayer missions. These are minor things. I think the pluses out number the minuses. Overall this game is first rate and well worth buying, and this comes from someone who never played Homeworld before this.
90
PC Gamer UK
Like WD40 or the humble Swiss army knife, the word 'space' is immensely multi-purpose. Beyond the various standard contextual applications of the word (wide open space, space opera, I need some space, etc.), it can also be used as a prefix to almost any other word. And it works. Space opera. Space boots. Space nookie, if you like. But as the vast space fleets of Homeworld 2 drop out of hyperspace to wage space war, you realise that the word just isn't big enough. This is a game of interstellar conflict, intergalactic conflagration and cosmic struggles. The whole thing just feels so lofty and epic, it deserves no less than the biggest words going. It's Relic's RTS opus. And here's why.
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ComputerGames.ro
Relic had a very difficult task of creating a sequel at least as good as its predecessor. And I am glad to say that, for most part, they did it, although the single-player mode and mission design leave the impression that they were rushed. Despite this, Homeworld 2 is as good as its famed precursor, being one of the best Real Time Strategies of this year. But is it better than Homeworld? Well, only you can decide that, after you will play it.
88
PC Zone Benelux
Jammer dus dat de game hier en daar de indruk wekt dat hij is uitgebracht voordat alle onderdelen geoptimaliseerd waren. De puntjes op de i missen gewoon. En dat houdt de game qua score net even weg van de negen. Wat niet wegneemt dat HW2 de beste game is die ik het afgelopen jaar gespeeld heb!
87
GameSpot
Those who had a great time playing the original should by all means enjoy the sequel, as will most anyone interested in managing epic battles between huge spaceship fleets.
87
Armchair Empire, The
I had a good time with Homeworld 2 — good enough that I plan on borrowing a copy of Homeworld from a friend whenever I get some free time. And, yes, I know the fourth-quarter flood of games is on the way, but I always was an optimist.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Sans aucun doute l'un des titres les plus incontournables dans sa catégorie, Homeworld 2 allie une esthétique superbe à une richesse de jeu réellement intéressante, même si le soft pêche un peu sur sa durée de vie. Son interface simplifiée et sa difficulté progressive le rendront tout à fait accessible aux non initiés qui auraient envie de découvrir le genre.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Het spel biedt jammer genoeg weinig nieuws voor Homeworld veteranen maar de gameplay blijft goed en de nieuwe 3D engine maakt dat het spel er spectaculairder uitziet dan ooit tevoren. Homeworld 2 is een knap RTS-spel dat de klassieke Homeworld formule verbetert maar minder fel dan we hadden gehoopt.
84
PC Games (Germany)
Bläuliche Ionenstrahlen zucken über den Bildschirm und schneiden große Löcher in die Panzerung des Zerstörers. Metall knirscht, Flammen brechen aus dem Rumpf, schwarzer Qualm überall. Sekunden später explodiert das riesige Schiff in einem gleißenden Feuerball. Volltreffer - ein gegnerischer Zerstörer weniger! Solche dramatische Szenen spielen sich im Echtzeit-Strategiespiel Homeworld 2 von Relic Entertainment zuhauf ab.
83
Gamesmania
Homeworld 2 ist mal wieder eines der Spiele, bei denen Frust und Lust nur eine Lasersalve weit auseinander liegen. Als Homeworld Fan der ersten Stunde hat mich natürlich auch Teil zwei sofort in seinen Bann gezogen. Mir war es egal, dass ich mal wieder nur ein etwas besseres Update vorgesetzt bekomme, die Grafik ein wenig altbacken ist und auch sonst mehr Evolution als Revolution betrieben wurde. Neue Features, wie die ausgebaute Forschungsschiene und die neuen Rauschifftypen, können begeistern. Einzig beim Schwierigkeitsgrad haben die Entwickler mal wieder maßlos übertrieben - grenzenloser Frust ist vorprogrammiert. Dennoch ertappt man sich immer wieder, auch um halb drei Uhr nachts die Kommandobrücke nicht im Stich zu lassen. Mein Tipp für hartgesottene Echtzeitstrategiefans, die genug haben vom Mainstream-Einheitsbrei.
