Homefront was released in 2011 and was one of the last five titles (de Blob2, WWE 13, Nexuiz and Darksiders II) to be released by THQ before their sad demise in December 2012 (sad face)
We go all the way back to 2011 for the review on this one, where Brendan gave it a 8/10 claiming:
Only worth your time if you're mainly looking for an online shooter, as the single player campaign is short and lacking any serious punch in the action and dramatics stakes, aside from the emotional opening. The multiplayer is fantastic fun though and really carries the single-player and provides most of the weight for the score below.
Deep Silver, or more accurately Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media, has made a couple of canny purchases from financially-floundering Crytek. Specifically, the German media outfit has snaffled up the Homefront IP, upcoming sequel Homefront: Revolution as well as its developers Crytek UK... who were previously better known as Free Radical back in the day.
If that's ringing a bell, you probably played a little series known as Timesplitters back in the day.Click here to read more...
If you've been to the cinema this weekend to watch the remake of Red Dawn you may want to check this out to as it's a very similar concept of a foreign invasion on US soil. It doesn't have the longest of campaigns, but it's a solid weekend of FPS action for a cheap price. While I found the online multiplayer to be an excellent alternative to Call of Duty, I believe the servers may have been shut down recently so you may be stuck with the campaign mode.
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The vultures have had their fill. THQ lies bleaching in the cold winter sun, its juicy assets, studios and properties stripped from the carcass during yesterday's feeding frenzy that saw over $100 million change hands. All that remains is a final 'Chapter 11' sell-off before THQ dies completely.
How the mighty have fallen. Starting life in 1990, Toy Head Quarters swelled into a publishing titan worth a billion dollars in revenue, but their lust to grow as fast as possible left them with too many studios, too many licenses, and so rarely the massive mega-hits they so desperately needed. After dealing themselves a raw hand with the Udraw tablet, the last few years saw them continually shedding and shelving projects in a bid to keep afloat. It wasn't enough, and their desperate last-ditch effort to sell themselves wholesale to a stalking horse investor spectacularly backfired what now seems like a lifetime ago.
But while many IPs and studios have been left out in the cold (Vigil Games, Red Faction and Homeworld among them), many more have found new homes, new publishers and potentially new opportunities to keep doing what they do best: creating great games for us to play. To this end, we're going to take a close look at where THQ's assets have ended up, and what their new owners plan to do with them.Click here to read more...
The auction has come and gone, and THQ's properties were sold off overnight. As rumoured, SEGA snapped up Warhammer 40K developer Relic; Koch Media and Deep Silver bought Saints Row devs Volition and the rights to the Metro franchise; Crytek have purchased the Homefront IP; Take-Two bought Evolve; and Ubisoft bought THQ Montreal and the rights to South Park: The Stick of Truth.Click here to read more...
It's under a fiver and over £3 cheaper than anywhere else which makes giving Homefront a shot a no-brainer. Set in a fictional near-future where North Korea invade America, this is almost Red Dawn: The Game. It finishes just as it gets good, but the multiplayer is excellent thanks to the way you can earn points to buy powerups like remote controlled drones, minitanks and choppers in addition to full-size vehicles. Crytek are working on a sequel as wespeak, so dont get left behind.
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Homefront might not have been the CoD-conqueror publisher THQ was hoping for - it's unlikely Call of Duty will ever be beaten until Activision themselves slip up - but its claimed itself an audience large enough to convince the brass to greenlight a sequel, although sadly at the cost of the original team, who've since been terminated.
However, fans of the original Homefront can look forward to a bombastic 'Ultimate Edition', set to hit shelves by the end of the current financial year. That's March 31st, so it's due in the next few months. However, THQ has yet to reveal just what this 'Ultimate Edition' entails, although it's not hard to imagine a bundled offering of the original game plus all the DLC and some tired collectable. How about a figurine of a solider, dramatically posing? That's original. [Eurogamer]
It's been cheaper than this, but the shortage of tangible stock has meant that currently the cheapest price for Homefront on PC is nearer ten pounds rather than five. However, Steam still have a good seven hours left for you to snaffle it up at £7.49. A solid game, Homefront wasn't quite the blockbuster smash that THQ were hoping for, but its robust engine, well penned story and cracking multiplayer sees it through.
Kaos Studios might be no more, but as we learned a couple of months back Homefront isn't going anywhere. A press release from THQ today revealed that the publisher has struck up a partnership with FPS luminaries Crytek to develop the next instalment in the Milius-penned franchise.Click here to hear what THQ and Crytek had to say...
THQ's Red Dawn-inspired shooter Homefront wasn't quite the success the publisher was banking on - developers Kaos Studios have since closed their doors - but solid sales and a healthy community response have prompted them into profit-minded action, as DLC map pack 'The Rock' is due very soon, apparently. Boasting four maps, it'll retail for the low low price of 400 MS Points.Click here for more
Like most games Homefront's got its ups and down, but it's still great fun to play. The multiplayer's thoroughly enjoyable, although there aren't that many modes, so things start to get a bit repetitive after a while. Also, the single player attempts to inject a bit of heart felt human emotion amongst the action, although you'll need to be be quick to spot it because the game's not particularly long and you'll easily complete it in around five hours. The £14.99 price tag's about £3 cheaper than the next best offers coming in from The Hut and Zavvi.
