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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Today, the Greater Korean Republic launched their latest communication satellite, claiming it will bring a [[ExactWords message of peace to the entire world]]..."'']]

->''"Home is where the war is."''

Homefront is a game set in an occupied USA in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2027]]. The entire free-market world has more-or-less gone to hell. The USA and China have collapsed in on themselves [[EddieIzzard like disused flans in cupboards]] in the years after 2012. In the USA, the economic collapse served to promote great social unrest verging on but never quite spilling over into civil war[[note]] think the 1920s, but bigger and worse[[/note]]. A rejuvenated Democratic People's Republic of Korea under the leadership of Kim Jong-un (son of Kim Jong-Il) quickly seized the day. Within the space of two decades of annexation and gunboat diplomacy, all of Asia except subcontinental India and China answers to the Government of the Greater Korean Republic.[[note]]Though UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion seems to be doing fine.[[/note]]

Looking to secure further resources in support of their domestic industries, Korean High Command determines the Americas to be the best option - the obsolescent US military is much weaker and the country's internal problems are far greater than either China's or India's, and the country is far more sparsely populated and resource-rich to boot. In 2025 the GKR detonates a high-yield nuclear weapon deployed from orbit over north America, the EMP killing electronics across 75% of the continent (bordering areas of Mexico and Canada are affected, but generally ignored). This is followed up by an invasion and occupation of the Pacific Coast of the USA and the securing of strategic sites further inland for resource extraction. The politicians in Washington finally stop bickering as they realize that the situation is truly beyond their control. With the partial invasion well underway and the remnants of the central government and military in total disarray, the USA has effectively been dissolved overnight. Everyone west of the now-irradiated -- another Communist-Korean dick move-- Mississippi river finds themselves living under Korean Quislings, in crazed survivalist enclaves or in total anarchy - [[CrapsackWorld and it's not quite clear which of those options is worse]].

You are put in the shoes of former Marine pilot Robert Jacobs, a man the occupying power is very interested in employing, forcefully if necessary. Fortunately for Jacobs, he is liberated when his prisoner convoy is hit by the [[LaResistance local resistance chapter]], who needs his piloting skills for a dangerous mission, that, if successful, could help the struggling remnants of the American military retake San Francisco.

The game itself is a FirstPersonShooter, similar in gameplay to the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: ModernWarfare'' series. Like the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series, the single-player campaign makes heavy use of scripting, and most levels involve the player following and taking orders from a small squad of fellow resistance fighters. The multiplayer is notable for featuring dedicated servers, with gameplay similar to the studio's previous release, ''FrontlinesFuelOfWar''.

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!! Homefront provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Rianna.
* AKA47: For the QBZ-03, known as the '''[=T3AK=]'''. The Panzerfaust 3 is simply called RPG launcher. Averted with almost everything else since they have their proper names.
* AlternateHistory: [[SlidingScaleOfAlternateHistoryPlausibility Type III]]. The re-unification of Korea under the rule of Kim Jong-un (who would have to be a charismatic super-genius in order convince his generals to let him pull it off, among other things) is portrayed as a result of a veritable perfect storm of global socio-economic problems and Jong-un's clever appeal to Korean nationalism, all of which are at least plausible. The real issue comes from the rise of the newly formed Greater Korean Republic as a super power capable of supplying and equipping the immense army that it would take to invade and occupy the US, all of which happens without any apparent opposition by China, which would not be very happy about the belligerent new power on the block.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Although in the game it was developed and built by the KPA, the Goliath is based on an American unmanned combat ground vehicle called the [[http://www.rec.ri.cmu.edu/projects/crusher/Crusher_Brochure.pdf Crusher]]. It was built back in 2006 for DARPA, and like the Goliath, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusher_(robot) can be remote-controlled]].
* AnachronismStew: Some of the ProductPlacement in the game doesn't fit with the setting.
** Randy's Donuts, an iconic UsefulNotes/LosAngeles store, is placed in a level clearly not based on L.A.
** White Castle appears in the opening cutscene, when there isn't even a White Castle ''in the entire state of Colorado''. Maybe both Randy's and White Castle become franchise operations by 2025.
* AntiHero: Conner is this in spades.
-->'''Hopper:''' ''(after Conner's BerserkButton has been pressed and the team has to kill a rather large platoon of soldiers where the original plan was simply to sneak by)'' Everyone's dead. You happy now?
-->'''Conner:''' Yeah. I am.
* ArtificialStupidity: Partially averted. Your fellow members of LaResistance can easily take on small to medium pockets of enemies by themselves (helps that there are at least 2 of them with you always) and are invincible (in normal gameplay).
* AllThereInTheManual:
** The website has a timeline that shows how the United States economic and military superpower status collapses while North Korea conquers the world.
