Product Type: Sierra PC games
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An impressive strategy title, any spaceship or strategy fan should enjoy this!
Homeworld 2 (PC)
Member Name: Jenraux
Homeworld 2 (PC)
Advantages: Lots of ships, good graphics, big space battles, good multiplayer, very smart AI
Disadvantages: Even on easy it may be hard for a first time player
It's hard to compare a game like this, as i don't know any other game that's similar. Probably the most similar game is Sins of a Solar Empire, but even that has some dramatic differences.
Basically each player starts off with a mothership, this mothership builds all your ships and can build modules which serve as research stations and production facilities. Carriers can also produce units i believe, and can have small ships docked on them.
Battles tend to be on a far larger scale than of those on SOASE, easily having 100+ ships in a single battle. Aided by the fact that 1 fighter unit is actually 5 fighters in a wing formation.
Instead of a population limit, the game has a support limit, in some cases this can be a very low limit, only allowing a few ships meaning tactics play a very large role, or alternatively, you can have the limit at its max, allowing you to have several capitol ships and countless fighters at the same time.
The games AI is fairly impressive, as with most strategy games, having them on high difficulty settings generally equals an almost impossible game. They will send large fleets to your base within about 20 minutes of play, which only a very experienced player can fend off.
There are several classes of units in the game, each produced in a different module of the mothership.
Fighters, bombers also come under this category, these are small ships built in wings of 5, and can destroy other small ships, bombers are also effective against frigates and platforms.
Corvettes, Corvettes are generally anti fighter units, but they can also counter frigates and other corvettes, they are fairly small craft.
Frigates, Frigates are powerful units, it will take quite a few bombers to take one out, they can counter fighters, corvettes, frigates and capitol ships. Missile frigates are especially effective vs stationary/slow units, such as platforms and capitol ships.
Platforms, despite the name, they can move at a slow speed, they come in varying shapes and sizes and different platforms can take out different types of ships, just like all other ship classes. They are countered by bombers and missiles, especially missiles.
Capitol Ships, Carriers, destroyers, dreadnoughts, these are the main capitol ship classes, Carriers can carry small amounts of ships, such as fighters, destroyers are outfitted with flak cannons, missiles and conventional gun turrets, they are good at taking out almost any small craft, but can be destroyed quickly through heavy missile fire. Dreadnoughts are basically an uber powered destroyer, they have several weapons on them, and can take out pretty much anything else on the battleground, only large amounts of missiles will bring these ships down.
So theres a fairly decent amount of ships, this can make for interesting battles.
The game can be fairly complex, but it shouldn't trouble you once you get used to the basics, there are mods that make the game far more complex. (Infact there is a mod called the Complex Mod) Despite this its still a great game to play, the only faults you might find with the game is that battles can end rather quickly, sometimes only lasting about half an hour, rather than SOASE that can last several hours, and usually has to be saved and continued later.
The game can be played by up to 6 players, via LAN, direct IP or through gamespy servers, AI are also supported in multiplayer.
I would recommend this game to any spaceship or strategy fan, its very cheap now, and if you buy it, i also recommend that you download the Complex mod, as its a free download that adds more ships, adds stations and new technologies. It also makes the AI more difficult, adds more maps, and adds some more pre-game options.
Summary: A really good and challenging strategy title. Recommended to strategy and spaceship fans alike.