Parents' Guide to

Homeworld Remastered Collection

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic evocative space strategy promotes tactical planning.

Game Windows 2015
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There's a reason Homeworld is considered a classic in the real-time strategy genre. Not only does it do an outstanding job of simulating complex combat in huge, 3-D swaths of space, it also has an epic and moving narrative that gets players worked up about the struggles and survival of its protagonist civilization. The Remastered Collection preserves all of this -- including the original voice work (still impressive today) -- and gives it a coat of modern graphical paint as well as an updated, more efficient interface. The result stands toe to toe with almost any modern RTS. The core game has aged that well.

Just keep in mind it's a pretty complicated title that takes time to fully understand and master, especially if you're not used to working and strategizing in three dimensions. The controls, while empowering, take some getting used to. Focusing on specific units, for instance, is a good way to jump around the map and see what's happening on different fronts, but you may not be comfortable with it right away. Plus, working out how to place waypoints in 3-D space can be a bit of a challenge. But the campaigns are designed to slowly acclimate players to the interface, and by the time you get to the second game -- which features lots of nice little improvements, such as fighters that are automatically grouped into squadrons rather than controlled individually -- your space legs should be firmly beneath you. For kids too young to have played the originals, Homeworld Remastered Collection provides a great way to experience these two great games for the first time.

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