Homefront: The Revolution tips and tricks to survive post-riot Philly
If you played 2011’s Homefront and are planning on picking up the sequel, there is one major thing you need to know before you put any money down: It is a sequel in name only. It is a much, much different game from its predecessor, from the ground up. Even the story of how the world got that way is slightly different. With that in mind, we have some Homefront: The Revolution tips and tricks to help you survive war-torn streets of Philadelphia.
Homefront: The Revolution was developed by a new developer in Dambuster Studios, and the changes are fundamental. Where the first game’s campaign was a shooting gallery and the multiplayer was competitive, the sequel is an open world and the multiplayer is cooperative. The explanation for how North Korea humbled America is also different. The original was speculative future fiction, where The Revolution is alt-reality.
That doesn’t really matter though. What does matter is that you are immersed in a world where America is a brutal, enemy nation. You’ll need to improve your skills as you go by buying new equipment, and the goal of the game is to retake Philadelphia, section by section. How you do it is up to you, but we have some tips to make it a little easier, especially when you are just starting out.
We will update this post several times over the next few weeks, so check back often. And now on to the Homefront: The Revolution tips and tricks!
Combat: Hit and run
The combat in Homefront: The Revolution changes as you earn more weapons, but there are a few things that remain static. To begin with, fighting is not always your best option.
If you are out in the world, unless you are completing a very specific goal that requires you to fight, you can simply bypass most of the PKA enemies. There are benefits to fighting – especially the money you can collect from the enemies – but there are also good reasons to avoid combat.
To begin with, combat breeds more combat. If you get into an open gunfight with the KPA, unless you are very fast and can kill them all they will call in reinforcements, beginning with the airship overhead. The ship sounds an alarm and focuses a spotlight on you, letting enemies know where you are. You will eventually need to run, or at least stay out of its sight. The bigger issue though is that you’ll quickly run out of ammo. And that would be bad. Very, very bad.
Don’t just jump into combat. Take your time and ease into it until you know how players react. If you get overwhelmed you can also run away – er… call for a tactical withdrawal. In the early hours, use this tactic often.
- The enemies in Homefront: The Revolution can be predictable to a fault. If you are about to enter an area you know you’ll be fighting in, look for a place where enemies need to come down a hallway toward you. You’ll mow them down as they keep coming, oblivious to their pending doom, and you can loot their bodies to refill your ammo.
- Don’t hesitate to use your equipment like Molotov cocktails. You can always make more.
- Don’t wander out into the open. You may not be able to see anyone, but someone may be able to see you. Always stick to cover.
- Rely on your HUD. Look for enemies and adapt to their line of sight.
- Crouching behind cover not only adds defense, it improves your weapon accuracy and dampens the recoil.
- Before you go into a difficult combat situation, try recruiting resistance fighters (marked in blue on the HUD). Look at their weapons though, and try to pick allies that compliment you.
- The enemy AI is easy to fool, even during a firefight. Just stay out of their sight-line and hide behind cover.
- Buying the tactical vest will make a huge difference early on in the game – it reduces enemy bullet damage by 50-percent.
- The KPA will generally have better weapons than you, so don’t get into a situation where you are standing in the open and trading fire.
- Drones, vehicles, and armored enemies all have weak spots. Find them and exploit them.
- Use distraction tools as often as possible.
Co-op: Revolution Mode
One of the best reasons to own Homefront: The Revolution is the co-op Revolution Mode. Teams of four work together to complete various objectives, most of which involve killing enemies and surviving until the end. You’ll need to watch each other’s’ backs.
The Revolution Mode has its own progression system, including unlocks; you don’t share money or XP with your campaign. You also have a unique skill point system, determined in part by the type of character you choose to be at the start. Take some time to look over the options, there are a lot of them. The choice you make will have long lasting effects, but it will have a bigger impact on you during your early levels. It’s easy to obsess over which character to pick, but don’t sweat it too much. Make a choice and then forget about it.
The skill tree is broke up into four categories – brains, brawn, fighter, and survivor – and each class has four tiers. In total, there are 58 skills you can purchase. When you first start, take a few minutes to look over the tree and decide where you want to build up, and what you want to hit first.
As with the campaign, you can augment your weapons on the fly. Ideally, you’ll want a team with a mix of weapons; realistically though everyone will just choose their favorites. Start with a weapon that suits your style (shotgun for close quarter, battle rifle if you like ranged attacks, etc), and stick with it.
- You can have up to four characters – once you get a sense of how the skills help, you may want to start over with a new character altogether. After that, the other two spots will mainly be for the hardcore players that can’t get enough.
- If you aren’t sure where to start on the skill tree, the “Gunner” skill, found on the third tier of the fighter skill tree, is a good skill to aim for – it allows you to carry a primary, secondary, and pistol.
