I didn't know what I was getting into when one of my friends at work gave me his old copy of Homeworld 2. I brought it home and it sat on my self for a while and I forgot about it. Eventually one bored Tuesday morning I installed Homeworld 2, and didn't sleep for 2 days. Really no kidding. But seriously, Homeworld 2 is an amazing title. Pushing my PC just enough to give an addictive and compelling gaming experience. Many games have tried to create a fully 3D RTS space combat environment; and many have failed. Homeworld 2 created a simple system of hotkeys and mouse control, with a straight forward HUD with just enough cool ship schematics thrown in to make it look cool. A nice steady research tree is embedded into the game, however this is the one thing that left me dry about the Homeworld 2, by about halfway into the game you have all of the researchable things, and no more things to discover (well that’s not completely true but that would be a spoiler); I would have liked a bit more of an in-depth research tree, but it didn’t bother me that much during play, only in hindsight. But, the one thing that kept me playing even if i was beaten and had to start the very long missions over again was: the story. A good story makes a good game, we all know that. Without a good story a game can seem an unfulfilling experience. Groovy cinematic between the missions and amazing voice acting too. Very soon into the storyline you feel compelled to continue, the sense of urgency in the story invades you life. Or maybe thats just me... However it is a moving storyline that has been written very well. The graphics engine can support a massive number of ships at a time, at an incredible framerate (even on my PC which isn't that great i can tell you). Any ship can be zoomed right into to look at the articulated guns then zoom out to see a radar view of the battlefield in a matter of seconds. The music score is lovely, changing as the battles intensify. Totally classical in it's composition and nice to listen to on it's own. The soundtrack is available form the games website. Clicking on the ships will cause them to announce themselves, even in the heat of battle the seem cool and collected; almost as if they realise that their death will not be in vain. All in all, Homeworld 2 is a satisfying gaming experience with a brilliant storyline that will leave you begging for more. This game gets my seal of approval. Rock.