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Homefront: The Revolution struggles on consoles and low-end gaming PCs

The original Homefront, released in 2011 by THQ, was an intriguing game with a laundry list of flaws. But in spite of its failures, a sequel was greenlit anyway. THQ then proceeded to implode, the franchise was sold, it changed hands yet again, and now Homefront: The Revolution is finally available for purchase. Was it worth five years of turmoil and heartbreak? Let’s take a look.

Since this game spent a large part of its development cycle under the care of Crytek, it’s built on the CryEngine. And as such, it’s not entirely surprising that the PS4 version has a native resolution of 1920×1080, but the Xbox One is stuck at 1600×900. Both console builds target 30fps, but neither one delivers anything close to a stable frame rate.

Digital Foundry tested the performance on the consoles, and both were found wanting. Interestingly, the Xbox One actually performs a bit better than the PS4 — likely because of the faster CPU clock speeds and the lower resolution.

Unfortunately for Xbox One owners, it doesn’t make much of a difference. The frame rate is erratic for long stretches on either console, and even when the engine can deliver 30fps, frame pacing problems make the game a bit stuttery.

With a budget gaming PC thrown into the mix in the video above, overall performance was found to be comparable to the consoles. Sadly, the Intel Core i3-4130 in the low-end test was clearly the bottleneck. While the older graphics card seems to hold up, the game simply demands too much from the dual-core CPU.

If you’re running on beefier PC hardware, performance probably won’t be as much of a problem, but don’t assume that you’re completely out of the woods. After all, there’s currently a topic pinned to the game’s Steam forum aimed at collecting information about issues on high-end hardware.

Critically, this game seems like a massive letdown as well. Over at Metacritic, the PC version has a score of 55/100 based on 29 reviews. On the console side, PS4 scores a 53/100 from 17 reviews, but the Xbox One doesn’t have enough reviews to generate a metascore. Our sister site IGN gave the PC version a score of only 5/10 due to the lackluster storytelling, repetitive gameplay, and the innumerable bugs scattered throughout the campaign.

In comparison, the original Homefront received a much better response from critics. The 360, PS3, and PC versions all have a 70/100 metascore and a 7/10 score from IGN. The open world in Homefront: The Revolution is more ambitious than the linear experience of the first installment, but it falls significantly short on execution.

While the middling gameplay can’t really be rectified at this point, there is a glimmer of hope on the technical side. A member of the development studio claims that performance improvements are being worked on internally, so it’s possible that the rough edges could get a nice polishing. If the most glaring issues get taken care of, maybe this title will be worth picking up at a discounted rate a few months from now.

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