Dambuster Studios has just released the new Homefront: The Revolution as a 2011 Homefront sequel. Although we don’t really understand why the game is a sequel to that unpopular 2011 game, this one seems to be a reboot.
The storyline of the game is quite “plausible”: North Korea invades the US.
The Revolution is set in the three zones divided Philly: the Green, Yellow, and the Red. In the Green Zone live the rich, in the Yellow lives the slum where you can move around freely, and in the Red zone, you are shot on sight. Each zone gives the player a new and different gameplay from all-out action to stealth.
There are obvious comparisons to make with Far Cry: open world environment, side quests, and collectibles, or the character interactions with the locals and the riots. But, although similar in game structure, The Revolution doesn’t feel much like an Ubisoft game.
The frame rate or general performance of Homefront: The Revolution is lousy on PlayStation 4; it gives you a weird, uncomfortable sensation. And the art design is also remotely uninspired – everything is gray. If it rains and you’re playing The Revolution for the first time, you might enjoy it more. It does have ultra tech cool airships and impressive object details, but the overall impression is that it’s too bland.
The mission objectives are not particularly interesting, yet the level design is better. It has tunnels, hiding sport and weapons cached by the resistance that gives you the impression of being backed up by a team. It also lets you scavenge items and use them to make craft equipment or sell them to the resistance, or ride a bike, making Homefront: The Revolution a cross between The Last Of Us, Fallout 4 and Half-Life 2.
The thing is, the action is not very precise, nor is your shooting feedback. The enemy seems purposefully better armed than you, probably to add to the oppressed narrative, but it ruins the whole experience.
The Revolution is at its best in multiplayer version. You and your friends can go on co-op missions that have different upgrade paths and progression. This difference makes the multiplayer version much better than the main game.
Bottom line, the game receives a generous 6/10 rate. With some improvements, Homefront: The Revolution can go slightly up, but you can’t save it from its dull feel.
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