From a distant corner of the galaxy, an evil alien race sets in motion a sinister plan to conquer the Earth. They unleash a powerful catalyst — Energy X — that imbues the planet's worst miscreants with super-powers to bring the planet to its knees. Now Earth's only hope lies with a new breed of heroes... The Freedom Force!
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Mostly Negative (13 reviews) - 23% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (223 reviews) - 66% of the 223 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 26, 2002

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From a distant corner of the galaxy, an evil alien race sets in motion a sinister plan to conquer the Earth. They unleash a powerful catalyst — Energy X — that imbues the planet's worst miscreants with super-powers to bring the planet to its knees. Now Earth's only hope lies with a new breed of heroes... The Freedom Force!
Command a squad of comic book heroes in the defense of Patriot City. Choose from over a dozen heroes or create your own comic champions. Fight for freedom in over 20 action-packed missions. Restore order in a completely interactive 3D world. Take your heroes online and join the fight in multiplayer mode.*


*Multiplayer available in LAN or Direct IP Only.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 600 MHz or faster Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 128 MB or more RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB or greater supported Direct3D capable video card with DirectX 8.1 compatible driver
    • Hard Drive: 570 MB or more free hard disk space plus space for saved games
    • Sound: Environmental Audio capable sound card
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☣Levos☣
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Just don't like it.
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TOMATO
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Fantastic game for any fans of Silver Age comic books.If you like squad based RTS gameplay you should love this game. If you also enjoy classic super-hero storytelling and to fool around with the might of superheroes then why aren't you playing this game instead of reading this recommendation?
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ZoliMage
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This game is unplayable, I was unable to control the character. Not recommend.
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Moss
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Windows 8.1 or 10? Don't bother.

From what little I've played, it seems like a great game-- however, due to compatibility issues this game is downright unplayable. The pathfinding is just broken so that you'll indefinitely run the wrong way and have to click 3 times in arbitrary points to do any interaction, and the game is very prone to softlocking. This is especially problematic as WHEN (not if) the game softlocks and crashes, it locks your cursor, meaning either restarting your computer or going through Task Manager with Ctrl-Shift-Esc and keyboard controls without looking at the screen will be necessary just to close the game.

I'm definitely glad I got this from a Humble Bundle, otherwise it would have been a huge letdown. Even then, it's disappointing because these problems stand in the way of what seems to be a genuinely great game. Go buy it on GOG instead, from what I've read they fixed the problem. The 1.3 version Steam has is broken on Windows 8 and above, and quite possibly 7 as well, so once again, GOG is the first place you should look for old games. Accept no substitutes.

On the bright side, the sequel "FF vs. the 3rd Reich" seems to be fine on modern systems, even with the Steam version. You're still a fool if you buy it on Steam instead of GOG, but hey, you'll be a fool with a working game.
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Martian Girl From Planet V
( 25.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Freedom Force is a fantastic game for any fans of Silver Age comic books. This may be the most authentic representation of that era I've ever seen, presented without becoming a parody. Yes, most every character takes some inspiration from a pre-existing comic book hero or villain, but they're altered enough to work as their own character.

Gameplay is fun with an easy to learn system that. Finding the right character to take on the right enemy is always satisfying, though inevitably any characters I didn't try out or unlock early on ended up useless by the end as I continually upgraded my four or five favorites. Generally this is not at all a game genre I'd be interested in, but the comic book presentation pulled me in and kept my attention.

However, I can't rightly recommend the game without mentioning the Fist Icon Bug. You may turn off the game and later come back to find your icon is permenantly stuck as a fist, making it difficult to move, and making the character Minuteman run off on his own accord. I've seen a lot of suggested fixes, but since my computer upgraded to Windows 10, they don't seem to work anymore.
These fixes, such as lowering the resolution, may work for you, but please consider the risk. If the answer is no, I'd recommend the sequel, Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich, which does not have this problem.

This is really a shame, because this game is excellent when you are actually able to play it.
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Lurrrch
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
It doesn't work. If you really want it, you MIGHT be able to wrestle it into submission; however, I highly recommend the sequel (also on Steam) instead.
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Korvar
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Completely unplayable. There is a control bug. What is *supposed* to happen is you have a cursur that changes depending on what you are hovering over, but what *actually* happens is somehow it gets stuck in fist (attack) mode and won't change back. I've seen various posts on fixing this, including changing the game compatibility mode, but none of them work.

Do not buy.
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Friday the Thirteenth
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
The tutorial level works, but past that it's buggy to the point of unplayable. Which is a shame. I wanted to like this one.
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Ztree
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Really runs bad, even ran compatibilty mode, still didnt help. Unless you have an old computer avoid this game.
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gonzalo_judo_vm
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
This steam version works like ♥♥♥♥ . Is a good superhero game but it has a lot of bugs. Not recomended.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Although I love a lot of things about this game, the short of this review is that the game had a lot of technical issues back in the day, and still does- it's a pain to get running, and it's a pain to get things like the pathing bug resolved. While one can expect PC users to be problem solvers, I still think it's important to raise the flag with a non-recommendation.

With that (mostly) out of the way:

Freedom force is a top-down squad game with superhero motif and themes and character progression elements. The shining features of the game are undoubtedly its self-aware corniness, the ability to create your own superhero and fight alongside freedom force with them (Cancerquake did his duty well), and the voice acting.

