I love the book and the movie Dune so Dune 2000 was a game that I and my dad were excited for back in the day. The thing is, back then I had no idea that this was just a remake (and I use that term very loosely) of Dune 2 with very little changed to the core game. As a result, while Dune is something many people love, this game is not seen as one of the high points of the series.
The Spice Shall Be Mine
The game does have a story and if you have already played Dune 2 you will know what you are getting into. The story is about three houses/clans. We have House Atreides, House Ordos, and House Harkonnen who have been challenged to prove who is the best. The House that prevails will be handed Dune and with that all the Spice they can handle, Spice being the most valuable commodity in the universe!
I am not saying this story is bad or anything like that. It is just so lackluster in its presentation that it is hard to get excited by. When Dune 2000 was released it was the late 90s and RTS games had started to get a bit of a cinematic flair to them and this game is sorely lacking in that regard. If you love the Dune franchise you may get a tad more out of it.
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Even at the time, the game was released this was seen as a rather ugly looking game. Okay, that may be a tad harsh, but this is a game that is certainly very basic in terms of the way it looks. I do like how they tried their best to give the many different dessert-themed maps a bit more personality. However, everything else in the game really shows that they took Dune 2 and did very little to make it look like other comparable games of its day. One area that I do really like is the sound design. They did a fantastic job in this regard and the sound is very fitting for this desertplanet.
Playing It Safe
A huge reason why many people feel that Dune 2000 was a bit of a letdown was the core gameplay. This is a real time strategy game, but it is one that plays it very, very safe. I feel that the late 90s were a pivotal time in RTS games with many games making great strides in the genre. What we have here is a game that plays very similar to the game that was released the better part of a decade earlier! That does not make this a bad game as Dune 2 was fun. However, it does make it feel like an “older” game than it really is.
The game has many different unites and you can play as all three houses, but apart from having different looking units, they all feel and play the same. Some are very unbalanced and once you figure out which units can steamroll the enemies, you never feel the need to change up your tactics. My father and I were huge Dune fans when I was a kid and the most fun I had with this was the multiplayer.
I would have to say that I agree with all of those that say Dune 2000 was a disappointing experience. It is far from a bad game; it is just a very average and dare I say “lazy” game. I feel that they should have just made a brand-new game and tried to be braver and bolder with the game design and they could have had something special here. If you are a fan of the Dune universe you might get a tad more enjoyment out of it, especially if you can play with a fellow Dune fan.
- Dune is still an awesome franchise
- I liked the way the maps looked
- Sandworms are as awesome as always
- It is very easy to get into
- I liked playing the multiplayer
- The whole game has a very outdated feel to it
- It feels like a quick rush job of a game!
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Dune 2000 Screenshots
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