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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of brilliant!
This game is just mindblowing. It's basically about soviet russians invading new york and you are a plumber turned freedom fighter who joins up with more people to fight back and reclaim your freedom.

You start of so that you can only recruit one fighter to fight by your side but as you build up your charisma you can recruit more,twelve in total. You build up...
Published on 2 Oct 2003 by Mr. J. W. Mc Evoy

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Perfect
First off, the plot. The Soviets-win concept was actually handled quite well, and the video cut-scenes actually add a lot to the atmosphere. There are a few holes (the apparent lack of any military resistance in the New York area, despite the city playing home to a major US Navy installation, is never properly explained) but not enough to seriously harm the player's...
Published on 2 May 2006 by Mr. J. G. R. Jago


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of brilliant!, 2 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Freedom Fighters (PS2) (Video Game)
This game is just mindblowing. It's basically about soviet russians invading new york and you are a plumber turned freedom fighter who joins up with more people to fight back and reclaim your freedom.

You start of so that you can only recruit one fighter to fight by your side but as you build up your charisma you can recruit more,twelve in total. You build up your charisma by completing various missions and healing injured people as you go along. You can set different orders to your men such as attack the enemy, defend postion or follow and protect you.

As the game goes on it goes from autumn to winter and so on. Also as the seasons change so does the look of your character, his hair gets longer,his clothes get more ripped which in turn gets him to wear more clothes as you will notice. His clothes changing doesn't really make a difference but it's the small things that help round this game off, that make you feel apart of the action.

Each misson involves you to really think of how you are going to do things. At the start of every level you emerge from the sewers (where your base is situated) to go about your misson. There are various manholes scatterd throughout the level which you have to open with your wrench (you are a plumber don't forget) which you can quicksave at, just to save you running back to the start of the level to save.

Bear in mind that quicksaves don't stay on your memory card once you turn off,so be sure to complete a mission to save your game properly. Each map on which your missons are based consists (roughly) of about three buildings which must be won back from the russians.You cant always complete a mission straight through.

You must sometimes do one part on one mission then go back and do something else on another mission. For example on the first map you have a police station and a post office to win back. On the police station level some officers are pinned down by snipers. Next to them is some C4 which you must take then go to the post office level and blow up some fuel reserves which in turn kills the snipers which in turn gives you the ability to complete the police station.

All in all a brilliant game which requires your money and attention. Fantastic!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good game, 17 Feb 2004
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The basis for this game is a slight change in history. The cold war is still raging and Europe is now under the rule of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union invades the United States and chaos ensues.
You play the part of Christopher Stone, a plumber who, along with his brother, got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time when the Soviets invaded. You break out and join an underground resistance movement against the Soviets by freeing the leader of the resistance from the Soviets and therefore become a key figure among the resistance.
This game has excellent graphics and whilst it has a lot of gunplay, also requires you to think. You have to move back and forth between areas to achieve certain objectives to complete other areas, such as destroying a helipad in one area to get past a bridge in another area to stop reinforcements from getting to the helipad, and so forth. It sounds complicated, but once you start playing the game, you soon get the hang of it. The controls are fairly easy to master and the ability to command fellow freedom fighters adds a certain strategy element to the game. The game also has a nice amount of detail, such as the news desk reporting on riots in other cities and giving citizens details about new currency, etc.
However, the game is not without its flaws. Some of the levels are quite difficult, requiring you to play them many times before you work out you're meant to go down a small side alley to avoid the majority of the Soviet army, whilst many are too short. The game overall is too short itself, leaving you wanting more once you've completed it.
Apart from that, the game is most enjoyable and a lot of gamers will find themselves addicted to it. Definitely worth buying.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Fighters, 8 Oct 2003
This review is from: Freedom Fighters (PS2) (Video Game)
I'm very fussy when it comes to my PS2 games and freedom fighters (FF) is great.
The playability is easy to pick up, with the usual double analogue action on movement and sight. The AI on the FF soldiers is good, they will try to duck and cover when attacking the team and general do have a brain.
Graphic's wise the game holds up, the rain and explosion are realistic as is the RPG which comes striaght at you.
Brain power must be applied in the game in that the different mission are inter-linked, so if you keep dying in one, that probably means that you have to complete another mission before continuing. Realistically, it is excellent in that you can't go off and be "gung-ho" trying to kill all the soldiers, as you will probably be shot to pieces.
The muti-player option adds to the overall game and your pleasure when you destroy one of your mates at it.
Top markers well done.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Fighters, 1 Sep 2003
This review is from: Freedom Fighters (PS2) (Video Game)
If you want to really get involved in a game this is the game for you. If you want to sneak around this is the game for you. Basically this is the game for everybody!
The storyline to this game is that the russians won the cold war and now they are invading new york. You play as a plumber called chris stone. The main basis of the game is something called charisma points. If you have lots of charisma points then more people will join you on your mission to save the city. You can get charisma points by healing men or killing a load of russians or basically doing something inspirational. The AI of your fellow freedom fighters is excellent. There is no point where you think "oh god would you just do this you stupid prat" even if you dont order them to do something they always do the smartest move and say you give them an order to follow you and their in the middle of a fight sometimes they wait until they have killed the opponent and then follow you. The only downside to the game is the multiplayer game but even so the single player game will keep you busy for long enough. In fact more than long enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, this is v good!, 7 Aug 2004
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I truly believe that this is a uniquely good game. The plot I found generally quite interesting (almost a first), and what could be more fun than running round the shattered streets of New York (great level graphics), throwing petrol bombs, emptying full magazines of youre AK-47 at Soviet strongpoints, or charging along a battered street firing shot after shot of a revolver with 12 men charging by ones side screaming and firing at their discretion! Perhaps could have done with more levels, but is demanding, strangely addictive, and with an above average multiplayer, this is a very good game! If you fancy yourself as a would be street fighter in a kind of post-war, lawless environment, then this is for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Game - My Favorite PS2 Game to Date, 14 Nov 2003
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This is one of the rare games that combines both action and thinking. The action is intense and non-stop. On top of that you need to focus on how to achieve mission objectives, how deploy your troops (other freedom fighters your recruit), which weapon to utilize, etc. I saw MOH was the ultimate in military game play but freedom fighters is even better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Perfect, 2 May 2006
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First off, the plot. The Soviets-win concept was actually handled quite well, and the video cut-scenes actually add a lot to the atmosphere. There are a few holes (the apparent lack of any military resistance in the New York area, despite the city playing home to a major US Navy installation, is never properly explained) but not enough to seriously harm the player's enjoyment.

