Hands-On: Homefront Multiplayer

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Hands-On: Homefront Multiplayer

The war comes home, and it's bringing a freakin' tank with it.

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Even if this game turns out to technically be the best shooter ever, I think I would still be unable to play it without constantly facepalming at the very idea of North Korea invading the United States. That or I just giggle all the time while playing it.

As a "multiplayer is everything to me" guy, this (and Brink) has me very excited.

HK_01:
Even if this game turns out to technically be the best shooter ever, I think I would still be unable to play it without constantly facepalming at the very idea of North Korea invading the United States. That or I just giggle all the time while playing it.

To its credit, the game sets it up plausibly. It isn't just the single country of North Korea that's invading, it's the entire "Greater Korean Republic," i.e. North Korea which has conquered much of eastern Asia, like Japan circa World War II. And the America of 2026 has been badly crippled economically and resource-wise. So while the idea itself is laughable, they sell it well, if that makes sense.

interesting... not a COD-Killer, but definitely a fresh take on the genre

John Funk:

HK_01:
Even if this game turns out to technically be the best shooter ever, I think I would still be unable to play it without constantly facepalming at the very idea of North Korea invading the United States. That or I just giggle all the time while playing it.

To its credit, the game sets it up plausibly. It isn't just the single country of North Korea that's invading, it's the entire "Greater Korean Republic," i.e. North Korea which has conquered much of eastern Asia, like Japan circa World War II. And the America of 2026 has been badly crippled economically and resource-wise. So while the idea itself is laughable, they sell it well, if that makes sense.

not to mention that the country got hit with an EMP blast, making the "crippled" part even worse.

Well I'm glad they're trying something new with the multiplayer as well as the singleplayer. I might keep my eye on this one.

Well this news has me excited. I hadn't read up on the multiplayer yet, but this is sounding like it could steal me away from Bad Company 2's multiplayer.

Looks good, I like the setting a lot and it looks like a reasonable contender to bad company 2..

All I can say is, I hope they do a good PC port.. :P

A fantastic review/preview, John. I will most certainly be buying this on PC to go along side Battlefield.

I am somewhat worried that there will be balance issues; but that's not enough to make me not buy it.

GLo Jones:
As a "multiplayer is everything to me" guy, this (and Brink) has me very excited.

Same here. The Brink "Choir of Guns" trailer shows off some awesome weapons and customization.

Hopefully Homefront has plenty of weapons too. This MP sounds awesome though.

This game is shaping up to be pretty good.
MP sounds awesome, not just spawn. shoot. die. spawn. die from chopper gunner. spawn. die from camper.
Definitely getting this. Hopefully its balanced.

Another credit unlock system for weapons? Really?

*sigh* as long as it isn't as simplistically implemented as Black Ops.

Star Wars Battlefront did BP last generation. To be honest it doesn't sound at all new, or even team friendly, it'll be like Battlefield Heroes and (maybe) MAG where it's about finding the best way to solo up a lot of points, be it through spam healing or deliberately not taking flags so you can shoot more.

And it's only a slight improvement over the kill streak system because if you suck you're not going to be able to do the other stuff that gets you points as fast as a good player.

But it's still an improvement over normal fare, and the second system sounds really fun

This concept sounds fun.

Really fun.

Sounds like something that might finally tear me away from my beloved Halo Reach. The BP and BC sound like the best thing to happen to modern shooters in a looong time.

The mini missions sounds like a good idea, but do people earn penalties for not trying for them? In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, we have spots, Q button on an enemy, means everyone can see them. You get assist points if they die and you've spotted them. Quick and easy. But take a wild guess how many people actually do it. Just because the system is in there doesn't mean people will use it. Need more than incentives unfortunately.

Although BP sounds terrible tbh. It's hard enough getting people to play as a team when all they want to do is go solo and kill everyone. Encouraging them to do that can't be healthy.

Now I'm excited. Is there a squad system though? Or something like that, so I can easily group up and play with friends?

Me:TANKS!!!
Kaos Studios: You're welcome! :D

HK_01:
Even if this game turns out to technically be the best shooter ever, I think I would still be unable to play it without constantly facepalming at the very idea of North Korea invading the United States. That or I just giggle all the time while playing it.

