Homefront: The Revolution  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Homefront: The Revolution  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Homefront The Revolution lets you make America great again, open-world style https://www.gameskinny.com/0cl7o/homefront-the-revolution-lets-you-make-america-great-again-open-world-style https://www.gameskinny.com/0cl7o/homefront-the-revolution-lets-you-make-america-great-again-open-world-style Mon, 16 May 2016 22:30:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

Somehow its been five years since the previous Homefront game came out, and now we finally get a sequel... sort of.

Homefront: The Revolution (very pointedly NOT named Homefront 2) comes courtesy of a different developer, is set in a different universe and time table with a completely different backstory, and the game offers a very different playstyle than its predecessor to boot.

So what's the same? The central idea alone: that the U.S. has been successfully invaded and occupied by Korean forces, with you in the role of patriot struggling to reclaim your once-great nation in a guerrilla war of attrition.

Same Scenario, Different Path

In this version of the Homefront experience with an alternate timeline, the United States became reliant overly-reliant on Korean technology, including military hardware.

Realizing they had us at a disadvantage, Korea decided to go ahead and turn all our electronic equipment off at once, having built a backdoor into every piece of tech they sold us. After the fallout, the KPA showed up as peacekeepers to distribute food and maintain order... but very quickly it became clear this was an occupation, not a humanitarian mission.

Of course there were those who didn't accept their new rulers peacefully, and thus a resistance was formed: terrorists to the KPA, and guerrilla fighters to those who want to see the U.S. restored.

 Outnumbered and outgunned!

Personally, I liked the backstory of the first game better. While the notion of a unified Korea invading the United States is far-fetched, previous developer Kaos Studios put a lot of time into thinking through how that could happen and making each individual turning point believable.

Although the backstory isn't quite as well thought-out, the opening segment is even more brutally tense than what was experienced in the first game.

Dambuster Studios isn't pulling any punches with this follow-up title, so steel your resolve and get ready to see civilians and resistance members alike go down in particularly brutal fashion.

Is there a good time?

Changing The Gameplay Dynamic

There are no traditional levels like in the previous game, and every KPA you come across isn't shooting at you immediately. You are instead in a living and breathing city, trying to blend in and avoid trouble when you aren't undertaking missions. Some areas are off limits however, and KPA will open fire if you if you enter and don't immediately leave.

Lacking linear levels, there are loads of side missions to undertake while furthering the overall cause of keeping Benjamin Walker – the voice of the revolution – alive so that he can unite the people against their occupiers.

This all makes for a serious change in gameplay from the last title which was a more traditional FPS along the lines of Call Of Duty / Battlefield.

With that change in style comes some interesting twists on the formula, allowing for a buying and selling mechanic with street vendors, as well as a crafting system for making objects like molotov cocktails. Instead of taking cover and reviving health slowly, there are also health syringes this time around.

Time to gear up!

One of the most entertaining changes is the on-the-fly weapon customization, letting you swap out weapon features in the field as you unlock them. The end result has markedly diverged from the start of the series, so don't come into this expecting anything remotely similar.

For you multiplayer junkies, there's Resistance mode this time around, which lets you co-op with three other guerrilla fighters to tackle missions, offering more than just the typical deathmatch arena.

Homefront's New Tone

While the first entry in the series obviously wasn't a happy game, it did have its fair share of humor (most notably with how the main character kept surviving falling from high distances, which everyone else remarked on). Don't expect that here.

Homefront: The Revolution showcases a much darker and grittier occupied America than the previous game. It's pretty much Batman vs. Marvel up in here. 

Welcome to America: 2026

One fascinating change that provides is that there is less of a full “us good, them bad” scenario, as there are some hideously awful people in the resistance as well.

One such character is easily as insane and bloodthirsty as everybody's favorite villain Vaas from Far Cry 3, only she's on your side (well, after trying to torture you to death, of course).

Should I be excited... or terrified?

Despite being in a city with roads, there's much less emphasis on driving than you'd expect, with the exception of using dirt bikes to quickly get through narrow areas. These noisy little modes of transport fit the tone better, since you aren't using heavy military vehicles, and there's fun to be had in trying to get your bike places it probably wasn't meant to go.

Overall, Dambuster Studios really nailed the guerrilla combat feel, and this is one case where the box art really does tell all about the type of game you will be playing.

For much of the game you won't feel like a walking armory / one-man army, and its easy to get overwhelmed if you let the drones call up airship support. Fleeing is not always a bad option, and the Philadelphia resistance is most definitely the underdog here.

