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Short But Very Sweet
on April 7, 2010
I hadn't heard about this game until I came across some online video showing the game play. I ordered it that very same day. I have always loved games where you have teammates supporting you and Freedom Fighters delivers that experience.
You take on the roll of a plumber in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union has been slowing taking over most of the world. They invade your city and you're forced into becoming a guerrilla solider and ultimately the very face of the counter offensive. The city and characters look good not great, but considering the number of guys fighting at once, the snow effects in some areas, and the draw distance, all with no slowdown at all the graphics are very impressive. I did find it hard to tell friends from enemies at a distance.
Controls are tight and make use every button on the controller, including L3 and R3. Command over your allies is pretty good, but you can only order them in sequence. This can be annoying if you put a guy someplace strategic and then place the next guy at the wrong spot. You have to issue your position orders all over again to get everybody in the right place. Oh and yes you can invert the Y-axis or not, which is my biggest concern with this type of game. Woo hoo!
During a level you're given one or more areas to visit to complete objectives which usually break down to free the prisoners, blow up an objective, or raise the flag over a building to capture it for your group. In theory you can take them in multiple ways, but in practice if you don't complete the missions in specific order you're not going to be able to finish them. Don't worry though, it's pretty easy to figure out the order and you're given hints. The only level I looked to a guide for was an assignation level where you're on your own and you'll be playing the level over repeatedly if you don't know what to expect.
My only real gripe is with the length. I've only been playing it a couple of days and I'm already over half done. It think it'd be a fun game to replay, but it comes in on the low end of the amount of play time I expect out of a title. The good news is that nowadays the price is really low so you can get it cheap and not really have to worry about how much length you're getting for your money.