THQ and Kaos Studios allows players to fight against America’s Korean invaders in the recent release of Homefront for the XBox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Homefront takes place in the year 2027 where a unified Korea under the rule of North Korea, known as the Greater Korean Republic, invades and takes over the United States. Players control a freedom fighter in Colorado on a mission to provide support to the US Army in San Francisco. Gameplay is similar to many other war FPS’, using various weapons and explosives to defeat the player’s enemies. While the game may seem to be like any other FPS on the surface, the story and scenario is what really makes the game stand out from among the crowd. The game’s first cutscene includes a time line from 2012-2027 which details famous, and believable, events that led to the downfall of the United States of America.
While the story of the game is interesting, the single-player leaves much to be desired. Graphically, the game is good, but some of the little details on character faces or textures on walls could have been improved greatly. This is most apparent on walls of pictures of missing people, which could have added a bit to the story and bring the player into the game, but the textures on these walls are so blurry that they are unreadable. This is disappointing as one would expect more from a studio as big as THQ. Another disappointing aspect is the length of the single-player campaign, as it is short even for the standards of most shooters out today. This may make many non-multiplayer players stay away from purchasing the game.
While the single-player is a bit disappointing, the multiplayer is a lot of fun. Most of the game modes, such as Team Deathmatch and Ground War, are standards in most shooters, they are very well polished and a lot of fun. The game uses a level up system with experience points given to the player by defeating enemies and completing objectives during each multiplayer map. Each level the player gains gives he or she various weapons, attachments, and abilities to use during battles.
Overall, Homefront is a decent FPS. While the single-player and graphics leave much to be desired, the multiplayer and storyline are both incredibly well done. For anyone looking for a good multiplayer FPS, this is a great choice.