Exploring The Big City

Moving to a single city without linear missions means that Homefront: The Revolution is essentially an open world game, and in fact even director Hasit Zala from Dambuster has compared it to an open world version Half Life.

I fully agree with half of that statement, the other half will definitely be bringing a different game to mind, however. If I had to compare this rendition of Homefront to any other title, it would easily be Far Cry 3. There's just too many similarities not to draw that conclusion.

Radio terminals must be hacked to get an overland view of the area via your cell phone map, the weapon wheel and crafting system are quite similar, and that's just the beginning.

There's an upgrade mechanic that will clearly bring to mind the Far Cry system, and you pick up useless items off dead soldiers to sell for money to further upgrade your weaponry. You may even recognize a very similar visual theme with how the icons expand and then glow when an enemy notices you.

Lootin' corpses!

To be clear, I don't necessarily see that as a negative – Fry Cry is an excellent series and the gameplay fits well in this setting – its just not terribly innovative.

The Bottom Line

If you prefer a linear shooter to an open world one, then Homefront: The Revolution will be disappointing, but for those who love causing anarchy and mayhem while picking between stealth or brute force combat, this change in the series will be a welcome one. I loved the first game, and I'm still enjoying this one quite a bit.

There is one technical issue to keep in mind before buying though: I experienced a ton of slow downs and frame rate drops while playing the PC edition, even after turning all the graphics settings all the way down.

In some cases this was just a minor annoyance, but in a few of the bigger battles I ended up dying and restarting as everything slowed to a crawl and aiming become impossible. Unless you have an ultra high end PC and are willing to wait for a patch to smooth out the experience, I'd recommend going console on this one.

Full disclosure: GameSkinny was provided a copy of this game by the developer for review purposes.

 

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5 games that put players in the role of a guerrilla fighter https://www.gameskinny.com/ip2oq/5-games-that-put-players-in-the-role-of-a-guerrilla-fighter https://www.gameskinny.com/ip2oq/5-games-that-put-players-in-the-role-of-a-guerrilla-fighter Wed, 11 May 2016 09:51:06 -0400 Stan Rezaee

Homefront: The Revolution is set to be released on May 17 and will have gamers once again fighting to liberate America from North Korean occupation. Unlike its predecessor, players will actually wage a guerilla war against a superior army.

One person going against an entire army is not new in gaming, but it's a different experience when players have a sense of being vulnerable. Titles that have made guerrilla warfare part of the gameplay have focused on crippling the enemy, along with boosting the morality of the population.

For those who can't wait to join the resistance, here are five games that best recreate the experiences of fighting in a guerrilla army.

Note: this list focus on titles that not only require players to fight a large army but also cripple their efforts while waging a propaganda war to win the hearts and minds of the population. Hence, simple shooters like the original Homefront will be excluded.

 

5. Freedom Fighters

This 2003 classic not only set the tone for other guerrilla themed video games, but also introduced Red Dawn to a new generation. Freedom Fighters is set in an alternative timeline were the Soviet Union becomes the world power after it won World War II by dropping the atomic bomb on Berlin.

In the present day, the Red Army begins an invasion of America by conquering major cities. Players take on the role of Chris Stone as he works with Isabella Angelina and Mr. Jones to build a resistance army and liberate New York City.

Players must capture key locations and disrepute the occupation as much as possible. At the same time, they must boost the morale of the resistance so that more members are encouraged to join the fight. 

4. Just Cause 3

While previous games in the series have focused on Rico Rodriguez being tasked with toppling dictators, this time he is on a personal mission. Rodriguez returns to his homeland of Medici and reunites with his childhood friend to overthrow the dictatorship of General Sebastiano Di Ravello.

Anyone who played Just Cause 2 will feel right at home while expecting a few major changes. One of those changes is the guerrilla warfare gameplay and setup.

Once again, players will use their grappling hook and parachute combo to wreak havoc on the enemy. Besides completing story objectives, Rodriguez must capture military outposts, acquire better weapons for the resistance, and turn the population against Di Ravello government.

3. Far Cry 4

The fourth game in the series was heavily inspired by the Nepalese Civil War, a 10-year conflict that was fought between Maoist intransigents against the Royalist government and ended with the monarchy being abolished.

The story follows Ajay Ghale as he returns to Kyrat to spread his mother's ashes. The moment he crosses the border, the bus is attacked by the military and he becomes the prisoner of Pagan Min, the nation’s despotic king. He is taken to the Royal Palace, but escapes and joins the Golden Path in their war against the government.

Players must work with the Golden Path to capture key outposts and military facilities. At the same time, they need to boost the morale of the resistance by acquiring resources, rescuing prisoners and disrupting the propaganda.