To my knowledge besides its expansion, Freedom Force is one-of-a-kind, and tries to hit all the theme notes- secret societies, giant bugs, giant robots, aliens, gangsters, communists (in particular nuclear winter's theme song is a thing of greatness)- however it generally involves the same small sets of enemies for a number of levels in a row, and levels get really long with limited healing. I ripped through it due to a great custom character, and it still took a long time; the game manages to be both erratic and kinda boring simultaeneously. The giant robot enemies in particular are enormous wads of healthpoints.

The combat is serviceable- but arbitrarily either tough but manageable or an unending onslaught. One particular issue is when you're forced to bring heroes that are woefully unqualified for their required tasks. A couple notable examples are El Diablo's early battle with mobsters and freeze soldiers, any map where Minuteman actually needs to hit something, Liberty Lad's levels wherein he needs to survive eight fights when he can barely win three, anything with Eve or Deja Vu, and any part of the last gamut of levels wherein you will inevitably run out of steam many times. You are going to have to save and load to disarm Nuclear Winter's bomb. Probably a lot.

The combat is simply not balanced- throwing objects and area attacks are the only reliable ways to deal damage (and the latter don't work against fliers). Beams miss more often than not, melee is required but most of the good fighters miss often or take forever to swing and get trounced, and healing is a nightmare.

Through this tirade of flaws, the game still manages to be fun with its corniness- but that's sure to be a turn-off for some as well. There are a few points where maybe a little subtlety might have worked better, but the cheesy narrator and the hilariously sketchy comic-book origins are worth a lot of laughs, as do the alliterative item descriptions.

If you can struggle past the bad and you're not scared of a lot of savescumming and obtuse scenarios, the fighting is strategic to some extent and there's a hell of a lot of customization- as well as mods for traditional superheroes if you know where to look. Some people are going to love Green Latern helping the freedom force, and it's hard not to see that appeal.

Long of this review is, the game is cheap and novel, but you're probably never going to play it because it's a pain to do so. I ended up playing it due to a roulette.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
This steam version works like ♥♥♥♥ . Is a good superhero game but it has a lot of bugs. Not recomended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Completely unplayable. There is a control bug. What is *supposed* to happen is you have a cursur that changes depending on what you are hovering over, but what *actually* happens is somehow it gets stuck in fist (attack) mode and won't change back. I've seen various posts on fixing this, including changing the game compatibility mode, but none of them work.

Do not buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
The tutorial level works, but past that it's buggy to the point of unplayable. Which is a shame. I wanted to like this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Windows 8.1 or 10? Don't bother.

From what little I've played, it seems like a great game-- however, due to compatibility issues this game is downright unplayable. The pathfinding is just broken so that you'll indefinitely run the wrong way and have to click 3 times in arbitrary points to do any interaction, and the game is very prone to softlocking. This is especially problematic as WHEN (not if) the game softlocks and crashes, it locks your cursor, meaning either restarting your computer or going through Task Manager with Ctrl-Shift-Esc and keyboard controls without looking at the screen will be necessary just to close the game.

I'm definitely glad I got this from a Humble Bundle, otherwise it would have been a huge letdown. Even then, it's disappointing because these problems stand in the way of what seems to be a genuinely great game. Go buy it on GOG instead, from what I've read they fixed the problem. The 1.3 version Steam has is broken on Windows 8 and above, and quite possibly 7 as well, so once again, GOG is the first place you should look for old games. Accept no substitutes.

On the bright side, the sequel "FF vs. the 3rd Reich" seems to be fine on modern systems, even with the Steam version. You're still a fool if you buy it on Steam instead of GOG, but hey, you'll be a fool with a working game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Really runs bad, even ran compatibilty mode, still didnt help. Unless you have an old computer avoid this game.
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90 of 94 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
Great game, but needs a little configuration to get it to work in Windows 7 64-bit.

1) Find the executable "fforce.exe" in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Freedom Force

2) Right-click on it and open the Properties

3) Click the Compatibility tab

4) Click the checkbox for "Run this program in compatibility mode for:", and select "Windows 98/Windows ME"

5) Click the checkbox for "Disable visual themes"

6) Click the checkbox for "Disable desktop composition"

7) Click "Apply" and click "OK"

8) Double-click the "fforce.exe" file to run the game directly, rather than going through Steam
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
I love this game. The game is really old so people don't know about it but it has a huge library of custom content. you can basically put any hero you want into the game if you probe the internet for content. This game is a must have game as its pretty unquie. The ability to make your own hero goes far beyond any hero editor on the market today. the story line is very enteraining as well.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2011
If you like squad based RTS gameplay you should love this game. If you also enjoy classic super-hero storytelling and to fool around with the might of superheroes then why aren't you playing this game instead of reading this recommendation?

FF is a game that the creators obviously put a lot of love into and it shows here and in the sequel. If you have any interest in the genre and/or subject matter then you'd be remiss not playing this game sometime before you stop playing games altogether.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2014
7/10
This is a classic comic book game.
It's a classic game about comic books.
It's a game about classic comic books.
If you remember the classic days when comics were cheesy and entertaining. If you ever saw the old 4-colour editions of Marvel or weird tales, then you know what to expect here. The game controls are a little clunky, but you soon forget that as you get lost in the narrative complete with Golden Age staples like the patriotism and clear dividing lines between good and evil, right and wrong. The ability to create you own hero is great, it also provides a deal of complexity and possiblilities that outstrip any modern game. The only thing I've seen that tops it is "Marvel Super Heroes- the Role Playing Game" but that was paper and dice, so it doesn't count.
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