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I thought the 360 could only play certain original xbox games.

4.0

Poor
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Been there, done that"

Summary

**Taken form my old account which is not used any more**

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I don't normally review games so please bear with me as this is probably my third ever review. And I apologize now if I miss anything or forget something.

So Homefront, the long awaited title by THQ. The title that in all the hype was going to give C.O.D, BF-BC2 and M.O.H a run for it's money and possibly take the online fps crown. Now let me get this off my chest now, It's nowhere near good enough, both graphically or gameplay wise to even been in the same league as the three other games mentioned.

There are a number of concerning issues with Homefront that I felt I needed to warn people about, so here goes.

Short - Mostly all FPS's that are based around a multiplayer tend to have a short campaign, but excuse my language when I say, the campaign in Homefront is f****** short! We're talking 4-5 hours here, MAX, and without giving the player any real desire to play through it again, it leaves the game all up to it's multiplayer counterpart.

Boring - The campaign story at the beginning is good and it lays down the foundations to what could of been a really well thought out and interesting story. But no, half way through and your thinking 'we'll, all I've really done is run from the Koreans' You'll meet about 3 NPC's, who to be honest you wont give two hoots about and you'll finish the game thinking . . . Hmm, Ok multiplayer time.

Lackluster - There's nothing new here that hasn't been done by a number of FPS's already on the shelves today. Homefront follows the same online styles that so many of it's predecessors do and the campaign follows the same 'escape from here, get to here without dieing' gameplay. Homefront then could quite easily be bits and peaces of fps's grinded out into a mush ready to be served to pigs.

Buggy - From server problems to dead Koreans getting back up in the campaign and killing you, Homefront has a number of frustrating bugs and gameplay issues. The A.I is about as smart as you would expect from run and gun based coding and being that most of the time you have about 10 NPC's running at you, it's hard and frustrating to find your team mates just standing around the corner watching you get mowed down.

Graphics - The graphics in homefront are appalling. From the low res textures to the least AA used in a game, the graphics will lead you to believe that they would have been more suited to a last gen console. I have honestly seen better graphics on a Nintendo DS than in some parts of Homefront.

Online - Online was as far as I could tell quite a blast, when you can get into a game that is. There are your normal team based death matches and objective raids. The problem is that these modes are again very lackluster and in recent years have been done to death. Once again there is nothing new to the game modes except for Battle commander, but that really is just a game changer and not a new mode.

All that said it's not all doom and gloom for online. I loved the new idea of perks being carried through death. The gun fights feel solid and the everything feels responsive enough. The maps are really big and there are lots of places for people to play a sneaky game if they choose to. Flying helicopters and driving tanks and jeeps is great fun as is taking your mini gun turret across to the other side of the map to shoot the sniper who just got you. All in all though it has to be said, Homefront feels like a poor mans COD or BF-BC2.

Conclusion - Worth a rent but after a few weeks if you shelled out £40 or $60 for this, it's going to be an expensive coffee coaster.




Homefront surprisingly was a good game..

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Underappreciated"

Summary

I went to gamestop the other day and got 3 games: Army of Two The 40th Day, Homefront, and Saints Row The Third. I love them all they were all deffiently worth it, homefront and army of two were only like 20 bucks so it wasnt really a big deal with money but anyway, i read alot of reviews on Homefront and Gamespot gave it a 7, the critics must not of liked it to much but it depends what type of gamer or shooters your into i guess, i hate call of duty, i think that game takes no skill at all and that game is for noobs thats just my opinion. Id pick homefront over call of duty mw3 any day, Homefront isnt the best shooter but its fun to play, the campaign is short but it was fun and im going to replay it soon on realistic and get the achievements. The multiplayer is fun, but lags a little bit, its not fast paced like call of duty which is the only thing i like about call of duty is that its fast paced. But the online is fun a bunch of weapons to choose and multiple attachments to choose from to put on your gun. When you get kills you get points that are called bp, bp is like money in this game, you can spend bp to get a your own personal uav on the radar map, or buy a rocket launcher and alot more i just havnt gotten to far online yet to remember everything they got. Overall I think Homefront is a fun game to just kick back, its not like call of duty and its not like battlefield, its just like Homefront. Im tired of people saying its a mix of call of duty and battlefield because to me its not, anyway i reconmened this game if you can get it cheap and you got the extra money then go for it. Well i hope you enjoyed my review, my gamertag is xGunMassacrex29 hit me up on homefront if you want to play a game or something. Lata




Interesting Ideas, Poorly executed

6.5

Fair
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Total letdown"

Summary

Busted graphics, poor animation to 2011 standards. It looks like a game that should be release 2007 with the same standards with MAG (PS3).

Graphics: 4.0

Singleplayer campaign last about 3-4hrs. Story goes by collapse of the world economy in the future resulting to the success of communist Korea to gain the momentum. Althought a lot of backlash are made about DPRK invading USA sometime in 2023-2030. Its a good possibility, and KAOS studios didnt really explain clearly how it happen.

Summary:
1. COD clone
2. Bad AI
3. short and a cliched ending

Multiplayer is where KAOS studios scored well. Larger scale COD but slightly smaller map of BFBC2 with 32players dedicated server support.

