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
Sort by: Page 1 of 5
95 / 100
Jan 19, 2016

While Blackbird's HD update of the original Homeworld titles may have shipped with a few nagging bugs, this original and inventive prequel reinvents the series in way I hardly even hoped could be possible. It's fresh but familiar. It's Homeworld, but it's something new. Like its story-chronological successors, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is amazing — there's simply nothing else like it.

Read full review

90 / 100
Jan 21, 2016

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

Read full review

9 / 10
Jan 22, 2016

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.

Read full review

90 / 100
Jan 26, 2016

Deserts of Kharak is a triumphant return to Homeworld, just minus the space part.

Read full review

9 / 10
Jan 27, 2016

It's a widely held belief that good sound design can make a good game great, but the sound design in Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak makes a great game incredible

Read full review

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.

Read full review

T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2016

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

Read full review

8.8 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2016

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak tells one of the better science fiction narratives I've seen in a real-time strategy game. While the campaign is short, I enjoyed most of the Homeworld-inspired gameplay. Skirmish and multiplayer modes beef up the content, but the overall content-to-price ratio doesn't quite even out. Minor gripes aside, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is one of the more compelling real-time strategy games I've played in some time.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

8.5 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2016

Deserts of Kharak is a radical departure from previous franchise efforts, but most of what makes Homeworld great survived the transition.

Read full review

Sort by: Page 1 of 5