One of May’s releases which seems to me (I could be wrong!) that it’s slipping under the radar like a squad of well trained guerilla warfare fighters, is Homefront: The Revolution. While the beta earlier in the year seemed to split fans, its difficult mission setup and trial and error focus on gameplay somewhat has me interested.
“Homefront: The Revolution is an open-world first person shooter where you must lead the Resistance movement in guerrilla warfare against a superior military force. A living, breathing, open world responds to your actions – you and your Resistance Cell can inspire a rebellion on the streets and turn Occupation into Revolution, as oppressed civilians take up the fight.”
While I never played the original Homefront, I was always in awe by its amazing buildup trailer that showed off its alternate history timeline. Alternate timelines are always fun. I did however love a game on my Gamecube back in the day called Freedom Fighters, by Hitman developer IO Interactive. So much in fact, that I covered it earlier in the year in a Retro Corner post.
What I loved about Freedom Fighters was the acquisition of new squad members, and taking over key, strategic points in the city that would push the odds in your favour, either by disabling enemy air support or cutting off their weapons supplies, rendering nearby areas lacking in heavy weapon support. I’m expecting similar payoffs in Homefront: The Revolution, and going by this ‘Hearts and Minds 101’ trailer, strategic takeovers of particular locations looks to play a big part.
It’s also worth noting that Homefront: The Revolution is a co-op title for up to four players, who will certainly need to work together. It’s an uphill battle, and it won’t be easy. Playing as a team and communicating is key, and you will die a lot before your squad gets it right. That kind of challenge appeals to me, as long as it’s fair and not stupidly cheap and difficult.
Homefront: The Revolution releases on May 17th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
If you’re interested in seeing more of it in action, Eurogamer got their hands on an early PC copy and have recorded gameplay of the first hour of the game, which you can see below.