Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    I haven't even talked about the nonlinear gameplay, the spectacular graphics, the rock-solid controls, the amazing physics (especially the rag-doll death animations - wow), the great variety of missions and settings, the solid voice acting, the awesome orchestral soundtrack, or the exceptional multiplayer. [Oct 2003, p.122]
  2. An outstanding achievement in tactical action, Freedom Fighters soars to the top of the genre with spot-on gameplay and solid visuals. Streamlined tactical controls and solid AI make playing the game easy and fun.
  3. While the game could have been lengthier, Freedom Fighters is still just an outstanding blend of pure action and tactical squad combat. The squad control works incredibly well.
  4. This game is a tasty piece of eye candy. All the environments are not only huge, but extremely detailed. It runs on the Same engine as Hitman 2, but looks much better.
  5. While the gameplay is pretty tight, it’s the addition of charisma and squad mates that sets the game apart.
  6. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Insanely addictive. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  7. With the fabulous visuals, outstanding soundtracks, and easy to pick up gameplay, this is one game that you are sure to enjoy time and time again.
  8. 85
    I played it for a long time and I never really got used to some of the control issues - not that they make the game un-playable, obviously, far from it - they're just nagging.
  9. 84
    A game that gets better the more you play it. The challenge increases at the same rate as your skills and abilities so that you're really appreciating the level of control you've got toward the end and the cool action you can create because of it.
  10. Multiplayer modes notwithstanding, this is an awesome title with a grown-up storyline, not only for its subject matter (how many 10-year-olds know what a Soviet or The Cold War is?), but also for its twists and political implications.
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Eliminating enemy forces and hoisting our country's colors high above Manhattan rooftops never feels repetitive... Sadly, Freedom Fighters is over too quickly, it's easily completed during a weekend sitting. [Oct 2003, p.131]
  12. PSM Magazine
    Even with all its faults, Freedom Fighters' slick presentation and heated action create a mood and atmosphere that few other games can match. [Nov 2003, p.42]
  13. Although this is definitely a nice addition compared to the typically linear nature of titles in this genre, we would have liked to see the developers stretch the barrel a little bit further.
  14. games(TM)
    It's far less intricate than a regular squad-based game, yet it retains all the elements that make them fun - as opposed to a title like Brute Force, which had none of them. A fine display of IO's creative talent. [Oct 2003, p.116]
  15. 80
    Strong voice acting and sound effects (listen for the subtle heavy breathing when running), and a patriotic score set a believable mood, while the dark, detailed, war-torn streets of New York City are almost too tangible.
  16. Game Informer
    Its gripping gameplay and the great Cold War-inspired storyline will have you hooked until the last Russkie is dead. [Oct 2003, p.113]
  17. 80
    The AI is surprisingly excellent - if you send a batch of troops out to scout, they will take up careful positions, scale machine gun positions, engage the enemy, and redeploy defensively without any more commands having to be issued.
  18. Weekly Famitsu
    7 / 8 / 8 / 8 - 31 silver [Vol 797; 26 Mar 2004]
  19. Play Magazine
    Relentlessly entertaining, finely crafted and smartly engaging. [Oct 2003, p.73]
  20. 75
    The qualifications -- short length, lack of replay value, and control issues -- knock the game down value-wise, even though I think anyone who's attracted to quick, violent squad play will have a good time.

Awards & Rankings

#36 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#55 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 59
  2. Negative: 7 out of 59
  1. Feb 25, 2013
    Probably the best early squad-based shooter. The shooting, the game mechanics, the graphics, everything was great about this game. We've beenProbably the best early squad-based shooter. The shooting, the game mechanics, the graphics, everything was great about this game. We've been hearing about a possible sequel since 2004, yet none has appeared. One of the greatest potential franchises that was never tapped in to. Such a shame. Full Review »
  2. AlexL.
    Jan 16, 2004
    SHOWER OF SHITE!! Its a terrible game no one should buy.
  3. Oct 7, 2011
    A game from my early childhood, one of my favorite games from my childhood. A tactical shooter where you control a group of freedom fightersA game from my early childhood, one of my favorite games from my childhood. A tactical shooter where you control a group of freedom fighters as a squad. The plot is ok, the dialog isn't perfect, characters don't have much background, but the story isn't the biggy. This game was one of the top-notch game back them with amazing graphics and really good gameplay. But dang, this game is hard! Or at least it was for me. Still it was brilliant. Full Review »