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Homeworld adds a new dimension to real-time strategy games
August 24, 1998
Web posted at: 12:45
by Nash Werner
(IDG) -- Not since the announcement of Warcraft II have I
been so excited about an upcoming real-time
strategy game. Even the other editorial-type
primates around the office here are salivating in
anticipation of Homeworld's release.
Homeworld's developer, Relic Entertainment,
must've sold its soul to the gods of game design
because Homeworld not only has an
amazing-looking 3D graphics engine, but also a
great storyline. In a nutshell, you've just found out
that your entire species was driven from its
homeworld generations ago, left in exile with no
knowledge of its cultural history. You're stranded
light-years from home, desperation, hope, and
technology the only things guiding you onward.
Homeworld isn't like other RTS games. You'll take
command of 3D-modeled space ships ranging in
size from small interceptors to giant motherships.
But what really sets Homeworld apart from other
strategy games is freedom of movement. No
longer are players limited to one or two horizontal
planes of movement: Homeworld gives players
free movement in a 3D space setting. You'll need
to attack from above and below, forcing enemies
to defend their mothership from all sides.
Gameplay is a breeze once you master the
camera controls--a feat as simple as left- and
right-clicking. With all other commands and
menus a keyboard-stroke away, gamers should
be able to jump in and start playing Homeworld in
the first 15 minutes. And in 30 minutes, you'll be
building corvettes, carriers, and other larger ships
with the greatest of ease. These huge craft will be
needed to dispose of anything standing in your
way, be it multiplayer enemies over the Internet,
pirates trying to steal your technology, or an
advanced alien intelligence trying to enslave you.
Homeworld will be docking in stores across the
galaxy in time for Christmas, but Relic has made
it clear that if it needs to push the release date
back to ensure quality, it won't hesitate. You can
rest assured that Games.net will have a playable
demo of Homeworld as soon as it's available, so
keep your eyes on our Downloads Section (link below).
Words and screenshots will never compare to
actually seeing Homeworld in action.
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