Homefront wasn't quite as successful critically as THQ had once hoped, mired in the middle-ground between instant classic and disappointing flop. However, it sold over a million copies in a week alone, so THQ had made the less than surprising choice to move forward with a sequel. Sadly, original developers Kaos Studios won't be involved; THQ shut them down earlier today.Click here for more
With EA lining up to try and topple Call of Duty from its throne with Battlefield 3, THQ's CEO Brian Farrell recently stated that he felt Homefront was perfectly capable of reaching COD levels of success. Having sold 2.6 million copies, it wasn't a bad start for the series at all, but it's a far cry from the 13.7 million or so that Black Ops shifted in the US alone. But Farrell is quick to note that Call of Duty is a well established series, whereas Homefront is just starting out.Click here to see what Farrell had to say...
After THQ suffered a stock crash due to Homefront's Metacritic average, we've been waiting for this year's financial report with baited breath... and it seems that the shareholders' panic was well and truly misplaced. Their annual sales have risen by a significant amount compared to last year's figures, but a miserable fourth quarter has contributed to an overall loss of US$136.1 million. The solution? More uDraw tablets, apparently. Full details below.Click here for the financial report highlights >>
Speaking in a recent financial statement, THQ CEO Brian Farrell has confirmed that a multiplayer taster demo will be going live soon in order to "stimulate more new users and purchasers of the game." THQ believe that, since most gamers have doubtlessly heard (mixed reports) of it, being able to try it out will encourage some more impulse sales and bolster its online community.
In addition to this, Farrell also re-confirmed THQ's intent to deliver "multiple drops" of "robust downloadable content" over the next six months. There isn't a firm date as yet, but since Homefront has been doggedly clinging on to the UK Top Ten chart, we can expect them to strike while the iron is hot.
Brendan took rather a shine to Homefront, and praised its hectic and innovative multiplayer modes in his 8/10 review. We'd be interested to hear what you lot made of it!
Once again, our great gaming nation has spoken out to pledge its loyalty to health and exercise. Zumba Fitness has taken the top spot for a second week running. We're all health nuts when it comes right down to it, apparently.
LEGO Star Wars III and Crysis 2 are still bickering over second place, with Traveller's Tales latest family friendly masterpiece managing to edge out Crytek's shiny FPS. There are no new releases to speak of... but gamers will either be delighted or exasperated to see Call Of Duty: Black Ops back in the charts (likely due to the recent publicity surrounding it being crowned the best-selling entertainment product of 2010.
Elsewhere, Homefront is still in the top ten, which should be great news for even the most skittish and panicky THQ shareholders. See? 71% aggregate doesn't mean a bad game, you silly stockholders. Now make sure that Homefront 2 has a decent singleplayer campaign and you'll have an unstoppable hit on your hands.Click here to see the this week's UK Top Ten >>
Whilst you can get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Homefront from The Game Group for a penny cheaper than the next best offer, the real saving's to be made on the PC version, which is almost £3 cheaper. The single player campaign isn't all blood and guns, there's a little swirly of emotion thrown in there for good measure, unfortunately it's a bit on the short side. The multiplayer's the crown jewel in Homefront's crown, although whilst it's tremendously good fun, there aren't many modes to take part in. Thanks to the gooner @ HUKD.
THQ announced a new partnership today with Random House Publishing, a move that THQ is touting as 'a pioneering step in transmedia - the establishment of a joint team to create and develop original intellectual properties ("IP") for publication across multiple mediums.'
Citing the recently published Homefront prequel novel as a collobarative example upon which they hope to build, THQ expects the first wave of IP to embrace the two companies' strong suits - games and books - with potential scope for branching out into other media further down the line - and an eye towards developing 'a rich IP universe that will allow for ongoing shelf life through other media'.Hit the jump for some fighting talk...
If you're an early Homefront adopter currently suffering from a slew of in-game freezes, you can relax, as THQ has issues a patch on LIVE to rectify the issue. No, this isn't an April Fools Joke. Nor is it particularly funny. It's just simple, to-the-point news. And in other occupied America-related news, Homefront is due a "wide range of exciting DLC" very soon.Hit the jump for more
It's a perilous time for developers at the moment, with Sony announcing earlier the closure of three studios and the loss of 205 jobs, and now THQ have joined in, with 17 staff members cut at Homefront developers, Kaos Studios, and a further 16 at Saints Row and Red Faction outfit, Volition. It's not as drastic as Sony's cost-cutting efforts, and the middling critical reception for the former's recent release may have contributed to the job losses.
However, THQ have come out in support of their recently let-go-off employees, claiming they'll "ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern", and that this won't affect "any current or future titles in development with Volition", who are hard at work on Red Faction Armageddon and Saints Row 3. [Eurogamer]