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Freedom Force Vs. The Third Reich
1 August 2006
Excerpt: Following the success of the first game in the Freedom Force series comes the followup named Vs. The Third Reich. In this adventure we see the Freedom Force take on Hitlers baddies in a great struggle against the Nazi forces.
Excerpt: Freedom Force Vs. the Third Reich (Freedom Force 2) follows the original ( review ), which was released in 2002 by Irrational Games. Like the original, it features dozens of playable dynamic comic book heroes, fully interactive and destructible environments and an amazing story. Freedom Force 2 takes place a few months following the events of the original game. The team is essentially out of a job since they did such a good job cleaning up the streets.
Excerpt: If you've spent any time on the Internet at all, you've probably come across the meme of Godwin's Law. Godwin's Law states that if any argument on an Internet forum goes on for long enough, someone will inevitably bring up Hitler or the Nazis, thereby forfeiting the argument. Well, the same applies to videogames. Create enough titles in a particular genre, and eventually someone will base it around Nazis.
Excerpt: "FOR FREEDOM!" Yes, Minuteman and his band of rag-tag heroes are back to take on the most overused villain in video games, The Third Reich. Fortunately, Irrational Games uses their comic-inspired creativity and spins the tale as if we had never heard of the Nazi party. Not forgetting its predecessor, the story line picks up where the original Freedom Force left off.
Excerpt: Freedom Force , released three years ago almost to the day, was a tactical strategy game involving superheroes. When “Energy X” canisters began falling on Patriot City, some of the city’s citizens used their newfound powers to do good -- and shortly formed the Freedom Force -- while others turned into villains and decided to rob banks and cause general mayhem.
Excerpt: The original Freedom Force succeeded against all odds when it was released three years ago. For years prior, the possibility of a superhero-themed computer role-playing game was nothing more than a popular pipe dream. But Freedom Force made good on the promising concept. It delivered great tactical combat to rival most any other RPG available of the time, and it captured the style and spirit of classic silver-age comic books remarkably well.
Pros: Excellent story and characters, Simple, entertaining gameplay, Great presentation really captures the comic book feel, Skirmish, multiplayer, and superhero building features add replay value
Cons: Occasionally brain-dead enemy AI, Many elements lifted directly from the first game
Conclusion: Style over substance? Certainly not. Although the game's visual style is a major part in its brilliance, the gameplay is also so enjoyable that it's an all-round high quality title that should appear in every PC gamer's collection.