March 18th, 2011
Heard this one before? "Fun multiplayer, short singleplayer." That's the general concensus right now for Homefront, released this week on PC and consoles.
Although certainly not a "bad" review, it's a bit of a dissapointment for a game that garnered a lot of hype upon announcement for being a different kind of shooter. The premise: North Korea has invaded and occupied the USA in the not too distant future. The resistance is up to you.
Unfortunatly, that resistance feels short and ends uprubtly, according to many reviewers. "Average" seems to be a popular used adjective when describing the single player. What's more, the game is purportedly a bit buggy, like so many other newly released games these days.
Not everyone is down on the single player, however. Ripten, in calling the game "bad ass," says Homefront has "one of the best, most engaging stories ever seen in the genre" and "features you would actually expect a PC game to have."
If there's one thing most reviewers agree upon, though, it's the influenctial and engaging multiplayer. Currently there are isolated reports of server connectivity issues, obviously as THQ works to get their server workload in order. But a lot of people are praising the Battle Commander feature as a game-changer. It basically informs players as to where friendlies are taking enemy fire, and directs you on squad-based missions to counter-attack.
Still, it's obvious even the biggest critics of the game are encouraged by it, despite its imperfections. It's not a home run. But all indications are that this batter just went for a double, and is capable of going even deeper on his next at-bat.
Have you played Homefront? If so, what do you think?