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  • Summary: Freedom Wars is an action-packed RPG, launching exclusively on the PlayStation Vita.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Nov 24, 2014
    Freedom Wars may be another hunting game on the Vita, but it's by far one of the best. It screams AAA production with standout graphics, solid audio, unique gameplay mechanics and a fresh story line - bringing them to you in a one of a kind package that only Japan could come up with, but with an execution typical of the Western big shots.
  2. Oct 31, 2014
    Freedom Wars has its shortcomings, but I would still consider it one of the top Vita games available.
  3. Oct 28, 2014
    The concept may not be very original, but it is a solid and addictive experience, with some unique features that action fans will definitely enjoy. It's a great fit for PS Vita and if you like haunting monsters (ahem), you should give it a try.
  4. Nov 11, 2014
    Despite having some areas that need improvement, Freedom Wars is very easy to sink many hours into and is a thoroughly engaging handheld experience all-round. Complaints that the Vita has very few great games of interest have rightfully been met with scorn, and Freedom Wars is a strong addition to the system's library.
  5. Nov 3, 2014
    Freedom Wars is a decent enough Monster Hunter-esque game that the Vita really needed. It’s not without its faults, but while I may have explained these at length, they are not enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of the game.
  6. 70
    The game comes so very close to being an amazing experience but the gameplay doesn't quite match with its excellent concept.
  7. Nov 5, 2014
    Combat is the brightest highlight, though it's still dulled by clumsy controls. Beyond that, the environments are so monotonous as to kill any passion for the thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Oct 31, 2014
    There's a moment when the story gets really annoying, but just for an hour.
    After that its just pure action,its an incredible combat system.

    Totally recommended game.
  2. Oct 28, 2014
    I love the combat system! It's kind of like a mixture of Monster Hunter (Close Quarters) and Lost Planet (With the grappling hook + gunplay). It runs pretty swell as well. The futuristic setting of...102,014...is intriguing with the religious overtone of the governments/City States, known as Panopticons, do to the lack of resources for each Panopticon maintains and would lead to a overpopulation problem; In which case leads to the reason why you're fighting giant robots and monsters, because the government forced you too! Customization for characters has a good variety of outfits and body like choices for you too make.

    Though there's some issues every once in a while (drop in frame rate, etc.), overall i'm a happy camper to know that i have a reason why i bought a vita in first place after this.
  3. Nov 9, 2014
    Even though I haven't fully completed the game, I must say that it is quite a pleasant one. I'm not really into these Monster Hunter type games but Freedom Wars is really a great and addictive game! There's tons (and I mean tons) to do in Freedom Wars, like completing missions, walking and exploring the Panopticon, creating weapons and upgrading them, creating facilities, obtaining new resources scattered around, and much much more! As for the campaign -- expect to read quite a lot of dialogue as their isn't any english voice acting in the game but the dialogue made me laugh and made me shock, something other games don't do to me. But be careful what you do in Panopticon as there are a lot of rules and restrictions some I thought were crazy but just be on your nice behaviour or else your sentence will increase! Gameplay is very crazy and lots of action going on, enemies may take a while to take down, especially the abductors! I don't really want to say too much but really -- get the game now! Really it's a must have for any Vita owner and I'll admit that this game will always have you coming back as there is SOO much to do! Do yourself a favor and buy it, play it, and enjoy it! Expand
  4. Oct 30, 2014
    Awesome game! The game gets even better, as you proceed further in the story and level up your character, factions and compete against other panopticons, which represents your home city.

    Controls are fluid and easy to learn at the beginning of the game. Character models and game textures are beautiful enough for PS Vita and frame-rate is fluid enough to enjoy the action packed game-play.

    It is obviously one of the best Action-RPG games for the Vita. Down side "the end game" of Freedom Wars is the grinding for better gear, to get the superior character and dominate against other players, for example in the multiplayer mode or complete missions even faster, to get more valuable resources, which is extremely fun, as it is hard, challenging and eventually frustrating, after you've played the same missions over again several times, but it's fun to get back to the game, even with your friends.

    Japanese Anime art style is refreshing feature to see even here in the west, but doesn't affect positively to every fellow gamers as it does back in Japan and Asia, but overall I think this could be the new era for PS Vita. Freedom Wars is great for the Vita to bring up the sells and affect to other studios to bring out better games for handhelds in the near future. (This is my first rating here and try to understand that my mother tongue isn't English and there might be several mistakes in the text. Don't be too harsh. Thank you!).
  5. Nov 9, 2014
    Gameplay: 9/10 - I like the idea of mixing FPS with Hack & Slash, though it would be nice if I could customize the controls a bit (none of the options were quite what I wanted, but it was only a couple buttons I'd swap around). It's no MH, but still fun to play. The game mostly involves 'arena' battles, with the occasional maze run or stealth mission.
    Graphics: 9/10 - Not much to complain about, the game looks good on the VIta.
    Story: 7/10 - I didn't mind the story (although for games like this I'm not to concerned with story). I like the overall idea of being a prisoner trying to reduce your sentence and the Panopticons competing for resources. Some of the cutscenes were a bit long just to say so little, and others feel entirely unnecessary, such as a cutscene just to tell you to meet somewhere else (when the game could have just sent you there in the first place to reduce loading screens).
    Technical/Other: 7/10 - Nothing too bad here. Just the rare frame rate drop, occasional lag while playing online, and every so ofter the loading screen would go longer than usual. No crashes/freezes during my play through.
    Trophy difficulty: 7/10 - It doesn't look too hard, just time consuming. Once you've maxed out your gear, you should be able to get the tougher offline trophies in a few tries (such as kill this monster without dying).
    Overall: Not a bad game for $30. Main play through keep me busy for ~20hrs and online play will probably keep me entertained for many more.
  6. Nov 5, 2014
    This game is has really good gameplay but, lacks story. I really love how rewarding it feel when you cut an abductors arm of or free a citizen. The story is not interesting. I find myself constantly skipping the dialog and just go into combat. Bottom line, the game lacks a good story but, make up for it with it's awesome addictive gameplay. It's a must have for all vita owners Expand
  7. Oct 31, 2014
    Another dull MH clone. Vita needs real RPG!!! All you do is kill the same monsters , get a new quest, kill another monster, get a new quest, kill another monster, and the cycle keeps repeating. It is always the same repetitive maps, but that is not surprising since MH and all of its clones are the same. Actions RPGs need to vanish from the game industry. Expand

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