Here is another first person shooter game for the market, this one created by a company called Kaos. Appropriate. The general premise of the HomeFront is that players are engaged in a rebellious movement that must fight against leadership that threatens military occupation from a foreign faction. The game is set in the United States so it feeds all the terrorist theories one might see streaming from the media. The game can be played as a single player or with multiple players and a campaign is set to take about six to 10 hours to complete.
As players vie to protect their homeland, they are offered the option of purchasing weapons, vehicles and additional supplies and gear that will assist them in their mission. This is all done using in-game currency which can be earned through the points system as you go through the gameplay.
The setting is America, in the not too distant future by about 30 years, and the general idea is that military forces are readily available on home soil and not deployed in peacekeeping missions or otherwise, worldwide. The world is at battle due to the upstart of tensions created by a unified Korea run by communist forces. Oil supplies are exhausting due to collateral damage of the strikes and gas prices have soared to ridiculous levels. Many countries are in financial ruin and health is threatened by untreatable diseases. All our worse fears have manifested.
Countries are crumbling and being overtaken and conditions continue to deteriorate in the United States. People are quarantined due to the onslaught of mysterious flux virus that has evolved across North America. There are orbital weapons poised in space and aimed at targets all over the world. Governments are in chaos and invasions are occurring by the Korean forces regularly to assume control over various parts of the U.S such as Hawaii and the Pacific Coast. They are slowly closing in on the Midwest and the military is depleted and crippled, leaving many vulnerable to attack. The Eastern US remains free and essentially the Mississippi is the dividing force between friendly and hostile forces.
Resistance fighters are launching an effort to attack the occupying forces and are made up of civilians that are working to recover their freedom. They continue in the attacks against the Koreans in an attempt to retake cities and areas all over the country with the help of some former military personnel such as pilots and the like. With some of the missions leading to success, little by little, the resistance along with the help of some military forces begin to recover cities in the United States and push back the occupation.
The game seems more like a news story or a movie than a game and there is a sense of fear that is carried for the safety of the country. It’s hard not to let you mind slip into the conspiracy theory mode and imagine that all of this is actually occurring. Does that make for a fun gaming experience? Well, it certainly makes for a realistic one and Homefront delivers in that regard.