Multiformat shooter will cap level progress for second-hand buyers unless they cough up $10.
Upcoming multiformat shooter Homefront is to make use of publisher THQ’s Online Pass in its multiplayer component.
The Online Pass is THQ’s response to increasing second-hand game sales. New copies of the game will contain a single-use code that unlocks certain content, in this case the bulk of its online multiplayer.
Without it players can still experience the multiplayer component, according to Shacknews, and will be able to play on all available maps for as long as they like, but with progress capped at level 5. Those who purchase the new game – or pay a $10 fee to THQ for their own Online Pass – can rank up to a maximum of level 75.
Homefront is certainly one of the most unique shooters I’ve ever played, driven by an ingenious and surprisingly well-fleshed out plot and a dark and dreary, realistic setting. But it also controls and feels like a typical shooter, looks like a game that’s several years old, and most importantly, has an inexcusably brief campaign. Multiplayer is Homefront’s redeeming quality, and those gamers out there who are like me and swoon for alternate/future history settings should certainly look into it.
Overall, Homefront is a fantastic game. It was one of my most anticipated titles for the first half of 2011 and it didn’t disappoint. Kaos has created a great shooter and, hopefully, a great new franchise. For those who haven’t done so you should also check out the Homefront novel. I finished reading it before playing the game for this review and it helped me understand some of the back story for the title. The novel covers the events before the game and it gives you the origin to the “Voice of Freedom” among other things. If you are a fan of the first person genre than Homefront should be in your collection
I've played two hours on SP tonight and have to say I've really enjoyed it, if I had to guess most people slating it are comparing it to COD which it's not. Play it in it's own right and it's a good gritty game with so far a great story line.
Multiplayer, when you can actually get on a server, is insane. Really fast paced and hectic, the in game battle points thing is a great idea and the purchases can really help turn the game around.