** The game lets you know that Jacobs was a pilot, but the game never mentions he was a ''Marine'' pilot.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: [[spoiler:After the successful Resistance raids, the 718s attack the Resistance hideout and killed everyone.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: Interestingly, the mostly unarmored {{Crazy Survivalist}}s can take more hits than the armored KPA soldiers. Probably why they don't strip and use the armor of the captured KPA troops.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Averted. The game ends with a BBC report saying that UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion has called an emergency meeting of the Defence Council to plan a military relief of the USA.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Almost every piece of US military gear is hardened to withstand [=EMP=]s, and has been since the 50s, when mushroom clouds rising over the Fulda Gap were a very real possibility.
* AsianAndNerdy: Hopper is the cell's "tech guy" and is clearly much more into computers and robots than fighting. The other Asians in the game are the sort of folks much more likely to stuff people into gym lockers than be stuffed into one.
** Hopper can still kick some serious ass as well, looking not remotely like a stereotypical nerd in any respect.
* AuthorAppeal: This game is written by John Milius. Yes, the ''very same guy'' who made the original ''Film/RedDawn1984'' film.
** Though [[http://kotaku.com/5924277/red-dawns-writer-didnt-actually-write-homefronts-script-say-ex+developers the developers]] stated he was more of a consultant, making it [[DirectorDisplacement Writer Displacement]].
* BadFuture: There really is nothing good that can be said about a world where North Korea takes over the U.S..
* [[BannedInChina Banned In Korea]]: Both North and South. In South Korea's case, it's because THQ never submitted ''Homefront'' to the Game Ratings Board of Korea in order to receive a rating. THQ probably figured that, due to the backstory involving South Korea submitting to North Korean rule being highly controversial to South Koreans, not enough people would buy the game to warrant a Korean localization.
** The villains were originally going to be Chinese, but the developers were warned that China would probably ban ''everything their team made'' if such were the case. While China was cool with being the enemy in the purely military ''[[OperationFlashpoint Dragon Rising]]'', the marketing department though that a game depicting them as genocidal savages might be a bit much.
** Passion Leading Army, a Chinese FPS game featuring Chinese resistance against NATO troops occupying the east coast of China is the closest it can get as a localization. They're using the same Unreal engine, the same recycled GearsOfWar scripts, similar weapon models and even the same control scheme.
* BigBad: Kim Jong-un and the Greater Korean Republic.
* BigBlackout: The KPR's "message of peace" satellite broadcast, which is actually an EMP that kills power to 90% of the North American continent.
* BigDamnHeroes: Surprisingly Goliath, and it's awesome.
* BerserkButton: Connor's gets punched when the cell finds [[spoiler:the mass graves]]. You can almost hear something in his brain going "snap". As it would.
* [[spoiler:BlackDudeDiesFirst: Twice in fact. The first black dude is a RedHerring.]]
** [[spoiler:FridgeHorror here. Judging from the position of the bodies they made Boone watch as they killed the rest of the Resistance Cell.]]
* BlatantLies: Pretty much most of the Great Korean Republic propaganda is like this. For instance, a news clip shows that the North Korean launched a satellite that supposed to bring a "message of peace", immediately before the satellite '''fires an EMP over the United States''' so that the Greater Korean Republic army can invade countries easily and massacre the local population of the country they invaded.
** Also, when the Greater Korean Republic invades United States, there are booklets and propaganda photos they show that they came to "help" the Americans in their bad economic situation. Mind you that "helping" them involves labor camps, execution squads, and mass graves.
** One propaganda broadcast which claims that civilians were killed in the crossfire after resistance fighters took shelter from a Korean patrol in their neighborhood.
*** It's almost true, except the broadcast claims the resistance killed the civilians.
** The lies of communism in general and the N. Korean claims to be "liberating" and "re-educating" the US. The commie officer who kicks down your door even has the nerve to claim they were trying to get you to "answer your nation's call", help the "American cause", and "teach you how to share your natural resources." Translation: "we're invading your homes, brain-washing everyone, recruiting collaborators to betray America, and we want to steal all your stuff and ensure equal distribution of poverty."
* BlueOniRedOni: Connor and Riana. Riana is the compassionate and empathetic member of the group who does not want to put others in harms way, while Connor is a BloodKnight who believes any American not fighting the Koreans tooth and nail is worthless, and even changes an official order of ammunition to white phosphorus just to make his enemies suffer.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: [[http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/02/homefront-north-korea/ The Japanese version will be removing all references to North Korea from the game]]. [[FridgeLogic Canadian invaders?]] [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Yeah, the cheesecake images will be of female hockey players doing Mounties on a Zamboni]].