Ghale is also forced to make choices that will determine the future of what the Golden Path represents.

2. Operation Flashpoint: Resistance 

Both an expansion and prequel to Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (also known as ArmA: Cold War Crisis), this tactical shooter improved on the original game in every way while introducing a unique experience. 

Inspired by the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, player takes on the role of Victor Troska, an ex-SAS operative, who has returned to his homeland of Nogova. However his peaceful life is shattered when the island is invaded by the Soviet Union at the request of the countries Communist Party.

With limited resources and an inexperienced army, Troska must wage an unconventional war against the Red Army. Players must command a small squad to cripple the occupying forces while acquiring resources for the resistance.

1. Red Faction: Guerrilla 

The third game in the Red Faction series returns players to Mars while taking the Geo-Mod technology of the previous games and incorporating it into an open world environment. The result is an unforgettable gaming experience and one of the best titles that puts players in the role of a guerrilla fighter. 

Following the liberation of Mars in the first game, the Earth Defense Force (EDF) has established a new government that is oppressing the population. Players take on the role Alec Mason, who is forced to join the Red Faction when the EDF murdered his brother and labeled him as a terrorist.

Players are tasked with liberating all five sections of Mars by completing a series of key missions while waging a guerilla war against the EDF. At the same time players must demoralize the enemy while boosting the confidence of the resistance.

Freedom Fighters may have established the foundations for the genre but it was Red Faction: Guerrilla that perfected it.

Have you played any of these guerrilla themed games or was there a title that was missed? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Homefront Rebels are you ready? You betta get ready! https://www.gameskinny.com/meme5/homefront-rebels-are-you-ready-you-betta-get-ready https://www.gameskinny.com/meme5/homefront-rebels-are-you-ready-you-betta-get-ready Wed, 11 May 2016 09:46:33 -0400 JunaeBenne

The open world first person shooter game, Homefront: The Revolution is ready to get down and the dirty with the company that took advantage of their trust, APEX. APEX is a once beloved company that provides all the latest and greatest technology to gain the people's trust. Once they had the citizens eating out the palm of their hands, they took advantage of them and overthrew society! Now... we fight.


Don’t be an idle citizen in a land in which North Korea has taken over the United States. Fight through maps and liberate cities using weapons provided by APEX. Now, the enemy still has the advantage. While you are scrounging up weapons from APEX, they are coming out with newer technology that can annihilate you -- unless you can round up some rebels and create a plan. Invite your friends to be a part of your Resistance Cell with the co-op campaign.

As the newest rebel, check out the Interactive Timeline to see events dating back to 1953 such as the U.S.’s involvement in the Korean War and how that affects the now fallen US society.

Don’t forget to link your website account to your Steam, PlayStation Network, or Microsoft. The benefits of linking your accounts is earning in-game merits through the website.

How to earn Merits:

  • Sign into your Homefront account on the website (desktop or mobile)
  • Visit the Merits section to see which ones are available to earn
  • Perform the action requires to earn a Merit

Merits help you get costume gear to revolt in style.

Yuck, it smells like big business -- big APEX business. Are you ready to revolt? Homefront: The Revolution is available May 17 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Can a game be too average? Homefront: The Revolution beta impressions https://www.gameskinny.com/9niyf/can-a-game-be-too-average-homefront-the-revolution-beta-impressions https://www.gameskinny.com/9niyf/can-a-game-be-too-average-homefront-the-revolution-beta-impressions Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:39:26 -0500 Anson Chan

Ever since its conception, the Homefront series has been involved in some kind of trouble in one way or another. From minor political concerns to THQ going bankrupt, there was even a possibility that Homefront: The Revolution was not going to be made at all. 

Fortunately, someone picked up the franchise, and here we are with a sequel to a game that had an interesting premise and by most accounts, was reasonably fun. 

The times that try men's souls

From any standpoint, Homefront: The Revolution is a sound game, or at least that's the impression that the beta gives. It does a good job of setting the mood by showing what an occupied American city might look like, and it does a good job of making it clear that your character is just some average person who has taken up arms to defend their country. You can't regenerate health, you're not going to be outrunning the North Koreans, and you're almost certainly going to be outnumbered. So you have to rely on your own wits; making your own IEDs and the like.

Homefront: The Revolution even has some interesting and fairly novel mechanics; like the ability to heavily and drastically customize your weapons whenever you want. Throw in the open world nature of the game and, on paper, you've already got the groundwork for a decent game.

But one life to lose

Theoretically, this should mean that Homefront: The Revolution is going to be pretty good once it comes out. If there are no major problems with the gameplay, it already does a good job with the mood, and there's not much to complain about; then that means that there's nothing wrong with it, right? 