GOOD:
1. Battlecommander and Battlepoint system which rewards players for doing and contributing to victory. Battlepoint are used to purchase vehicles/heli or special equipment or rocket launchers. These points are earn easily by capturing and objectives which are like shifting frontlines that moves as your team advances.
2. Anti-camping and priority targets (BC) and vehicle spawning made right even putting BF3 to shame.

BAD:
1. No destructible objects/cover. Bullets do not penetrate light cover.
2. weapons have light to no recoil. No bulletdrop. Very CODish
3. 16 distinctive weapons only.
4. Some maps are too small for vehicles.
5. Online B***** pass (at least they let players play till lvl5)

Overall the game feels halfbake or very little effort was put into it, its a disappointment in every corner. I m not surprised THQ let go of KAOS studios, and allowed crytek to proceed with homefront 2.




Home is where the pain is.

1.0

Abysmal
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Waste of time"

Summary

2011 bought us a swag of AAA titles, skyrim and BF3 to name just a couple, I never picked up homefront at release but when a friend decided to rid himself of some older games I grabbed Homefront for $20, I wish I still had my twenty bucks.

The first thing that strikes you is the washed out palette of dull colours that compliment the ropey, aged graphics. The character models are poor to say the least and the animations look dated and from a different era of consoles. Blah blah Nth Korea and the story sets off at walking pace, your following friendly AI through most of the game and they are quite possibly the most retarded I have seen, they constantly stand on the wrong side of cover, not that it matters to them because the enemy only has eyes for you. They block your path, push you out of cover and won't even look in your direction when speaking to you, they do fire bullets but their hit rate is atrocious and between them they would be lucky to drop 10 enemies during the amazingly short campaign. You will grow annoyed at their constant bellowing to follow them or move up or complete something even though your running in the direction of said objective. The repeated dialogue grates after 3 minutes and I would recommend turning the music off all-together so as not to bleed from you ears into the couch. The story is dripping in American sentiment so don't expect anything radical storywise except the usual spewing about strong nations and people...yawn.
The guns don't look,sound or act real in anyway shape or form, you carry minimal ammunition so you will be swapping out guns every 60 seconds as you spray bullets at enemies made of stone. They sometimes take three bursts to put enemies down even though your shooting directly at their heads, tough soldiers these Nth Koreans. The guns don't have bullet drop so aim directly at them with auto aim turned on, mashing the left trigger helps pick out enemies behind the washed out graphics. The enemies have the amazing ability to fire directly through cover and follow your movements behind walls, they will ignore other soldiers standing 3 feet in front of them to shoot at you, C'mon this is 2012 and this game is only a year old, we deserve better. Some fun can be had by charging up and then running away, your friendly soldiers will move up and I have seen enemy and friendly soldiers standing almost side by side waiting for you to return, they should have used something other than "my first enemy AI" program where ever they found it.
The campaign is short and the story uninteresting, not a big deal these days when the wealth of multi-player is where the money is. Not here though, the same problems persist with the guns, graphics, sound and gameplay in general...I had to go and play some BF3 multi just to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. It's truly that bad.
So is the game that bad? Short answer is YES, long answer is YES. The whole game is broken and busted AI wise and the campaign moments that kill you over and over until you work out where to go is frustrating, the guns fail and so does the sound. The story is weak and the characters uninteresting, the people at KAOS studios should honestly hang their head in shame at this stinking pile of trash they have the hide to call a game. How the game ever made is into production is a mystery and yet they talk of a sequal, surely not enough people got suckered in by all the hype, and there was a lot of it, to warrant another game? I'm not a hateful person but I hate this game, every bit of it, from the sentimental dripping excuse for a story to the plastic guns and atrocious AI there is really nothing to like about this game. Even at 1/5 the price of a new game I still feel cheated and can't wait to unload it to some unsuspecting sap.
Verdict, don't buy this game, I wouldn't even bother renting it for a look, I honestly don't know what some of the other gamers who gave it 10 where smoking but it must be good, I would give it a minus score but unfortunately the gamespot slider only goes up......A waste of time, space money and the lives of the poor developers who where obviously forced to make this stinking pile of garbage and then stand by it.....I can still chop cheese with the disk and that's why I gave it 1....end transmission.




Great Story that moves along greatly, but multiplayer requires a code to play.

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Almost, but not quite"

Summary

The story is well told and moves along at a good pace. There are times in the story that you wish you could help move faster but due to restrictions in your character (cannot run or waiting for AI to climb ladder) you have to wait.

The main story is fairly short, but well worth to play. The multiplayer was fun to play but frustrating because since I bought this game pre-owned I could not get past Level 5 due to them requiring a battle code. I was not a fan of this due to already paying for the game and for Xbox Live and thus could not play much of the multiplayer due to limitations in upgrading guns and bonuses.

I did find the campaign was great and was a great pre-owned buy. I have played the campaign multiple times and enjoyed each time. I just wish I could play more multiplayer because it seems like the players are easier to beat on here than COD or Battlefield.
7.0

Great
7.0
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