** According to the Japanese/Asian distributor Spike, they did this to follow CERO regulations with regards to existing nations, especially when there are still tensions between Japan and North Korea. Not good.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wPK6WJJdBM#t=1m21s Japanese version's intro]] also leaves out the KPA irradiating the Mississippi River, opting instead for an extended sequence of American soldiers fighting desperately against the KPA. This is likely due to Homefront's Japanese version releasing a month after the March 2011 tsunami, and during the resulting nuclear power plant accidents (especially Fukushima Dai-ichi).
* BrandX: Averted, with such brands as Hooters, White Castle, and Lumber Liquidator (yes, that is a real store and not just a take off of Home Depot). The reason they put this is not because of ProductPlacement, but rather to invoke the feeling of familiarity.
* BurningTheFlag: As seen in the image above.
* CarFu: In Multiplayer, vehicles can be used this way, including unique kill icons for kills done this way. The game even keep a counter on the roadkills you made for each vehicles.
* TheChick: Rianna. She may be able to kick ass like everyone else but she has her heart on her sleeve more than the others.
* CompanionCube: A minor example; Hopper seems unusually fond of the remote-operated Goliath, and he's pretty crestfallen when Conner uses it as a rolling bomb after it's damaged beyond repair, even treating its destruction as a kind of HeroicSacrifice.
* CoolCar: Goliath, a self-navigating semi-autonomous combat vehicle with a Gatling gun and rockets launchers. [[spoiler:Only while it's on your side though. The climactic battle involves you having to take down an enemy Goliath and experiencing exactly what it feels like to be on the other end of the gun.]]
* CrapsackWorld: Let's see now. Korea being unified under the North Korean rule under Kim Jong-un's leadership (''[[TakeThat and the Nobel committee gave him the Peace Prize for that]]''), ''more'' Middle Eastern wars cause the belligerents to torch the oil fields indiscriminately, making oil resources scarce, the United States economic and governmental structure collapses and enters a permanent economic depression, the United Nations gets disbanded, an epidemic breaks out in the United States, The Great Korean Republic [[IronicEcho invades their neighboring countries from Japan to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines]] ''[[HistoryRepeats while the entire world doesn't give a damn about this]]''. And when North Korea invades United States with an EMP blast and their military, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse from there]].
* [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Korea Takes Over The World]]: The game was originally was going to have Chinese as the bad guys, but the developers scrapped that idea and went with North Korea instead.
** [[Film/RedDawn2012 This is starting to sound familiar]]...[[note]]To elaborate, The ''exact same thing'' happened with the upcoming remake of ''Film/RedDawn2012''. They were originally going to use China as the main villains, but due to extenuating circumstances (in ''Red Dawn'''s case, they didn't want to offend Chinese investors) so they changed the villains to North Korea at the last second. And the fact that ''Film/RedDawn1984'' and ''Homefront'' share the ''same writer'' doesn't help either... or that in the new ''Red Dawn'' remake, the North Koreans conquer half of Asia and invade the United States using an EMP to disable all their tech first- once again, the exact same thing happens in the game.[[/note]]
* CrazySurvivalist: Survivalist ideologies became very popular during the timeline when the United States economy is collapsing along with patriotic fervor, which could explain why all the states were given self-autonomy. This does not turn out well. To clarify, [[spoiler:the Korean aggression sparked anti-Asian sentiment. At first, it was simply indirect violence such as burning down houses. But as the war progresses, it turns into full out racism to the point of some survivalist groups lynching Asian Americans and treating captives and each other as badly as the Koreans do. The survivalists you personally encounter in the game, for instance, 'offer' Conner his life and the aid they had previously promised in exchange for being able to lynch Hopper and keep Rianna as 'entertainment' and you can hear several conversations about the group collecting Korean bounties on resistance fighters.]]
* CrushingThePopulace: The first action we see the Greater Korean Republic take is shooting several parents in front of their children before they get sent to labor camps/breeding pens. It gets worse from there.
* {{Determinator}}: The PC gets blown up in cutscenes several times, but always gets better. It's Lampshaded at one point.
-->'''Hopper''': Jacobs! That's like, the fifth thing you've fallen off of and lived!
* DirtyCommunist: Well, the storyline ''is'' made by the same guy who made ''Film/RedDawn1984''. See AuthorAppeal above.
* DisneyDeath: Amusingly enough Jacobs, your player character. During the final battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, you get knocked over the side by an explosion and everybody believes you to be dead; to say they are shocked to see that not only did you manage to save yourself from the fall but also cleared the enemy defenses obstructing your team's advance would be an understatement.
* DiscOneNuke: The M249 light machinegun. It kills anyone who isn't an [[EliteMooks Elite Mook]] in one shot, has a 100-round magazine, is actually reasonably accurate, and can be found in most of the game's missions. It makes the Iron Man (no deaths) and Guerilla (HarderThanHard difficulty) achievements a lot easier to obtain.
