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Homeworld Cataclysm : FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Homeworld: Cataclysm

This FAQ will answer questions you may have about Homeworld: Cataclysm.

Contents of this FAQ

General Information

Q: What is Homeworld: Cataclysm

A:Homeworld: Cataclysm is a stand-alone product built on the original Homeworld engine. The game, developed by Barking Dog Studios and released in 2000, introduced new features, new ships, and a unique plot.

Q: Is this somehow related to Homeworld?

A: Yes. Even though Cataclysm was produced by a different developer, it is regarded as an expansion to the original Homeworld game.

Q: Do I need the original Homeworld to play this?

A: No. Homeworld: Cataclysm is a standalone game and does not require a previous version of Homeworld.

Q: Is there a demo for this game?

A: Yes. You can download it here.

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: You can visit the official forums here to discuss strategies, fluff and other things with your fellow Cataclysm fans.

Q: Is anyone still playing this game? Should I buy it?

A: Yes. The community is not as large as it once was, but there are still a few fans playing online. And the single player story alone is worth a purchase, especially considering that Homeworld: Cataclysm is available at bargain bin prices by now.

Gameplay Information

Q: How many factions are playable in Homeworld: Cataclysm?

A: There are two races, the Kiith Somtaaw and the Beast. Both are fully playable in multiplayer combat or skirmishes.

Q: What about a single player campaign?

A: The single player campaign lets you experience the story of the Kiith Somtaaw, a mining Kiith (something of a clan) and its encounter with the deadly beast.

Q: I assume there is also a multiplayer portion?

A: Of course. Up to eight players can play in teams or free for all games via LAN or internet.

Q: Are there any new ships available?

A: Yes. Kiith Somtaaw gets all-new ships, the Beast has modified ships from the original Homeworld.

Q: What other gameplay features are available?

A: Cataclysm introduces new features such as explosive crystals which can be mined, energy shields and a modular mothership design to name a few.

Technical Information

Q: What are the system requirements for Homeworld: Cataclysm?
A: The system requirements are as follows:

  • Windows Me/2000/98/95/NT 4.0 (w/service pack 4.0)
  • Pentium II 266+
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 49.9 MB HD Space
  • 4 MB PCI Video Card (16-bit color, DirectX compatible)
  • 16-bit DirectX compatible Soundcard
  • Win-compatible Mouse
  • DirectX 7 or greater

Q: What kind of internet connection do I need to play this?

A: A 56k modem should suffice, ISDN, DSL or cable modems will have no problems whatsoever.

Q: Are the graphics the same as in Homeworld?

A: Cataclysm uses the same engine as Homeworld, but it has been spruced up a bit. Homeworld: Cataclysm features shockwave explosions, holographic projection effects, polygonal accurate collisions, shielding effects, new ship repairing effects, lens flares, and dynamic Gouraud shading. Translation: it looks better.

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