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  • Summary: The year is 2027. The world has suffered a decade-long energy crisis, and economies have crumbled. Reduced to a mere shadow of the super power it once was, the United States became the target of a North Korean takeover. American malls, suburbs and city streets are now battlegrounds as the civilian resistance fights for freedom. Featuring a compelling single player story crafted by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn), Homefront immerses gamers in an interactive and cinematic FPS experience where they assume an infantry role or take command of a wide variety of aerial and ground vehicles. In a land stripped of freedom, the brave will fight for their home. [THQ] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 60
  2. Negative: 6 out of 60
  1. Mar 14, 2011
    86
    Maybe the tasks are familiar, but the gritty concept of the game and its great multiplayer experience makes Kaos Studio's battlefield a great one. Fans of team-based online shooters will want to spend a lot of time on Homefront.
  2. Mar 21, 2011
    82
    Homefront manages to deliver a decent FPS experience with a strong multiplayer experience and an interesting story arc.
  3. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    I'll say it right now: if you're considering buying Homefront today, it needs to be for the multiplayer. The campaign should only serve as a small distraction that you might want to goof around in if you're bored and have already gotten your money's worth out of the multiplayer.
  4. Mar 15, 2011
    70
    Incredibly rough around the edges, wasteful of unique opportunities, and light on content, we quite frankly question the longevity of this title. But you know what? There are worse games you could spend your money on.
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    Homefront doesn't live up to its expectations. The emotional and atmospheric story of the (way too short) single-player slowly changes into an over-the-top first-person shooter that lacks in character. Homefront is one of the biggest disappointments of 2011, while the game in and of itself, isn't that bad.
  6. Mar 15, 2011
    67
    It's apparent that the story and atmosphere of the game is much more important than actual gameplay.
  7. Mar 17, 2011
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 74
  2. Negative: 28 out of 74
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    10
    Great, bold storyline. Eventhough the campign is short, I think it's just the right duration since multiplayer compensate the lifespan of the game. Hope THQ makes a sequel for it. Keep it coming! Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2011
    10
    one of the best multiplayer games i have played....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Expand
  3. Mar 16, 2011
    8
    First time writing a review on metacritic so please bear with me a little and take the time to read the review.

    Homefront. Yes, it is
    another First Person Shooter. Yes it is made put out by THQ and not by the likes of EA or Activision. I have a feeling if it had been people would be praising it more than they are. In a world dominated by first person shooters like Call of Duty, Killzone, Medal of Honor, and that Halo franchise on the other console, it's hard for most people to not be going into a game expecting those other games. I give Homefront some major props for being slightly different and focusing on the single player story even though it is essentially a five hour campaign. It has what all the other COD games lack. Heart. A lot of what I am hearing people complain about are the graphics, the short single player, the sound...Since when do video games have to have such a high level of gloss to them to be good? Doesn't anyone remember the Pac Man era. It wasn't about graphics it was about how much fun you had playing the game. And that is where Homefront stood out for me. The gameplay is very familiar to anyone that has ever played a first person shooter so picking it up and playing it out of the box was simple. The thing that it has going for it though is the fact that it's actually fun to play. Even though the single player is short I was still enjoying every second of it. Then there's the multi player. The best way to describe it is by saying COD, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield had a child together. The only thing I was disappointed with was the fact that they didn't include destructible environments like those from Battlefield. This is my final comment. To gamers out there that feel their games need high levels of polish, go screw yourselves. You obviously don't understand that it isn't the graphics that make a game. It's the playability of the game. Black Ops is broken on so many levels yet people were hailing it as the best COD game to date. I am sorry, it's the worst COD game to date if you ask me. Homefront is a nice addition to the world of First Person Shooters and I hope they do make a second one and work out some of the minor flaws the first one has. Expand
  4. Mar 21, 2011
    6
    Its time to push the hype to the side of the plate like some cold vegetables and get stuck into the roast beef that is Homefront the Game! You know what I mean :o)

    The review scores have been low mostly and the hype surrounding the subject matter has dominated the pre-release headlines - so is it any good? Well the answer is - sort of.

