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Homefront (Windows)

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Description

Homefront paints a scenario where the United States has lost its status as a world superpower, and is invaded by a unified Korea in the year 2027. The player controls Robert Jacobs, a former military pilot, who is conscripted by the Korean army and released by a local resistance cell. Now on the run, Jacobs has no choice but to assist the resistance as they attempt to link up with remnants of the US Army outside San Francisco. Homefront was written by John Milius, the screenwriter behind Red Dawn and Apocalypse Now.

The single-player campaign follows Jacobs and three resistance members as they engage in guerrilla attacks and attempt to escape the walled city of Montrose, Colorado. Gameplay is modeled closely after the Modern Warfare series, and uses snap-targeting, aiming down the sites, and an identical control scheme. The player carries two weapons at a time, and weapons dropped by enemies have randomized attachments and scopes. The most unique aspect of Homefront's combat revolves around the "Goliath" robotic assault vehicle. At multiple points during the game, the player will use a targeting indicator to direct the otherwise-autonomous Goliath to fire on specific enemies or tanks. The single-player campaign received frequent criticism upon release for being uncommonly short.

Multiplayer combines elements of the Modern Warfare series' fast-paced foot combat with vehicle combat similar to Frontlines: Fuel of War. Players earn XP during matches which stays with their character and increases their overall "rank." Players also earn "Battle Points" during matches, similar to Counter-Strike, which are spent on new weapons, upgrades, and vehicles for that match only. A unique multiplayer mode for Homefront is "Battle Commander," where players are guided by an overseeing A.I. commander. Players will be automatically assigned objectives, including specific enemy players to hunt and kill. Performing objectives raises the player's notoriety, resulting in more important missions and greater support from the A.I. commander, and increased attention from the enemy commander.

Multiplayer supports up to 32 players (in two teams of 16) on both consoles and PC. Multiplayer also requires redemption of a "Battle Code" provided free in new copies of the game, or purchased separately; identical to EA's Online Pass system.


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Homefront Windows Certain weapons are better for close combat, like that M4 rifle.
Homefront Windows Hiding from military forces in pit, filled with rotting bodies of Americans.
Homefront Windows What a nice view!
Homefront Windows Even if it's enemy, planes still look beautiful.

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User Reviews

Great game concept in the vein of "Red Dawn" that misses in the execution. William Richards (17) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars

The Press Says

Spazio Games Mar 11, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Mar 15, 2011 84 out of 100 84
Softpedia Mar 25, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Gamereactor International Mar 16, 2011 8 out of 10 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Mar 30, 2011 77 out of 100 77
Gameplanet Mar 24, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Digital Entertainment News (den) May 12, 2011 7 out of 10 70
AusGamers Mar 18, 2011 5.8 out of 10 58
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 15, 2011 11 out of 20 55
Gamekult Mar 17, 2011 4 out of 10 40

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