Even though the first Homefront game was lackluster at best, suffering from gameplay problems and graphical errors all across the map, Homefront: The Revolution gets a trailer and a release date. Deep Silver, the co-developer of the game, decided to give additional information regarding the game because a couple of days ago, its release date got leaked by Target.
Although the story of the game is rather interesting, with North Korea effectively taking over the US, installing a severe dictatorship in the process, Homefront was not really something to write home about. And it seems that this will not change with The Revolution if one would judge the game by its trailer.
The trailer is one of the most generic pieces of advertisement launched up to this point, with a gruff voice talking about how the people have the power and they should take it back through revolution. Some shooting elements were presented, as well as some hacking gameplay, but again, it didn’t show anything new under the Sun.
The game will probably be similar to a run-of-the-mill Call Of Duty, with the usual run-and-gun First Person Shooter mechanics in toll. The addition of explosive RC cars and the ability to trigger explosions through your phone, similar to Watch Dogs, will more than likely not entice people by a significant amount.
In comparison to 2014’s Wolfenstein The New Order, Homefront pales in comparison. The nazi-killing dual-gun-wielding Blazkowicz showed us how a singleplayer FPS should be, with blood-pumping action, destructible cover, mind-blowing set pieces, and a rather interesting story. Even if one would not expect a compelling story and strong character development from a frantic FPS, Wolfenstein proved to players that it can be done.
Even the premise of an alternate timeline where the “bad guys” win was present in Wolfenstein, with the Third Reich winning the second World War. Of course, the results of that event can be seen throughout the game, most noticeably through the replacement of British The Beatles with German Die Kafer, with covers for popular songs like the Yellow Submarine.
But judging from the trailer, Homefront is not even near to achieving New Order’s greatness, a game that was crowned best FPS of the year and in some cases even Game of the Year. We will just have to wait and see how the closed beta of The Revolution will progress.
Xbox One users can sign up for the beta which will go online in February while Deep Silver and Microsoft will create several events through which players can get beta codes. If Homefront will manage to impress gamers, despite its rather dull trailer, maybe people will start to gain some interest towards the franchise.
Even if Homefront: The Revolution gets a trailer and a release date, being set to hit the shelves on the 17th of May in NA and 20th in other territories, gamers will have to exercise some patience before Deep Silver will release more information about the game. But it’s safe to say that Homefront has to pull a massive 180 turn if it hopes to become a relevant contender for the 2016 FPS race.