Now, yesterday i began playing Homefront, half an hour later i got fed up, reset my audio options and restarted playing Homefront, seems it has problems trying to do 5.1 over optical so i switched to HDMI output. hrmm. All better now.
Homefront has been getting pretty average reviews and i think i know why, it's because people generally don't like being on the loosing side and not being able to run around with infinite ammo and soak up bullets like a sponge and people don't like getting butt raped so quickly after starting a level.
This game is balls tough! even on normal mode it'll only take a few hits before you're staring at the greying death screen wondering WTF! On one section i walked out of a building to get nuked by an RPG even before i had time to refocus my eyes. second time out i sprinted to the nearest tree to hide behind then took the enemy down with a well placed round to the head.
This game is about death, dieing, suffering, mental anguish, the utter utter nasty side of war, and so it should, war is not fun, war is not a laugh with your mates, war is a mother and baby screaming and crying while you fire shots from their front room window while all hell is breaking loose. seriously i shouted 'shut the fuck up' at the tv at that point, it was horrible!
After another section, which i stupidly though i was winning, i got carpet bombed, i came round in my safehouse and for the next 10 minutes i sat there looking out of the window while having a smoke, and somewhere in the building a small child sang london bridge is falling down over and over and over...
It is not going to win any feel good games of the year awards. If you hate getting your arse handed to you you won't like it, if you like a challenge, if you like overwhelming odds, limited ammo, human suffering, then go and have a go if you think you're hard enough, just don't blame me when you're curled up in the middle of the front room crying to make it all stop :)