• Publisher: Crave
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2002
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. In an age where you thought everything has been done before, along comes Freedom Force, shattering genre lines, daring to do something different, and instilling fun for all ages into a game—you can't ask for anything more.
  2. The most pure fun you'll have with a strategy or RPG game this year. [June 2002, p.80]
  3. The best superhero-themed game to ever crash through the screen of your PC. [10 May 2002, p.84]
  4. The game features one of the most intuitive camera control systems yet seen in this style of game. While it doesn't grant the player complete freedom, it does establish a delicate balance between ease of use and flexibility.
  5. The most amazing, spectacular, ultimate superhero game ever made. [May 2002, p.58]
  6. 93
    The game's clever design and meticulously well-thought out, considerate presentation are accentuated by innovative gameplay that professionally melds the genres of RPG and strategy into a completely interactive and lively world.
  7. It is the total package. It has excellent gameplay, lighthearted humor, and flawless graphic and audio execution.
  8. Multiplayer aside, Freedom Force is a thoroughly enjoyable game. You'll often find yourself wanting to play the next mission just to gain one more hero, or see what happens next.
  9. While the designers did an OUTSTANDING job of allowing you to create the powers of practically any superhero, they seem to have left out a lot of animations for those powers.
  10. Freedom Force has a winning personality and a developed style that's as good as PC gaming has ever offered--it joins the ranks of games like "Interstate '76" and "Grim Fandango."
  11. The best comic book game ever, but a bit too structured. [PC Format]
  12. 90
    The game is refreshingly light, yet fully satisfying. Those looking to fulfill that RPG-RTS itch; should look no further.
  13. 90
    The game lives up to its lofty goals, providing a tight, smart tactical game along the lines of the combat in Baldur’s Gate.
  14. Freedom Force oozes polish and personality from every pixel.
  15. The meticulous planning may discourage the action fan, and the exorbitant storyline may initially dissuade the die-hard role-player, but both will find familiar elements and enjoyable new challenges in this well-built game.
  16. The stability woes, a few clipping problems, and finite game boards do present some drawbacks to the game. The good news is that this game is so good you can forgive all that.
  17. 89
    From the somber motif for the frozen Russian villain ("nooo-cleee-ur-WIN-ter!") to El Diablo's sassy salsa beat and Alchemiss' raucous beach blanket/surf punk riffs, Freedom Force's musical stylings are every bit as lively as its graphics and storyline.
  18. I seriously doubt that anyone could spoof a superhero/comic book game any better than this. [May 2002, p.92]
  19. An excellent game, one that has restored my enthusiasm for the comic characters of old and their exciting, ideologically simple-minded pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
  20. A satisfying single-player campaign along with an incredibly engaging character creation system, however, makes this one a heartily recommended buy.
  21. Captures the epic corniness of classic old-style comic books without ever scrimping on the gameplay.
  22. One of the best games of 2002 (it was released way back in March), and it’s even better now that it’s seen two patches and Electronic Arts has lowered its price to under $15.
  23. A great title for strategy fans, offering a near perfect blend of strategy and action.
  24. The game is a romp through 60s superhero cliches, mixed with excellent gameplay and a flexible character development system. Fantastic stuff.
  25. 80
    Throughout the entire campaign, you can't help but feel that this is a comic book come to life.
  26. 80
    The single player campaign alone makes it worth buying, and the powerful fanbase that already existed before the game was even released is a definite plus.
  27. Like the comic books that inspired it, Freedom Force features slick animation and plenty of boffo, whiz-bang special effects.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. May 16, 2012
    3
    The game is pretty terrible. I love the art and the over-the-top comic book-esque voice acting, and the atmosphere really captures that comic book feel, but the gameplay is awful.

    Though the basics are in place, click something to interact with it, it's the extras that just flat out fail. There are pseudo-stealth elements to the game, and they just do not work. Enemies can see you no matter where you stand, your character is too slow and inaccurate to react accordingly. In fact, the slow pace is very obvious throughout. The characters seem to wade through water, and though your character is noticeably faster when running (at least compared to enemies) he manages to have the attacking speed of an epileptic sloth, and, on the rare occasion when a projectile based attack hits, you have basically wasted your time because of the sheer slowness of the game.

    The earliest (and best) example of this, that I noticed, was the second mission. Though this is supposed to be a tutorial mission, unfortunately focused on the aforementioned stealth elements, the overall goal, especially the secondary mission goals, seem to be outright impossible with the guide of the game. Admittedly, if you're clever, you can get around this by ignoring the tutorial, but the point is that it seems to me to be a huge oversight when a tutorial doesn't actually lead to success, at least when it's intention is supposed to be success.

    Though the game technically works, it has not aged well. The game is slow and plodding and the action is pretty underwhelming. Damage seems completely randomized, ranging from one hit kills (for no apparent reason) to barely scratching the enemy with the same attack an instant later, and, though you can technically react to the situations that play out, I never found anything more useful than letting my character auto-beat the hell out of the enemy with my only input being to tell him which enemy. Though there are many skills to choose, and many characters, it all just seems pointless.

    This game just suffers from age. The mechanics are either boring or don't work, and, though it has a fantastic setting and voice acting (that really captures that comic book world) it doesn't manage to deliver on the action that should accompany that. It's just overall a disappointing game.
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  2. Mar 11, 2012
    6
    By modern standards, this rpg/linear rpg thingy feels bland and not fun. The graphics and art style are great, as well as the voice acting. I just can't continue playing. This game has not aged to well in the gameplay department. Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Freedom Force is fun, addictive, and funny! The variety of environments (snowy hills, different parts of the city, underground areas, etc.) were so welcomed. Not only that, the different enemies you encounter are so vast! And the damage they do varies so well. Ice Warriors for Nuclear Winter either shoot ice bullets at you or use rays that knock you off of your feet. The voice acting makes me smile because it's campy... yet it's awesome.
    My favorites were Man O' War, El Diablo (nobody else uses fire so effectively), Man-Bot, and The Ant (shoving baddies off of buildings is so satisfying, as well as using his acid bomb).
    My main problem with the game, though, is how slow some of the characters are. If Minuteman is on a quest with, say, Man-Bot, you can bet Man-Bot won't be lending much help. Eve and Microwave are the same... they have powers which can help out a lot but sometimes you'll be waiting for them to just GET THERE already! With some missions being timed in a way (like stopping the robots from destroying a certain amount of buildings) this can really mess you up.
    But when it comes down to it, Freedom Force is a wonderful adventure that I'll take again and again!
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