Your mum: "OH MY GOD! You just slit that man's throat and you're LAUGHING about it? That's it! No more gaming for YOU young man!"

GLo Jones:
As a "multiplayer is everything to me" guy, this (and Brink) has me very excited.

You sir, are a man after my own heart. Deffinately the two most exciting shooters out this year in my opinion.

Wait, so... the spiritual follow-up to Freedom Fighters actually might be... awesome?

Well this is just--oh dear I seem to have soiled myself in anticipation.

WANT! WANT NOW! YOU GIVE ME!

John Funk:

HK_01:
Even if this game turns out to technically be the best shooter ever, I think I would still be unable to play it without constantly facepalming at the very idea of North Korea invading the United States. That or I just giggle all the time while playing it.

To its credit, the game sets it up plausibly. It isn't just the single country of North Korea that's invading, it's the entire "Greater Korean Republic," i.e. North Korea which has conquered much of eastern Asia, like Japan circa World War II. And the America of 2026 has been badly crippled economically and resource-wise. So while the idea itself is laughable, they sell it well, if that makes sense.

The very idea of North Korea beating South Korea seems implausible to me, let alone Japan. And I really doubt China and Russia would just sit there and watch, they'd probably crush NK if it did anything dumb.

GLo Jones:
As a "multiplayer is everything to me" guy, this (and Brink) has me very excited.

Im positive there are way too many FPS games out these days, but Brink and Homefront do seem like they will stand out. I cant wait to try the MP on these. Dibs on the Tank...

...Wait, I dont have to fight for it, I can purchase it for my own use?

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I'm liking the sounds of this.

This looks really....... good!

:/

Really good.

HK_01:

John Funk:

HK_01:
Even if this game turns out to technically be the best shooter ever, I think I would still be unable to play it without constantly facepalming at the very idea of North Korea invading the United States. That or I just giggle all the time while playing it.

To its credit, the game sets it up plausibly. It isn't just the single country of North Korea that's invading, it's the entire "Greater Korean Republic," i.e. North Korea which has conquered much of eastern Asia, like Japan circa World War II. And the America of 2026 has been badly crippled economically and resource-wise. So while the idea itself is laughable, they sell it well, if that makes sense.

Even the idea of North Korea beating South Korea seems implausible to me, let alone Japan. And I really doubt China and Russia would just sit there and watch, they'd probably crush NK if it did anything dumb.

In the words of MST3K:

"Just repeat to yourself, it's just a game, I should really just relax." ;)

Autofaux:
Another credit unlock system for weapons? Really?

*sigh* as long as it isn't as simplistically implemented as Black Ops.

No, you unlock new gear as you level up normally. The credits are an in-game thing and do not persist between rounds.

This is the first I've heard about this game, and it really excites me. I'm right now happily married to Halo Reach (I'll probably go back to MW2 once in a while, Black Ops just isn't doing it for me), but this looks like something really fun. I could never get into the Battlefield games, but this sounds awesome and that Battle Commander sounds like a ton of fun. At the very least this will be an awesome rental.

WanderingFool:

GLo Jones:
As a "multiplayer is everything to me" guy, this (and Brink) has me very excited.

Im positive there are way too many FPS games out these days, but Brink and Homefront do seem like they will stand out. I cant wait to try the MP on these. Dibs on the Tank...

...Wait, I dont have to fight for it, I can purchase it for my own use?

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I've never heard of Bring either. Should I look more into this Brink?

Good to see a shooter reward different play styles. My top two classes in TF2 are engineer and medic, so I'd be all over those drones

I've always supported the in-game funds staying only in a single round/game, it always performed really well in my opinion, similar to Counter-Strike. One thing I'm curious about though, what are the scale of the multiplayer maps (If there was more than one)? Are they something similar to MAG? Medium size like Bad Company 2? Or the large maps like Battlefield 2?

WanderFreak:
Wait, so... the spiritual follow-up to Freedom Fighters actually might be... awesome?

Well this is just--oh dear I seem to have soiled myself in anticipation.

