Freedom Force

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Preview: Freedom Force

If youve ever wanted to climb into a spandex costume and fight the legions of evil, nows your chance! In Freedom Force, youll take on the role of a team of powerful heroes as they attempt to rid the world of Lord Dominion and the Energy X hes using to destroy the world. Freedom Force features over 25 original heroes and villains, from the patriotic Minuteman to the mysterious Eve. Should those not be enough, youll be able to use the included character building program to create your own heroes and pick your own powers. Freedom Force will offer its unique brand of tactical justice in early 2002.

For a taste of Freedom, check out Manbots origin movie. Click here if youre on a 56k modem or slower, or here for faster connections.-- 0 / GamePro

Preview: Freedom Force

The old-school superheroes of the 1960s were larger-than-life projections of Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Those are the kind of clean-cut champions youll get to controland createin EAs Freedom Force, a campy strategy/RPG hybrid thats shaping up to be a must-play for fans of the comics of yore.

Guiding heroes with names like Minuteman, Mentor, and Alchemiss, youll find that Earth is being threatened by an alien force known as The Domain, led by the sinister Lord Dominion. He has unleashed Energy X on hapless earthlings, turning mild-mannered men and women into superheroesand, of course, supervillains.

Although the preview build was only 80 percent complete, the deliciously cheesy voice-overs sounded appropriately melodramatic, and the top-down graphics were bold and crisp. The single-player campaign rolled seamlessly from tutorial into gameplay, and the multiplayer mode will enable you and your pals to be superfriends. Controlling multiple characters was complex and camera control was a little confusing, but theres still time to tweak those before the games release. Fans of classic Jack Kirby and Stan Lee will definitely want to check this one out.-- 0 / GamePro

Review: Freedom Force

This game is every young mans dream: to be a superhero, tossing cars, swinging lightposts like baseball bats, and fighting evil wherever it appears. Luckily, not only is the concept perfect, but the gameplays pretty close to perfect as well.

Greetings, freedom fanatics! Welcome to Patriot City, circa 1962, where a sinister plot is unfolding. An alien menace has unleashed the secret powers of Energy X on the unsuspecting populace, turning some citizens into superheroesand others into supervillains. You must help Freedom Force stop evil and preserve justicefor Patriot City!

Freedom Force is a high-concept tactical RPG that relies on its audiences sense of irony and nostalgia. The games mood hearkens back to the Silver Age of comics, back when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were creating such icons as Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Captain America. The look, sound, and presentation of the game is completely old-school; youd swear that King Kirby returned from the grave to do the art for Freedom Force. If you like superheroes (and who doesnt?), this is right up your alley.

Luckily, the game lives up to its lofty goals, providing a tight, smart tactical game along the lines of the combat in Baldurs Gate. Everything happens in real time, but you can pause the action to give orders to your heroes. The coolest thing is that you control superheroes who can toss cars, uproot trees, leap tall buildings, and shoot lasers from their hands. Cant get the bad guy on the roof? Knock down the building hes standing on. You even collect Prestige points to recruit new heroes, even ones you created yourself in the games character editor. With a growing number of Web sites out there for new skins and character models, youll likely never run out of possible heroes to join Freedom Force.

Freedom Force suffers only from a handful of faults. For one, selecting characters to give them commands is difficult, as is targeting enemies. Also, while the games in-game cinemas are nice, theres no real acting going on; the characters just stand there as the dialogue appears at the top of the screen. Lastly, if youre not someone with an appreciation of the often-silly nature of Silver Age comics, you likely just wont get it. The characters are stiff and overwrittenjust as they should be. But comics fans weaned on the Dark Knight and Spawn probably wont think its cool.

Thankfully, the game stands as a great tactical RPG in its own right, and if you love Kirby and Lee, youll be filled with delight and wonder as you play through Freedom Force. Finally, you get to live a comic-book adventure without having to worry about creasing the cover.-- Golden Age D-Pad Destroyer / GamePro


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Game information

Developer:Electronic Arts
Publisher:Irrational Games
Release date:2002-03-31 00:00:00

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