||Homefront is a first person shooter based in the year 2027. North Korea has launched a massive EMP from a Satellite, wiping out all of the power in the United States, and invaded its borders. It is now up to Jacobs, the resistance, and what is left of the US Armed Forces, to take back America, starting with San Francisco.
The game starts with you (Jacobs) waking up in his apartment. As soon as you get up, there is a knock at the door. When you answer the door, 3 Korean soldiers barge in and you are pinned against the wall, with an M4 pointed to your head. An officer tells the soldiers to take you away, you are hit in the head with the butt of the gun and dragged to the stairs of the apartment building. The Korean soldiers then toss you down the stairs, Jacobs loses consciousness as he hits the bottom. When Jacobs awakes, he is lifted up, and forced to get onto an old school bus that the Koreans are using to shuttle prisoners. The bus starts to drive through the city. Along the way, you see the Koreans showing nothing but hostility to the people of San Francisco, as people are shot, beaten, and forced into detention centers. As the bus drives through an intersection, a truck races towards the bus and T-bones it. The bus starts rolling down the street, its occupants, including you, are being tossed around like rag-dolls. As the bus comes to a stop, a resistance fighter climbs into the bus, stabs a Korean soldier who survived the crash, and tells you to follow him.
That is only the beginning of level 1. The rest of the game is filled with intense action sequences, and cinematics, some of them, even heart-wrenching. The story of this game is pretty well written and pulls you in. It makes you feel like you ARE Jacobs, and that everything that is happening, is reality.
The gameplay was alright, but not as good as it could have been. The graphics were definitely not as good as some of the games available, but that is forgivable once you see the quality of the guns, the people, and the environment. This game isn't your run of the mill, FPS game either. Your character is far from invincible, since you are killed after being shot a couple of times, or by being hit by 1 RPG rocket hitting near you. This damage system added a bit of realism to the game, which was frustrating at times, but still kept me playing the game.
This game is also very short. It only has 6 levels, which were a decent amount of length, but I still had completed the game in about 5-6 hours. I would have definitely liked to see the story play out a little farther then it had. However, the storyline was great, and the emotion filled cinematics, really added to the overall feel of the game. Now, im not going to spoil the ending, but it did leave an opening for a possible sequel to be released.
One thing that I didn't like was how the game worked after the ending cinematic played out. Instead of going to the credits, like most games do, this game just went back to the last checkpoint of the game. The first time it did this, I thought I had done something wrong and had to start over.
Overall this game has a good, sometimes heart-wrenching, story and some good gameplay. However, to me, it isn't worth the initial $60, because of the graphics quality, and for how long it takes to complete the game. I would say, either rent it, or wait till it goes down a bit in price before you buy it.
Lasting Appeal: 5/10