WANT! WANT NOW! YOU GIVE ME!

I wouldnt call it a spiritual follow-up to Freedom Fighters, it is kind of a new take on Frontlines: Fuel of War, the studio is the same. The main diference is the story and some tweaks like these two systems. In terms of multiplayer you will probably feel a Frontlines: Fuel of War vibe.

Frontlines didnt sell so well, this one probably will.
But yeah, if you are into beeing a rebel in the USA fighting for your freedom then you will probably like this game.

Freedom Fighters was a really good game too, the split screen multiplayer was fun and fresh.

HK_01:

John Funk:

HK_01:
Even if this game turns out to technically be the best shooter ever, I think I would still be unable to play it without constantly facepalming at the very idea of North Korea invading the United States. That or I just giggle all the time while playing it.

To its credit, the game sets it up plausibly. It isn't just the single country of North Korea that's invading, it's the entire "Greater Korean Republic," i.e. North Korea which has conquered much of eastern Asia, like Japan circa World War II. And the America of 2026 has been badly crippled economically and resource-wise. So while the idea itself is laughable, they sell it well, if that makes sense.

The very idea of North Korea beating South Korea seems implausible to me, let alone Japan. And I really doubt China and Russia would just sit there and watch, they'd probably crush NK if it did anything dumb.

I think they take over SK by assassinating their leader, or something. And then they all give up because writers are expensive, and all the budget went to the gameplay because NK has mind controlling genies, but (like Vampires) they can't cross water, which is why they didn't use them on America as well. This also explains why many US allies don't join in.

Britain is probably busy fighting the dragons NK has been breeding for decades, and Canada is being suppressed by Genetically altered Mega-bears. Australia is already full of dangerous animals, so NK just had to double their size. They must have run out of magic juice, and had to invade the US by normal means. With enough Space Wizards, it could be done.

See, it's possible, you just have to read between the lines.

Lines of cocaine, maybe...

Ironic Pirate:

HK_01:

John Funk:

To its credit, the game sets it up plausibly. It isn't just the single country of North Korea that's invading, it's the entire "Greater Korean Republic," i.e. North Korea which has conquered much of eastern Asia, like Japan circa World War II. And the America of 2026 has been badly crippled economically and resource-wise. So while the idea itself is laughable, they sell it well, if that makes sense.

The very idea of North Korea beating South Korea seems implausible to me, let alone Japan. And I really doubt China and Russia would just sit there and watch, they'd probably crush NK if it did anything dumb.

I think they take over SK by assassinating their leader, or something. And then they all give up because writers are expensive, and all the budget went to the gameplay because NK has mind controlling genies, but (like Vampires) they can't cross water, which is why they didn't use them on America as well. This also explains why many US allies don't join in.

Britain is probably busy fighting the dragons NK has been breeding for decades, and Canada is being suppressed by Genetically altered Mega-bears. Australia is already full of dangerous animals, so NK just had to double their size. They must have run out of magic juice, and had to invade the US by normal means. With enough Space Wizards, it could be done.

See, it's possible, you just have to read between the lines.

Lines of cocaine, maybe...

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Annoying clapping hands aside, good to see you liked it! I'll give it a rent, the game feels like Terminator 4 which is kinda meh.

A sequel? I have a feeling China is going to get involved >.>

WanderFreak:
Wait, so... the spiritual follow-up to Freedom Fighters actually might be... awesome?

Well this is just--oh dear I seem to have soiled myself in anticipation.

WANT! WANT NOW! YOU GIVE ME!

Freedom Fighters was awesome, wasn't it?

Io needs to stop dicking around with Kane and Lynch and give us a true sequel to FF...

ranger19:
Should I look more into this Brink?

I would look up some gameplay videos. It miht not b your thing, but it does have some interesting features, specially the SMART button.

Multiplayer isn't really my bread-n-butter, but this is interesting enough to add to the anticipation I already had for the single-player game.

Man... Homefront, Brink, Dead Space 2, Duke Nukem Forever... come on, guys, I'm trying to save up to replace my car!

(Well, it's winter, I can put up with that screwed-up driver's-side window a little longer....)

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