E3 2010: Homefront First Impressions - Home Is Where The Heart Is
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“When we finished Frontlines: Fuel of War for Kaos, we decided, what did we want to do next?” said a beaming Rex Dickson, Level Designer for Homefront, in his last presentation for the day at E3 2010. “What kind of shooter can we make? We could make an armoured space marine versus aliens... oh no, that’s pretty much taken... what about a modern combat shooter as a professional soldier? Hmmm, pretty crowded in that space as well.”

Dickson and the team eventually came up with the concept “of Red Dawn for the next generation.” The question they wanted to pose was this: what would it be like as a civilian, fighting alongside fellow civilians during a foreign occupation of America?

There is something eerily plausible about Homefront’s plot, and it strikes a little too close to home on some levels – but that is clearly the point. Set in the not too distant future, the story revolves around the ascendency of an out of control North Korea to the top of the world stage, with the fictional interpretation of the single-party country showing a complete disregard for human life and the ruthlessness to do whatever it takes to rule the world. It tells a haunting story of what could happen in the future if we’re not too careful, although its hyperbolic tendencies make it a tad unbelievable.

It is, as Dickson points out, something that John Milius touched upon in the 1980s with the movie Red Dawn and, as a result, they enlisted his services for Homefront’s script: Dickson admits there is no-one better to work alongside for such a plot.

“The familiar has become alien,” says Dickson, pointing this out as one of the game’s major themes. Kaos intends to highlight the human cost as well: “what happens to civilian life when war comes to the Homefront?” These are valid but disturbing questions, and ones I’m not sure I want to contemplate the answers to in a video game.

Kaos Studios is more than aware of how close to home this scenario is and, as a result, believes it will be easy to create an emotional tie with the player. In the first section of a two-part demo, Kaos paints a real sense of community in a small residential area. “From the outside, it’s just more boarded up suburban failure, but inside, we’ve built ourselves a safe haven,” an in-game character explains as he walks the main character through their settlement.

“It’s our little piece of America,” he continues. “We all came together to create this place and to have some sense of community. Not quite the future we had in mind, but at least we’re free.” Behind the broken facade he describes live a small self-sufficient community. It’s an eerie setting and you get the feeling something isn’t quite right, which is reflected in the tranquil and nervous mood of the camp. It’s a community on a knife-edge.

It’s only a short segment of the demo, but Kaos walk the main character on a route with his guide that paints a thousand pictures. Small children in sleeping bags camp outside a log fire, homemade contraptions replace the everyday gadgets we take for granted and the existence of a small school indicates the community is trying to cling to a little normality for the sake of the children. The makeshift offices with paper cuttings of the danger that surrounds them, reveals the harsh truth that, although they may be safe now, their peace might not last much longer.

The other half of the demo was the polar opposite to what we’d seen in the first 10 minutes, with Kaos opting to delve into the game’s action – the meat of the title, if you will. After leaving the blue-skied suburban habitat behind, the team heads towards a lumber store under the cover of night to infiltrate a Korean army outpost.

The mission kicks off with the main character looking down from an adjacent rooftop of the lumber store to see a decoy drive through the locked gates of the heavily fortified outpost. While the guards investigate the van, a multi-missile fired from your support around the corner causes severe Korean casualties and decimates a small portion of the store’s yard. After a little sniper support, another multi-missile strike misfires and brings our character to the ground in a crumbling mess.

After a close call with a Korean soldier about to execute you, a collapsing guard tower and a whole lot of phosphorus, the main character needs to step up to assist the resistance’s Goliath tank – an agile tank with an incredible amount of firepower – by sniping an EMP rocketeer hindering their progress. One quick showdown later, and a faceoff with a Korean chopper, the demo comes to a close. The whole sequence takes place in a fast-paced 5 minutes, giving an indication of the type of gameplay Kaos are gunning for.

