It’s great that they improved the graphics and everything, but Gameplay is every bit as frustrating as I remember from the first time. Homeworld 1 was challenging and epic and fun. Homeworld 2 basically ruined all of that and replaced it with a trolling AI that cheats to win.
Marine frigates are useless. Basically, you cannot capture ships in
the single player game. No more salvage tactics. Marine frigates are
reduced to one shot plot devices. But while they are useless to you,
they are of course very very useful to the AI, which can capture
your own ships easily.
Ships will basically ignore your orders. The control mechanics are
Ships are butt slow…resource collectors are almost useless for
repairs because by the time they turn their fat asses around, the
ship they were going to repair has been destroyed. And they are made
of paper apparently, because it takes almost no time to kill them. They cannot repair from a distance anymore…they need physical contact, which adds even more time to start repairs.
The level immediately ends when you destroy the last bad guy…no
option to hyperspace when you feel like it as in Homeworld 1. Which
means no way to repair losses to your fleet. This is an ongoing
issue where the “story” is more important than the game itself, and
it is incredibly annoying. The game is all about that stupid
dreadnaught, which is basically on autopilot (You cannot build them
and cannot advance with them faster than the game wants you too).
These are not Homeworld issues…these are Homeworld 2 issues. Homeworld 1 had a few annoyances, but overall it was a very fun game. It was challenging without having the AI cheat or have critical tools rendered useless. It did not try to railroad you along the storyline. It gave you multiple ways to solve problems and beat the levels. 2 is nothing like that.
I was hoping it would be different with the remastered version, but it’s not. It’s the same crappy game they released the first time around, but with a new coat of paint. Oh well. Maybe it’s sequel will be better.