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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

Gearbox Software, Blackbird Interactive
Jan 20, 2016 - PC

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90 / 100
8.8 / 10
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Game Informer
8 / 10
7 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak


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Blackbird Interactive crafts a worthy successor to the Homeworld classics, although it can lack a spark of its own.

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A great tactical RTS with all the gorgeous aesthetics and atmosphere of the original series.

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8.8 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a deep, exciting, varied RTS with all the right tools.

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7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

It has more in common with the original Homeworld than it first seems, but this new real-time strategy works best as an introduction rather than a continuation.

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This is the definition of a real-time strategy game for real-time strategy game fans, and will satisfy those looking for a solid single-player RTS experience

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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is interesting enough but feels a bit empty

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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a prequel to the famed Homeworld Strategy series. It follows its inspirations closely, but adds its own touches to create something new and wonderful.

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While the multiplayer is mediocre at best, the campaign more than compensates for fans of the series. All the worries of "it can't be Homeworld if it's not in space!" should be put to rest, because Deserts of Kharak says otherwise. The asking price is a bit steep for those who are just interested in the campaign, since most won't bother to touch multiplayer. That being said, the campaign is well executed for veterans and newbies alike, proving that over a decade without Homeworld is far too long.

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