I *love* this game. *ahem* Moving on!
The game is set in an alternate timeline in which the Soviet Union ends the WWII by dropping the first Atomic Bomb on Berlin. As a consequence, the USSR never collapses, but in fact proceeded to become the world superpower. Most of Asia, Middle East and South America came under the communist bloc. Now, they've sent an army to 'liberate' America from Capitalism.
Our protagonist is a plumber Christopher Stone. He and his brother, Troy, are travelling to meet their next client, an Anti-Communist activist, Isabella Angelina. When they arrive, they find the house abandoned. A few moments later, Soviet soldiers raid the place, led by General Tatarin, they seize Troy for being a suspect. Soon after the incident, the Soviet begins its attack on New York City. Chris escapes the building with the aid of a man named Mr. Jones and a resistance member, Phil. Soon after, they plan to rescue Isabella and succeed in doing so after raiding the police station and post office. Months later, Chris becomes known as the Freedom Phantom. The story, probably, at this point is clichéd with all Russian invasion trend and can be attributed to games like Modern Warfare 2 and Homefront for overdoing it. But believe me, this game wins in the story department. With it having an ending which offers a perfect close to the game and still leaving a place for a sequel.
Chris! You look kinda pissed! o.o
Freedom Fighters is a third person shooter game, in which the player navigates the roads of New York, working along with fellow resistance members to sabotage key Soviet locations. The game is focused around squad-based mechanics, employing a charisma meter. Basically, the higher the charisma, the more people will follow under your command and fight beside you. In order to earn charisma, the player has to do perform deeds such as destroying a vital supply line or sabotaging key locations. You can have a maximum of 12 people under your command. Speaking of which, there are three commands you can give out to any of the recruits. "Follow", "attack", and "defend", but in most situations, they take care of themselves. Which is good, 'cause given the terrain of the levels, it's hard to keep track of all of 'em. However, in case they get injured, it's advisable to heal them with a first aid kit. Every man/woman is vital for victory.
The graphics? Well it's a game released in 2003. What do you think? In terms of that year and release, the graphics are amazing and even now, they've aged well enough for anyone to pick up and enjoy it. And soundtrack of the game is amazing. Composed by none other than Jesper Kyd, of Hitman and Assassins' Creed series fame, the songs are beautifully composed and they fit the mood really well. If you can find the soundtrack anywhere, do buy it. It's unbelievably good.
Speaking of which, the voice acting is also amazing. Kudos to IO Interactive for such a believable cast of villains and heroes.
Conclusion: In a dignified manner, I tell you that Freedom Fighters is an amazing shooter which should not be missed by anyone who even has the remotest interest in third person shooters. APPROVED.
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