* DisproportionateRetribution: It appears that North Korea unifying South Korea and invading Japan isn't enough for them to be satisfied.
** The Survivalists basically engage in wholesale torture of any Asian Americans they can lay their hands on.
*** The North Koreans also [[spoiler: destroy your hometown as revenge for your successful Resistance raids.]]
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: In the chaos leading up to the events of the game, the government grants the states full autonomy, which leads to this. One noteworthy incident being described in the backstory: Illinois threatening Texas with military action after border guards killed several migrating Chicagoans.
** Also, the Koreans managed to literally bisect America by irradiating the entire Mississippi River.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Commies invading United States and killing ''everyone'' in the path. [[Film/RedDawn1984 Where have]] [[ModernWarfare we seen]] [[WorldInConflict this before]]?
** On a completely different note, TheLancer ([[spoiler:later the leader]]) of Jacobs' Resistance cell is named [[TheTerminator Conner]].
* [[spoiler:DoomedHometown: The North Koreans carpet bomb your Colorado hometown after you mount a successful raid which kills hundred of Korean soldiers.]]
** [[spoiler:EverybodysDeadDave: The fate of ''everyone'' when you return to the Oasis and the people of Montrose]].
* DoubleSpeak: If the Greater Korean Republic satellites that shoots EMP that gives "a message of peace" rings a bell.
* DynamicEntry: The Goliath when it crashes through the house in slow mo to save your ass. The Koreans didn't know what hit them.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type I obviously. Though not played as straight as most examples since the American populace in the game is heavily fractured amongst resistance fighters, civilians, survivalists, and the military.
** Type II is heavily parodied in an in-universe music video made by nationalists on the official website.
* EasyLogistics: The GKR decides the best place for their next invasion is the United States, which is all the way across the ocean, rather than the nearby heavily populated and resource rich Chinese territories that are in disarray.
* EliteMooks: Korean Special Forces soldiers known as 718s comprise a large portion of the enemies in the last level of the game. They're equipped with high-caliber weaponry and have 50% more health than the standard [=KPA=] troops, allowing them to take 1 or 2 more bullets. At range their armor also makes them look like the Juggernauts from ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty ModernWarfare 2''.
* EmpathyDollShot: Early in the game, Jacobs has to cover his allies from a nearby treehouse. Naturally, it still has crayon pictures up and the requisite teddy bear, with a Korean chopper flying past just as he reaches the top of the ladder.
* TheEmpire: The Greater Korean Republic, which aggressively conquers all of Southeast Asia and Japan, and then goes on to invade the western US.
* EnemyChatter
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Connor Has Standards]]: Connor's a callous AntiHero who takes perhaps a little too much zeal in killing the enemy, but even he disapproves of the {{Crazy Survivalist}}s and their methods.
* EverythingIsRacist: The fact that the bad guys in this game are Koreans may make others think this game is highly racist towards Koreans. Nevermind the fact that the game developer team consulted with a former CIA field agent who happens to have ''[[ButNotTooForeign Korean ancestry]]'' in order to paint out the realistic framework of North Korea invading United States. Conversely, though, it's shown that anyone can be equally monstrous such as the survivalist groups.
* {{Expy}}: The entire game is an expy of ''Film/RedDawn1984'' written by its author. John Milinus even wrote the novelization (with the help of ''Literature/JamesBond'' author Raymond Benson).
* FallenStatesOfAmerica: Even before the invasion, the US was a wreck, with a collapsed economy, rampant diseases, and internal fighting.
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler: An enemy Goliath serves as the last confrontation. Even though the fight is [[AnticlimaxBoss unusually easy for a final boss battle]], [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it is epic as hell.]]]]
* ForWantOfANail: The idea of North Korea invading the United States is considered highly unrealistic by many people, considering that the North Korean army, industry, and economy are in poverty, with Kim Jong blackmailing for food, and being nowhere near as competent as the in-game persona. However, a country or a regime thought to be harmless or pathetic in the ''present'' can become a threat in the near ''future'', if they take the right steps (and if unfortunate events weaken the major powers). This is why the game is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture--and, [[http://www.gamereactor.eu/articles/3995/Interview:+Kaos+Studios%27+Tae+Kim+on+Homefront/ as mentioned by the Korean-American former CIA field agent]]:
-->"...we went to a very rigorous, academic research process to make sure to not only look at North Korea's current state but to look at historical examples how things could parallel and turn events. History repeats itself. From today to the day the invasion starts in the game, if you combine everything, the odds are very very slim this becomes true. But when you look at the storyline step by step, every step is a coinflip but a plausible step. So once you get there, it's plausible. And from there the next step is plausible as well. Even though the whole thing is fictional, it comes with plausible baby steps."
