Freedom Force vs. 3rd Reich (PC)
GI Staff / Apr 4th, 2005 No Comments
This is one beautiful game from Irrational Games, and it isn’t irrational at all. With rich comic-book style graphics, excellent storylines, complex characters, and superb construction, FREEDOM FORCE VERSUS THE THIRD REICH (FFVTTR) is a great RPG. Certainly this is one of the best games released in the past six months, and raises the bar on quality and content. A great value for your gaming dollar .
The features of the game:
A brand new chapter in the ever-expanding Freedom Force universe
Six new playable heroes from two distinct eras of comic books
A hoard of new villains bent on world domination
Radically enhanced graphics running on a brand new engine (Gamebryo)
Vastly improved multiplayer, including several completely new modes.
For the first time in gaming, a trip to the Golden Age of comics
We immediately noted that one of the positives for the game is the graphics and level of detail in the game’s construction. The artwork is commensurate with today’s gaming – however, there are no new innovations here, just solid, rich graphics .
The sound crew did a great job with this (although several of the characters are really obnoxious sounding). Party members whine and complain, enemies taunt, and the sound effects are really well done .
Game interfaces and AI are very good and not overpowering. The game begins with the tutorial and you can easily begin playing within 30 minutes. However, it is the AI that is better than most RPGs in FFVTTR. The degree of difficulty can be adjusted and frankly, hard is really a bear.
Playing a mission under each difficulty level, we were able to confirm several significant differences: (1) the opponent’s aggressiveness significantly increases with each level change; and (2) the tactics change with each level change. Both combinations are particularly important, since just increasing aggressiveness is the standard gaming way of increasing difficulty.
Game interface with a mouse and keyboard are easy and intuitive. The game runs smoothly. Fortunately, the ability to hit the space bar and pause the game is really critical to success – you can check on wayward heroes (sometime a hero who has taken out an opponent won’t go on to the next enemy and just stands there) and respond to sudden counterattacks by your enemies
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
You start in mission central and are briefed on your assignment and you can recruit your team. In the tutorial, you learn to get around, and then are off to Cuba to avert a crisis. At the end of the tutorial, you have won and are happily on your way back to mission central when German Nazi biplanes shoot you down! You then realize that someone has helped the Nazis with Energy-X and you are fighting their troops, tanks, planes, and super-evil-heroes such as Blitzkreig (and evil cackling Nazi superhero) and Red Sun (the evil Jap).
The campaign-style missions are varied and require good choices in team composition. The missions are good, and at times your characters say some pretty funny stuff. Clearly, the design team has a sense of humor… probably epitomized by the creation of the evil Fortissimo (a former fat Italian Opera Singer who can kill with his piercing voice). In Texas , they have a law “he needed killing”… and Fortissimo needs killing.
FREEDOM FORCE VERSUS THE THIRD REICH is a solid hit and a good value for your gaming dollar.