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Despite a few flies in the ointment, Freedom Force is an extrordinarily fresh and enjoyable game. The overall tone keeps things light but the clever gameplay concept makes it engaging. Action fans may tire of the cerebral, one-step-at-a-time gameplay, but don't let those adrenaline-junkies sway you: Freedom Force is original, fun, witty and exciting and a great title for the gamer who's tired of the same-old.
The missions and battle sequences are such fun that you'll want to try missions again with different squads just to see how they turn out. You'll fight a wide array of creatures and robots, and you can use all manner of interactive objects in the fray. Need a club? Uproot a lamp post. Want to throw something? Pick up the nearest car. This game rocks. 'Nuf said.
Gamers looking for something a little different from the standard shoot-em-up fare out there will revel in Freedom Force. Succeeding in both style and substance, it's a fun diversion with a great sense of humor.
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Freedom Force sits somewhere between absolutely amazing and making me want to bring in a team of priests to exorcise the impurities from my Mac. This is, of course, if holy water and hand grenades prove ineffective. Yes, the game has its incredible moments, tells a good story and does it extremely amusingly, but a program that drags the latest version of OS X to its knees and crashes it needs a fair amount of work. Fix the bugs and there's an amazing game to be had here, otherwise procure the title with caution and show the game's creators that a few additional hours of QA testing wouldn't have been such a bad thing.
Oozing both charm and cheese, Freedom Force is an incredibly fun and well-executed game that's sure to appeal to strategy gamers, role-playing fans, and lovers of classic comic books.
Freedom Force ends up being a game full of missed opportunities. This is too bad, as I've always wanted an RPG such as this set outside the realm of wizardry and dragons. Perhaps I'm being overly critical because I wanted so much more from this...expected so much more from this. What I got was action that doesn't flow well driven by characters who are mostly annoying engaged in a script that's completely uninteresting. If that's what the silver age of comics was all about, then I'll stick with Son of Ambush Bug.