• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2014
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. Nov 24, 2014
    98
    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. 85
    Freedom Wars and its story-driven RPG action could put PS Vita on the map in a way that previously hyped titles have been unable to do. A few bothersome elements can’t derail an exciting game with a wholly unique premise.
  3. Oct 31, 2014
    84
    Freedom Wars is a ray of light in PS Vita's catalogue thanks to its deep plot. A must for the handheld, but only for those who like Japanese games. Even so, it's a recommendable game for those looking to spend many hours in order to reduce that million year sentence.
  4. Nov 3, 2014
    82
    A dystopian, Orwellian future mixed with a third person shooter, Action RPG, some strategy and deep options of customization gives PS Vita one of those titles the machine should receive more often. Freedom Wars is, like Soul Sacrifice for example, a title which has it flaws, but what really matters is the sum of its parts. It's long, funny, oriented to single-player and multiplayer. And it takes us and turns us into post-apocalyptic world prisoners, fighting for our freedom in a mixture between Judge Dredd, THX 1138 and an anime story. A great choice to give some AAA ration to our Vitas indeed.
  5. Oct 31, 2014
    82
    Freedom Wars has its shortcomings, but I would still consider it one of the top Vita games available.
  6. Dec 16, 2014
    80
    Not only is Freedom Wars one of the best games available for PlayStation Vita, but it will keep you busy for months with great gameplay and the superb 4-player co-op mode. A must-have for any action/RPG fan.
  7. Nov 28, 2014
    80
    It may look like a Monster Hunter clone, but Freedom Wars is much more than that. Whether you play alone, or you go online and hunt with friends, this dystopian action/ RPG will be the best thing that has happened to your PS Vita for a long time.
  8. Nov 23, 2014
    80
    Freedom Wars offers a clever twist to the Monster Hunter formula with tons of content to play through, but clunky controls, cryptic crafting and painfully long missions hurt its overall value.
  9. Nov 20, 2014
    80
    Once you get the hang of the complex controls and slight camera issues, you're in for a breathless, exhilarating time staring down giant robots, outmaneuvering your rivals, and rescuing your betters.
  10. Nov 14, 2014
    80
    Freedom Wars is a game that is a pleasure to play and it feels completely appropriate for the handheld.
  11. Nov 11, 2014
    80
    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.
  12. Nov 11, 2014
    80
    While its plot is intriguing, the characters themselves don’t do much to elevate it beyond being just a good story. I enjoyed my time with the game, and I’ll continue fighting for my Panopticon in the months to come.
  13. Nov 10, 2014
    80
    This third-person shooter looks like a generic JRPG, but don't judge it by its cover, because Freedom Wars is one of the best games for PS Vita. The fast-paced action, deep customization and Monster Hunter-like team battles will make you forget about the cheesy anime clichés and stay in this dystopian world for hours.
  14. Nov 7, 2014
    80
    George Orwell meets Monster Hunter in what feels like one of Vita's oddest and most significant exclusives yet.
  15. Nov 5, 2014
    80
    There's constantly a hook that keeps me coming back for more, even if it means sitting through another chunk of tedious story.
  16. Nov 4, 2014
    80
    It's the PS Vita's biggest release this year, and likely will be for some time. If you own a PlayStation Vita or TV, you'd be crazy to pass up Freedom Wars.
  17. Nov 1, 2014
    80
    In one breath, Freedom Wars will either delight or subvert what you think about role-playing games whether you’re well versed in Japanese gaming or not.
  18. Oct 30, 2014
    80
    Fulfilling, inspired, dramatic and well designed action adventure game with a great sense of collaboration between PS Vita players all over the world. An enjoyable Monster Hunter-type game.
  19. Oct 28, 2014
    80
    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.
  20. Nov 10, 2014
    79
    We sure don't have the new Monster Hunter, but Freedom Wars is a good game to keep an eye on. If the premises and the narrative structure of the game had to be maintained at early hours levels, we'd be talking about a true masterpiece. Good game, anyway.
