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Postby Kathleen » 27 Jun 2011, 11:29

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When Korea takes over America, they also kind of lose.
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Postby Beta Test » 27 Jun 2011, 11:45

Owl fighting two weeks straight oh boy.
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Re: Homefront

Postby Alahmnat » 27 Jun 2011, 12:28

Thank you, guys, for sharing that horrifying post-credits mental image with the rest of us.

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Re: Homefront

Postby Lyinginbedmon » 27 Jun 2011, 12:40

Um...did anyone else notice that the billboard still says Owls of Ga'Hoole?
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Postby Master Gunner » 27 Jun 2011, 12:41

Yes, Graham said that it will be fixed shortly.
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Postby Beta Test » 27 Jun 2011, 13:25

Lyinginbedmon wrote:Um...did anyone else notice that the billboard still says Owls of Ga'Hoole?

Did you see my post above?
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Re: Homefront

Postby Flewellyn » 27 Jun 2011, 21:57

The MiSTing was great as usual, guys, but on the subject of the game itself, I have to say...

North Koreans take over America? SERIOUSLY? What kind of asinine horseshit is this? It sounds like warmed-over Red Dawn.

Waitaminute...

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Wikipedia wrote:The story was written by John Milius, who co-wrote Apocalypse Now and wrote/directed Red Dawn.


Well! I guess there was a reason for that.
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Postby Geoff_B » 28 Jun 2011, 04:11

Gordon Freeman never had to cope with that sort of stuff on his hour-long ride to the start of the game!
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Re: Homefront

Postby iamafish » 02 Jul 2011, 16:47

i'm pretty sure the plural of batman is batmen. Just saying.
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Postby Graham » 02 Jul 2011, 17:26

I prefer Batmans.
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Postby Lyinginbedmon » 02 Jul 2011, 17:41

Flewellyn wrote:The MiSTing was great as usual, guys, but on the subject of the game itself, I have to say...

North Koreans take over America? SERIOUSLY? What kind of asinine horseshit is this? It sounds like warmed-over Red Dawn.

Waitaminute...

*looks up game on Wikipedia*

Wikipedia wrote:The story was written by John Milius, who co-wrote Apocalypse Now and wrote/directed Red Dawn.


Well! I guess there was a reason for that.

There is apparently a big build-up backstory for the whole invasion, including an economic collapse for the US.

Personally, I don't buy it. Not for the big versus little, strong versus weak, sort of reasons though, I just don't see where the man power will come from. I mean, let's say you need a half a dozen soldiers with decent firepower to handle ten, maybe even twenty civilians. The US has a population of almost 309 million people, so that makes ~92.5 million soldiers, which is more than three times the total population of North Korea.

I just don't see where they were expected to get the manpower to actually occupy the US effectively, there would need to be a massive population decline, as in 1 in 11 people get murdered, which is still even then a 10-to-1 ratio in favour of the US citizens. Now, I realise there's a very carefree attitude taken by the invading soldiers to US lives, but that kind of population downturn is more bespoke of, say, nuclear holocaust, and dwarfs even the Holocaust in terms of scale.
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Re: Homefront

Postby Flewellyn » 02 Jul 2011, 20:27

Lyinginbedmon wrote:There is apparently a big build-up backstory for the whole invasion, including an economic collapse for the US.

Personally, I don't buy it. Not for the big versus little, strong versus weak, sort of reasons though, I just don't see where the man power will come from. I mean, let's say you need a half a dozen soldiers with decent firepower to handle ten, maybe even twenty civilians. The US has a population of almost 309 million people, so that makes ~92.5 million soldiers, which is more than three times the total population of North Korea.

I just don't see where they were expected to get the manpower to actually occupy the US effectively, there would need to be a massive population decline, as in 1 in 11 people get murdered, which is still even then a 10-to-1 ratio in favour of the US citizens. Now, I realise there's a very carefree attitude taken by the invading soldiers to US lives, but that kind of population downturn is more bespoke of, say, nuclear holocaust, and dwarfs even the Holocaust in terms of scale.


Right, especially given that, in the backstory for this game, Korea apparently invaded Japan and the nations of Southeast Asia. Holding those countries with a hostile population would require enough resources that they wouldn't be able to knock over even the Philipines, much less the United States. They'd have to project power across the Pacific Ocean, for one, and then there's the sheer size of the United States, not to mention the population, and the fact that, oh hey, CHINA might object to Korea conquering their neighbors, and supposed economic stagnation or no, they still have a massive army that could crush the Koreans if they really got uppity.

It's just not viable, and it smacks of more laziness on the part of the author, who is known for trying to stir up nativism with this kind of crap.
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Re: Homefront

Postby Geoff_B » 04 Jul 2011, 04:47

i thought it got a bit too much when they had the bit where the child's parents are executed right in front of him and he runs to them screaming. bad form THQ, or Kaos, whoever.
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Re: Homefront

Postby Terminus » 20 Aug 2011, 14:43

All talk of realism aside, Homefront is not a good game. It's visually unappealing (on PC at least) and its villains are cartoonishly evil. If they WERE cartoons, that might be okay, but the game desperately wants to be taken seriously.

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