* FromBadToWorse: Apparently, the getting worse part starts when Kim Jong-un (Kim Jong-Il's son) came into power.
* FourPointScale: ''Homefront'' has a metacritic score of 70. For comparison, ''CallOfDutyGhosts'' has a metacritic score of about 74. The nicest way to put things is that very few people would say the two games are comparable.
* GenghisGambit: The collectible news articles reveal that Kim Jong-un was able to reunify Korea peacefully by making Japan their shared enemy, largely by taking advantage of the fact that South Koreans hate the Japanese much more than they hate North Koreans (in fact he was able to incorporate most of the smaller Southeast Asian nations in the [=GKR=] in large part due to their shared grievances against the Japanese stemming from WW2). It's strongly implied that quite a lot of the Korea military forces are actually South Koreans who are willingly and happily taking part in the process of bringing America down a peg.
* GoodGunsBadGuns: Averted. The Korean forces use entirely NATO or American firearms, instead of the Soviet overstock they have in real-life. Justified because of the reunification, which made former South Korean weapons accessible to the North and they have seized the American factories and armories. The German Panzerfaust 3 is justified since Japan and South Korea produces them (though still doesn't explain why they also show up in the hands of American soldiers in multiplayer). The only non-NATO firearm you'll encounter is the Chinese-made [=PLA=]-issue QBZ-03 assault rifle.
* HarderThanHard: Guerilla difficulty, in which the enemies all have perfect aim and can pretty much kill you in a split second. Fortunately, it's still not as hard as ModernWarfare's Veteran difficulty.
* GrayAndBlackMorality: The KPR follows the rules of the mandated cliches of oppressive forces by executing people on front of their children, sending those who cannot be indoctrinated into the KPR to labor camps, and brainwashes children into child soldiers. The Resistance are the... Well, resistance against the KPR, who while focused on freeing the oppressed, follow the ideology of "If you're not helping us, you are a traitor" and frequently abandon others in need to rescue high priority targets only.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Conner has quite a lot of this. While he has a burning, borderline sociopathic hatred for the Korean Occupation, in the later levels it becomes pretty clear this is purely nationalistic and not racial. He also strongly loathes the American Survivalist movement, civilians who don't participate in the Resistance, his own teammates when they fail to give 100%, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and annoying kids]]. He also openly disdains the Survivalists because their cruelty towards Korean prisoners is purely for sick fun rather than serving any greater purpose.
** Ironically, Rianna is the one who objects strongly to killing the Survivalists at the start. Then slowly, along with the player, she realizes that they are the biggest collection of psychos in America - and that includes the Nazi-esque North Koreans.
* HeroicSacrifice:[[spoiler:In the final battle at the Golden Gate Bridge, a large North Korean convoy is heading towards the protagonists and their allies and the US Airforce is unable to identify who is friend and foe on the bridge. Connor, in what might be the most badass thing he has ever done, runs toward the convoy with a flare, telling the Airforce to target his position, sacrificing himself so the Airforce can destroy the convoy, killing him in process.]]
--> [[spoiler: Connor: Ah, fuck it. See the flare!? Fire on the Flare!]]
** [[spoiler: I don't know. Audie Murphy survived calling Artillery strikes on his own position multiple times.]]
** [[spoiler: What, no love for the Goliath and its C4-rific sacrifice?]]
* HideYourChildren: Averted, the developers worked quite hard to make the player feel that he is fighting for his or her children's future and make the fight that much more personal. there are children at the rebel hideout, a video at the game website shows a classroom of elementary school children being indoctrinated and the interview of a child in a labor camp, in the opening of the first mission where [[spoiler: the KPA made a child watch as they executed his parents]], and a loading screen photo depicts a mass grave for children.
** WouldHurtAChild: Heavily implies that the Korean People's Army does this TOO many times. Of course, there are official clips of American children being brainwashed in an elementary school, but that for strictly propaganda purposes.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/homefront/images/thumb/7/72/Kim.jpg/180px-Kim.jpg This]] is Kim Jong-Un in ''Homefront.'' [[http://pikigeek.com/files/2011/03/kju.jpg This]] is Kim Jong-Un in Real Life. While Kim's scenes were re-shot with a chubbier actor after the real Kim Jong-Un became a public figure, Homefront's Kim is still much more photogenic than his real-life counterpart.
* HistoryRepeats: If the world would have woken up when the Greater Korean Republic invades Japan, then we wouldn't have this story at all. [[WorldWarII Sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it?]]
* HitboxDissonance: Unlike the vast majority of FPS games, your hitbox is actually larger than your field of view. Thus, it's possible to be shot and killed even if you're hiding behind cover well enough that you can't see the guys shooting at you.
