HomeFront: The Revolution - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

20 May 2016

Also on:

PS4 Xbox One

Viewing UK:

Also on USA.
8.1

Summary:

In Homefront: The Revolution, the game takes place in an alternate timeline where a reunited Korea has invaded and occupied large portions of the United States. The first-person action puts gamers in the role of Ethan Brady as he helps lead a resistance movement by recruiting new fighters, improvising weapons, and using ambushes, sabotage, and deception to overcome the Korean People's Army extreme technological and military advantage. Homefront: The Revolution also includes a separate co-op multiplayer campaign in which four gamers can team up and form their own resistance cell.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Deep Silver Dambuster Studios
  • Publisher(s):
    • Deep Silver
  • Release Date(s):
    • 20 May, 2016
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 18+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2-4
  • Online Play:
    • Optional

Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 28.2GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Sound Engine:
    • DTS Digital Surround
    • Dolby Digital
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported
  • Engine:
    • CryEngine
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2015-02-19

Tasha_Merry

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PS4

8.0

Homefront: The Revolution is a PlayStation 4 title that was set to be released in June 2016. It is a follow up to the critically acclaimed title, 'Homefront' which was released back in 2011. The original game follows a former Marine Corps pilot as he awakens in his small home town of Montrose, Colorado. He finds that his town has been seized by invading Koreans and that it is up to him to help fight back. He soon realizes that the entire country is overrun by the allied forces of North and South Korea. The follow up, 'Revolution', continues with the same antagonist but the scope of the game grows far greater than we could have imagined.

Let's talk about a Revolution.

'The Revolution' finds itself taking place two years after the action in the first installment of the series and four total years after the Greater Korean Republic first invaded the country. Due to your success in fighting back in the first installment, the U.S.A has managed to free a large portion of its Western states. This has caused the Greater Korean Republic to instead focus on occupying the North East. This is where we begin our action. You play as young Ethan Brady. He is at the head of the rebellion in Philadelphia, despite its heavy presence of Korean invaders. The description for this title shows us that Brady will need more than brawn to over throw the fierce dictators that have locked down the city. With rebellion brewing, will you be able to lead the way?

Why go back to the Homefront?

What the original 'Homefront' title did so well was change the scope of our battlefield. In first person shooters, and war games in general, we typically find our heroic characters storming the beaches of some foreign territory. The 'Call of Duty' games make blowing up other countries seem a simple part of gaming. In 'Homefront' everything was brought back to home. Much like the remade 'Red Dawn' film, starring Chris Hemsworth, 'Homefront' made us fight for the land that gave us so much. We fought for our country in that game in a very real way. The game's campaign was short, lasting only three actual hours of playing, but it did give us something to think about and chew on. How would Americans take playing a game that featured their own world being ripped apart?

So what's new in 'Homefront: The Revolution'?

Crytek UK and Deep Silver Studios, the developers behind 'Revolution', aren't simply going to rehash the same formula from their initial entry. Nobody wants another long series of shooters with marginal improvements. Instead, 'Revolution' will take on a life of its own. Crytek has promised that the new game will offer a living and breathing open world for players to explore. While it's easy to scoff at the notion of 'open worlds' as the industries new favorite buzzword, it seems like they mean business this time.

A living and breathing world.

The game promises to give a truly open world experience. As a player in this world you are meant to feel all of the danger that comes along with being a rebel in a country out to kill you, only this time the country is your own. There has been dynamic weather installed into the game as well as day and night cycles. As you travel time will pass accordingly and you never know exactly what kind of weather you will be dealing with. Do you still try to take out the GKR guard who is holding your friends hostage when it is pouring rain and dark out? Maybe, maybe not. But if you come back on a clearer night you may be able to get away cleanly.

When walking around in the world you will run across little details that remind you how life is still going. And if you take any time to not blow things up, you will see the characters living in them. A sign may advertise a baseball game in the afternoon or another will implore you on the etiquette of picking food at the communal gardens.

Establish your rebellion.

A man acting alone is a pest, especially to the GKR. But many men banding together to fight back is a true rebellion. In order for our hero to be succesful he will need to play smart and try to free as many soldiers as possible. In 'Homefront' you are no super hero, you are just a regular guy. The more people you can free to battle alongside, the better off you will be. As well as freeing these different rebels you will also spend time establishing new bases and safe hide outs. Don't get too comfortable though, the enemy is always around the corner.

A gorgeous war, indeed.

It seems like the team behind 'Revolution' have gone to great lengths to make sure that their game is appropriately gorgeous and appropriately uncomfortable. The newest CryEngine makes this game pop off of the screen. Characters are detailed, colors are sharp, and textures will confuse you due to how realistic they are. The not so glorious action of war looks as dangerous and disgusting as if you were there in person. Seeing and hearing a man burn to death after you hit him with a molotov is downright unsettling. The same can be said for seeing innocent civilians gunned down because you were sloppy. The game evokes emotion thanks to how gorgeous it is, and it is up to you to make sure that you play it accordingly.

A few thoughts in closing.

The original 'Homefront' surprised us upon its release. By all accounts the game shouldn't have succeeded in the way that it did. The gameplay wasn't completely smooth, the story wasn't completely unique, and the bad guy selection was pretty cliche. Yet the horror of a post-occupation America drew us in. 'Homefront: The Revolution' seeks to hone in on that horror as it offers gamers the chance for a longer, deeper look.

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