Freedom Wars Pre-order Bonus is Available Online Only
*Pre-order links found at the end of this article
It’s robots versus prisoners in this futuristic third person squad based action title. Play as a character sentenced for more than their share of years for.. well, what seems like a paltry crime. Turns out faceless government wants to use you to deal with their problems, what problems? People kidnapping, robot problems! Team up with up with friends for co-op, or go head to head with Freedom Wars.
Release Date: Oct 28, 2014
Console: PS Vita
I know what you’re thinking, PS VITA? Are people still playing that? Evidently so, have you seen the falls release schedule? I’m not sure where the disconnect is, but apparently Sony are still supporting the Vita in a big way, though I had no idea. As it turns out, the VITA is stacking games like Scrooge McDuck stacks coins and we’re not talking sub par ports, or Vita-sequels either. As Freedom Wars will argue, there are some, exciting, fun to play games for Sony’s (apparently not) forgotten handheld.
So, in some far distant time in mankind’s future went from bright and shiny to down in the dumps. Resources are limited, people aren’t… quite the opposite, and in this particular post-apocalyptic future wasteland the solution are prison sentences. As stated in the trailer, for the ‘crime of living’ your sentence is One Million Years (dum dum duuuuuuuuum). I’m no lawmaker, but, that seems a bit harsh. Lucky then that you can earn your freedom! Sense the hook here? The catch is, as a criminal with a million years on your sentence, what better way to spend all that time then whittling down your sentence by serving the Panopticons, huge cities that make up the State, and the Central Authority (the creepy shadowy government). Having such a clear and tangible goal, counting down as you complete your missions no doubt gives even side quests more incentive than ‘because this character said to’. Luckily, from what I can tell, missions mostly involve fighting gigantic monsters. There is a very Monster Hunter feel to it, albeit with a gang of teenagers in stylish cloths battling stories high robots, but robotic or prehistoric, who doesn’t like fighting giant monsters?
A third person, squad based, action title, Freedom Wars like Monster Hunter is best played with friends… intended to be played with friends really. Co-op is good up to four players, with up to eight during competitive play. Should you be lone gunning it, Android stand-ins called Accessories will help you take the fight to the Robotic menace. Known as Abductors, you can probably guess what their all about. Rescuing civilians and defeating the mechanical kidnappers will shave some years off your sentence. Combatants are armed with a firearm and a melee weapons (classic combo) with a pretty wide range of options (a Hammer and a Gatling Gun? Yes please!). The cherry on top however, is the Thorn. I couldn’t help thinking of the hook shot, but that’s because I’m a Zelda nerd. What amounts to a grappling hook, the Thorn is used for traversal as well as offense. Work as a group to pull the giant down, or slap it into a weak point and against all common sense, charge at your enemy. It leads to some fluid and entertaining looking fight sequences, though I’m sure flying directly at tons of angry sentient steel has its drawbacks.
Coming to North America in October, pre-order Freedom War’s online to receive
Formal Wear – A limited edition costume, and fashion is clearly as much a part of this game as killing robots
Upgraded Mele and Ranged Weapons – Powerful early game weapons, available from the jump
In Game Stickers – Limited edition, for use in-game
Medical supplies – Combat Pack Item
Already very successful in Japan (second best Vita game release to date) Third Person Action battler Freedom Wars is one of a whole lot of titles coming to the PS Vita this year. Whether online, or local, multi or single player, take on the robotic menace (while immaculately styled and quaffed) in exchange for your freedom.
Don’t forget to order Freedom Wars Online to recieve your Pre-order Bonus
By Kurt Diston, Gaming & Gadgets
A firm believer in “you have to get old, but you don’t have to grow up,” I’ve been an unabashed lover of nerdy things for a good long while and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. With experience on both sides of the video game, both as a consumer and a producer, and a love of the written word, I’ve managed to combine all three right here with the Plug-in blog