Just like the title implies. Kushan, Bentusi, Taiidan, Kadeshi, Turanic, Hiigaran, and Vaygr. There are quite a few races, and more I suppose, if you separate those Somtaaw whackos or the Progenitors.
For me, it’s usually a tie between the Taiidan Empire and the Kadeshi. I’ve always been a fan of vast antagonist civilisations in stories, and Homeworld’s art form was just so grand that the Taiidani quickly gained my adoration. The ship designs, and the bright yellow and red colours of the Empire always caught my eye so I made sure to play as them all the time. I really enjoyed the cutscenes that showed different stations and outposts, and the ones of the planet from which the Taiidan ruled. But then they cracked out the Emperor Riesstiu and his crazy upside down orb throne and I went bonkers. He was someone powerful enough to psychically beat up Karen from across the gap of space, and his voice was ominous and well-aged to be suitable for the role. The only thing I wish is that they’d fleshed out the Empire’s history a little more, especially in concern to the rebellion that Captain Elson was heading.
Alternatively, with the Kadeshi it’s a bit more of a spooky reverence to their religious way of life. They’re just so foreign and mysterious. It was such a cool idea to ensconce some murderous race of religious zealots inside the beauty of a nebula. Then tied them into the protagonist faction by saying they’re like lost cousins fallen by the wayside. Possessing the most alien ship design of the bunch, they still managed to make them familiar in the fear they held toward the Taiidan Empire. Plus, you know, the Kadeshi ambassador’s amazing voice acting in Homeworld.
I’d like to see the thoughts of others on the neat factions in our beloved games!