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"The year is 2027. Her infrastructure shattered and military in disarray, America has fallen to a savage occupation by the nuclear armed Greater Korean Republic. 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. Join the Resistance, stand united and fight for freedom against an overwhelming military force In Homefront’s gripping, cinematic single player campaign, and experience epic, ground breaking multiplayer action all set in a terrifyingly plausible near-future world."
— A description of Homefront from the Official site.
Homefront
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Developer(s) Kaos Studios
Publisher(s) THQ
Spike (Japanese release)
Engine Unreal Engine 3
Released NA March 15, 2011
AUS March 17, 2011
EUR March 18, 2011
JP April 14, 2011
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Input methods Keyboard & Mouse, Gamepad


Homefront is a first-person shooter video game developed by Kaos Studios and published by THQ. It was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows in 2011 on March 15 in North America, March 17 in Australia, March 18 in Europe and in Japan on April 14.[1]

Overview Edit

Homefront is a first person shooter created by Kaos studios set in the year 2027, taking place in various locations across the west coast as resistance members attempt to bring fuel to United States armed forces in San Francsico trying to launch a major counter offensive against Korean forces and take back the city.

GameplayEdit

Homefront's gameplay has been completely reworked from its origins in Frontlines: Fuel of War, with new game modes planned, a new suite of weapons, and a totally new single player game. The enemy invaders were suppose to be Chinese but was changed to Korea for political reasons.

According to an interview with the design director of Homefront, David Votypka, by G4TV that the game will be based around guerrilla style tactics. Guerrilla weaponry will have modifications crudely tacked on (To reflect the desperate nature of the Resistance), while GKR weaponry will be properly modified. In the same interview, it appears that the developers will be employing real brands and products to help players build a connection with the setting and surroundings. Further, many familiar places, such as baseball diamonds and strip malls, have been radically repurposed by the, respectively, a mass and a vehicles, while elementary schools become Resistance armories and tree houses become sniper roosts.

The game reportedly has a "magnetism" feature. This means that certain events will be drawn into and around the player in order to make the player feel more the center of the action (in a trailer shown, a crashing helicopter is "attracted" to the player and crashes just next to them).

Multiplayer will have a feature called Battle Points. It allows you to buy weapons, vehicles, etc. Another interesting feature is that it allows you to call in a package in the battlefield that can have weapons,ammo, etc.

Promotion Edit

THQ has announced that a Homefront novel is being written by John Milius and will be published by the Random House Publishing's Del Ray.[2]

The managers of the Homefront Community website announced a free $20 gift card for a pre-order of Homefront on November 8, 2010 at midnight. The cards were handed out by employees in red sweatshirts with the Homefront logo.[3] Kaos Studios followed this up with a mail-in $10 gift card available for those who pre-ordered Homefront before November 19, and missed the $20 gift card giveaway.[4]

On March 2, 2011, THQ released dozens of balloons over San Francisco as a mock protest against the North Korean dictatorship in America. The balloons landed primarily in the bay, which drew the anger of local residents. THQ announced that the balloons were biodegradable, and posed no threat to the local wildlife. [5]

VersionsEdit

Homefront is currently being released in five versions:

The Steam version contained a promotional code for the Hero's Hachimaki, a hat in the game Team Fortress 2. In addition, a free copy of Metro 2033 was included, as well as an ingame early unlock for the Air Assault Drone.[6]However, this was a pre-release offer only. (It has since expired.)

The Onlive game includes pass to play Metro 2033 for free as well, in addition to the Onlive gaming system.[7]

The GameStop version comes with the "Resistance Pack" which contains an exclusive weapon, the 870 Express Shotgun, and early unlocks for the Air Recon Drone, the Auto Repair Ability, and the SCAR-L Rifle.[8] These features are also available with a pre-order at the UK retailer GAME, and certain British supermakets like ASDA and Tescos.[9]

The Best Buy edition has a code for three exclusive weapon camouflages: Jigsaw, Cracks, and Frost, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions come with an extra headset.[10][11]

If Homefront was pre ordered on Amazon, the customer will get console avatar outfits and a digital mini-guide. [11]

The Xbox 360 version has the exclusive "suburb" map only on the Xbox 360

Plot Edit

Protagonist Robert Jacobs, a former Marine helicopter pilot, wakes up in his make-shift house in Colorado being ordered to be sent to a reeducation camp in Alaska for failing to answer drafts from the Occupation forces. However, Jacobs's trip is cut short, when his bus is ambushed by American Resistance Fighters Connor Morgan and Rianna. Jacobs is led to Oasis, a Resistance hideout led by local state policeman and resistance leader Boone Karlson. Boone, Connor, and Rianna are aware of Jacobs's background as a pilot, and recruit him to help aqcuire fuel for the U.S. military in San Francisco. Boone initiates the operation with himself, Jacobs, Connor Morgan, a former soldier, Rianna, an expert hunter , and Hopper, a Korean-American technical expert.