The graphics have a slightly comic-like feel that fit in well with the plot, and the weather effects are brilliant. Muzzle flashes and tracer feel pretty convincing, and the flame and explosion effects look lovely. The sound is atmospheric and convincing, and the voice actors do a creditable job of both NY and Russian accents. There are lots of neat audio-visual touches like car alarms being triggered if vehicles get clipped by rounds, and I liked the fact that the bodies of slain enemies don't fade away before your eyes, but stay where they fall.

The gameplay is hugely entertaining. The control interface took a little getting used to (pressing down the analogue sticks to access the inventory screen then moving them to select items felt especially clumsy the first time) but soon became second nature. Friendly and enemy AI is excellent, and directing your squad is a piece of cake, largely because even after they've been given an order they'll do something sensible like find cover to engage the enemy from behind. Each level is large and well-populated with enemies, and there's usually more than one way to tackle each set-piece. The charisma system is hardly the radical idea it's touted as (perform some task and you'll get a reward), but it does make things more interesting, and the way the order in which you tackle your objectives affects conditions in the others can lead to some head-scratching.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few niggles. First off, the selection of weapons is too limited. There's a good range, yes, but only one type of everything. This is supposed to be a group of patriotic US citizens banding together, right? And just about everything, except for two guns and the Molotov Cocktail, is captured Soviet equipment; in this alternate history, it seems that New York has no violent crime and the strictest gun-laws in the Union. Sure, standardising equipment makes sense, and you'd almost certainly end up carrying a captured Russian gun by the end of each level because you'd run out of ammunition, but just the choice between an AK and an M16 or an Uzi and one of those weird-looking Russian SMGs would have added a bit of variety. Regarding the manhole-opening wrench as a weapon when pressing the melee button has the same effect whatever you're carrying -even though this can mean punching somebody whilst you've got a demo-charge under one arm- was a bit pointless as well.

Then, of course, there's how short it is. On my first play-through with difficulty at the easier end of the spectrum, I beat the game in about thirty hours. Within two replays I'd found out that there's almost always a shortcut to the objective that takes you around the bulk of the enemy forces, and renders every level far too easy whatever difficulty setting the game's on.

The single multiplayer mode is a literal capture-the-flag experience, and contrary to long tradition is considerably less fun than single-player. The three or four 'arenas' are maze-like; not the 'creep around jumping at shadows and expecting an ambush at any moment' maze-like, but 'wander around for large chunks of the game trying to work out where the hell you're supposed to go' maze-like. The reinforcement bunkers are a pain in the neck; going near one belonging to the enemy is usually instant death, which means that if one player grabs all four he'll keep them for the rest of the game whilst his opponent is obliged to try and fight off the whole lot on his own. The multi-player squads accrued from said bunkers have had their AI and health cut back for the occasion as well, which is the laziest possible way to make multiplayer mode more challenging and is outright annoying. Frankly, I wish they'd spent the time it took to throw this half-arsed extra feature together into putting in an extra level or two (though I doubt they spent as long putting it together as they did on just one single player level), because it feels tacked on at the last minute. Given that the main game is singularly addictive, that's a real shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great game..., 18 Mar 2004
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Yes, It's a bit short, but it's great while it lasts. I haven't enjoyed a game like this since Mario Kart on the SNES, the AI is spot on, and the atmosphere is superb, even an old leftie like me enjoyed kickin' those Ruskie butts. Also has the most confusing two player game ever...
I really hope there is a sequel, but I don't think it sold that many copies. Here's your chance to rectify that now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Fighters Review, 4 Feb 2014
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By far one of the best PS2 games EVER, I have played through this game several times over the years I owned it and still have not tired of it...I am not even sure why it is so addictive, it just is. The fact that there has never been a sequel is one of the most tragic things EVER. You play as Chris Stone, a New York plumber, who becomes a freedom fighter when New York is invaded by the USSR (Union of Socialite Soviet Republics). You must fight to take back the city, use tactics to weaken different neighbourhoods, blow bridges, down choppers, free POWS etc...

Like I said, this game is just so fun that it never gets old and deserves a solid 5/5, between the shooting action, the tactics, the story...what it lacks in graphics (which are very dated) it makes up for in relatively easy controls and great gameplay. Issuing your squads of freedom fighters commands as you take back New York.

Although this game has a violence factor there is no displays of blood or gore; making it a shooter game with less violence than most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a classic, 8 Nov 2013
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Looking forward to beating down this badboy with a few mates of mine. Old is gold. You know what they say. We're ready to play.
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