The problem is that even though there's nothing that Homefront: The Revolution does wrong, there's also nothing it does that is spectacular. It simply feels too average to stand out among the sea of games out there. In the multiplayer beta, you never really get to sneak around and ambush anyone; as you would imagine resistance fighters would do. Sure, there is a sneaking mechanic, but why bother with that when there is no downside to running in, guns blazing, like any other game? 

In addition, the occupying North Korean forces seem to be somewhat stupid, often running directly into gunfire. Needless to say, it leads to multiplayer missions that feel somewhat scripted as your enemies will always show up with the same number of people and from the same directions, regardless of difficulty level. 

A nation of Minutemen

That being said, Homefront: The Revolution certainly has potential. After all, it isn't exactly unheard of for a game to have a mediocre multiplayer experience and an amazing campaign. From what can be told from pre-release gameplay, it may actually have a very interesting single-player mode. It is an open-world game where your actions can cause the North Koreans to either work on crushing Philadelphia or waste their time hunting for ghosts.

What do you think? Can Homefront: The Revolution stand out thanks to the potential of its singleplayer and interesting setting?

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All that big Xbox Gamescom News: Scalebound, Chat Pads, and More. https://www.gameskinny.com/9po4z/all-that-big-xbox-gamescom-news-scalebound-chat-pads-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/9po4z/all-that-big-xbox-gamescom-news-scalebound-chat-pads-and-more Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:41:13 -0400 Phillip W

This is a brief roundup of all the big news from Microsoft's GamesCom Press-Conference.

Games:

Remedy Studio, the people behind cult classic Alan Wake, new time bending game, Quantum Break is now being released on April 5, 2015.

The first gameplay for the Crackdown reboot, has a lot of explosions.

Platinum Studio's Xbox exclusive Scalebound is being released holiday 2016. The first gameplay trailer is below.

Rash from Battletoads is a new playable guest character in Killer Instinct. He is available to play right now.

From Software showed off some brand new Dark Souls III gameplay.

Gameplay from the long dormant Homefront: Revolution was shown off today. Along with the announcement of an Xbox One beta.

The newest gameplay trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Halo Wars 2 is coming Fall 2016! Here is the first cinematic trailer.

ID@Xbox announces new games coming first to consoles on Xbox including City:Skylines and We Happy Few.

Features and Hardware:

Xbox backwards compatibility comes to everyone in November. All games with gold games from now on will be backwards compatible at launch.

DVR functionality will let you stream and record to any windows 10 device in 2016.

A new Limited Edition Halo 5 Xbox One is coming October 20, 2015. Pre-orders are up now.

A new Xbox one chat pad is coming in November 2016.

 

Stay Tuned to GameSkinny for more Gamescom news and impressions.

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Homefront: The Revolution Unveiled, Screams Atmosphere https://www.gameskinny.com/jhbw8/homefront-the-revolution-unveiled-screams-atmosphere https://www.gameskinny.com/jhbw8/homefront-the-revolution-unveiled-screams-atmosphere Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:15:48 -0400 Xavier's

The highly forgotten original Homefront, released way back in 2011, showcased an extremely Red Dawnesque storyline that was received by the public as intriguing, but extremely shallow and criminally short. All in all, the title amounted to a nice distraction from the likes of Call Of Duty or Battlefield, but simply did not have the substance to attract a large following.

Adding insult to injury, Kaos Studio, the studio behind Homefront, disbanded following THQ's untimely demise. The future for any more installments in the series was looking immensely bleak, until big name developer Crytek stepped in and purchased the rights.

Now 3 years later, we have Homefront: The Revolution, still trying to spice up the first person shooter genre just as its predecessor did before it.

The Revolution takes place within the ravished, enemy controlled Philadelphia, a whopping 4 years into this alternate reality. Guerilla tactics are still a popular way of handling foes like the first game, as well as the oppressors still possessing a larger and more advanced fighting force. Crytek UK designer Fasahat Salim said,

"Our version of Philadelphia is an oppressed, heavily policed environment... As the player goes through each of the different districts, the game is an open world so you can bounce around between districts, everything you do, each mission or side mission or whatever else, influences the game world and influences all of the civilians who inhabit it. Everything is being influenced by how you go through the game."

These aspects of the game should really heighten the experience of the title, as well as many other welcome features such as the inclusion of a 4 player CO-OP. Perhaps Crytek has learned from the original's shortcomings and developed a title that boasts serious competition for the other first person goliaths of today.

Homefront: The Revolution hits the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms sometime during the hectic year of 2015.

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