SWAT 4 Number 1!
I'll get right into it this week, no pre-amble necessary: As of
Wednesday SWAT 4 was Number 1 on Gamespot's
list of top PC games and Number
2 on their list of Games on all platforms. Yay Irrational!
Our lovely European friends over
"one of the most macho games I've recently played; all
guns, tactics and difficulty"
and say they would like "to shake the developers by
the hand." Now, being 5'2'', owning about 30% pink
clothing, and just all around about as un-macho as
humanly possible, I take a lot of joy in being even
remotely connected with "one of the most macho games".
My absolute favorite bit of insane Irrational news
from this week concerns a SWAT 4 hidden bonus that a
gamer found while innocently shooting up bad guys. Our
friends over at 10-David
report a video of Irrational employees "wandering their offices
half naked in boxer shorts and vests, surfing on chairs and acting
like a SWAT equivalent of The Village People." If you really want to
see Irrational employees half naked, by all means check it out. Those
Europeans might not be knocking down any doors to shake Irrational
developers hands after seeing this one. By the way, I mention the
site all the time so for any SWAT fans, 10-David is an excellent place
to go for a ton of SWAT information, articles, news, and forums. So
if you want to know more about the game I highly recommend taking a
look at the site.
I was very pleasantly surprised to see that there is
still a ton of press coming out on Freedom Force Vs.
the 3rd Reich. Generally by the time a game has been
out a month, things have really slowed down in the new
Robert Berry of RetroCRUSH
, which in case you were unaware, is the "Worlds
Greatest Pop Culture Site" says
"The overall quality of the game is just beyond
G. Christopher Williams over at PopMatters
wrote a very interesting review of Freedom Force,
which basically centers on peoples love of watching
good overcome evil. This is a totally different kind
of review and its interesting to look at Freedom
Force from this perspective. To give you an idea of
what I am talking about, here is a small sampling from
"Such brilliant and chilling ironies are not simply
found in the dialogue of the heroes, though, they are
embedded in the plotline itself."
"Within the innocent naivety and blustery melodrama is
a romantic appreciation for justice, freedom, and
I will warn you that the review contains spoilers, so
make sure to avoid this one if you havent played the
There is a nice interview with Ken at PCGameWorld
Andrew Bub who I called my hero a couple of weeks ago
for his Yahoo!Games review, apparently has an
alter-ego names Gamer Dad
As Gamer Dad, Andrew brings us yet another stellar review of
Freedom Force Vs. The 3rd Reich, this time complete with a section on
its suitability for children. According to Andrew Freedom Force has
"The kind of love for its subject matter that's infectious,
replayable, and memorable. For just half the price of a hardcover
Marvel Masterwork, Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich is a comic book
guy's dream come true, a delight for strategy/RPG fans, adults, kids,
and wannabe super-heroes all over the world."
has a brief but detailed review of FFV3R which includes such gems
as: "With rich comic-book style graphics, excellent storylines,
complex characters, and superb construction, FREEDOM FORCE VERSUS THE
3rd REICH is a great RPG. Certainly this is one of the best games
released in the past six months, and raises the bar on quality and
content. A great value for your gaming dollar."
And finally, my favorite quote of the week is from Magikahn over at
"I cant get enough of this game, and it pains me now
to even stop one moment and write this review."
And one more thing, there are some updated mod tools
available at FreedomFans.
updated tools fix the issue with importing bundles and
putting files in the wrong place."
-- Meredith Levine