* HollywoodTactics: Usually averted; shortly after Jacobs' rescue by the Resistance, the cell comes across KPA infantry on the ground, with an MG on the second floor, which is more or less right out of the playbook. [[spoiler:After Arnie betrays the cell, the KPA keeps Hopper and Connor pinned down on the ground with an MG, while troops move to flank on the second floor.]] Basically, if Jacobs couldn't WalkItOff, he'd be dead.
** A dev diary makes a point of noting how the Resistance always operates in cells, so if one is compromised, they won't jeopardize the rest. This is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covert_cell a strategic decision with a long and effective history]], most noticeable in the WW2 French Resistance.
* HotBlooded: Connor. Even when he's talking normally he sounds like he's shouting at you. The guy is just brimming with spiteful hatred towards the Koreans.
* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: The unarmored, t-shirt wearing survivalists can survive more damage than the body armor-wearing [=KPA=] soldiers that serve as the game's standard Mooks, simply by virtue of being fought later in the game.
* InferredHolocaust: Judging by some of the gameplay videos, backstory, and trailers, it appears that the Greater Korean Republic army kills everyone indiscriminately when they invaded the United States. Their occupied Asian states like Japan probably suffered the same fate as well.
** Of course, like the ImperialJapan expansion, there are going to be [[TheQuisling quislings]] in the occupied United States who want to save their own asses or get themselves out of the bad economic situation.
* InSeriesNickname: Connor refers to the KPA as "Kims", a reference to their leader. The right-wing survivalists call them "[=NorKs=]".
** So do the soldiers you join up with in the final level. Hilariously, a few of those survivalists call you a collaborator, despite several of them having mentioned collecting Korean bounties on resistance fighters.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Types 3, 4 and 5 sprinkled all over the place. Some waist-high fences/barriers ''are'' meant to be crossed, but, apparently, only at certain points along their length.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: The whole point of the game. It's called New Korean Federation of Occupied America.
* InvisibleWall: ''Everywhere''. If it's a path the developers don't want you to take, it will be impassible, even if there is no barrier there. If it's a path that you ''are'' supposed to take but that you're not intended to go through ''yet'', it will be impassible. Even the few brief areas where you are given liberty to explore are littered with invisible walls so you don't explore the wrong places. Humorously, some of the invisible walls are rather poorly placed, with little gaps it's possible to slip through to get to places the developers don't want you to be. There's rarely any point in doing so, though.
* IronicEcho: Canada and Mexico closes their borders on United States.
** Also, the Greater Korean Republic invades Japan.
** From one of the collectible newspaper articles (dated September 13, 2018) found in-game:
--> ''Korea, which claims it is occupying Japan in an attempt to stamp out an attempted genocide against its citizens, taunted the US from Pyongyang, saying, "How can a regime that can barely feed its citizens or heat their homes gain the respect of the rest of the world?"''
* JustAStupidAccent: The KPA in Multiplayer, unlike the VideoGame/CallOfDuty series which have the non-English speaking factions speak their native tongue in multiplayer.
* KickTheDog: TruthInTelevision or not, Homefront has the North Koreans doing the following: separating families, executing parents in front of their children, putting people in labor camps (Doctors and Lawyers in shale mines), pressing people into North Korean service at gun point, and randomly gunning down civilians in a suburb where there's fighting. Oh and they massacre civilians every time you blow up targets.
** Connor also does his share of this, including brushing off the desperate pleas from a starving child, and insisting on leaving a team of Korean soldiers to die a painful death, after bombing them with white phosphorus.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: If you ''really'' hate the GKR, the survivalists would love to put a smile on your face.
** Which is probably why they wrote the survivalists also doing equally bad things to Asian-Americans and trying to do the same to your ActionGirl sidekick plus...well... ''you.''
* LaResistance: The game makes it as clear as it can that these are ordinary citizens, ''not'' trained soldiers. The closest thing Boone's cell has to a traditional soldier is Connor, and he's more than a little unhinged.
** Even the guns contribute; you're given only a few mags of ammo, and sometimes you end up picking up a gun with not even a full mag. Despite being a former Marine, Jacobs apparently doesn't know that certain weapons use interchangeable mags, so if his [=M4=] is running low, and there's an [=M16=] nearby, he cannot take the ammo from the latter for use in the former.
** Boone himself used to be a Colorado state trooper.
* LesCollaborateurs: [[spoiler: Arnie]]
* MasterOfUnlocking: There are ''a few'' doors you can open yourself, but most doors, along with file cabinets, refrigerators, and other such barricades will forever hold you back until your NPC allies can move them out of the way.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: During the first sentry encounter, you are told to watch the light to tell when to move, but if you watch Boone, who is loving up during this time, you can see [[spoiler:the sentry gun bullet clip him, which comes up later during the white phosphorus briefing]]
* MercyKill: One level has the Resistance shelling Korean troops with white phosphorus shells. You can kill them to put them out of their misery, or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential let the bastards cook]] Both choices give you an achievement.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Appeasement on the Greater Korean Republic, taking advantage of an economic depression by [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]], mass graves and execution squads, a charismatic Kim Jong-un wanting to reunite his people for a single goal, seeking revenge on their former enemy (Japan and United States) from the previous wars they fought against them, and ''the United Nations collapsing''. The Greater Korea Republic are like the Nazis in the 21st century, except they're [[DirtyCommunists communists]] and probably don't exterminate people on the basis of race.
