Vive le revolution!
The original Homefront was an intriguing, movie-style first-person shooter that played out like Call of Duty
meets Red Dawn and while it was flawed, it remained an enjoyable enough actioner. This long-awaited sequel ditches the linear qualities that the shooter genre usually follows and creates an open-world experience more akin to Far Cry 3
. This one still suffers from some problems but it turns out to be a compelling and satisfying experience that is well worth a look. The story takes place in an alternate timeline where Korea has become the major player in global politics and where the US economy has collapsed, thus prompting a Korean invasion of America. You play the part of a resistance fighter struggling against the invaders and must help to build up your nation's defenses with the ultimate goal of rescuing the captured resistance leader. You'll explore a vast open world that is built up realistically with day/night cycles and so on, while the whole thing lives and breathes around you. This is very similar in concept to the Far Cry series and although it's not as good as the best of that franchise, the grim and gritty atmosphere makes this a compelling experience. The story is dark and fascinating, with a well-created world and believable characters to meet, while the gameplay is generally solid, with good gunplay and a nice range of missions and activities to complete. There are performance issues, but these are being ironed out, so overall, this makes for a nice change from the usual linear shooter.