It’s still January, and I might just have found my game of the year.
This week, Gearbox have given a release date for the Homeworld: Remastered Collection of February 25th and I am absolutely giddy with excitement. Perhaps one of my favourite strategy games of all time, the fact that I’ve been playing Homeworld for years anyway doesn’t put me off buying the remastered edition in the slightest.
I’ll be honest, I can’t really tell the difference in graphics – I’ve always found Homeworld to be a beautiful game, regardless of how many polygons are being thrown at the screen. It’s space opera at its finest, from the opening bars of Adagio for Strings that mark its opening to the fiery explosions that mark its close, there is quite honestly nothing quite like it.
Gearbox is interestingly also promising a multiplayer that will combine all units and technologies from both games into immense battles. I’m curious as to how this will work – the technologies of Homeworld were scrabbled together by a desperate band of refugees, whereas by Homeworld 2, massive warships faced off in epic clashes. Part of me is also disappointed that Cataclysm didn’t make the cut, due to the little brother of the Homeworld franchise belonging to a different developer.
Whilst some people would baulk at the idea of paying £23 for what is essentially an HD remake, (even if it is an HD remake of two games), I instead will be occupying myself until February doing pretty much this.