Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

Rating Summary

Based on 44 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

53%

Critics Recommend

Based on 44 critic reviews
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5 / 10
Mar 27, 2016

Why exactly did Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak get so many favourable reviews? Sure, it has some interesting mechanics, like the mobile base, and, yes, it's not horrible, but it feels incomplete and… bland. The campaign is easy and short, the skirmish mode doesn't give enough things to experiment and try different strategies with, its two factions are almost identical, and the AI is quite stupid, to say the least. Want a good Homeworld game? Try out the previous two in the series.

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7.2 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2016

While not Homeworld as we know it and featuring bugs and a few issues, Deserts of Kharak is still a strong entry for the franchise and a strong RTS. Offering variety to the fast-paced twitch strategy games that are prevalent, the slow paced, tactical approach on offer here is a welcome change.

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4 / 5.0
Feb 16, 2016

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is an extremely well-made and enjoyable RTS title.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2016

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a fantastic Homeworld game, and a fantastic RTS game in its own right. It's a great middle point between the classic formula and the rather intimidating full three dimension movement of the franchise, as well as just being a damned good RTS in a time when games in the genre are an increasingly rare sight.

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6.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2016

An interesting enough take on the genre that's let down by boring looks and frustrating little niggles.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2016

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

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82 / 100
Feb 2, 2016

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak offers up one of the best RTS campaigns in years alongside some great gameplay mechanics, though its multiplayer and skirmish offerings leave much to be desired.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2016

Desite a lengthy list of issues that might annoy players such as the inability to rebind keys, a dearth of multiplayer maps, or potential potholes, Blackbird Interactive has successfully developed a worthy contribution to the Homeworld franchise with Deserts of Kharak.

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75 / 100
Feb 2, 2016

There is some integrity in its detail, its precision, its distance. It manages to reach the epic mode, the grand narrative, to evoke a mythical journey now lost to us. But it also fails to escape the easy orientalism of that same myth, the simplicity of bloodless violence.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Feb 1, 2016

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

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