Homefront may stir up controversy in America

Let’s face it, there are a lot of ‘war games’ out there, but there are few games about war. Most of the time, we find ourselves blasting away at uniformed enemies and... that's about it. But the developer of Homefront realizes that there’s a lot more to war than that… and that stands to make some people angry.

As Homefront is a depiction of a North Korean invasion of America, it may distress Americans in a way that’s both familiar and foreign to us, as put forth by our recent preview, and another preview from Kotaku, which give us glimpses into the very un-ironic horrors of war. (No word yet on how Kim Jong-il feels about it.)

From the moment North Korean jackboots kick in your door and haul your sorry ass to the bus, you’ll be confronted with suffering. Not the detached glimpses you got from the opening credits of Modern Warfare 1, but in-your-face wailing, crying, and gnashing of teeth. You’ll see your fellow countrymen blasted to chunky red stains by execution squads as mothers plead with their children to turn away. You’ll watch families separated and herded into internment camps. You’ll see people simply standing in the streets, staring at nothing as bullets whiz past their heads.

Or maybe not. David Votypka, creative director for Homefront, told Kotaku that he’s still "on the fence" about certain scenes within the game. However, Rex Dickson, lead level designer says, “Our goal is to make you feel emotion”. He goes on to say that this is a game for folks who are “tired of a shooting gallery.” In short, the Homefront team is trying to craft an experience that makes players want to pick up the rifle. As such, we are sure to see a story dedicated to accurately depicting the cost of war on the human psyche.

Renowned screenwriter, John Milius (Red Dawn, Apocalypse Now), has encouraged the team to avoid a ‘grandiose’ plot wherein the player might lead a new American army to repel the invaders, and instead create a plot that would be a story forgotten when the history of this fictional war is written.

The player will be taking the role of a resistance member seeking fuel to get from Colorado to California. As you gaze upon the smoking ruins of what was once your country, your experiences will affect your comrades as well.  You will see members of the resistance argue about tactics – about how ‘noble’ or ‘realistic’ they should be; and you can count on old ‘political correctness’ being shown the door.

Of course this would be perfectly fine in a movie, but if we know our knee-jerk-reaction media like we think we do, THQ had best prepare itself for a bit of controversy. Does the emotional experience Homefront is trying to craft sound like something you’d like to support, or do you feel that it’s distracting and controversy baiting? Tell us in the comments.

Check out our preview for more on the game's plot.

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  • mastereper - January 5, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    I support it No one seems to notice these days how war really effects people, and that irritates me. Maybe gamers who think their bad asses will finally realize that in real life every person they kill has/had a family who will miss them, or question what was their victims real motives was he killing by choice or by order?
  • ScruffyTheJanitor - December 8, 2010 7:35 a.m.

    I am very excited for what appears to be a very sexy game, also as a every proper American does I hate communism and am always happy to put a few holes in the liberty hatin' reds.
  • elchamber - November 30, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    There will be a lot of "it was made before this whole incident with North Korea ever happening," and "you're nuts" comments coming from non-gamers criticizing this game.
  • civver - November 21, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    Meh, I'd have genuine emotions if the concept wasn't so ridiculous. Sure, the DPRK has a blue-water navy capable of an amphibious assault of the continental United States. Sure, they have the resources and manpower to occupy and control the hundreds of millions of square kilometers and current inhabitants of the country.
  • asljirk - November 21, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    Sounds good, but I can't look past the fact that Korean soldier using an American made rifle.
  • Churchy99 - November 21, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    Okay this actually sounds like an interesting concept. I'm not sure about the whole "America is the victim thing again". I would have preferred something more historical. Perhaps a first world war one in the latter half of it would be good to depict the true horror of war. This still looks interesting but unfortunately it's published by THQ so I'm a bit wary. Might have to get it secondhand!
  • Bri77777 - November 20, 2010 5:58 a.m.

    Hmm. On one hand, you have this, a game that inspires you to fight for a valid reason. On the other hand, you have games that inspire people to find incredible and annoying ways to kill people(COD, or most "modern" fps). I wonder which one appeals to adrenaline fueled gamers?
  • DoctorCrazy - November 20, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    I think they should definetely go with the ballsy, emotional version and not cave in to the controversy that will bring.
  • DynamiteKyle - November 19, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    After reading this, I'm actually excited for this game.
  • AlmightyFuzz - November 19, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    If the developers bail out now, I'm going to be severely disappointed with them, as this is the first fps that has gotten my attention in a very long time. As fun as Reach was (the last fps I bought) once I finished the campaign and played online for a bit, I grew tired of it quickly. This is also the reason I have completely ignored MOH and COD:Blops, I'm tired of them and I haven't even played them. So a new game that isn't another shooting gallery/COD clone has certainly gotten my attention.
  • spideralex90 - November 19, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    This game looks awesome. And hopefully THQ will release it for $40. I mean they said games should cost that much, now all they need to do is do that themselves. Here's to hoping.
  • ZakanSparta - November 19, 2010 6:37 a.m.

    Wish a good luck to devs and publishers, this is one game I'm actualy expect to play, and want to succeed very much.
  • RadimirWackytov - November 19, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    It's OK when we're the ones doing the invading, though. After all, those brown people with their strange headwear and customs aren't as important as us.
  • NightCrawler_358 - November 19, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    It has my attention now. This seems like a refreshing take on First Person Shooters-it is FPS right? Will definitely try this one.
  • Valntyne - November 19, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    I approve.
  • Dreadnought - November 19, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    I'd support the game. I hope they make it and don't hold anything back. You'll never know just how far they can push the emotional barrier on games until they actually do it.
  • Cyberninja - November 19, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    this is the first shooter since bioshock that i actually care about if it gets released i will buy a copy to show my support to these types of games even if it gets bad reviews.
  • TDUBBS - November 19, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    Don't censor the game! I've been hoping this game will be what Medal of Honor was SUPPOSED to be.
  • shyfonzie - November 19, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Jesus, the point of this game is to show America and it's people in trouble. You can't lighten it up because it's too much, it will make it have less of an emotional impact.
  • Kameltoemunch - November 19, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    I'm very intrigued by the concept of this game, but several reviews citing it playing almost exactly like Call of Duty are keeping me on the fence until release. Sorry, I don't want to play anymore Quake with assault rifles.

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