Kaos is clearly looking to create an emotional ride and, to do that, they’re tying it down so that we see both sides of the war. What is the point in fighting if you have nothing to fight for? That seems to be a clear goal for the US developer: giving you something to fight for. As it always is with a hands-off presentation, though, whether the shooter side of the shooter actually works is still up for debate – although the action looked fast paced and frenetic enough. But It’s pretty clear that the effort they’re putting into the setting and atmosphere is where the bulk of the title is, and I came away feeling rather impressed when it came to that.

Homefront is scheduled for a Q1 2011 release.


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Comment #1 by adbailey18
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 09:40:16 AM
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Sounds good, nothing wrong with a little bit of different!

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Comment #2 by Lord Yamikage
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 09:45:31 AM
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Loved the invasion on America soil in MW2 (Call of Duty), hoping to see that this game will deliver much greater in everything.

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Comment #3 by 2ChopStick
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:05:45 AM
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totally sick

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Comment #4 by shadoweternal
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:27:07 AM
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omg! A game where Russians aren't the enemy, this is looking really good

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Comment #5 by ClutchPapi34
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:27:22 AM
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looks pretty good, but there is no way in hell North Korea will ever be a threat to USA/China/Russia lol

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Comment #6 by Epic Gamer Will
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:28:54 AM
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Comment #7 by PowerRangerSlyr
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:31:04 AM
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@5 - when N Korea decides to launch some of those missiles they've been testing, my only advice is to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye

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Comment #8 by DirtySeb
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:35:26 AM
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Sounds interesting and looks to be shaping up nicely. Definitely going to be following this up to release date

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Comment #9 by DirtySeb
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:36:51 AM
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@7 Amen. That guy's comment is the kind of reason why this game could really happen ;D

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Comment #10 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:48:08 AM
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@#7 & #9 - Even worse is that the game hinges on a fairly true-to-life event as well - North Korea shooting down a South Korean ship/sub (although that's not factually true yet as the recent sub sinking has yet to be got to the bottom of).

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Comment #11 by ril14ey
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 10:48:45 AM
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@5 Nth Koreas closest ally is China. #7 is on the money

The game itself looks promising with something different to whats been released lately. Hopefully its a great game

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Comment #12 by NaughtyNinja74
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:04:24 AM
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@any one who thinks N. Korea stands a chance...
Guys don't you realize that the US has weapons that the general population doesn't know about...more than likely the Star Wars program (from Nixon) is very real plus the intercepting missiles that the US has to strike down "first strike" weapons are me my grandfather worked in R&D for the US Navy

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Comment #13 by DarkWolf114
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:09:21 AM
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Nice to see some 'real' politics in a game. North Korea may not have the technology to invade and occupy countries such as South Korea, Japan and the US. But that is only at present, they have the man-power and the determination to go for it. Personally I would like to see the game mention events that occur throughout the game of what is happening in the rest of the US and the world. Maybe China decides enough is enough and go to war with North Korea, maybe Russia and NATO supports the Chinese.

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Comment #14 by Darth Taral
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:25:21 AM
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Or maybe China decides to call in all of Americas debt and backs N. Korea in the invasion.

@12 it is a pretty well know fact that the Star Wars Program was the biggest bluff in the history of the world. Thank you RWR

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Comment #15 by Agent Mantis
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:27:36 AM
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once again we get to experience the American veiwpoint of world politics.

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Comment #16 by SHARP546
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:28:36 AM
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@ 7. It's called the nuclear deterrant and Mutual Assured Destruction. N. Korea would't be stupid enough to even try it.

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Comment #17 by TheFalcon
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:41:27 AM
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*remembers this is a gaming website and ignores all political bullshit*

This game actually sounds VERY interesting. Nice little twist on the modern shooter concept. I'll be keeping an eye on it.

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Comment #18 by XW3 AR3 L3GION
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:54:31 AM
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I would like to see how this progress but it might contain pro-American BS which is not what i wanna see. However saying that if they tried to do the same but, say, Russia invaded by the US and you play a russian would be condemned by everyone as impossible.

