Excerpt: For all the hype surrounding Homefront, the shooter itself turned out to almost be a completely average experience with a laughably short single player campaign, clunky AI mechanics and a storyline that players will either love or hate, with little compromise in between. I guess given all the marketing that THQ put into this title, including littering the San Francisco bay with red balloons to protest fake North Korean aggression, had me thinking I was in for something...
Excerpt: Homefront is not an especially pretty game. The graphics are jaggy and it looks more like a game that would have come out a few years ago. Some of the anatomy of the characters you'll interact with looks a little disturbing. For instance, Rianna, the female resistance fighter you'll work with most often, has a strangely ripped torso made to make her look super fit, but instead, it just looks "off.
Summary: It’s a mere 16 years into our future. The nuclear-armed Greater Korean Republic has crumbled the infrastructure of the United States with a catastrophic EMP strike. The Koreans have brought the war to our doorstep, imprisoning our people and tearing down our once-great country. This nightmarish “what if?” scenario is Kaos Studios’ version of a “plausible near-future world,” as depicted in Homefront .
Conclusion: Incredibly rough around the edges, wasteful of unique opportunities, and light on content, we quite frankly question the longevity of this title. But you know what? There are worse games you could spend your money on. If you want something different yet familiar whilst you wait for Battlefield 3 or the next COD maps, give this a go.
Excerpt: If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, the Call of Duty 4 team must feel pretty adulated right about now. Homefront is yet another in a long line of FPS games conceived in the shadow of Modern Warfare's enormous genre-defining success, but Kaos Studios' vision of a destroyed, occupied America in 2027 is one that never manages to emerge from it.
Excerpt: Countless nights have been drained through bottles and shots, hunched over booths, where my friends and I talk potential disaster scenarios. Deciding on M-14’s or silenced M9’s for zombies, where to hide in case of robots, how to seduce aliens when they invade (it’s really all you can do), and where to run in case of a supervolcano eruption. But how can you prepare for all in the cornucopia of doom?
Excerpt: You don’t need me to tell you that the realism-based first-person shooter genre is overcrowded. You don’t need me to tell you that this self-same genre is hot business in the game industry as publishers vie to create ‘the next big thing.’ Similarly, you don’t need me to tell you how fierce the competition for online multiplayer supremacy is within this genre, as titans of the videogame world slog it out to try and invite you into their universe (and keep you there) with...
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.