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Scheduled release date:

TBA

Publisher:

THQ

Developer:

Kaos Studios

Number Of Players:

1-32

Genre:

FPS

With so many shooters assaulting the market these days, developers need to produce a title that gives the gamer something fresh and new; something that sets the game apart from other offerings on store shelves. In many cases, this simply comes down to atmosphere and style, which is why we’re intrigued when we examine the first details and screenshots for Homefront, designed by Kaos Studios. In some ways, though, the plot does remind us of Red Faction: Guerrilla, as you will be stepping into the shoes of a rebel. Well, actually, you’ll be a resistance fighter in the not-too-distant future, battling evil occupying foreign forces in a fictional 2027 North America. The latter piece of information shifts us to the brief eyes-on session conducted by IGN; because it will be set in our home country, there will be historical elements of our memorable landscape included in the game. Of course, things have kinda gone to hell since the invading forces took over; the ensuing war has really turned what used to be a very pleasant union into a chaotic, hellish mess.

Once you’re done taking a look at the small assembly of screenshots, I’ll continue. …done? Okay, like we said, the entire environment is in a terrible state; almost nothing remains intact, and the survivors are doing everything in their power to survive on what little has been left after a war sweeps through their land. Kaos mentioned that the team will be focusing on presenting a realistic atmosphere that shows how people would adapt to the harsh circumstances. For instance, you will find that people have affixed solar panels to their homes in order to obtain power, and while it does take place in the future, we’re only talking about 18 years or so. Therefore, Kaos won’t be giving you any crazy plasma guns or other super futuristic weapons, but you will get weaponry and equipment that reflect a slightly more advanced society. Firearms include the “adaptive combat rifle” (ACR), which can utilize either .556 or .762 ammunition rounds, and let’s not forget that every good shooter these days includes vehicles. We’re not entirely sure how many vehicles will be available for use in Homefront but we have heard of the Goliath. If you’re at all familiar with some of the futuristic weapons in other games like Halo, you won’t be surprised.

The Goliath is like a tank, only with six wheels and a good deal more agility than one would expect from a lumbering steel giant. You can drive it or man the heavy machine gun mounted on the top, and to better reflect the technological superiority of the time, you will be able to control it remotely. In other words, you can direct the Goliath from a distance, moving it to form valuable cover or simply having it target enemy vehicles that are too powerful to face alone. This is likely only one example of how we will utilize various equipment and vehicles in the game, so that’s good news. Furthermore, it seems that Kaos wants the player directly involved in most every large event on the battlefield. If something explodes, it’s very likely that remnants of the blast will be headed in your direction; if a vehicle gets shot to hell and begins to roll, don’t be surprised if it tries to turn your character into a military pancake. Another interesting twist on standard shooter gameplay is the fact that we will follow multiple characters through the storyline, and it seems we’ll get intimately acquainted with such important role players. This is one aspect that most FPS fans will find unique, and it should be an appreciated feature.

Of course, we’re not sure if we’ll actually play as those new characters, or if we’ll just travel with them here and there, perhaps teaming up every now and then in combat. Personally, I think it’d be damn cool to adopt different roles throughout the adventure; not only to view the story from different angles, but also to play with distinct fighters. We do know the game will progress along a fairly linear path that is based around standard missions, but that’s about where the extent of our knowledge ends. Homefront is slated to arrive for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, but as of right now, there is no estimated release date. Well, FPS fans will have plenty of other options in the meantime, but we think you should keep an eye on this one. Most of the time, we’ll be satisfied with solid control mechanics and an engrossing atmosphere; we won’t be picky, we just want to be entertained. Let’s hope Kaos Studios and THQ can deliver the intense experience we expect to have.

7/1/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (25 posts)

kratos17
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 @ 11:18:16 PM
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wat is up with all these fps games

will they ever stop

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 @ 11:24:45 PM
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I smell mediocre.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 @ 11:30:15 PM
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The demise of gaming

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Kubanski_Ratnik
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 @ 11:43:05 PM
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Wow, USA invaded by North Korea.....can't even imagine South Korea been invaded by North LOL!

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SarahPalinMILF
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 1:32:02 AM

we should just nuke the sh!t out of N. Korea and erase them from existance...like that episode of south park where the destroy finland...