83
ActionTrip
It's really hard to accurately review Homeworld 2. For those of us who are willing to spend a little more time and energy than what we're used to spending on video games these days, Homeworld 2 will reward us with a dynamic, exciting and engrossing game world, with an epic storyline and plenty of challenges for true fans. Then there are those of us, of course, which either don't have enough time or patience to properly master this game. Still, what struck me as a bit disappointing is that even if you devote enough time to the sequel, you will be treated to a relatively short single-player campaign. Despite the fact it took me several tries to beat certain missions, I finished Homeworld 2 on normal in two days. After all, we're only talking about fifteen missions here. I guess jumping in a few multiplayer matches increases the game's replay value, but the accent in Homeworld has always been on the single-player experience.
83
PC Gamer
Homeworld 2 is still a terrific game, and it’s certainly worth the time and money of any real-time strategy gamer.
81
PC Zone
Despite getting occasionally tangled up with itself, HW2 still possesses that most crucial of 'Just One More Go' gameplay qualities. Eventually, there even comes a time when everything clicks into place. You discover it actually takes surprisingly few bombers to take down a carrier - they just need plenty of fighter escorts; the importance of mobile refineries; understanding the movement interface... Suddenly it all makes sense.
81
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Homeworld 2 is misschien weinig vernieuwend tegenover zijn voorganger, maar het lost wel de hoge verwachtingen van de fans moeiteloos in. Geen ideaal real-time strategiegame voor de spelers die een snelle rush of multiplayersessie verkiezen, maar wie wel iets ziet in grootste ruimtevlootveldslagen mag dit spel niet missen.
80
GameSpy
If you're expecting something more than the original Homeworld offered, you're not going to find it in Homeworld2. Save for a few tweaks to the interface and mechanics, a fabulous storyline, and improved graphics, there's not much new here. However, if you were addicted to the original Homeworld, then Homeworld2 is a must for you, and if you're totally new to the Homeworld experience, Homeworld 2 is a terrific, challenging and engrossing way to jump aboard the saga.
80
Super Play
För er som spelade Homeworld och har gått och väntat på en uppföljare som gör allt föregångaren gjorde och mer, fast ännu bättre. Hurra. För alla andra är det här ett exemplariskt realtidsstrategispel som erbjuder något av det bästa den här genren har visat.
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GameElite.se
Jag gillar inte Homeworld 2. Det kommer förmodligen dröja innan det hamnar på min hårddisk igen, och då endast om alla andra spel jag har är varvade eller utslitna. Som jag skrev tidigare så gillar jag inte hysteriska och hypersnabba strategispel. I mina ögon är detta ett sådant. Dock kan jag inte förneka att Relic Entertainment lyckats göra ett gediget och bra spel och sådant bör alltid premieras. Gillade ni originalet har ni ett minst lika underhållande spel framför er. Är ni nya rekommenderas det som ett välsvarvat alternativ till de markbundna strategispelen. Skulle ni vara nya till hela genren finns däremot risken att Homeworld 2 kommer att avskräcka er.
80
Gamers.at
Der Weltraum, unendliche Weiten… Viel spannender aber als ein Abenteuer der alten Enterprise und vor allem optisch besser in Szene gesetzt, war schon das vor knapp 4 Jahren erschienene Homeworld aus dem Hause Sierra. Erstmals wagte ein Strategiespiel den Hypersprung in die dritte Dimension und verlagerte die Kämpfe von den Schlachtfeldern der Erde hinaus in das All. Nach dem AddOn Cataclysm, setzt Relic die Story rund um das verbannte Volk der Hiigaraner fort. Was euch außer der weitergeführten Geschichte sonst noch Neues erwartet, haben wir uns im folgenden Review für euch angeschaut.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
« Peu de voyageurs savent ce que représente l’exode quand celui-ci se poursuit depuis des éons. Encore bien moins connaissent les affres de la solitude interstellaire, le désespoir de jamais trouver la Terre Promise. Nous pensions enfin connaître la paix. Avoir fui la menace Taïdan. Mais l’ennemi nous a retrouvé, et nous voici contraints d’abandonner Hiigara pour reprendre le voyage à bord du Vaisseau-Mère, à la recherche d’un endroit épargné par les conflits et la guerre. » Journal de Bord du Comput Ewian, conservateur en chef sur La Fierté d’Iigara.
