Video Game Review: 'Homefront' is bleak view of 2027 U.S. – The Florida Times-Union

“Homefront” is a game that plays on our long-term fears, set in a world where the United States is no longer the top dog and can’t fend off a future invasion from a unified Korea … a grim scenario.
But it’s a brutal and sincere story, one of the best you’ll see in a video game. And it’s a fully loaded first-person shooter, so you can also just relax and blow things up for a while.
What they’re selling: From THQ – “Abandoned by her former allies, the United States is a bleak landscape of walled towns and abandoned suburbs. This is a police state where high school stadiums have become detention centers, and shopping malls shelter armored attack vehicles.”
What we’re telling: It’s worse than Detroit.
The nut graph: There’s not a lot to make “Homefront” stand out as far as the action and gameplay is concerned.
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You have to play patiently, plan your shots and stay in cover. Rambo-style won’t work here, and the levels kind of steer you where you are supposed to go. It’s set in 2027, so the weaponry is based on current models.
There are certainly better-looking games and games with bigger, more-exciting action sequences, but it plays to your passions as an American and it has enough energy to keep you hooked through the end.
“Homefront” is kind of a short game; you can pretty easily power through in five or six hours. There’s a pretty good online suite after that, and since sales are well over 1 million copies it’s not hard to find people playing at all hours.
It’s worth a look if you are a fan of historical fiction or just like first-person shooters
Reason to smile: They don’t really make you smile, but some of the in-game cut-scenes are gripping. It sets the right tone for the game.
Reason to growl: A longer storyline would have been nice.
Robert McGinty: (904) 359-4250


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