Homefront debuts at no. 6 on Xbox Live

THQ's war-at-home shooter cracks the top 10 on Microsoft’s online platform in terms of unique users; trails Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2, Halo: Reach, FIFA 11, and NBA 2K11.

Last week, THQ trumpeted Homefront's day-one sales, announcing it had sold 375,000 on its launch day. And yesterday, the publisher said the game invaded 1 million homes worldwide. Now, Microsoft has revealed that going platinum pushed Homefront into Xbox Live's top 10.

Homefront sold a million units but didn't crack the top 5.

According to Xbox Live Programming Director Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the near-future shooter debuted at number six on Xbox Live's most-played chart. The list is based on total global unique users and was tracked since March 14, a day before the game was released. For the full breakdown, check out Major Nelson's blog.

THQ's plans for Homefront won't end with the initial product. The company plans to support the game with a pipeline of downloadable content that will debut on the Xbox 360. A sequel for the game is also already in the preplanning stages.

For more on the new shooter, check out GameSpot's review of Homefront. The week's top 10 list of Xbox Live games is below.

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
3. Halo: Reach
4. FIFA Soccer 11
5. NBA 2K11
6. Homefront
7. GTA IV
8. Dragon Age II
9. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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fzd88
fzd88

6 of the 10 are shooters....I guess more shooters are gonna be in development.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Crysis is much better than homefront. Too bad the community is small.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

GTAIV number seven?! Seriously?? There's bugger all anyone ever on GTA on PSN.. They all seem to play Red Dead. It's good to see Homefront still defying all the critics :)

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

@smoke_dog_4ever Yea, that's why I personally loved BF2 the only problem is that it didn't have challenges or many unlocks but the rest was awesome I could and can still go and play that and have fun unlike the CoDs, choosing what to destroy to remove strategic value to the other team, choosing how to go into the battle and what to use or what vehicle to drive or assist on. I'm not much of a fan of the run and gun multiplayer, I prefer large maps and something like capture the flag. Also what you mentioned, in COD games if you get a bad team, 1 single guy could win it for them, it's not so likely in the real shooters, I'd score high and even if I beat the other teams score I could still be on the losing side, which I don't mind, it's about the Exp to me overall. The vehicles help homefront but there's not much to choose from, and the first vehicle is suicide for sure in any match I've given it a try :D It's pretty much helicopter > all as long as you can fly and shoot. And to anyone not doing well in the game.. all you have to do really is put on that speed perk for drones, hover the spotter around and get an easy 5stars. If you've got friends that are playing the game and want to play the game then just about any game will be much more fun, especially the team based like BF. I'm the only person on my FL that even probably still owns the game out of 3 that have played. I might play it again after Crysis2 since next month's only got Portal2 that I'm interested in.

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

@Phatjam98 Whatever you say kid. I'm tired of talking to some 14yr old with a god complex over the internet. :D

Bacon_Vicious
Bacon_Vicious

I've got to pay 800 MS points if I want to continue playing the game online when my mate brings it round. You're ok until level 5 (providing you can get on at all), then it tells you the game is registered elsewhere and you have to stump up 800 points. On principal, I will not be buying this game. Absolutely disgusting.

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

@Rebornpheonix If you've still got the game, I'd recommend trying to get into one of the dedicated server matches (the TD skirmish and GC skirmish are both non-dedicated) before you swear it off entirely. The dedicated servers are lag free, even if you're showing as a red/yellow bar connection. Lately I've personally become more of a fan of the squad based shooters. Me and the guys I play with regularly have played together since COD4 and after playing that game for 2 years, and each game after that, we're kind of realizing it's the same thing rehashed again and again. The team based games (like Homefront and Battlefield) to me are more fun and dynamic because of the strategy involved with adding vehicles to the mix. If you're more of straight up shooter fan, I can understand why you would get bored with Homefront. The gameplay definitely gets slowed down from time to time due to vehicles, but to me, it's just more fun that most games in the same genre.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

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Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

@smoke_dog_4ever I've never gotten into a "dedicated match", everytime it says it's connecting to one my 360 freezes up on me, other matches work fine sometimes but not enough even recently, I got this game about a week after its release (Amazon), for a game that's so clearly dedicated to multiplayer over singleplayer it should focus on fixing the connection problems considering they're still happening. Also if you're assuming that I "rage quit" the game because of connection issues you'd be wrong..infact I don't think I've ever "rage quit" anything even though I should have. The game just isn't fun after awhile, then again most FPS lately are crap, Medal of Honor probably lasted almost a week, CoD:BO maybe 2-3weeks, Homefront... 2-4days I hit level 32 or something and got bored. Halo reach surprisingly lasted me a lot longer than most which is weird. I think the next few reliable FPS games for online will probably be Brink, MW3 (sadly), and BF3.

