Homefront fails to deliver on every count
If ever there was something more irritating than a half-baked video game, it's a half-baked video game that oozes unrealised potential.
Homefront: The Revolution is such a game. Delivering occasional glimpses of the solid shooter this game could have been, Homefront: Revolution is mired down by both its own overreaching ambition and laughably bad framerate issues.
Released five years ago, the original Homefront attempted to explore political themes and the horrors of occupation with varying degrees of success.
By comparison, Homefront: The Revolution falls short in almost every aspect. Rather than being the game that announced the series' entry into a new generation of gaming, Homefront: Revolution lacks and of the style, substance and reliability that its predecessor exhibited.
The storyline is this game's most notable failure. There's no relatable hero, no substantial plot development and no obvious villain beyond the faceless occupying army. You never see or hear from Homefront's protagonist, Ethan Brady and none of his actions imply any sort of personality.
I did develop somewhat of a connection with the three characters that stick with Ethan all the way through, although even that meagre attachment fades as you realise they never say anything beyond the weightless back-and-forth of action movie bravado.
If the monotony of the plot and the plodding drudgery of the characters weren't enough to stake this game's claim to the hall of shame, grappling with the ham-fisted gameplay certainly sealed the deal.
The biggest issue is the inconsistency of the stealth mechanics. As a resistance fighter faced with impossible odds, it makes sense that stealth and subterfuge would be two of the main weapons in your arsenal.
More than once, I was spotted while fully concealed behind a wall. Other times, I would open fire on a guard only to round a corner and discover that his comrade is blissfully unaware of the loud murder that just took place not twenty steps around the corner.
Between patchy AI, a sorely underdeveloped story, terrible performance and all-round bad gameplay mechanics, Homefront: The Revolution fails to deliver on every count.