Walkthrough Wednesday: HomefrontBy Dan Seitz
Ready to kill some Chinese, er, Korean troops that have invaded your home soil? Sure you are, but like any soldier, you can’t do it alone. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with shooting Communists in the face just like Reagan used to do in this week’s Walkthrough Wednesday (alliteration achievement unlocked!)
Single-Player Campaign Walkthroughs
The single-player campaign for “Homefront” is fairly straightforward, but it’s got a few surprises and it’s designed to be replayed, as you’ll see when you get a load of the trophies. You won’t have any brain breaking puzzles but you will need to be ready for anything, and it’s good practice for the multiplayer.
As we’ve come to expect, IGN leads the charge with a hugely detailed text walkthrough. The guide, courtesy of the accomplished Hardcore_Hector, takes you through the single player mode and the achievements. It’s detailed but light on the images, so have your laptop handy or a second window with the walkthrough open.
If you need a visual guide, Video Games Blogger has a mission by mission video breakdown. Equally handy is a brief text breakdown of each mission; light on the details, but a good overview if you just want a quick overview of what you’ll be dealing with on each level.
Like any FPS, “Homefront” has a fairly robust online multiplayer, because a game just isn’t really as fun unless you’re shooting your friends in addition to computer programs. But it’s actually a lot more complex than your average shooter multiplayer, more like “Call of Duty” than “Halo”; you can level up, earn perks and unlocks, and even be ranked as a threat. Arguably the online experience is a lot deeper than the single-player campaign, so plan your weekend accordingly!
But, if you don’t care about all of that and just want to know about all the stuff you can earn, MTV has a full list of all the weapons, camo, and perks you can get as you level up.
Homefront’s unique in that the multiplayer has way more weapons, so a lot more strategy will go into it. Furthermore, they have different functions depending on the mode. Cheatmasters has a breakdown of each weapon in both single and multiplayer, although, especially on the single player side, it’s very much a work in progress.
If you just want the multiplayer info, or are working on building your own load-out, SegmentNext has a category-by-category breakdown.
Trophies and Achievements
“Homefront” doesn’t really get that fancy with the achievements. They’re largely centered around beating the single player campaign and racking up experience in multiplayer. Even the more creative ones are pretty straightforward challenges centered around time limits, taking no damage, or collecting items, in this case newspapers. PS3Trophies.org has the full list of what you’ve got to do to get those achievements.
Getting specific, Gamesradar has a full breakdown of where to find the newspapers, but recommends you save it for a second playthrough. As usual, for the specific achievements, it’s time to tune in YouTube: Austex3600 has a good video guide for how to pull off the Stairway to Heaven achievement, which can be a little tricky; Flowin92 offers up a guide to nail the Speed Demon achievement; and Flowin also has a handy guide for the David Rejected achievement.
Cheat Codes and Other Fun Stuff
There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of cheat codes just yet, although the obligatory trainers are available for those who want them, and also viruses. And also a lingering questioning of their manliness. Maybe there are, but we couldn’t get through all the Flash spam from CheatCodesCC to actually look at them, so we’re just going to pretend they aren’t there.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the emphasis really is on the multiplayer with this game. The single player campaign is short, and the game’s achievements seem designed around repeating it several times. Something to think about as you pop in that rental this weekend.