haloreachftw
haloreachftw

black ops is better then halo reach but mw2 should not be before halo reach

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@OleanderX, Although i agree that 'Team Fortress' is indeed a brilliant game, i dont think it recieved the notariety that it trully deserved, i think mainly because it was released as a 'Component' of the 'Orange Box' and not an individual game. Had this been the case i reckon it would have recieved greater publicity. I love TF, but very rarely find any available games, shame really.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Id love to see the top 100 XBL list, just for curiosity, as ive noticed loads more people going back to R6:Vegas1

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

@Rebornpheonix I was up to level 50 by the end of the week. Sure the first couple of nights were crazy trying to get on, but I also didn't throw tantrum fits like most people do. I actually went to their forums and took part in discussions with THQ's community reps and gave them feedback on what was working and wasn't while half of the people there posted "F U! I'll never buy another game from you ever!" I've played Xbox Live since Ghost Recon 2 on the original Xbox. I've more than come to terms with the fact that new releases are going to have unforeseeable server issues. COD4, Halo 3 and Reach, COD:WAW, COD:MW2, and COD:BO have ALL had first week jitters when they were released. Apparently the difference between myself and 90% of the rest of the gaming community is that I don't b**** and complain and stop playing the game. Sure there were times when it took me 30 mins to an hour to get into a game lobby in Homefront the first week, but I didn't rage quit like most others. The fact is, when you get into one of their dedicated server matches, you can usually play without issues for a long time. People are just too impatient to wait.

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

@Phatjam98 Goodbye you pathetic child. In your own world I'm sure you're just amazing, in the real world you're that kid that keeps posting about how much he loves a horrible game. Someone so low in confidence or physical strength that they believe they're someone online. :) Take a read at what the reviews and players say rather than spout off about how great the boring game is. Also kiddo, I was doing pretty well before I quit Homefront, it took about 2 days of playing and I was officially bored of it.

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

@smoke_dog_4ever And I'm guessing you've been able to play for a bit longer than the lower level players so of course you're going to have a skill advantage even WITH lower equipment..

TheTrainer1980
TheTrainer1980

Three Call of Duty games... what's the world coming to?

Kendojin
Kendojin

Dragon Age 2 has no multiplayer so why is it on this list....? Confused I am...

dg3215
dg3215

I dont care where the mp ranks this game was an utter fail, and I for one can not even get into some mp matches with serveral attempts.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Rebornpheonix I have the game, I play the game, and you are flat wrong. Higher level really has nothing to do with extra BP. Its all skill. Again, you just aren't very good it seems. So don't play it. Crysis 2 is great, but its a completely different style of game in its core mechanics. Its fine that you don't like Homefront, but as other posters have told you, its about skill, not higher level. So go play Crysis 2 on Rookie lol maybe you'll get some kills.

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

@Rebornpheonix I'm level 50 in Homefront and I use the M4 with a red dot, which is starter equipment (except for the red dot). Most of my perks I use require under level 20 (aside from the vehicle perks) and it doesn't take long to get to level 20. The game has nothing to do with "better perks at higher levels." Like any other FPS it'd dependent upon individual skill. I've got around a 1.7 KD and most games I go about 20K and 10D or less. Maybe I'm the exception to the rule who can do better with starting equipment and perks or maybe everybody else just sucks at this game. Or perhaps it's just skill. I'm going to go with skill.

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

@Phatjam98 YOU clearly don't know what you're talking about. Those with higher levels get better items and perks which rake in tons of BP FOR those vehicles PLUS they get the added bonus of vehicle perks. Now stop trolling and go play the game if it's so great, you're spamming this board and I think most of us are sick of it by now. P.S. I actually do pretty well, I just don't see a reason to keep playing it, especially since Crisis2 came in today which in its first 10-20 mins has already surpassed Homefront a few times fold. Homefront is Battlefield Extra Lite. The End.

kos_maverik
kos_maverik

3 CoD's ??? At least I can see Halo: Reach being 3rd on the list :D!

LoveSack
LoveSack

Team America: " what would you do if someone put a price on your freeederrrrrrm?!!!"

dancingsmurfs01
dancingsmurfs01

@EKGProd thats an obvious lie theres no way you could beat the campaign on hardest in 4 hrs. i admit the campaign was short but not that short i beat the campaign on normal in 5 hrs. the video review even said it was a 5 hr campaign, so ether your lying or your extremely overexaggerating.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Well at least it beat one of the CoD. Still though where is Crysis 2 on this list?

