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3.7 out of 5 stars
Freedom Fighters (PS2)
Price:£27.97+ £2.03 shipping

VINE VOICEon 2 October 2003
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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on 17 February 2004
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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on 8 October 2003
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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on 7 August 2004
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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on 1 September 2003
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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on 4 February 2014
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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on 14 November 2003
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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on 24 March 2015
I played this game religiously back in the day and loved it. Not only is it one of the most underrated games on the PS2 but probably one of the most underrated games of all time. The controls feel intuitive, the combat very tactical (sometimes you'll sit back for 5 minutes and plan how to launch an attack), your AI comrades (who can be given orders, ala Mass Effect 2) are surprisingly competent, the musical score is epic, and the maps rather large. A game that really deserved a sequel. No developer since has come close to creating such an exhilarating third-person squad-based shooter. Truly a masterpiece.
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on 17 August 2007
..Of all time in fact!

A 3rd person shooter, where you recruit and give orders to squad members. But it keeps it nice and simple. 3 orders: Scout/attack, Defend and follow.

An amazing story line that wouldn't go a miss on the big screen.

The music in the game really adds atmosphere. You wouldn't expect any less from Jesper Kyd.

I cant do much more than reiterate points in previous reviews.

But I loved it and still play it.

Well worth considering!
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on 18 March 2004
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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