Last edited by SarahPalinMILF on 7/2/2009 1:32:17 AM

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Kubanski_Ratnik
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 2:45:05 AM

That Kim Jong guy is the only one who needs to be erased from this earth. He has killed more N. Koreans than Yankees or even South Koreans

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Lenoxseer
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 @ 11:48:01 PM
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Man I am getting sick of the FPS genre. I would like to see more third-person shooters, like Red Faction: Guerrilla and Uncharted. Hell, I'd even play Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII over a FPS nowadays.

A new Gungrave game would be greatly appreciated.

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Oyashiro
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:32:28 AM

A new GunGrave on the PS3 would be sweetastic! That is the game would be both Sweet and Fantastic at the same time!

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NonProphet
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 @ 11:50:15 PM
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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

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Natalisrubbish
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 2:13:04 AM

Word!

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 12:09:31 AM
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How to tell if you have FPS disease......

http://video.ign.com/dor/articles/996794/landlinetv/videos/landlinetv_prt_firstperson_62209.html

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Masterofallz
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 12:37:50 AM
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Wow, won't one, just ONE developer see and realize, "Oh, there are no RPG games for RPG fans. Lets release a game thats a RPG so we can earn tons of easy money from those hundreds thousands of RPG fans?"

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 10:41:15 AM

Um...I think there are plenty of RPGs coming out.

And because RPGs typically can't compete in the sales category with the action/adventure, sports, and FPS genres, how would you go about convincing a designer to take the risk...?

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www
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 10:43:49 AM

On top of that it takes a long time to produce a QUALITY rpg.

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Neurotoxiny
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 12:39:58 AM
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I think that first person shooters are being seriously overdone. This Homefront thing sounds a bit interesting, but seeing as more "intense" FPS are coming out soon (MAG, Modern Warfare 2, etc.), I can't tell what I think of Homefront.

I mean, who's heard of Blacksite: Area 51? I thought a modern alien invasion being fought off (Resistance was kind of olden days monster invasion) sounded like a super cool concept, but Blacksite seriously sucked.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:42:07 PM

OK, now I'll agree that Blacksite: Area 51 wasn't the greatest game & had some glaring glitches, but I still had fun playing it.

Just like Haze, a lot of people didn't like it, but I had fun playing it too.

Now I just gotta finish Resistance:FOM so I can get back to playing it, before things get a bit too hazy to even remember it.

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Gabriel013
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 12:53:20 AM
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Sounds like this might have a stronger single player campaign than MAG so I'll take a look.

FPS developers seem to be jumping on the bandwagon for online mulitplayer, not realising that some of us don't want it.

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slayerkillemall
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 1:21:45 AM
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by what ben is saying,seems like a hybrid of HALO and BIOSHOCK,and thats a good thing in my book,since im a huge fan of halo ...

ill keep an eye on this one,lets see what comes out of it....

slayer....

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Ricochet
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 2:44:54 AM
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With games like Half-Life, Bioshock, Halo, COD and KZ2 taking the lead for FPS. Let's just hope it doesn't end up like "Legendary".

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Oyashiro
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 3:37:06 AM
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Everyone I know is burnt out on FPS'... They need to take a break from them for a few years. I'm glad fighters are making a comeback this year. Hopefully RPG's will follow.

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 4:30:46 AM
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Kim Jong iI=modern Hitler, he's threatning the U.S. He seriously isn't thinking this whole world domination thing through. Neither did Japan, btw, why is it always Hawaii? why not someplace like Cali.? It's already doomed. Maybe it could give Cali. a chance to restart.

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Andysw
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 5:46:42 AM
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Sorry to go off topic, but why isn't anyone on psxextreme bringing up the latest news on tetsuya nomura? The latest news was when he mentioned kingdom hearts 3. Just found that out yesterday.

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coldbore
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 9:03:12 AM
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yah I guess the ps3 could use more RPGs but I personally am not an rpg fan. To be honest I'm glad there is this many fps games, but the developers see everyone buying these fps games and thinks "oh people are buying these, people must really like them, let's make another one" without even seeing what would happen if they made a rpg...

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Oxvial
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 5:24:39 PM
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eeew another fps??? I hope all the hardcore fans of those type of games just die.

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schillah
Thursday, July 02, 2009 @ 6:19:06 PM
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hmmm I'll wait til I see vids...and Oxvial..that wasn't very nice

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