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GameStar (Germany)
Ich bezweifle ernsthaft, dass irgendjemand während der Entwicklungsphase Homeworld 2 am Stück durchgespielt hat. Sonst wäre den Relic-Leuten garantiert aufgefallen, wie schnell man in aussichtslosen Situationen landet. Dagegen ist die Grafik wieder Spitze und die Gegner-KI fordernd. Die Raumschlachten können es mit jedem Science-Fiction-Film aufnehmen. Deshalb werden Profis an Homeworld 2 Spaß haben, wenn sie bereit sind, auch mal wieder ein, zwei Missionen zurückzugehen, um Fehler auszubügeln. Alle anderen sind bei O.R.B. oder Haegemonia besser aufgehoben.
73
Netjak
Overall, Homeworld 2 was a bit of a disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a blast to play and see all the new improvements to the system. Still, the overall size of the maps, the idiocy of finding all the remaining units down to the last probe before moving on, and the sheer imbalance and poor tactics brought it down. A perfect game would take the gameplay of Homeworld 2 and put the story and balance of Homeworld into it. There is still fun to be had, but not as much as fans of the series would expect.
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Digital Entertainment News (den)
f you want a real challenge and have a capable machine, get this. If you don’t have a capable machine, get HW instead (and Cataclysm if you can find it) – they can both be obtained cheaply nowadays. Then, when you have save enough to upgrade, get HW2 as well.
70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Homeworld 2 stands out among RTS competitors with its generally somber tone and the depth provided by fully three-dimensional combat. The core gameplay is involving and well executed, and bolstered by a great camera, solid controls and an intuitive interface. However, the sequel lacks any decisively outstanding or revolutionary features that truly invest the player in the storyline. Ultimately, Homeworld 2 is a polished game that does a good job at what it sets out to do, although it never truly seizes the moment.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Taken on its own, Homeworld 2 is a game that deserves to be played, and it's certainly head and shoulders above the average PC strategy title. However, we can't simply assess the game on that basis. The fact of the matter is that Homeworld 2 is very disappointing; it's tall only because it stands on the shoulders of a giant, and while fans of the first game may be able to make do with what is effectively a second serving of the same game, we'd advise everyone else to go and track down a copy of the original game on budget instead. The law of diminishing returns has truly made its mark here.
50
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Homeworld 2 is a sort of misguided reworking of Homeworld, half way between a rehash and a remodeling job, but with the interesting bits sanded off. The vividly distinct sides added in the Cataclysm expansion are gone, the clean interface is now a mess, and much of the strategy has been methodically cut out. What you get in exchange for all this is better graphics.
50
1UP
There's still a decent and slightly awkward game here. But as a sequel, Homeworld 2 is an upgrade for the graphics and a step backward for the gameplay. Perhaps Homeworld 0.9 would have been a more fitting title.
40
Factornews
Homeworld 2 est à l'image de ces nombreux jeux sacrifiant complètement le gameplay aux sirènes de la modélisation léchée. Sorti précipitamment, sans test préalable, Homeworld 2 est parfaitement inabouti et inachevé. Half-Life 2 manquerait-il à ce point dans le chiffre d'affaire de Sierra? Pour ceux qui voudraient quand même s'initier au genre, rabattez-vous sur Homeworld et sur Homeworld : Cataclysm, le serveur dédié de chacun de ces deux premiers opus étant toujours opérationnel.