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E3 2014 | “The Revolution” Charges Toward Battle In “Homefront” Sequel

Posted on June 16, 2014 AT 02:19pm

Out of all the sequel announcements made these last couple weeks the reveal of Homefront: The Revolution came as a big surprise. The original game, developed by the defunct Kaos Studios, was a semi-hit, but it didn’t reach massive numbers. Its story, however, was a nice change of pace when it came to first-person shooters, showcasing a different kind of enemy landing in our own backyard. Next year Crytek and Deep Silver are hoping to revive the series for next-gen systems, but will it contain the same dark, near-hopeless overtones the previous entry had? From what we were shown at Deep Silver’s presentation the answer is a resounding yes.

Taking place in Philadelphia, where American freedom was born, Homefront: The Revolution has you control the leader of a Resistance looking to overthrow the North Korean conquerers via guerrilla warfare. In the demonstration as you marched towards your destination you were forced to hide from Korean soldiers and the flying drones that pose a serious threat to the well-being of you and everyone else in your vicinity. Using your map on your character’s phone you’ll be able to find your next point-of-interest (in this case, a police station run by the KPA), while at the same time scope out areas and discover surveillance cameras that need to be taken out so as to avoid being seen.

When reaching the police station we were shown one of the remote weapons that can be used, which contains a massive explosive device that can drive underneath military vehicles while undetected. Once it reaches a safe spot you can then drive away from the vehicle, position the explosive at the door of the station, and set it off using your cell phone. (This is but one of many ways to break into the police station, as you can attempt to also go in guns blazing or try being more stealth and sneak in.)

While none of the characters from the original Homefront will be making an appearance as of now, the universe that was featured in the demo felt all-too familiar. As this game gives off more of an open world vibe to it rather than the linear style of the previous game the atmosphere felt more expanded and real than most other FPS experiences I came across on the E3 floor. It also drives in the fear of human beings in a way that plays with your senses rather than charges towards you, something that’s been seeing a kind of resurgence this year thanks in part to Bethesda’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. What’s more the game will feature a special Co-Op mode where you and your friends can start up your own Resistance Cell and become the heroes of the revolution if successful.

Homefront: The Revolution is due on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux in Spring 2015.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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