Wow, what a game! To think that THQ pulled it off, and well they sort of did. With a great story plot, and a somewhat similar Battlefield type multiplayer... THQ did an ok job. But what are the grizzly details of this patriotic first person shooter? Let's find out!
First & foremost, Homefront's story line is a good one. But venture off on not listening to the itty bity details, and you find yourself wondering what's going on. It's got good quality, and somewhat of fair graphics. The AI is good, but not great. For example, you go to the other end of the map already knowing what you're roll is, you will still have to wait for the AI to finish their speech & hustle on over before you can continue. But Homefront's story isn't all that bad... It still portrays a lot of "What if" questions and it does a good job showing what an occupation of the United States would look like. If you are a USA citizen, you would "feel" for the characters. Because you know what true freedom is, and why the resistance is fighting.
But on the other hand, the multiplayer is just as good, but it too has its drawbacks. Take for example your standard firefight that you would face in multiplayer. The maps are large, and the equipment is good. But know this, if you're a run & gunner, be aware. You don't always have enough time to stop, point & shoot. And your standard knife fights are good, but make sure you know where your enemy is. Or you won't be able to stab him in the back before he shoots you. Also, if you rent the game from GameFly, & you play multiplayer... You will have to enter the code from the official copy of the game. Meaning you will have to buy it before you can level up pass Lvl5.
All together, Homefront has its drawbacks, but that doesn't mean you should not buy or rent it. It still packs a punch when it comes to a different style of gaming. Just realize this... When you play Homefront, be prepared. Everything is good but just like any game it does have its drawbacks.
HomeFront is a Great game bottom Line.... The Campaign has a badass story, the only thing that sucks with it is, its pretty short :( Multiplayer has a perfect mixture of Call of duty and Battlefield BUT... with its own unique gameplay ( i know doesnt make sense but the game is awesome like that ).. i do recommend this game to buy or rent, Oh and you also need to pay extra to play online if you didnt buy the game NEW... so if you rent it you might have a problem with Multiplayer IDK i bought it NEW.
My favorite genre is FPS... I've played the past 3 COD, past 2 Battlefield Bad Company, and numerous MOH games including the present (which my wife and I love for the MP). I've also played almost every other FPS (that's only known for their campaign i.e. Fallout, Singularity, Metro 2033 et cetera). So that's my background... here's my thoughts on Homefront.
Campaign is a little short... That's fine, though. I'm confident that DLC will come along someday (as with every other game these days...). The campaign is fun to play. The concept of the story is very good and the story makes you feel like a small group of people against an entire army.
I've only played the mulitplayer for a short while so far (about 5 matches or so). The MP seems very well balanced... meaning if the other team are using their UAVs and tanks, at least half of your team has something they can use to destroy their assets relatively quick (which is Battlefield Bad Company 2's biggest flaw). Most of the maps are large (bigger than COD's) and there are numerous combinations of weapon choices.
The biggest problems with this game is that: 1) Campaign needed more attention visually. Even throwing a grenade looks like a motion from the PS1 era... as well as the explosions. 2) The MP is very "laggy" and the scenery itself is a disappointment (Many textures just look fake when up close).
The game announces that "dedicated servers" are coming up soon so the lag should fixed shortly. I'm sure a few extra chapters for the campaign will come along by the end of the year. So like my title says... This game is an average FPS, but it has potential to be a great title to own.
And the $10 fee for the online pass isn't a new concept... I've paid so much money for DLC and passes for worse games. If you want to try this game, rent it and try the limited access to the MP. If you like it, spend $10 for full access and spend a couple weeks with the game, then send it back...