Summary: I love fighting on Main Street, USA. I absolutely love it. Fighting your way through yet another secret military base, or isolated factory, or some other out of the way locale isn't anywhere near as interesting as defending your home town. Homefront, the latest game from THQ and Kaos Studios, delivers the home town feel and then some. This is war, on American soil, and it is near-impossible not to be hooked right from the opening cinematic.
Summary: In the year 2027, the United States of America is faced with an invasive threat. The Greater Korean Republic and its armed forces have taken control of the once productive country, after some years of hardship due to economic downturn. Major cities have fallen to the occupying forces, with no hope in sight other than small bands of civilian resistance fighters: yourself included. There’s a chance to make a difference if you’re up to the task.
Excerpt: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No, Homefront is not A Tale of Two Cities , but it is a tale of two games, single player and multiplayer, one good, one not so good. If you're primarily interested in single player, you're probably going to be disappointed with Homefront. If you're just in it for the multiplayer, you're going to have some fun. If you're a whole game kind of gamer, well, it will be one of those mixed bag kinds of games.
Graphically violent first-person shooter with profanity.
Common Sense Media
28 May 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Homefront is a graphically violent first-person shooter containing profane dialogue. Players kill countless North Korean invaders who want to take over the U.S., and there are many disturbing urban-war related scenes, such as a child witnessing his parent being shot, people executed on the street, and a truck slamming into someone. Blood sprays from enemies, is puddled on the streets, and can be seen smeared on windows.
Excerpt: Homefront plays like it was made by somebody who doesn't understand the human concept of "fun." Everything about it is off somehow, from the weapons to the character design to the levels to the single-player campaign's plot, like it was rushed to market as quickly as possible before anyone could have second thoughts. It's fundamentally flawed in pretty much every way you could care to name, and is in no way worth your money.
Conclusion: Overall, Homefront is a game, that in the time period from when it was announced, to it's release....was clearly rushed. The game was announced back in the middle of 2010. From then, up to March 2011, the game had plenty of time to be tested, certified, and solidified. Instead, gamers are left with a broken, buggy game, with a 3 hour single-player, and a broken / barely playable multi-player.
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.
Conclusion: Overall, Homefront is a mixed bag of potential. The setting and the premise are excellent, and of rare quality for the genre. An above-average multiplayer helps to round out your experience with the game, and really lends itself to feeding the hunger for the next great first person shooter. Unfortunately, the game is very limited on a number of fronts, holding this title back from being in the upper echelon of titles for 2011.