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Despite the more familiar history, Liberty or Death is still probably foreign fare for most gamers. The huge amount of detail makes these absorbing simulations an acquired taste. But don't dump this cart into the harbor, you might just find it a revolutionary change of pace.
Liberty or Death's video war isn't revolutionary, but it is the Revolutionary War. If you think Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys are MTV award winners, there's a lesson to be learned here.
Overall, I have to say that despite the immense learning curve and droning music, I enjoyed Liberty or Death. This is the type of game to spend a rainy afternoon with (or a rainy season), and it’s actually a bit addicting once things start to flow. I do wish the soundtrack were better, as that would really help the mood, but it’s not a deal-breaker. Gamers looking for a solid and engaging simulation title should definitely give this one a chance. An empty schedule and an iPod are recommended, though.
SNESJust Games Retro
All in all, this isn’t a bad little strategy game. It is pretty cool to see a Revolutionary War sim, and the subject matter is far more graspable to most gamers than Romance of the Three Kingdoms or Nobunaga’s Ambition. It’s also a lot easier to pick up and figure out than either of those two series. It even handles fairly well for a PC game that was ported to a console. If you like history or strategy, this one’s worth checking out, just be warned that there is a lot of reading involved and much like the real American Revolution, it takes some serious time and effort.
Since most players in these parts know about U.S. history than that of Japan or China, Liberty or Death appeals more to strategy fans than those titles. But folks not used to the nature of RPGs and strategy games may revolt when they discover that this requires much time and work to make too little progress.
SNESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Koei is becoming the master of the historical strategy games. This is a game for players who like slower games other than your run-of-the-mill action titles. If you liked the Genghis Khan games, you'll like this one.
Zwar nutzt sich das Spielsystem im Laufe der Zeit doch etwas ab, dennoch sollte man wenigstens eines dieser nur als Import erhältlichen Geschichtssimulationen genauer unter die Lupe genommen haben.
GenesisElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
I dread the time when I have to review these types of games, because they are just not the kind I get into. Like most of the games that are like this, I found Liberty or Death to be a slow-paced war simulation. The graphics could have been better as well as the music and sound. On the plus side, this game comes out on the positive as an aid to a student history lesson, but overall, it's just not my type.
SNESDigital Press - Classic Video Games
My sharpest criticism concerns the speed of the gameplay, or rather lack thereof. Attempting to complete your goals when dominating the map can be quite a drag; often this occurs at a snail's pace. The realism, accuracy of real events and flexibility are the high points, while the graphics, sounds, and pace leave something to be desired.
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
There's clearly a lot of substance here, but wrapping your brain around this game is a colossal challenge and I was not up to the task. It's not that I dislike strategy games, but if I'm still lost after the first hour, I'm moving on. History buffs with a lot of patience can bump up the grade by a letter, but all others should be warned that Liberty or Death is not your typical Genesis fare.