Bravery, sacrifice color ‘Homefront’Written by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Guerilla warfare in the USA becomes a reality due to a reunited-Korean invasion in 2013 in this warfare-action video game, which also has a newly reduced price. Kim-Jong-un leads the Greater Korean Republic occupation as electronic warfare, scattered U.S. military and the overall political atmosphere weakens our defenses. This cinematic, character-driven experience aims for more emotion with taut war scenarios on our home turf.
The first-person shooter game, developed by Kaos Studios (“Frontlines: Fuel of War”) and published by THQ, centers on a poignant invasion story written by screenwriter John Milius (“Red Dawn,” “Apocalypse Now”). This military action shooter begins in Colorado, where the protagonist Robert Jacobs, a former Marine helicopter pilot, immediately finds himself in a survival situation. Even though Jacobs is recruited by a local resistance group, he quickly becomes a leader among Boone, Connor, Rianna, and Hopper, a Korean-American technical expert who creates an intriguing dynamic because his teammates discriminates against him because of his Asian heritage. Players might also find an extra emotional element similar to the Allies during World War II.
Betrayal, sacrifice and bravery all factor into the plot as characters mainly fight for survival while providing some support and completing secondary missions. Jacobs cannot take many hits, even on easier difficulty levels, but his team takes a lot of punishment, similar to the “Battlefield: Bad Company” games. Consequently, many players might adopt a “let your guys do the fighting” strategy, which does not always work. If others are yelling a lot, then it is not safe to go out into battle unless you have a specific plan.
Some violent content is overly manipulative, like a passing scene where a child sees his parents murdered. The visual textures blend well into the environment, but the character animation is still a bit rubbery. The Golden Gate Bridge action sequence represents a great graphic highlight.
This mode takes place before the U.S. military scattered. The mission-based gameplay offers 32 total players (16 on a team). Each version features seven maps with an extra “suburbs” map in the Xbox 360 version. The online pass is not required, but is definitely recommended for a noticeably expanded multiplayer gameplay. This recommended game is currently banned in South Korea and censored in Japan (***, rated M for blood, strong language and violence, also available on OnLive (North America), PC, and Xbox 360).