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Homefront: The Revolution Tweaking Guide

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Normally when a new game comes out that I can get my hands on, I will try to write a review for it, but this time we are trying something different. Instead of a full review (which might come later, depending on how much time I have), this article is going to provide some potentially useful information, look at some tweaks, and discuss the game's performance. The game in question is Homefront: The Revolution. Powered by CryEngine, developed by Dambusters Studios, and published by Deep Silver, this game is set in a KPA occupied Philadelphia in the year 2026. The player is a member the Resistance, fighting against the much more powerful KPA with various improvised weapons and tactics.

Some of you may notice that this is coming out quite some time after the release of the game. There are a number of reasons for this, and among them is that shortly after launching, a statement was released that the developers would be working to address the performance issues many players were experiencing. In light of that, it was decided to wait until we saw at least one of these patches, as it could significantly impact the performance part of this article. At the time I am writing this, the game has received a multicore CPU patch on June 3, which may be the first of many improvements, but should certainly be significant on its own, and this should not be delayed too long.

The game has an ESRB rating of Mature for intense violence, blood, drug reference, strong language, and suggestive themes. If this content would be inappropriate for you, then the media included here might not be appropriate for you either.

First up is some information you may find useful.







Save/Config File Locations and Misc:

Personally I like to know where my game's save files are so I can back them up easily, or remove old and unnecessary ones. I actually had to do a little digging to find the saves for Homefront: The Revolution because the place it keeps them is logical, but pretty uncommon. I found them in the Saved Games folder of my Windows 10 personal folder, where you can also find your Documents, Videos, Pictures, and other personal folders.

You can open "%UserProfile%\Saved Games" to get to this folder, unless you have changed the location of the folder (as I have) or open "shell:SavedGames" which works even if the folder has been moved. (Why so few games use this folder, which obviously exists and was designed to be a single, common repository of a user's saved games, I do not know, but at least this one does.)

The specific folder you want is named homefront2, in case you were not sure. In this folder is another folder for saved games and the game.cfg file, which contains the game's graphic configuration settings. All of these options are also present in the game's menus, so you probably will not need to touch it, unless you want to change the FOV to something outside of the 40-65 range. I just tested (really, right now) setting it to 80 in the file and it did work. There are actually two FOV options, FOV and DefaultNearFOV. I am not sure what is different between them, so I just set them both to be the same.

Okay, this next tweak I discovered is not necessarily safe to do, but I have not had any issues so far. How about we call it a 'void the warranty' tweak.

Something I do with every game I can is explore the install folder, to hopefully find the video files for the logo videos and such that run every time it opens. I do this because I always try to find a way to skip or otherwise disable these videos. It might only be seconds of my time taken by them, but after the first launch, I really do not care to see them.

Anyway, I could not find these files, so I could not find any way to skip them. I also did not find any redistributed installers, for DirectX, .Net, etc. which can be removed after you have launched the game at least once. (Steam installs these packages at the first run.) I did read the system.cfg file and look into the Localization folder and did an experiment. This experiment was removing all of the localization files for languages other than English, as that is my first language, and I removed the references to these other languages in that config file, for safe measure, after backing the file up.

So far, I have not experienced any issues after having removed these files, but that is not to say it is safe to do. Having Steam verify the game cache should reacquire them, so if problems occur in the future, it should be easy enough to fix. The deleted localization files came to over 7 GB of data, by the way. If you are hurting for space, this might be a way of recovering some of it.

  1. Homefront: The Revolution Tweaking Guide - Introduction and Info
  2. Homefront: The Revolution Tweaking Guide - Graphics Options, Performance and Conclusion
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