Homefront: The Revolution Review

Well this game wasn’t nearly as bad as most big time reviewers made it sound. It’s actually really good…

Note:

Homefront: The Revolution has had a very rocky development cycle. It’s been bounced around from a few developers and ended up with Dambuster Studios and I think their first game turned out pretty damn good. I can go as far as to say that this is one of the better games I’ve played this year, but it does have it’s fair share of issues that hold it back.

The Great:

Graphics:

Any game that’s run off of the CryEngine will look really good and Homefront: The Revolution is no exception. This game looks fantastic and has excellent lighting. Walking around at night is really where you’ll appreciate the graphics in this game. I’ve never been to Philadelphia so I can’t comment on whether or not it’s a true copy like The Division is with New York, but I can comment on how good they made Philadelphia look in this game.

The character models are excellent, but the lip syncing isn’t. The guns look good, the vehicles look good, and once again the lighting in this game is excellent. I can’t express how good I think the lighting in this game is enough so maybe this screenshot will help.

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Gameplay:

If you’ve played Far Cry 3 or 4 I think you’ll like how this game plays because it’ s pretty much a Far Cry game set in America. Instead of hunting wild animals with a bow you’ll hunt assassination targets. Instead of taking over forts in a forest you’ll take over bases scattered around the different parts of Philadelphia. It works in Far Cry and it works here too. I had a lot of fun doing random shit in Homefront just like I did in all of Far Cry games.

Homefront isn’t just a carbon copy of Far Cry. It has it’s own identity and it even mixes some elements from the Crysis series in the core gameplay. I love the weapon customization in this game. It’s done exactly like the Crysis trilogy.

Sneaking around enemy encampments was fun and going in for a good knife kill was really satisfying to me because I had successfully assassinated everyone in the camp without raising the alarm.

Customization:

When you start Homefront you’ll have nothing, but a crappy submachine on you. As you progress through the game you’ll earn money. With that money you can buy a variety of different items including more guns, grenades, and body armor to keep you alive in combat. It took me awhile to buy everything in the shop, but once I did I was a walking death machine murdering everything in my path. By the end of the game I was soloing big ass bases instead of recruiting resistance members to help me out like I did in the beginning of the game.

I mentioned in the gameplay section that this game had some Crysis in it. Pressing the X button on my keyboard lets me look at my weapon like you do in Crysis and customize it to my liking. The system isn’t perfect, but it’s really good.

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I transformed my crossbow into a flamethrower, my assault rifle into a grenade launcher, and my sniper rifle into a gun that shoots out fireworks. There are more customization options then that, but those are my favorites. The shotgun that turns into a fireball blasting shotgun is really awesome too.

The guns aren’t the only cool thing this game has to offer players. Grenades are fun to use too. When I realized I could customize my grenades the way I could my guns I had a lot more fun with Homefront. I put a bomb on a little toy car, rode up under a enemy vehicle, right clicked and watched the fireworks from afar. It was awesome and you can only access certain areas with those remote control cars if you want to take over every base in the game.

The customization isn’t perfect. For some reason I can’t put a suppressor on my sniper rifle. It can only be attached to my pistol/submachine gun. I rarely used my sniper because I couldn’t stealth my way through the game with it. I did eventually abandon stealth and went in guns blazing and it was a lot of fun.

It Feels Like a Revolution is Happening As You Progress:

At first everyone will be afraid to help you go up against North Korea, but as you continue to break the law and prove to the people of Philadelphia that you’re their to save them they’ll eventually get on board with you.

Everything will look like this at first

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To this:

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I know those two screenshots aren’t great examples, but I loved how the city went from being too afraid to act to beating the shit out of the Norks.

The Good:

Sounds:

The soundtrack in Homefront is amazing. I loved every tune that played in the background, but that’s really the only amazing thing that the sounds have to offer the player. The guns sound like they should and it’s not a bad thing, but you can tell where the budget must have kicked in because they don’t have that extra oomph that other FPS games have.

The voice acting can also be really bad at times. Most npcs sound horrible and Dana, she’s sexy, but has a horrible voice actress. I still liked her character, but good voice acting only applies to a few of the main characters in this game and not everyone. The soundtrack saved this section for me.

Story:

At first I could care less about what was going in Philadelphia. Not every game I play needs a good story for me to enjoy it. Doom is a great example of that, but as I played Homefront I started to like the story and by the end of the game I was actually really enjoying it. It doesn’t have a deep plot by any means, but the voice acting got better towards the end of the game and that helped immerse me in the world of Homefront.

Multiplayer:

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The multiplayer here isn’t great, but it’s fun in my opinion. There are a few different modes to choose from in the multiplayer and all of them are fun in their own way. In multiplayer you get to choose from a few face presets and start playing with friends, or in this case random Steam people. I like the PVE focus on the multiplayer in this game. I’m glad it’s not another competitive multiplayer game like the first one was because this game wouldn’t be able to compete with FPS giants like Call of Duty or Battlefield. What we have here is good and with some more content added it could even be great one day.

The Bad:

FPS Issues:

I haven’t hit a stable 60fps in my 22 hours spent in Homefront. It’s impossible to hit 60fps right now and that’s because this game can use a few patches to iron it out, but what game doesn’t need a patch or two these days. Everyone made this game sound unplayable and it’s honestly not, at least for me it’s not. Rise of The Tomb Raider, Batman Arkham Knight, and Xcom 2 were unplayable games for me. Homefront: The Revolution is not.

It’s Not As Good As Games It Emulates:

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Homefront: The Revolution isn’t as good as Far Cry 4, or Crysis 3 in my opinion. It emulates those games a lot and I would rather play either of those two games then this one, but that doesn’t mean that this is a bad game. It just means don’t go out and spend $60 on a game that’s not worth it. This could be a solid $40 title when it’s fixed, but for now it’s not worth more then $30.

The Verdict:

Homefront: The Revolution surprised me. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. This is definitely not a 5/10 game in my opinion. I could see myself giving it a 8 and calling it a great game, but I can’t do that right now because of all of the issues the game has. Right now Homefront needs a few patches, but I’m glad I brought it because I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to see what the future expansions are going to bring to it.

This game won’t offer you as much as a Far Cry game, but it doesn’t need to. What it does is offer a good 18-20 hour campaign and a solid multiplayer experience that can only get better with more content.

7/10

This game is leagues better than it’s predecessor. I hated the first Homefront game and I prefer this one over that one.

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