* NoCampaignForTheWicked
* NoEndorHolocaust: Based on the opening cinematic, the Koreans' {{EMP}} stops right at the Great Lakes and 49th parallel, sparing Canada its effects. Mexico isn't as lucky.
** Actually, it looks like a fair bit of southern Ontario (ie. UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}) gets hit as well, so Canada doesn't get away entirely unscathed either.
* NoKoreansInJapan: Averted, with an IronicEcho. [[InferredHolocaust And the fate of Japanese people probably wouldn't be pretty either]] judging how ImperialJapan had occupied Korea in the past.
* NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom: The singleplayer campaign is basically just a long linear progression from one non-interactive scripted event to another, in the style of the VideoGame/CallOfDuty series.
** There are collectables, like the newspapers that explain the backstory, and hidden weapons that are better than the typical guns found. However, you probably won't find most of 'em as your allies keep telling you to ContinueYourMissionDammit, causing you to miss most of these unless you deliberately look for them.
* NorthKoreansWithNodongs: Rather, a ''unified Korea''.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: Though she does it anyway, Rianna isn't too fond of killing fellow Americans, even the {{CrazySurvivalist}}s who earlier wanted to rape her and lynch Hopper.
* NukeEm: Probably what the North Koreans did in order to irradiate the ''entire Mississippi river''. Alternately, they may have set up some radioactive materials dump in or near [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Itasca Lake Itasca]].
* OhCrap:
--> '''Hopper:''' Oh, ''shit!'' Misfire! ''MISFIRE!''
* OneBulletClips
* PlotArmor: In cutscenes, the protagonist survives many things that are effectively impossible to survive, solely because he is the protagonist. This gets lampshaded by Hopper near the end of the final level.
* PoliceBrutality: Many examples by the Koreans in the game.
* ProductPlacement: Apart from familiar stores, you can see advertisement billboards for the PWS Diablo, in addition that it is also one of the most common guns in the game. There is a promotional deal between Kaos and PWS.
* PropagandaMachine: Numerous examples from the Greater Korean Republic.
* ThePlague: The 'Knoxville Cough', an apparent strain of the flu so named for its supposed origins in Tennessee, affecting much of the USA's population.
* RealIsBrown: Averted. The game uses a remarkably vivid and colorful palette, especially considering its grim subject matter, and a majority of the missions take place outdoors in broad daylight. Indeed, while the textures are a development cycle or two behind other games released in the same time period, ''Homefront'''s attractive color palette and lack of "coffee filter" in front of the camera make the graphics look much better than they should.
* RedScare: Certainly in the eyes of many Americans. Then again, this game is made by the same guy who made ''Film/RedDawn1984''.
** ''"The only good Communist is a DEAD COMMUNIST!"''
*** Amusingly, that's not an actor - it's a rather infamous interview from a Tea Party rally.
* RedShirt: Tons of them, the unnamed resistance fighters and US marines.
* RegeneratingHealth: For some reason, not getting shot for a few moments causes the player to be fine again.
* {{Retcon}}: In the early trailers, Kim Jong-un was portrayed very differently, since the real life Kim did not have an official picture yet. However, when Kim Jong-un was finally officially revealed in the media, his actor had to be replaced in the site's trailers, which was justified in any case.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Connor after seeing the mass graves, [[MoralEventHorizon which isn't surprising]].
* SemperFi: [[AllThereInTheManual Supplementary materials]] state that Jacobs is a former Marine pilot, though the game itself doesn't mention it.
* SequelHook: The game ends with [[spoiler: the European Union thinking about helping out America, but the occupation still continues in a [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft "The Battle is Won, The War Goes On"]]-type deal.]] A sequel has been confirmed by THQ despite closure of the game's developer. Crytek Uk now owns Homefront and are developing 2.
* ShortLivedAerialEscape: Played straight UpToEleven. '''''every last''''' helicopter you see, allied or not, '''will''' be blown out of the sky, with the sole exception of the [[spoiler: player-controlled heli in the EscortMission level]].
* ShoutOut: Artwork shows a "Wolverines" banner in a baseball field. Considering who this was written by, one can assume it's not the only such reference.
** A team of Navy SEALS infiltrate [[Film/TheRock Alcatraz]] and they succeed in capturing it. They use green smoke grenades to signal their victory.
