Now, I haven't played Homefront, so maybe there's something I'm missing in the context, but from the sidelines, I'm having a very difficult time understanding how some are praising the game's backstory. In order for the game's plot to be even remotely plausible, it requires a chain of events that's too implausible to be believable and seems more apt to rely on shocking imagery, like soldiers gunning down a mother in front of a small child, than actually explaining a plausible invasion scenario.
From the Giant Bomb wiki:
- 2011: "North Korea's weapons program continues to intensify .... has surpassed 1000 missiles" This shows that North Korea is arming itself. Some countries also want the UN to put severe sanctions against North Korea.
Okay, fine. The U.N. has proven time and again that they're incredibly slow to react when it comes to such situations.
- 2012: "This morning comes the news of Kim Jong Il's death" Kim Jong has died. "North Korea greets there new leader son of Kim Jong Ils son Kim Jong-un"
This is perfectly plausible as well. Kim Jon Il is not a young man, and he hasn't seemed particularly healthy in recent years.
- 2013: "Kim Jong-un has united north and south Korea" This now forms the Greater Korean Republic.
Okay, what. North Korea takes over South Korea in a single year without any apparent resistance or outside intervention.
- 2015: "Costs at the pump are ready to break the $20 price" This forces America to become destabilized.
Or maybe invest in electric cars.
- 2017: "Civil unrest has intensified with the demise of the US dollar" There are a lot of riots in America and the military has started to pull out of Asia and other countries.
And the cause of the U.S. dollar's demise is...?
- 2018: "Under threat of annihilation by the Greater Korean Republic....Japan has surrendered" Japan now joins the Greater Korean Republic. Riots continue during 2018-2022.
So Korea takes over Japan, and once again, the international community apparently doesn't give a shit.
- 2022: "The president ordered a freeze on bank withdraws." The US economy has completely failed.
Wow, they're really playing the worst case scenario card here. Everybody panic!
- 2024: "Korean annexation continues to spread" Korea takes over many Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
You'd think that someone would have thought to maybe fight back by now. It didn't even take the invasion of this many countries to trigger World War II.
- 2025: "The Greater Korean Republic has launched its latest communication satellite claiming it will bring a message of peace" This satellite is really a EMP that knocks out near all electronics in America. The Greater Korean Republic begin the invasion. Greater Korean Republic takes over Hawaii and San Francisco.
Magic science technology thing cripples all of America in one fell swoop. How incredibly realistic.
- 2026: "US military scattered" This is due to communications being down and the surprise of the attack.
You'd think that given the shenanigans that Korea had been up to for over a decade, the U.S. would have been better prepared for a Korean invasion by this point.
I mean, seriously. What. In some ways, this is even more ridiculous than Red Dawn.