Homefront

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As I sit here watching the credits roll at the end of Homefront, I am more than a little disappointed. The single player campaign was just too short. I wanted to keep going.

That said, the rest of the game is amazing. With stunning graphics and an intense storyline, Homefront was definitely worth the money. I found myself swearing at the screen – and not because I was frustrated, but because I was seriously angry at the atrophies I “witnessed”. The game lets you feel as if America has truly been ripped apart by the KPA. You see all of the horrors of war – made worst than most FPS war games because this is our country.

The ending looks like there could be a possible sequel. If that is the case, I hope they make the single player campaign longer than this one.

Moving on to the multiplayer. I’m sure if you’re a long time reader of this blog that you know that I really suck at multiplayer games. I’m the noob standing up at the wrong moment that you get to wipe out time and time again. I love to play sniper and I’m not good when it comes to running around randomly shooting people. I, also, have a tendency to keep my mouth shut even if I have my headset on.

I like Homefront’s multiplayer mode. It has the quality (when it works, they’ve been plagued with problems from the start) of Black Ops, but it doesn’t seem as difficult to me. I can hold my own. Yes, I’m still cannon fodder (and don’t we all feel a little bit safer knowing that I’m not in the military?), but I’m able to level up at a faster rate thanks in part to two items: 1) the infantry abilitiy of Grizzled, which allows faster XP and 2) the purchase slot item RQ-10 Parrot. This is a drone whereby you fly around and mark the enemies for your teammates. This is an amazing invention. I have all ready reached the Expert level for it and, mainly due to my drone XP, I have been able to level up enough to have access to better weapons.

Despite the long waits for active games – the wait was longer at the beginning of Black Ops, I think – and some server issues, once the Homefront team get their act together, I believe that the multiplayer environment will be popular for a long time to come.

Homefront game box

If you play Homefront on the PS3, look for me – BentleyGadget.  I usually play Saturday and Sunday mornings and some evenings.

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Bad Company 2 – Quick Review

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I purchased my copy of Battlefield Bad Company 2 today.

Wow! Bad Company 2 starts off in 1944 and the first mission is a little strange.  Flash forward to whatever year this is supposed to be and you’re Preston Marlowe again.  Didn’t we get the gold at the end of Battlefield: Bad Company?  Shouldn’t we be on a beach somewhere drinking a fruity drink? Not freezing our butts off in God knows where? And, where’s Mike 1 Juliet?

This time it is way harder.  Controls are a lot different.  I like these controls better.  And, I’ve all ready died more times than I care to admit.  But, I’ve earned two trophies.  I can see why game informer mag gave it 9.5 out of 10.  I am confused why they went up to a mature rating – I understand the reason it received a mature rating, I was just wondering why EA and Dice went from teen to mature on this series.

Quick Notes (since I haven’t finished the game):

I like the new way to move through your weapons.  The old way of L2 and R2 just didn’t cut it for me.  I like that you can have two different rifles.

I don’t like the fact that the heal yourself is gone – I don’t seem to get out of the way fast enough to survive a head on attack.

Once I’ve either finished the game, I’ll post a better written review.