On the whole, the gameplay for Homefront
is pretty average for a shooter. The layout of the controls is similar
to other games in the genre. You are armed with two weapons and have
the ability to carry some grenades and other special items. During your
missions, you can swap out weapons with the weapons dropped from killed
There are a total of seven chapters in Homefront
broken into a number of missions. The missions are rather linear in
nature and don’t allow for a great deal of flexibility. While
you do have companions with you, they are useless. Once you pop your
head up, you will become target number one from enemy soldiers. Like in
other shooters, there are times when you can control a vehicle, such as
a helicopter or armored unit.
While the gameplay is linear and unremarkable, I found that the
missions were varied and fun to play. The biggest flaw with the game is
that the single player campaign is incredibly short. Most hardcore
gamers can finish the campaign in five hours. This is way too short for
an AAA title and incredibly disappointing.
Your companions will provide
zero cover while you try to remote-control this vehicle.
On the plus side, the storyline of the game is incredibly compelling.
You will be hooked into the world setting from the very beginning. If
you’re an American, you will definitely feel the emotional
impact of fighting for the Resistance against the Korean invaders. You
will undergo missions that will take you through forced labor camps,
you’ll see Korean soldiers executing civilians and dumping
them into mass graves, and you’ll deal with unscrupulous
outlaws that will kill you just as quickly as they would kill the
Korean occupiers. The whole spectrum of human behavior will be
displayed for you from those who want to help you, American civilians
who just want to be left alone and have accepted the occupation, and
those who actively collaborate with the enemy.
On the whole, I give the gameplay a C+ rating. While the gameplay is
your standard shooter fare and brings nothing new to the table, the
storyline is incredible and helps elevate the game. I would give the
story an A+, but the linear nature of the missions and the incredibly
short single player campaign lower the score considerably.