Their plan to steal several tracking beacons in a school used as a concentration camp. To do this they contact an inside man named Arnie that knows Boone. However, Arnie betrays the team to protect his children, forcing the team to kill the contact and eliminate all forces in the camp and discovered a mass grave to hide from enemy reinforcements. Shortly after Jacobs, Connor, and Rianna succeed in locating the trucks and planting a beacon on one of them before making a last-minute retreat back to their base. Connor and the team return to Oasis only to discover that Boone and all of the inhabitants of the Resistance base have been killed by North Korean troops plus seeing a massacre that the Koreans begin to kill anything in their path on the Wall. They narrowly escape with other Colorado resistance fighters by breaching the fortress wall used to keep people trapped in the town into the wilderness of the west.

Jacobs, Connor, Rianna, and Hopper are able to escape from North Korean forces with information that a helicopter that they can use in the operation is located in a survivalist base in Utah. As the team arrives in the base, the survivalists engage in short battle with Connor's team as they expressed disappointment that Boone died and after refusing to leave Rianna as "collateral." The team infiltrate the headquarters and manage to steal the helicopter, pursuing the fuel convoy nearing California. With the convoy successfully hijacked, the team continues their journey to San Francisco where they deliver the fuel and aid the U.S. military.

As the team and the military close in on San Francisco through the Golden Gate Bridge, they encounter heavy North Korean fighters. Nearing the other side of the bridge through Humvee, the team narrowly escape death from fighting an automated ground combat drone that flips their transport over. Dazed from the accident, the helpless team encounters a large North Korean convoy trying to push the resistance fighters and U.S. military back. With no other choice, Connor advances towards the convoy with a flare and orders a successful air strike, sacrificing himself in the process as the U.S. forces proceeded with their attack.

The news of the operation is then reported by the British media, reporting that the battle could be a turning point for American forces in the Korean occupation of the war, with the European Union calling for a meeting to initiate talks for helping the United States across the Alantic Ocean.

FactionsEdit

In Homefront, there are many factions

MultiplayerEdit

The in game multiplayer feature multiple very large maps with a variety of terrains. There are a many vehicles ranging from troop transports to attack helicopters and tanks. The multiplayer game types include a Ground control (GC), Team Deathmatch (TDM), Skirmish, Battle commander (GC), Battle commander (TDM) and Battle commander skirmish. Each with its own objectives. In a match a player gains Battle Points which he can spend on vehicles and special abilities. There are also Abilities that the player can put on a custom class that aid in a special way. Vehicles are also in multiplayer spanning from troop transports to attack helicopters and tanks. There are also a variety of weapons spanning from assault rifles to sniper rifles and sub-machine guns.

Characters Edit

There are many characters in Homefront.

Main characters Edit

Minor characters Edit


Media Edit

Screenshots Edit

External links Edit

References Edit

  1. http://community.homefront-game.com/blog-post/homefront-release-date
  2. http://www.gamersdailynews.com/story-20461-Homefront-Novel-to-Accompany-Game-Release-More-Games-Planned.html
  3. http://community.homefront-game.com/blog-post/pre-order-reward-tonight-only
  4. http://community.homefront-game.com/blog-post/week-only-great-leaders-pre-order-gift
  5. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20038510-52.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
  6. http://store.steampowered.com/app/55100/
  7. http://blog.onlive.com/2011/02/25/pre-order-homefront-now/
  8. http://www.gamestop.com/pc/games/homefront/78028#bonusFeatures
  9. http://www.game.co.uk/lowdown.aspx?lid=14616
  10. http://www.bestbuy.com/homefront
  11. 11.0 11.1 http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/18/homefront-rolls-out-retailer-exclusive-pre-order-bonuses/
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