October 14th, 2010
Among all the upcoming games shown at E3 this summer, Homefront was unexpectedly one of the most impressive games I saw. To help realize its good first-impression, the first-person shooter is in seemingly good development hands.
Admittedly, THQ had me at "written by the director of Red Dawn," a favorite childhood film of mine, in which a bunch of teenagers load up on junk food and firepower and head for the mountains in the midst of a Communist take over. Homefront is told through a similar perspective, only this time you control rebel forces and the bad guys are North Koreans instead of Russians.
But good story is only half of the equation. For it to be worthwhile, a game needs to be developed by people who know what they're doing—people who know how to make good games. Which is why I was pleased to discover this week that Homefront on PC is being developed by Digital Extremes.
For the uninitiated, Digital Extremes co-developed Unreal Tournament, a favorite of mine. They also had a hand in BioShock. Granted, they were never the primary developer, but they were entrusted to work on really great games. That's enough for me to put stock in their ability to make another great one for the not-so-reputable THQ when it comes to quality.
That said, is Homefront a game you're interested in?
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