Freedom Force Vs. The 3rd Demo
Available Today! and "Calling All Heroes" Contest Winners Announced!
Check out the Freedom
Force Vs. The 3rd Reich Demo on Fileplanet
and when you're done with that, head on over to GameSpy
for their take on the game so far. Author Allen Rausch has lots of
nice things to say and if you need him, he will be at his desk
"trying to figure out whether four giant ants can take down a
30-foot-tall toy robot." I am betting they can, Allen but let me
And our favorite line from the preview: "If the purpose of a demo
is to convince you to get the full version, color us convinced."
Also be sure to check out IGN's take on the
demo by Steve Butts. Steve says "We've had a chance to play
through the demo already and it's only made us hungrier for the full
game." So thanks to both Steve and Allen for their kind
words. Today was a big deal for Irrational. People put a lot of
emotion and hard work into this game and a demo release can be scary.
According to IG's Bill Gardner, there is usually very little
info on demos. So while we don't want to give too much away and ruin
it for you, I will give you a little info:
The demo level comes from the middle of the game and is set in Berlin
smack in the thick of World War II. All sorts of malarkey is taking
place at the hands of those pesky Nazis and you are there to stop them
from burning some very precious books. Book burning is always a good
sign in a society! On the mission you will encounter a whole slew of
enemies ranging from Nazi riflemen to Roman Legionnaires and a whole
lot more. You may even find yourself battling a certain very
overweight opera singer. Watch out for collateral damage since
Fortissimo's voice has been known to result in some serious
Bill also promises "multiplayer goodness" and "enough
lederhosen to last a life time!" I am not willing to back that
last one up since for all I know you require a large amount of
lederhosen. Maybe you are wearing them right now.
Thanks to the folks over at Penny Arcade for their truly
lovely words about Irrational and Freedom Force. We have great respect
for what they do over there so it is a real honor to be spoken of so
In other Freedom Force Vs. The 3rd Reich news, the trailer is
up and running on several sites, including
I just played a new build of Freedom Force Vs. The 3rd Reich
and I know I have very little credibility with Ken being my husband
and all but damn the game is fun. I tend to be on the girly side but I
do love to smash a building or two with a traffic light. Seriously,
who wouldn't? Plus I really like Green Genie, one of the new
characters. I even got a Green Genie valentine. How many girls can say
In other news, check out RPG Vault's
three page SWAT 4 interview with Joe Faulstick. It has a
lot of interesting detail and comes complete with six exclusive
screen shots. Joe knows a lot about SWAT and a lot about the company
in general. He also picked me and Ken up at the airport after that
hideous snowstorm. He's super nice so read his interview.
And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for: The unveiling of
the "Calling All Heroes Contest". I know that Irrational and
Freedom Force had fantastic fans, but after seeing the response we got
from the contest, I'm truly impressed. We received many incredible
and inspired characters.
After careful consideration, Freedom Force is pleased to welcome the
latest member of the team... The Bard!
The Bard was submitted by Richard Iacono who walks away with
his very own copy of Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich and a
personalized sketch from character designer, Robb Waters. As if
being able to say that your creation made it into a game wasn't
You can get a glimpse of The Bard in the demo's
title screen. We'll have lots of juicy details on his powers this
The runners-up in the contest in no particular order are:
- Richard Tingle "The London Fog"
- Paul Callahan "The Sherman Tank"
- James Malcomson "Panic"
- Thomas La Chac "Screaming Eagle"
- Jeffrey Niebres - Oni
The runners-up will also receive a copy of the game. We'll also be
sending Richard and the runners-up signed Issues #1 and 2 of the
Freedom Force comic.
Congrats to all!
--- Meredith Levine