I literally just finished this game about an hour ago. I can't help but say that I'm still awestruck at how fun this game was. I never really had the opportunity to play the original Homeworld game or the Cataclysm expansion, so this review should serve as a little insight to newcomers of the series. I was hugely impressed with the level of detail. I'm not a huge fan of RTS-style games; I prefer tactical strategy and planning when it comes to combative games like this, and this game really delivered there. I could almost compare the game, in terms, to a tournament fighting game: you could literally sit down and play a quick "match", not really worrying too much about "what buttons to push" (the tactical planning involved) and still do well and have a load of fun, or you could sit and analyze the most effective combinations of attack and be well rewarded for your efforts. This game will reward you well for planning and taking a more thoughtful approach to the situation rather than just pumping out as many units as you can and throwing them all at the enemy... Overall, the story in the campaign mode is just phenomonal. Since the gaming drought this summer, we haven't seen many good releases, especially anything worth investing any significant amount of time in. This game, however, engrossed me to the fullest extent of my attention span and kept me begging for more. I can't remember the last time I played a game from start to finish in "one sitting". That's probably the only sour point I could make about the game, is that it's too short. Really, I can't though because I don't think it felt too short. There are 15 highly detailed missions, some of which will require a few tries to get through, each of which have some extensive cinematics throughout. All-in-all, if you've never played the Homeworld series of games before, and enjoy tactical RTS games, you should definitely drop the $40-50 on this one. One thing can't hurt though: download the demo and check it out for yourself; if it even remotely interests you, then you've only touched the tip of the iceberg and should run to the store as fast as you can and get this game! Ran the game on a P4 2.8GHz, nVidia GeForce 4 Ti4600 (120MB), with 800MHz frontside bus and 512MB of 232-pin 1066MHz RAMBUS. This game ran almost perfectly smooth for me throughout (even when running some apps in the background), but I have a pretty ridiculous setup. Unfortunately, I can't give you a good benchmark on what will run this game well, but if you download the demo you'll probably get a good idea of what you're in for.
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