Thursday, April 28, 2011

Homefront Review

The year is 2027. The world as we know it is unraveling after fifteen years of economic meltdown and widespread global conflict over dwindling natural resources. A once proud America has fallen, her infrastructure shattered and military in disarray. Crippled by a devastating EMP strike, the USA is powerless to resist the ever expanding occupation of a savage, nuclear armed Greater Korean Republic. Abandoned by her former allies, the United States is a bleak landscape of walled towns and abandoned suburbs. This is a police state where high school stadiums have become detention centers, and shopping malls shelter armored attack vehicles. A once-free people are now prisoners... or collaborators... or revolutionaries.

  • Great story plot
  • Multiplayer is fun
  • Plenty of great moments
  • Campaign is short
  • Graphics are clunky
  • Inevitable sequel
LISTEN UP READER; YOU HAVE BEEN ENLISTED TO FIGHT OFF THE EVIL KOREANS IN THIS MEDIOCRE FPS GAME! While there may not be any truly unique features in Homefront it does an amazing job at setting up the story. There are many heart wrenching scenes, that really hit close to home, because they kind of are. You will be running and gunning trying to save everything you love from the foreign occupiers, but there is little else going on. The multiplayer will be the main draw with plenty of nice set pieces and vehicles to have you mowing down your enemies for hours. There is a wide variety of weaponry to use, and plenty of things to spend points on during your multiplayer sessions.

Now you’re probably wondering why the positive things are really only multiplayer…well here are the reasons why. The graphics are noticeably outdated no matter which machine you run it on.  This shooter also does very little to distinguish itself against the titans in the industry, which is heartbreaking. While the story premise is astounding, that is where it stops, there is very little development and the ending is all too abrupt. A skilled FPS player will rip through this game in a short sitting of roughly 4 hours, and even bad players will beat it in 5 or 6. Homefront very clearly sets itself up for a sequel, but they have a lot of things to fix if they plan to get anywhere in this competitive industry.

Homefront has a very unique aspect that would scare most game developers away; THQ has some major coins in their purse, if you get my meaning. Unfortunately this game is immediately driven into the ground with dozens of issues that would have merely taken time and dedication to fix. With a sequel practically guaranteed Kaos Studios has a huge distance to go in order to trump the industry of rage filled FPS players. My suggestion is to just simply wait until the price is lowered before investing your money in this game. JUST KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN SOLDIER I HAVE NO DOUBTS YOU’LL GET ANOTHER CHANCE TO FIGHT!!!
ESRB: M    Developer: Kaos Studios  Publisher: THQ
Genre: FPS   Released: Mar 15, 2011 
Article by: Larry Harris

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