Homefront goes gold

“Homefront,” the upcoming FPS that puts players in a world where the Communist “Greater Korean Republic” occupies the United States has gone gold. In other words, the game is now in production.

It would probably be impossible for any military to execute a transpacific invasion of the United States – given that this country has satellites and missiles that can be shot at big surface ships or transport jets carrying troops – but who cares about realism? “Red Dawn” screenwriter John Milius wrote Homefront’s single-player campaign, and anyone who ever saw Red Dawn knows the movie asked its audience to believe that a Soviet-invasion of the United States would result in Soviet paratroopers attacking a small town in the Colorado Rockies, thousands of miles from supply lines or the military realities of the 1980s.

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But  … Red Dawn was still an entertaining movie with a relatively high quotability quotient, so Homefront may turn out to be a fun game. The under-rated Freedom Fighters (2003) featured an equally unlikely Soviet-invasion scenario in New York City, but it was fun to play the role of a patriotic urban guerrilla fighting commies alongside heavily-armed NPCs.

Homefront, developed by KAOS Studios and published by THQ, is set for a March 15 release in North America for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.