Excerpt: The casual gaming market has really boomed in the last few years. Often a gamer would have a few minutes to fill with a short game, and more often a non-gamer would want to start with something simple and quick. With this in mind, I would not be surprised if Solitaire is the world’s most played game.
Summary: Homefront is set 10 years after the economic collapse of the United States and follows the American Civilian Resistance as they fight to reclaim their homeland from an oppressive North Korean occupation, featuring a personal, story-driven single player campaign and a full suite of multiplayer options.
Shooting your way through American suburbs has never been so fun
27 April 2011
Excerpt: Homefront is a modern first person shooter developed by Kaos Studios in partnership with Digital Extremes and published by THQ. It's set on the unconventional homeland of The United States of America in the not too distant future (2027 to be precise). Due to the overwhelming popularity of first person shooters, any game that decides to follow that trend will have to be pretty impressive in order to stand out against the big hitters such as Call Of Duty or Battlefield.
Pros: great believable story, Great, Fun multiplayer
Cons: Campaign too short, No new gameplay aspects, MP often frustrating
Excerpt: FPS titles no longer focus on the single player experience. It's a sad fact but one that's becoming increasingly true with the release each new game as the single player lover is left in the dark. The most recent example of the future of single player FPS games was the startlingly short (at 3 hours play-time) single player campaign of the hotly anticipated Homefront.
Summary: Beyond that, however, it’s fairly unremarkable, which is also a pretty nice summary of the game as a whole. It has its little glimmers of intrigue, but by and large, it’s just another sheep in the herd trailing behind Call of Duty. Yes, you could certainly do worse than Homefront, but you could also do much, much better.
Pros: Interesting concept; a few well-constructed environments; decent multiplayer.
Cons: Poorly paced linearity; no interesting characters; bland levels and shooting.
Conclusion: I can’t imagine wanting to play through the campaign more than twice, but it is possible to put a lot of hours into multiplayer, which is highly enjoyable. However, the skimpy number of game modes and lack of destructible environments means that after a week or so, you’ll probably find yourself drawn back to Call of Duty or Battlefield, games Homefront tries desperately to emulate. A worthwhile purchase only after its suggested retail price starts to decrease.
Pros: Fight for your homeland and repel North Korean invaders in one of the most emotionally charged first person shooters to date. Throw in some helicopters, predator drones and humvees, and you’ve got a fun, albeit standard action experience.
Summary: A Battlefield addict will find Homefront’s BP system frustrating, the drones annoying and the status of vehicles extremely disappointing. A Call of Duty aficionado will not find the gun selection or gun differences large enough and the snipers too overpowered. While these things might sound game breaking now, I find that this means it’s only a patch or two away from a satisfying balance.Homefront is a beautiful game that tries to enter a world where perfection is...
Summary: Homefront is really a multiplayer affair; if you aren’t into online play, then this is, at best, a bargain bin purchase. However, if you don’t have a problem mixing it up with strangers from around the globe, then you’re in for a treat. At the moment, though, the game is at a delicate stage where it’s in danger of losing its momentum due to balance issues and cheating.
Conclusion: Although Homefront isn't the perfect FPS shooter it proves to be just as much fun as most of its competitors whilst the breath-taking setting and fantastic plot impress. Worth buying if even to watch the cut-scenes.