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Freedom Fighters (PC)
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- Action game with strategy elements
- Defend New York against a Soviet invasion
- Variety of missions range from sabotage to full--scale guerilla urban warfare
- Recruit non--playing characters into your resistance movement
- For 1 to 8 players
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Freedom Fighters is set in a world where the Soviet Union won the Cold War and a fierce conflict is beginning to unfold in the streets of America. Red Army troops are pouring across the borders of Mexico and Canada shortly after a nuclear missile is unleashed on Washington DC. Chaos sets in when breaking news informs Americans that their President has been killed and the Russians have invaded the country.
Players take on the role of a blue-collar worker who evolves into a charismatic and fearless freedom fighter obsessed with finding and freeing his brother, who has been taken hostage along with other New Yorkers by the Soviets. You must recruit and lead an army of urban guerillas to take on the Soviet threat in the streets of New York City. Freedom Fighters provides two layers of gameplay: a strategic turn-based mode that centres on base operations in an underground sewer system and an action mode that unfolds in the streets where fierce battles are won or lost and resources are captured.
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The game incorporates two new and brilliant features. The first is the use of a central command centre in the sewer system from which campaigns are coordinated. In practice this means that in order to achieve a goal or capture a building or vital piece of infrastructure, you may need to fight for and win back up to 3 separate areas of the city. From the sewers, you can decide which area is the most important strategically, and attack that first. Any decision you make will affect the battles you face in every area.
For example, imagine a theoretical mission: if you capture area 1 where helicoptor support is based, you can battle for areas 2 and 3 free of helicoptor attack, but the fight for the area 1 will be especially fierce because you have yet to cut the troop flow to the area by destroying a strategic bridge, which lies in area 2. Or perhaps by attacking area 3 first you can capture some better equipment which will help in the battles for the other areas, but you will have to do so under heavy helicoptor AND ground attack from areas 1 and 2. Its really difficult to decide where to go first, but the fighting in the streets of New York is excellent, and you will have great fun whatever you decide.
The other new feature is the recruit and command system, which allows you to recruit resistance fighters and command them in battle. The number of fighters available to you is determined by your charisma level, which rises as you complete missions and do other good deeds like giving your medpacks to wounded civilians. The control system for your squad is very simple and extremely effective, with only 3 basic commands, which can be issued to all fighters or any individual.
As for the basic qualities of the game, it scores well on almost every front. The enemy troops are intelligent and well-trained, and you need to think about your plan of attack carefully. The game sounds great - the epic, orchestral music, gunfire, shouted orders and screams of wounded soldiers all combine to immerse you very quickly into the environments, which are extremely detailed and visually pleasing. I found the controls very intuitive to use, and I liked the way game teaches the basic mechanics of play - the very first level sees you trying to escape as the invasion unfolds around you, and you learn the basics without even realising it - very clever. The biggest problem with this game is the length, I felt it was too short. However, it is very intense, and the multi area approach means that there is excellent replay potential. The story is probably a bit simple and unrealistic too, but never enough to bother you.
Overall this is an excellent and highly recommended game. Its great fun, strategically challenging and genuinely innovative.
The graphics feel highly reminiscient of Hitman 2 and although may not have the "wow" factor of current next-gen shooters, Freedom Fighter's visuals are effective enough to immerse you in the game world: its graphics hold fairly strong even today. The game world spans firefights, assaults, hit & run missions, cover and destroy objectives in streets, parks, across railways, over rooftops and inside buildings in hallyways & corridors. The levels are challenging enough to try your own minor strategies: you don't need to finish one particular level but, for example, acquire resources from one level, travel through sewer networks to another local level and use those resources to your advantage. The gameplay is non-linear and allows for many possibilites. It provides you with two/ three levels to work through or play through them individually - an option that hasn't been done well, or much at all, in many other games. The audio is sharp but not outstanding. The music is feels original with contemporary as well as cinematic overtones by superb game musician Jesper Kyd, who also produced excellent music for the Hitman games.
Gameplay is highly exciting as you really feel like a ragtag freedom fighter scratching at the apparently impregnable soviet forces. Many details such as great voice-acting, plot-twists and entertaining characters reinforce this alternative history game world. The enemy A.I is challenging but the squad commanding is what truly shines in Freedom Fighters: use your fighters well as they can provide you cover, distaction whilst you complete the main mission or defend key areas in a level. The sheer amount of Russian enemies you kill is reminiscient of "run & gun" shooters, but there is no excessive blood or gore and the action is kept focused rather than mindlessly annihilating everything in sight. I played PC version and the controls worked like typical FPS games but I don't know of how the console versions perform. The only minor negative point are that the game is fairly short but its great fun while it lasts and one you may play more than once but using different strategies. There are no patches required for the game and I didn't experience any crashes or lockups. Overall, I'd recommend Freedom Fighters to all shooter fans looking for a distinctly different flavour of gameplay as well as new gamers who are put off or bored by the myriad of fantasy/ sci-fi/ WW2 based games out there.
Once you reach a certain point in your charisma rating you can add anothermember to your squard. However, not always a good idea.
Is it just me or did the AI seem a bit off, my team members would juststand there getting shot at whilst i was busy mowing down the enemy withan AK.
Good game, very good music (very atmospheric) very enjoyable and will bebuying the sequal.
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