HOMEFRONT: THE REVOLUTION
By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on June 3, 2016
Homefront; I did hear about it, but I never actually got around to playing it. Until now, that is. Because it is a FPS game, I never gave it any thought. But, in light of recent FPS experiences, I thought I might give this one a try. Having played Homefront: the Revolution, I must say I do actually like it, mostly because of the open-world character of the game. Not having played the previous installment in the series doesnít seem to be that big of a disadvantage because youíll start a brand new story from scratch, so itís not that important to know what happened in the first game.
In Homefront: the Revolution, America has been taken hostage by North-Korean armed forces, that rule over the country with an iron fist. ďHow did this come about?Ē, I hear you ask. Well, because North Korea is the worldís leading manufacturer of technology, 95% of all appliances in the good old US of A are made there. Then, when the technology starts breaking down, North Korea comes to the rescueÖ or so America thought.
Instead of helping the people, North Korea shows its true colors and seizes control of the technically crippled country. As one might expect, the Americans will not just take this lying down, or even standing up, for that matter. There are those who will not sit by helplessly while their family and friends are being killed or worse. A resistance is formed, and this is where you come in. You join this band of freedom fighters and take a stand against the military forces.
Homefront: the Revolution is basically a single player experience, but does feature a 2-player coop mode. This mode is only available online, so no local coop is possible. You can play the game on four different difficulty settings, so you can make your revolution as challenging as you could possibly want. Like a lot of FPS games, Homefront The Revolution features a weapon upgrade system. But it does not only enable you to add things like a scope or a silencer, but also lets you transform your pistol into an uzi-like weapon or your standard rifle into a sniper rifle. In addition to this, you can also buy gear which adds other perks to you character. A good example of this gear are a pair of kneecaps, which enable you to slide into cover and increase your walking speed when crouched.
Homefrontís graphics look good; very detailed and, as far as I could see, without any bugs or glitches. Your weapons look and sound like youíd expect them to, which is always a big plus in any game. The only sound I came across that didnít measure up to what I expected was when I shot a exploding barrel. This didnít quite give me the bang I was hoping for. Oh well, maybe I was downwind or something. So unless Iím as blind as a bat, I didnít come across anything in this department that doesnít do what itís supposed to.
If I had to name one minor issue with this game, it would be the controls. I had a bit of trouble from time to time, because the controls felt a bit sluggish once in a while. This becomes especially evident when riding a motorcycle across the city. Letís just say that avoiding obstacles at high speeds was not really my forte. This is however just a minor issue and in no way a game breaker. I really like Homefront: The Revolution; it is a good FPS game. The open world character adds to the gameplay and makes the game really interesting and fun to play. And, and even though Iím not really at home with FPS games, I enjoyed it immensely. Viva la Revolution!