War brings out the worst in us all. This valuable morsel of information from one of Homefront’s leading characters sets the tone for the latest shooter from developer Kaos Studios (Frontlines: Fuel of War). In the near (fictitious) future, a highly violent and unified Korea has forcefully taken control of an economically broken United States. The invasion has obviously not been a pleasant one and throughout the game players will be visually assaulted by the atrocities of war. Parents are brutally shot down in front of a weeping child while hundreds of dead bodies are shoveled into a baseball stadium like cattle. It’s a stark reminder that War indeed brings out the worst in us all.
Answering the Call of Duty
While Homefront strives to be different on the plot front, gameplay is nothing but a mish mash of older, successfully shooters like Call of Duty and Half Life 2. This makes the game feel like yet another generic shooter you’ve probably played a million times before. You move from Point A to B, rescue someone, get ambushed, kill a ton of bad dudes, blow stuff up and then save the day. The Call of Duty series is just as guilty as Homefront when it comes to clichéd gameplay but they know how to mask their lack of innovation with flair.
The aftermath of a revolution
Once you’re done with the campaign, you could wander into the game’s online component, which honestly felt a bit underwhelming. Developer Kaos had been touting this game’s MP since a while now and frankly speaking, there’s nothing you haven’t seen before. I admit I wasn’t able to put in a good amount of hours before I got this review out but what I saw didn’t blow my socks off. You have your standard game modes where you kill enemies, and earn points to buy better gear.
War brings out the worse in us all
Unfortunately, Homefront can do nothing about its painfully short length or average single player campaign. If Kaos has capitalized on their setting and backed it up with some truly heart wrenching gameplay, we could have had a game that could very well hold its own against other shooters from this genre. But as it stands Homefront is nothing but an average shooter that brings nothing new to the table. Consider it only if you’re a multiplayer junkie.
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