  21. Nov 23, 2014
    75
    It may not be what it could have been, but there's still a lot to like underneath the awkward design blips.
  22. Nov 12, 2014
    75
    It doesn't come without it flaws, but it's still an interesting hunting game, bestowed with a well crafted narration.
  23. Nov 3, 2014
    75
    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.
  24. Oct 29, 2014
    75
    Freedom Wars delivers an action RPG in an accessible, pickup-and-play, portable package.
  25. Nov 18, 2014
    72
    While in the beginning the battles are as dramatic as they are dynamic, in the end you’ll rather remember the clunky UI and the basic story.
  26. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Nov 28, 2014
    70
    Competent as a handheld third-person shooter/RPG hybrid. Alas, the final act doesn't deliver on the promise of its premise. [Christmas 2014, p74]
  27. Nov 22, 2014
    70
    Freedom Wars feels like the result of an ambitious team that gave up halfway. The missions where you fight against giant robots are much fun, especially because they distract from the many problems that occur in this game.
  28. 70
    The game comes so very close to being an amazing experience but the gameplay doesn't quite match with its excellent concept.
  29. Nov 3, 2014
    70
    With its intriguing universe and vertiginous aerial combat, Freedom Wars seemingly possessed all the weapons to win the battle of the monster hunters. But the narrative is slowly being pushed in the background by the repetitive flow of missions required to craft more and more powerful equipment. Fortunately, the gameplay is both sharp and deep thanks to the polyvalence of the thorn, which opens a tactical approach that perfectly gets into cooperation, multiplayer representing the main reason to take part in these never-ending conflicts.
  30. Oct 31, 2014
    70
    Freedom Wars is a solid action RPG that's put behind bars by a slew of elements that end up lacking.
  31. 70
    Freedom Wars is not a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination. Its flaws are obvious, constantly present and, in the case of the storyline, disheartening. However, the gameplay itself is good enough to lift its quality above average.
  32. Oct 28, 2014
    70
    Freedom Wars is a decidedly solid action-RPG.
  33. Dec 3, 2014
    67
    In a way, I guess, they're kind of a stand-in for Freedom Wars as a whole. They — like the game — may look nice, and they may be part of a story that's surprisingly engaging. But the moment they — or the game, for that matter — actually have to do anything, it all falls apart.
  34. Dec 22, 2014
    63
    For game that wants you to spend hundreds of hours playing it, Freedom Wars is depressingly shallow.
  35. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 28, 2014
    60
    Freedom Wars can't match the series it aims to ape, but this is almost as worth checking out for its bizarre, clever conceit as its satisfying, if shallow, combat mechanics. [Christmas 2014, p.87]
  36. Nov 10, 2014
    60
    Though it makes a sound first impression it’s ultimately held back by a forced narrative and gameplay segments that fall by the wayside.
  37. Nov 4, 2014
    60
    The striking visual style, the intriguing premise that’s expertly tied in to the gameplay- it all felt like it was going to be a special experience. But at the end of day, the poor balancing of difficulty and dubious mechanical design choices makes this one really hard to enjoy and even harder to recommend.
  38. Oct 30, 2014
    60
    There’s plenty of potential here, to make a Monster Hunter clone Western gamers can really get behind, but all its best ideas are sacrificed to endless grinding and repetition.
  39. Nov 5, 2014
    50
    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.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 277 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 277
  1. Oct 28, 2014
    10
    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).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.
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  2. Oct 30, 2014
    8
    wow... just wow, this game is soooo good! i love the combat, the crazy story, and the missions are just a blast! for 30 bucks how can you notwow... just wow, this game is soooo good! i love the combat, the crazy story, and the missions are just a blast! for 30 bucks how can you not buy this!? do yourself a favor and get this game... now! Full Review »
  3. Oct 30, 2014
    9
    Awesome game! The game gets even better, as you proceed further in the story and level up your character, factions and compete against otherAwesome 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!).
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