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Comment #19 by xGIBxShell Shock
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 12:23:04 PM
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They could take over America because if you have seen the trailer N and S Korea get unified then Japan joins the so its actually N and S Korea joined up with japan and i know for a fact America could not take on 3 different armies so all of you defending your country don't because your wrong and North Korea has one of or even the most advanced weaponry so dont even try to defend it and also this is a video game so calm down on another note this game looks AMAZING!!!

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Comment #20 by Floodgates
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 12:40:23 PM
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Sounds interesting .. Can't wait to see the final product.

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Comment #21 by Predalien90
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 12:40:36 PM
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I love games that have the war come to American soil. I just hope this turns out better than "Turning Point".

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Comment #22 by angryassasin857
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 12:41:38 PM
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@19 are you joking?? N korea has the most advanced weaponry??? bwa ha ha ha, thats like saying the Flinstones have the fastest cars ha ha ha

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Comment #23 by xTAcT1cALR3C0Nx
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 12:59:44 PM
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lol @ #22 i only have one thing to say when does it come out

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Comment #24 by Infomouse
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 01:00:12 PM
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Ummm, I'm happy for this game and I look forward to playing it, but I would much rather play the game than live out these events for reals.

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Comment #25 by tripleb2k
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 01:14:12 PM
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@19 lmao Japan teaming with North Korea? clearly don't follow the news. that's more unlikely then a North Korean invasion of the U.S.

Sounds like a great game scenario.

and god have mercy on any country that invades the U.S... "say hello to my little nuclear friend..."

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Comment #26 by Almighty Tubsta
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 01:20:23 PM
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Try using one of these > . <

OT: This looks quite an interesting concept, particularly from the outside
(UK). It all depends though, the story may be amazing but if it is let down
by the gameplay, then there's hardly any point in buying. Will keep my eye on
this one.

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Comment #27 by Udak
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 01:28:58 PM
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It is seriously about time someone took the idea of 'freedom fighters' from original xbox and updated the combat and graphics--especially since Treyarch isn't doing anything with it.

Hopefully they stay true to the idea that you are a guerrilla in enemy controlled territory--ie, you can't just run around all willy-nilly, and the enemy can bring overwhelming force down on you.

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Comment #28 by TVC613
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 02:22:11 PM
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Dude how could north Korea nuke us? We have the endwar missile shield as of the timing of that game (2010)...[sarcasm]

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Comment #29 by Rastaman20
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 03:44:03 PM
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#5 u underestimate North Korea

all countries basicly hate the US so if they band together the US is basicly shit out of luck since all of our resources are nor imported not made here in the US

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Comment #30 by Kisushima
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 04:27:09 PM
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@12. Star Wars is complete bullshit. It was spending money just to threaten and scare the USSR. By heck it worked, but Star Wars isn't real and existing. No matter how secretive the US Government may be, it's not real. North Korea are a much bigger threat than you realise good Sir.

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Comment #31 by Jim Auh Thee
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 06:13:22 PM
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this is gonna be a most buy oh to every is is underestimating north korea...dont

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Comment #32 by asilent boom
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 07:04:44 PM
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LMAO at all the people who actually think they know wtf they are talking about.

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Comment #33 by mucji05
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 07:42:39 PM
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Sounds like Freedom Fighters with N. Koreans instead of the Soviets which is good since Freedom Fighters is one of my favorite game.

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Comment #34 by fylee09
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 09:07:57 PM
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Comment #35 by Asha-D
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 09:26:12 PM
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I scoff at the American's who think their country is invincible. It would only take a handful of nuclear weaponry to cripple any country.

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Comment #36 by The Revolution
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 09:29:23 PM
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Love the concept. I'm gonna keep my eyes open and my hopes up for this one!

