No Sophomore Slump for FFV3R!
Ok, I do realize it is more than a bit self-aggrandizing to put
that on a company's own Web site but I can't help it. I am very
psyched that Freedom Force came out to such nice reviews. So far the
critics completely get the story, the aesthetic, the way we did the
voices, the whole magilla.
I get very nervous before a game comes out so the past few days have
been a huge relief for me personally and probably for Ken too since me
being tense about a game release doesn't exactly help him. So now we
just hold our collective breath and hope that all the Irrational fans
love the game.
Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the game. It was a huge help to
Irrational (both psychologically and for store sell-ins) to boost
those numbers early on. You guys doing that helps ensure that
Irrational will continue to make the slightly off-beat games that we
really want to work on and that hopefully you will really want to
play! Remember, you can still order the game on the
Irrational Site and get the bonus disk with 3 exclusive characters
and a whole handful of concept art and wallpapers!
Check out yesterday's press
release --- the Freedom Force Vs. The 3rd Reich Beta mod tools
are now available on www.FreedomFans.com! We're can't wait to see
what the FF community's got cooking!
And now here's my Freedom Force Week One Review Roundup:
gave the game a 92% and an Editor's Choice. I tried to find the name
of the author to thank him for the following quotes but I couldn't
seem to locate it:
"Add the fact that the game has all the addictiveness and offers just
as much fun as its predecessor and it has a rather lengthy and
challenging main campaign and the prettier visuals and enhanced 3D
features feel like icing on the proverbial cake.
I am sure that this game isn't perfect, only I cannot think of any
possible flaws that could significantly mar my overall impression."
Go and buy the damn game, you'll thank me later. If you don't like it,
you're an ass. In other words, kind reader, "Thwack!"
Clow at Club Skill has claimed the identity of "Review Man" for
Freedom Force Vs. The 3rd Reich and I personally like this Review
Man., I like him very much:
"You will absolutely adore Freedom Force Vs the Third Reich"
"This game is quite simply fantastic."
Over at GameSpot,
Kasavin has both a written and a video review of the game and gives it
a "Great" rating:
"The incredible thing about Freedom Force is that this cast of
characters is so good that it in some ways rivals the classics to
which the game pays homage."
has an overview of the heroes and villains of Freedom Force and
Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich and a review coming soon. I'll keep
There's a Q&A
with Ken on BioWare's site which talks about the game and
Irrational's new partnership with the company.
In other news, it's completely dead in the office. Half the company
is at GDC this week showing off SWAT 4 and the other half are
too busy to do anything but work. I was in the office today and since
there was no one to talk to I found myself reading a booklet called
"Combat Knife Throwing". I love what we have lying around the office!
So since everyone's away there's not a whole lot to report but I did
dig up the following SWAT 4 tidbits:
Irrational programmer Jon Abercrombie talks
with GameSpot about the AI in SWAT 4 in this video interview. The
page also links to video previews and a ton of gameplay footage. Also
on GameSpot, Jason Ocampo previews
There's also a Q&A
with Irrational designer Bill Gardner on Cathode Tan where he
talks about what to expect for SWAT 4.
--- Meredith Levine