    The single player campaign is as gritty as the hype has suggested and the story does not pull its punches. Within the first hours of playing you witness executions and are introduced to a desperate group of resistance fighters who are rescuing you, Jacobs, some hot shot pilot who is the only man for a job that I haven't been told about yet.

    The graphics are nothing special (Think BattleField Bad Company 1 and you are close) though the presentation is clear and I have had no problems with navigating around the various environments in the first few levels.

    Gameplay is basic FPS formula, and the enemy is challenging enough but I don't think the AI is that intelligent. This feels more like Bad Company that COD in game play with some limited freedom as oppose to being herded down a tunnel of on coming gunfire.

    The highlight so far is the Goliath - some sort of overgrown RC car that you can use to take out tanks and gun nests!

    The multiplayer is buggy - lets get that straight - it took literally an hour for me to eventually get a game and even then the console froze forcing a reboot about half a dozen times. Lets assume this gets fixed and move on rapidly..

    I only played the Team Death Match equivalent mode - so i could focus on getting used to the controls and various loadout options. The class / load out system is very good and works similarly to Call of Duty in that you can customise weapons with scopes and grenade launchers etc. You can also customise per load out your kill streak rewards. Though in HomeFront its not a killstreak reward - you collect BP Battle points which you can spend on perks, upgrades or other options such as spy drones air strikes etc. These points can be saved up throughout the game and you don't lose them when you die; so you can still benefit from and experience using these little extras even if you can't string 2 kills together.

    It is early days yet but I think the game has a future in my console - once they fix the multiplayer bugs.
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  5. Apr 8, 2011
    4
    Another game that I genuinely wanted to like... but couldn't. I was hoping for a title that would break the CoD stranglehold on the FPS market. Instead all I got was yet another sad clone. The gameplay is EXACTLY the same as CoD, EXACTLY. Only difference here being slightly stronger story potential. Slightly and potential, being the operative words here, and when you consider the "attempting to be controversial" trash that has passed for CoD fare lately, that's not hard. Unfortunately, the promise of the story is never fulfilled... the game ends, cliffhanger style, just when things start to get interesing... an obvious alert to a potential sequel. A sequel I won't be playing. Let's be honest, though, if this was titled CoD:Homeland... all of the pro reviewers would be singing it's praises, lol. Expand
  6. Sep 14, 2013
    2
    I was at my local gamestop recently and they had a local bargain bin and in it I picked up this game for $3.14 figuring that at such a low price, I couldn't foresee a reason why I would get some enjoyment out of this game. I mean I only paid $3.14.

    Start playing the game and the plot immediately strikes me as straight up retarded for a variety of reasons, mostly relating to the fact I pay attention to Asian politics. Yet the game's story itself is equally as bad as the setup. You start out with a black protagonists, who and shocker here, doesn't say a thing...ever. From there you are subjected to stupid set pieces of "Evil North Koreans" committing atrocities. I suppose this is supposed to make the games heroes relatable, but it just comes across as an annoying set of bs that I can't skip. Then the game goes even stupider in the rescue attempt which should have literally killed you. Miraculously you survive unscathed and follow them as they make bad decision after bad decision in one of the worst Call of Duty Clones I have ever played.

    Honestly the only thing this game has going for it, is some pretty decent guns and even those are overshadowed by the horrible regenerating health system that won't let you take more than a couple shots before having to duck behind cover. This wouldn't be a problem, but the game is la shooting gallery, die and you can enjoy having to gun your way through the same 20-30 NPCs again.

    In the end, the story is bad, the game play is barely passable and for me just unenjoyable, you are forced to go along with every stupid decision that the characters make, and ultimately it isn't worth your time. Sure I got the game cheap, but the time I have to put into this game feels like a waste. Just straight up avoid getting this game, there are better uses of your time, like chewing $3 worth of gum while looking at 14 cents.
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  7. Mar 24, 2011
    0
    You get home, open the box, insert the disc. Within 2 minutes of trying to get into a Multiplayer online game, it FREEZES. Pop over to the forums http://www.homefront-game.com/forums/homefront-gaming-forums/playstation-3 Nothing works. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME, JUST ONE MASSIVE HEADACHE SINCE RELEASE !! Expand

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