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@ Phatjam98 "Most of the time the multiplayer is just slapped on a game to add an online feature." Not for the past few years. MP has been the focus for most FPS's for a while now. They'll take out Co-op play in a heart beat to squeeze in more MP options. Now, in genres not related to FPS's, I'd totally agree with you.

chadsk8r24
chadsk8r24

Crysis 2 should be selling more. Homefront was a waste

casual48
casual48

rented homefront .. just another over-hyped overly short FPS and as i've never been able to get into the online shooter scene the multiplayer side of these games is never a selling point for me

lsw3638
lsw3638

just wow, power of marketing.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@focus0894 BFBC 2 is really not good. I dont understand all these kids that are all about it. I played it, tried it out and it was just a big massive snipe fest. The graphics were really poor compared to CoD: MW2(although I hate that game now as well with all the cheap running) the detail of the levels was almost non existent. It felt completely like a bunch of buildings that had never been lived in and areas completely devoid of population. Games need to have an environmental feel rather than just giving a huge trade off to detail because you want walls to crumble. But too each their own I suppose. Snipers paradise IMO hopefully it thins out the borring lay down on the ground snipers from all the other games.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

And yes, just finished Crysis 2 SP and started in on MP and omg is MP awsome! Thank god, no more CoD sesh's needed to get my MP fix in. I got Homefront for war and Crysis 2 for smaller battles.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

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XCNormX
XCNormX

Man BFBC2 at 9....wow.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I would suspect there is a MASSIVE drop-off after the first 3-4. I remember reading somewhere that it goes from millions to a hundred thousand (or less) pretty quick in the countdown.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Surprising that GTA IV is going strong, I remember trying to play like a year after it came out and it seemed like the online was dead

metalkid9
metalkid9

GTAIV still going strong!! YEAAAHH!

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

Yeah, marketing rules over general noobs out there :D This game was a waste of time, money, space and whatnot.

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

@Phatjam98 I have, and still am until Crysis2 arrives, it's a spawn camper's dream where the low levels get screwed while the high level players fly around in helicopters destroying your team. It gets a lot better if you can stick it out through the BS... but then it hits you again with the god awful online servers, more than half of the time I've tried to play the game online it's been down. Of course it's better than CoD... but it's not even close to something like Battlefield.

simmeon1
simmeon1

Shows what good marketing for an FPS can do. Sad

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

At least it's working on the X360. :P It's a very good game indeed, just the graphics feel a bit outdated and some animations (grenade throw/knife stab) look kind of stupid... All the rest is plainly excellent, THQ scored big with this but it should have been a bit more polished.

OleanderX
OleanderX

The REAL question is why isn't The Orange Box in the top 10? One of the greatest games ever to grace Consoles. IMO

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

glad ppl can tear themselves awy from CrackofDuty :) experience something faaar more interesting. gladly i rented crysis2, the mp is practically broken, worse hit-detection than Black Ops & i didnt think that was possible. But the campaign is AAA, worth a rent at least.

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

ok here is the thing crysis 2 OWNS homefront that is all

monson21502
monson21502

last trip up the local walmart. homefront for the 360 was all sold out. i was pretty shocked to be honest

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@herodotus2006 If you've played the MP you would know it isn't gonna go away anytime soon. Its just too awesome online. I cant stand CoD anymore and I'm so glad Homefront lived up to the MP hype even though it totally failed the SP hype.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@EKGProd Most of the time the multiplayer is just slapped on a game to add an online feature. In Homefront's case, the single player seems to have been slapped together to add a solo feature. The multiplayer is epic and after initially bad mouthed the game to everyone I knew after beating the sp in 3 hours, I have played the MP for something like 8 hours and it is awesome. Now I've been on Crysis 2 since Tuesday but when I'm not wanting to play small scale battles on Crysis 2 I'll be throwing in Homefront to enjoy all out total war 16 on 16 style.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Rebornpheonix You should have taken time to play online... The single player was bad, but online is way better than CoD games.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Skargamer Because Crysis hasn't been out for even a week yet. Crysis will be in this list soon enough. But Homefront online is epic and will probably stay their and climb as the weeks go by. The single player is total crap at like 3 hours but the multiplayer is plain fun.