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Comment #37 by rowdyinc
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 09:55:02 PM
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I'm liking the look and concept for this. Hopefully it's well fleshed out story wise.

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Comment #38 by wrenphilth
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:06:58 PM
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in the trailer japan folded pretty much like france.... and if it came down too it N.Korea would be a beast because if they unified means they took control of all us assets there and at japan so would basically be our stuff against theirs and ours..... And to the people that said that they couldnt do that havent seen the trailer they set off an EMP over our country that knocked out everything then invaded which means all our defenses other then Small arms weapons are useless its nice we have Anti Air Missles but with out the tracking system might as well shoot spitballs at the planes, F22 paper weight B2 Paper Weigh

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Comment #39 by wrenphilth
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:08:53 PM
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but got to say it looks interesting Red Dawn was one of my favorite movies growing up.... WOLVERINES.. oh yeah heard they are making a new one

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Comment #40 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 11:53:49 PM
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"What kind of shooter can we make? We could make an armoured space marine versus aliens... oh no, that’s pretty much taken... what about a modern combat shooter as a professional soldier? Hmmm, pretty crowded in that space as well."

They forgot Turning Point.

"what would it be like as a civilian, fighting alongside fellow civilians during a foreign occupation of America?"

Wait a minute... TURNING POINT.

Seems originality is hard to come by these days. Yes Turning Point was HORRIBLE but it came first. Take that Homefront devs!

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Comment #41 by TheeSymbolikX
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 01:05:58 AM
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The story driving this game is pretty epic!

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Comment #42 by vasarius
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 03:33:09 AM
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i like the the sound and look of this could be interesting

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Comment #43 by Delboy06eu
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 05:37:02 AM
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The day a nuke is launced is fuckin D Day for this planet

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Comment #44 by Andreas_loel
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 07:40:34 AM
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Game could be interested no doubt, but the fact that its America getting attacked will most likely boost the sales alot. The true american patriots can´t wait to defend their colours, so come release and im gonna run around screaming "DEEEY TOOOK OUR JEEEBSSS" with the rest of you

God bless america lol

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Comment #45 by Earth Djinn
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 09:24:02 AM
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I really loved Frontlines and this looks excellent too. I will be buying this as soon as it comes out.

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Comment #46 by NinjaLunchBox79
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 01:42:45 PM
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The demo needs to be out now!!

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Comment #47 by R0Y4LEwitCHEESE
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 04:46:20 PM
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How fucking paranoid is America? This is the third game that involves them being invaded by a communist country in the last two years.

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Comment #48 by SolidSnake2000
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 05:27:40 PM
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Just because they are making a game, and they get invaded doesn't mean that they are paranoid

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Comment #49 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 01:59:20 AM
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lol at all these people who think they know what they are talking about.

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Comment #50 by eatingforthree
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 07:10:06 AM
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@ comment 5. north korea is crazy. no one knows what they are up too. i flew over it and the entire country was dark. not a light was lit. Im sure they could be a threat to anyone. once you have a nuke, you're a threat. doesn't matter even if you are iceland, you can still be a threat.

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Comment #51 by Ironhand
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 03:03:39 PM
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@ everyone that says the US will protect us from a nuke haha if its coming... its coming. yeah we can get revenge but that isnt gonna save all the millions that won't make it.

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Comment #52 by Jim Auh Thee
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 03:42:44 PM
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@33 hell yeah freedom fighters was a sick game

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Comment #53 by L1COOGUY50
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 05:43:09 PM
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Im so glad that a game like is is coming out. Ever since Freedom Fighters I was always into the "Fighting as a civilian along side others" theme. It's so deep and really makes you think about the world. But anyway I guess I can consider this as Freedom Fighters ported...always been my dream :D.

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Comment #54 by BSUCARDS1381
Monday, July 05, 2010 @ 02:24:14 PM
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Comment #55 by Metalboy
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:36:48 AM
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Thats why i live in Canada. :)

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