- Don’t bother to loot bodies unless you need ammo right then or you are waiting on others and you have time to kill. The ammo boxes are more convenient, and looting corpses means the rest of your team is down a person while you collect.
- Three more Resistance Mode maps will be released by the end of June. They will be free, as will all Resistance Mode expansions.
DLC: Expansion ahoy
Unsurprisingly, there is already a fair amount of Homefront: The Revolution DLC in the works, and so naturally there is an Expansion Pass to go with it. You can purchase the pass for $24.99, and it includes a fair amount of content now, with more promised soon.
To begin with, Expansion Pass owners will receive the “Supply Line” bonus. Each week players will receive a free Resistance Crate when they log into the Resistance Mode. Expansion owners will also receive three starting backgrounds for Resistance Mode: ATF Agent, G-Man, and US Marshall.
The Expansion will also include three single-player DLCs. These will likely be available to purchase individually as well.
The first campaign expansion, “Voice of Freedom,” will add “several hours of original content.” It will soon be followed by the second expansion, “Aftermath.” Both will be released later this year. The third, and potentially largest expansion, “Beyond the Walls,” will be released in 2017.
More details will follow soon, and we’ll update this post when that info is available.
- More Resistance Mode missions are planned as well. They will always be free.
Know your map: It’s always bloody in Philadelphia
Imagine if the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl and lost because the refs made a bad call with no time left, and you have an idea of what the setting of Homefront: The Revolution is like. The world is crumbling and partially destroyed, but you can use that to your advantage.
There are three types of areas in Homefront: The Revolution, each designated by a color: red is an active combat zone, and you may end up facing armored vehicles among other enemies; green is a friendly area where no combat occurs; yellow is a civilian area under KPA control, where combat should be a last resort.
While out in the world in open combat, you’ll be tasked with completing specific objectives in each district. It’s generally the same type of task, but you should pick your targets based on priority. Start with taking over the safe houses – this is your spawn point if you die, so unlock it early, plus you’ll find additional missions here, weapon stashes, and more. These locations are basically navigable puzzles, so look for the path, usually highlighted by blue cloth that takes you where you need to go. Target the strike points as well to increase resistance numbers.
- Look for blue out in the world – blue cloth and ledges signify you can jump on them/grab them. Often this will lead you to a hidden location. Resistance areas and fighters are also designated by blue.
- Vehicles are a good way to get around the map, but they are tough to maneuver and draw a lot of attention to yourself.
- While in the yellow area, you can and should attempt to move using stealth. If you are spotted though, running away is a better option than hiding.
- In the yellow zones, holster your weapon. It won’t do you much good and it keeps enemies off of you.
- Before attempting to take a safe house, clear the area of enemies.
There are a lot of weapons in Homefront: The Revolution, but you’ll need to buy them. The KPA use weapons that are biometrically locked to them – or so the game says. The truth is unlocking weapons is part of what keeps you coming back and being able to grab them at the start would lessen the experience.
Purchasing a weapon is just the beginning though. Each firearm you buy has multiple attachment options, and each alteration changes the way the weapon operates, sometimes significantly. Early in the game, for example, you’ll receive a pistol that you turn into an SMG. The SMG offers a much better rate of fire, of course, but switching back to the pistol will conserve ammo and improve accuracy. It’s all a trade off.
How you assemble your weapons is really just a matter of preference, but you’ll need to experiment – you may be surprised what you can do. You can also change the weapon on the fly, so, for example, you may uses a battle rifle as a sniper rifle, then remove the scope and increase its ineffectiveness at closer range. Not all attachments work on all weapons though, so find a few that work and stick with them until you can purchase more.
- Silencers will make a huge difference, especially in the early hours. They won’t keep you completely off the radar of enemies, but they will help.
- Ammo can be scarce. If you have the chance, always keep your ammo up by looting bodies or entering a safe zone. You can also purchase an ammo upgrade known as the stacked mag pouch.
- Choose a weapon and max it out. It’s better to have a few weapons reach their full potential than have several that are relatively weak.
- Dying isn’t a big deal. You’ll lose the valuables you’re carrying and restart at the nearest safe house, but any progress you had during a mission remains.
- Craft items every chance you get. There’s no point in hoarding materials.
- Keep an eye on your phone. It will frequently tell you where to go, and you can learn a lot about the backstory of the world.
- Purchase the ability to carry more valuables early on. It will allow you to earn more money, which in turn helps earn more upgrades.
- Use the camera on your smartphone to mark enemies.
- The missions in the safe houses are good for some quick cash, but not nearly as much as the other missions. Hit them if you can, but don’t go too far out of your way.
- There is a moment in the story where you will hit a point of no return (the game will warn you). After this point, you cannot return to previous areas. Make sure you have everything done that you want to do before moving on.
Homefront: The Revolution tips and tricks – more to come
We’ll be adding more to this guide in the days and weeks to come. If you have any advice of your own you want to pass on, let us know! We’ll post it and give you the credit.