** Near the start, the driver of the prisoner bus says that he is taking the prisoners to facility [[StarWars 1138]].
** One of the labor camp inmates says: "[[VideoGame/DeusEx You wanna talk to El Rey? That's cool.]]"
** [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps "Who should we shoot?" "Shoot 'em all."]]
** The game also features the quote: "Hail to the king, baby." and several other {{Shout Out}}s later in the game.
** May or may not be intentional, as he only shows up for the [[spoiler: first part of the golden gate assault]], but there's a [[ModernWarfare (presumably) Mexican-American soldier named Hernandez, who is responsible for doing every necessary action]] the player character does not. The squad leader even says "Hernandez, do/open/etc X" with similar voice inflection to Foley.
** Boone is a black police officer who's "[[LethalWeapon getting too old for this shit.]]"
** Two survivalists are seen [[{{Platoon}} shooting the ground near a KPA soldier's feet, making him dance.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The game developer team actually consulted with an former CIA field agent with Korean ancestry to paint the backstory on how North Korea becomes a military superpower.
* SilentProtagonist: Jacobs, the player character, never says a word and his face is never seen. The only background info given on him is that he's a former helicopter pilot, which is why the Resistance wants to recruit him.
* StockScream: The Wilhelm scream shows up now and then, in varying speeds. Also referenced in one of the achievements which requires you to score at least 10 [[RailingKill railing kills]] with the grenade launcher.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: When the cell [[spoiler:raids a Korean fuel dump so they can tag a jet fuel convoy to steal later]]. The team's van crashes into the middle of the depot blaring "Burning Love". [[spoiler:Considering that Connor managed to get his hands on some White Phosphorous mortar rounds... you can see where this is headed.]]
* TieInNovel: Homefront: Voice of Freedom chronicles the origin of the Voice of Freedom [[spoiler: aka Ben Walker]]. A few characters from the game cameo in the novel.
* TheQuisling: A map of the States shows the location of several strongholds controlled by collaborators.
** [[spoiler:The guy in the labor camp, Arnie]], betrays your squad to the Koreans out of concern for his daughter.
* TokenEnemyMinority: Hopper is Korean-American. He mentions that ''anyone'' who looked even [[InterchangeableAsianCultures slightly Asian]] had been getting lynched when he left Oakland, and he was "lucky" to only have his home burnt down.
** Oddly, its a better example than most because Hopper is surprisingly understated about the horrific treatment he's received. The Resistance Fighters are pretty stunned about it when he actually does mention it.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: set in 2027, but the world has been in recession since 2009, so technology has mostly stagnated during most of the interim.
* TheUnfought: Kim Jong-un
* TheVoiceless: Jacobs, the PlayerCharacter, does not speak at all. The closest he comes is grunting in pain when he gets hit by his door that was locked down in the opening, and dry heaving when the group hides in a mass grave.
* VoiceOfTheResistance: There is the "Voice of Freedom" network for starters.
* WarIsHell: The war in the game, although necessary, is ugly, brutal, and inhumane.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: The KPA propaganda radio and the speakers from their helicopters appears to be like this.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[http://kotaku.com/#!5732623/china-is-both-too-scary-and-not-scary-enough-to-be--game-villains According to this article]], the developer team were originally going to have the Chinese as the bad guys. However, due to America's FriendlyEnemy relationship with China, American and Chinese economic dependency on each other, and fears of pissing off China's CulturePolice, the team scrapped that idea and had North Koreans as the bad guys instead.
** As a news site has noted, you'll sell more video games to the Chinese if you do not present them as genocidal invaders, while the North Koreans are unlikely to buy video games period.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jeong, (as well as presumably his Dragon, Sergeant Moon) virtually the only named character in the KPA, is made out to be an enemy of some importance after forcing the protagonist out of his home. He is seen only twice, both times in cutscenes, and inexplicably vanishes without a trace after the second level, where you last see him.
** Considering the note the game ends on (not at all finalizing), it's possible the devs intend for Jeong to show up again in later games. So this may end up being averted.
* WhatHaveIDone: Hopper after [[spoiler: The mortar misfired and landed on the resistance position instead.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Rianna called out Connor for using the white phosporous mortar shells to attack the KPA position.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: There's an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF1FbN85plQ&feature=related Easter Egg video]] of a San Francisco suicide bomber planning to attack the KPA because of the treatment they've given the Occupied America and its citizens.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters
** [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized The Resistance Will Not Be Civilized]] The Montrose Resistance commits a couple of war crimes during their guerrilla war against the KPA. However, they're contrasted strongly against [[spoiler:the {{Crazy Survivalist}}s who have done much much worse.]]
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: The KPA's method to raise an army and invade hints they used forced labor camps and turned the occupied countries into massive slaughtering grounds.
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