Homefront: The Revolution is a fine, fine game. Much-maligned on release back in 2016 (and by all accounts quite rightly) it seems the developer has not stopped patching and improving the experience since. DLC has been a steady thing and now the game is all but completely fixed and several new, much more positive 're-reviews' are starting to appear on YT giving the game a fair hearing second time around.
I picked up the digital download PS4 version in the sale at a ridiculously low price (which included the Season Pass and all DLC expansions) and, not really knowing what to expect from the game, I plunged in.
It's fantastic-looking game. That needs to be stated, upfront and clearly. The game looks amazing. This is Crytek doing its stuff and the world the devs have shaped (a bombed-out post-invasion Philadelphia) is very easy on the eye. Fantastic use of light and shadow, dynamic weather and day-to-night all combine to produce a mesmerising game world. If you're a PS4Pro owner you're in luck - the devs have patched the game specifically to take advantage of the Pro's added horsepower (and I can confirm it looks great).
And then there's the open-world loot collecting - I didn't expect this. You can basically just head off and do your own thing in each of the game's maps - main plot points can wait until you're good and ready to do them. Random side quests abound.
Story-wise, it's the usual daft nonsense. China would have been a far more credible aggressor, but I guess the publisher didn't fancy upsetting such a potentially huge market, so keraaazy North Korea it was. Characterisation and plot are there in name only and are best disregarded. At heart, this is a great semi-open world looters' paradise and it should be played as such. AI Enemies are tough (even on Easy) and will quickly swarm a careless player. Stealth is a viable option - you can snipe, melee and lure your enemies - or you can take your chances machine-gunning your way into enemy checkpoints and bases. Helpfully, you can recruit NPC Resistance Fighters to go along with you on your suicide missions.
Fantastic value (in the sale) and a game I'll happily take my time with, exploring, occasionally sniping the enemy, upgrading my guns, doing the odd plot mission and generally just taking in the glorious sights.
Now the game is just about fixed and can be had for a pittance, I'd recommend it to anyone with a love for dystopian, open world(ish) loot-a-thons. Comparable to games like The Division and Dying Light in tone and feel.
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