Freedom Force vs the 3rd Reich

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Freedom Force vs the 3rd Reich
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Developer(s)Irrational Games
Publisher(s)Irrational Games[a]
Digital Jesters (Europe)
Producer(s)Jonathan Chey
Designer(s)
  • Dorian Hart
  • Alexx Kay
Programmer(s)Allan Richards
Artist(s)
  • Ben Lee
  • Lorne Brooks
Writer(s)Ken Levine
EngineGamebryo
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: March 8, 2005
  • EU: April 14, 2005
Genre(s)Real-time tactics, tactical role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich is a real-time tactical role-playing game[1][2] developed and published by Irrational Games. The sequel to Freedom Force, the player guides a team of superheroes as they travel back in time and help overthrow Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II. In the game, players take control of a team of up to four characters and battle their way through completely destructible 3D maps in a series of missions based on classic superhero comics.

Plot[edit]

Nuclear Winter steals Time Master's inert body and uses it to steal nuclear missiles from the Cuban Missile Crisis in an effort to start a nuclear war between the United States and the USSR. Freedom Force foils his plot, but on the return trip, the timeline changes and Freedom Force finds that the Axis powers achieved victory in World War II. Using the disturbance in the timeline to guide them, Mentor projects the heroes back in the time-stream to battle the villainous Blitzkrieg, who created the timeline disturbance, where they meet and team up with heroes of that age. In the course of Blitzkrieg's defeat, Alchemiss gains powers from Time Master's body, frees Man-Bot from the Celestial Clock, but goes insane over the sudden expansion of her powers and becomes Entropy, who threatens time and space. Entropy is eventually defeated by Freedom Force with the help of the awakened Time Master. Briefly asserting her original personality, Alchemiss prevents herself from ever existing so she cannot become Entropy, but suddenly finds herself face to face with a strange being... Energy X.

Reception[edit]

The game received "generally favorable reviews", albeit slightly less than the original Freedom Force's "universal acclaim", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3]

Freedom Force vs the 3rd Reich was a runner-up for Computer Games Magazine's list of the top 10 computer games of 2005.[14]

Legacy and Modifications (Mods)[edit]

Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich followed its predecessor title, Freedom Force, by providing a game engine that could play campaigns (adventures consisting of multiple missions) other than the one released with the game. The developers released a suite of mod tools to allow fans to design their own campaigns and add their own art assets for use in the game.[15] This approach, using a format that was highly modifiable and open to third-party editing, has attracted a strong online community of modding enthusiasts, centered around a discussion board called Freedom Reborn, where modders have taken to creating their own content for the game. Subject matter for fan-created game mods ranges from new original characters and stories to characters from other franchises.

The game's modding community has created a wide variety of content, including new art assets like textures (called skins), 3d models (called meshes), visual effects (FX), and maps. Contributors have also created voice packs, new Rumble Room (a combat sandbox) missions, and dozens of entire campaigns.[16] Custom content is often hosted at independent creator sites and many popular mods from the last few years can be found at ModDB. One such modification resulted in the unofficial expansion pack, called Freedom Force X,[17] or FFX, originally created for the Freedom Force and later expanded for Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich. FFX adds artistic content and scripting to enable dozens of new powers, attributes, and customizations for game characters.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2K Games published the game on Steam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yam, Marcus (October 17, 2003). "For Great Justice!". FiringSquad. Archived from the original on December 31, 2003. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Adams, David (February 22, 2005). "Freedom Force at Full Alert". IGN. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Coffey, Robert (May 2005). "Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 251. pp. 86–88. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Edge staff (May 2005). "Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich". Edge. No. 149. p. 89.
  6. ^ "Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich". Game Informer. No. 144. April 2005. p. 139.
  7. ^ Kasavin, Greg (March 9, 2005). "Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Rausch, Allen (March 11, 2005). "GameSpy: Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich". GameSpy. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Hopper, Steven (March 31, 2005). "Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 15, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Butts, Steve (March 3, 2005). "Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich". IGN. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Griliopoulos, Dan (May 2005). "Freedom Force vs the Third Reich". PC Format. No. 174. p. 95. Archived from the original on February 6, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich". PC Gamer. May 2005. p. 64.
  13. ^ McCafferty, Iain (August 3, 2005). "Freedom Force vs The Third Reich Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  14. ^ Staff (March 2006). "The Best (and Worst) of 2005; The 15th Annual Computer Games Awards". Computer Games Magazine (184): 42–47.
  15. ^ Park, Andrew (May 17, 2006). "New Freedom Force downloads available". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "Comprehensive List of Mods". FreedomReborn.net. July 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "Freedom Force X Mod for Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich". freedomforceforever.com. Jan 1, 2012.

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