Chris Dias (9:21:57 PM): Heard of Homefront? It is Red Dawn set in the near future, but modeled on the Call of Duty formula point by point. It is an example of a game that mimics a great game and comes out shit.
Bradley (9:22:42 PM): Oh really
Chris Dias (9:23:00 PM): It does everything right when it comes to mechanics...graphics. It thinks it's Call of Duty...but it fails in every way. For example...I cannot tell you how many times so far in the game I have been stuck in re-spawning moments where I cannot proceed until I do one specific thing, like regroup with your unit in the next room. And the game is a FPS but in truth, it is a thinly veiled rail shooter. The paths are narrow and there is no room to explore.
Bradley (9:25:00 PM): Lame.
Chris Dias (9:25:16 PM): You cannot open any doors unless someone opens it for you. One time, the group is screaming "GET TO THE ROOF." The building is on fire. So I am running and I get to the roof and the door is blocked by a cabinet. I can't move it.
Bradley (9:26:15 PM): Lol what
Chris Dias (9:26:19 PM): I have to wait for the two people to catch up and the last one moves it for me...may I remind you the building is on fire. It gets better. On SEVERAL occasions, the leader you follow opens a door and makes room for you to enter. You can't. He'll then say something and then he'll go in...Should you follow? I try...but I can't. No, you have to wait for ANOTHER person to walk and you take the rear. You have to park yourself in front of the area and wait for the scripted event to present you the option to press "E".
Bradley (9:28:18 PM): Lol
Chris Dias (9:28:21 PM): "Oh, NOW, I can crouch and follow, thanks guys." And it allows you to hold two rifles and a pistol...pretty standard now...but you never have enough ammo for any of them. So you are constantly forced to drop gun and pick up new ones multiples times through a level. You can't get connected to any of them. Seriously, the most ammo I have for a gun is like 80. You can have one gun for L4D but you get 300 rounds for it. There is a moment where you have an awesome gun. You can carry two. One guy hands you a sniper rifle. Both your weapons magically disappear and you are given a sniper rifle and another gun you weren't carrying before.
Bradley (9:30:10 PM): Lol yeah
Chris Dias (9:30:34 PM): And then there is the retarded setting. Yeah, I know, Red Dawn, but that doesn't work this way. Red Dawn was set in isolated region in the south with no communication about the rest of the country. It was Russians via Cuba and you believed it. Homefront is stupid. It is the same thing I was saying with Battle LA. I can handle aliens, but don't make me call you on your BS. Homefront would be better if they thought whether their idea was feasible. Get this. Two years from now Kim Jong Il dies. His son Kim Jong Sun takes control of North Korea and by 2014 manages unification with South Korea. The game never never explains how this happens without world war III. It mentions this Iran/Saudi war that destroys oil reserves and spikes oil prices...but that doesn't explain why the UNSC allows this to happen or why the UNSC apparently sits it out while Korea takes the entire coast of East Asia. Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand...all Korea...this is now only 8 years in the future. And then Japan falls while the US is going through a massive economic collapse. Then in 2027, Korea drops an EMP on the states and invades. The US basically turns into Poland. Now this is complete and utter bullshit...Aliens would make more sense. The Korean army is huge for its country, but it's underdeveloped technologically and vastly inferior the US. Not only that, they only survive via aid from China and if you read Wikileaks, China doesn't much care for Korean foreign policy. And even if every Korean swore allegiance to that insanity and marched in unison across the water to the states, they wouldn't have enough to take Texas, let alone the country. So I am playing this game and shaking my head, saying, this is just complete bullshit...It actually makes less sense that all the enemies are Asian then being aliens. And the concept is not that original really. I mean Half Life 2 basically covered all this in a much more believable way...if you can get that. OK....I think I'm done my rant
Bradley (9:44:13 PM): Rofl it all makes sense
Chris Dias (9:58:18 PM): Oh yeah, and your character in HF doesn't talk...go fuck yourselves game traditions.
Bradley (9:58:50 PM): lol wow
Chris Dias (9:58:52 PM): And you know what blows my mind about HF...it was WRITTEN by the guy that wrote Red Dawn.
Bradley (10:06:58 PM): It's unthinkable
Chris Dias (10:51:52 PM): Holy shit...are you KIDDING?!
Bradley(10:54:25 PM): hrm?
Chris Dias (10:54:33 PM): I finished the game. I don't think it was even 5 hours. Felt like 4 1/2...that's a record low. Apparently, this is the most traded-in game for the PS3. Apparently
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