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on 22 August 2015
Read as a boy and got this for my 10 yo. PS3 off for 2 weeks, tidy....
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on 12 August 2005
Fighting Fantasy game book number 23, called Freeway Fighter, was written by Ian Livingstone. This book isn't set in any of the fantasy worlds we've seen before; medieval or a science-fiction future, but on Earth in the near future.
The year is 2022. Life is proceeding as it has for years, then, without warning, a devastating virus sweeps around the globe killing tens of millions of people. All that is left in its wake is a desolate wasteland. People now divide into two sorts; the lawful and the lawless.
You are a hard-as-nails hero who lives with the good people of a small fortified town called New Hope. One day you are given a mission to take supplies of seeds from New Hope, out across the badlands, to another fortified town of good guys called San Anglo.
In return for the seeds, so they can grow crops, they agree to give New Hope a big tanker filled with 10,000 litres of petrol from their oil-refinery. Petrol to run machines and motor vehicles is like gold dust in these times. People will steal, fight and even kill for it.
Off you go on your hazardous journey to San Anglo, armed with a special car called a Dodge Interceptor. This car is fast, armoured with steel and bullet-proof glass and armed with all sorts of James Bond-style goodies like machine-guns, metal spikes and rocket launchers.
Along the way you have to avoid miles of burnt-out cars, maniacs that shoot at you, thieves trying to steal your car and lots of dangerous road gangs. Added to this, you have to constantly find enough fuel, so you don't run out of petrol and get stranded somewhere.
The book is quite different to any of the previous game books. Freeway Fighter is different but likable. There are interesting aspects like driving through the desolate wasteland, the constant search for petrol and other Mad Max-inspired adventures.
A couple of things I didn't like were the mediocre artwork and the fact this game book has 380 references instead of the usual 400. The text is reduced by 5% but the price isn't!
All over I'd say that this book isn't that complex, isn't entirely original, is balanced okay in terms of opponent strength and has its fair share of interesting encounters. Likable but an average addition to the Fighting Fantasy game book series.
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on 26 January 2013
After enjoying several of Ian Livingstone's adventures I was heavily disappointed with 'Freeway Fighter' upon reading it when it was originally published. Revisiting it hasn't changed my opinion.

The adventure is set in a post- apocalyptic world where the population has been decimated by plague. Civilisation has collapsed and armoured vehicles battle it out on dangerous roads. The setting is essentially that of the 'Mad Max' films. Although the genre works as a film I don't think it lends itself well to game books (the idea has also been tried in other game book series's). The very nature of such an environment makes it a lot less interesting to explore than the usual Fighting Fantasy settings.

'Freeway Fighter' is essentially quite dull. Little really happens in terms of plot and the reader spends most of their time driving down identical roads occasionally encountering another vehicle or stopping by the roadside to sleep. The characters to be encountered lack any real depth and there isn't much variety to them. The adventure fails to possess any of the intriguing, well created villains and creatures usually to be found in Fighting Fantasy. Furthermore, the writing is very uninspiring, without the atmosphere Ian Livingstone is usually capable of producing. It is shocking that this is written by the same author who wrote 'Deathtrap Dungeon'.

The adventure is painfully simple and there are few routes to take. As long as you keep collecting fuel there isn't much of a challenge. The biggest problem is probably a rat which is easy to be caught out by on the first attempt. Other than that any reader should expect to complete this adventure on their second or third attempt. This is not the FF adventure if you want a challenge, or an enjoyable read.

If you're a big fan of 'Mad Max' this might appeal to you. Equally you might be disappointed considering it fails by a long way to live up to 'Mad Max'. If you want to try a none fantasy based adventure by the same author you would be much better off with 'Blood of the Zombies'.
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on 25 July 2011
A departure from the other Fighting Fantasy books, FREEWAY FIGHTER is set in 2022, after a virulent disease has slain most of the world's population. You are a citizen of New Hope, one of the last surviving colonies, and are charged with driving a long journey to the refinery at San Anglo, to claim much needed petrol for the settlements survival. The wasteland outside is a lawless place, but your Interceptor car has been specially modified with armour and an assortment of weaponry to give you a fighting chance.

FREEWAY FIGHTER is essentially a road trip gamebook as you move across country fighting outlaws, gangs and a whole host of other hoodlums. The standard Fighting Fantasy rules apply but you also have car to car combat, so keeping well stocked in missiles, fuel, med kits and other essentials is vital. (Run out of fuel or burst your two spare tyres, for instance, and it is game over!)

First published in 1985, FREEWAY FIGHTER will appeal to people who enjoyed the Mad Max and Doomsday films. It is certainly exciting enough and well written, but being an acquired taste it will not appeal to all. It is also a little shorter than most Fighting Fantasy books, having 380 paragraphs in total.
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on 3 July 2016
Used to read these books when i was a kid so was nice to be able to order one for my son on Amazon.co.uk. It was in mint condition and my son absolutely loves it.
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on 15 April 2015
Excellent book. Reminded me of being a teenager.
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on 24 July 2014
Excellent seller. Highly recommended.
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on 14 September 2016
As described and arrived promptly
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on 31 August 2015
Great service. Recommended.
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on 10 December 2014
It's a good book for collectors. A lot of the information in the book is a repeat of previous books "Titan" and "Out of the Pit" but there is a few new things. There is a single player story. Also, majority of the book is a Giant Calendar, literally. This takes up 90% of the book. Some of the sections in each day of the calendar give historical information about the fighting fantasy world.

I'm glad I have this book but it's not what I expected. As a collector it's nice to have but it doesn't add much to Fighting Fantasy I feel.
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