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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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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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
it just turned up in my library one day (no clue how, did i get it for free? i really do not know!), so i tried it because it sounded like a lark.
unfortunately it was infuriating to control, and the sound kept cutting out.

basically, the game is unplayable.
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97 of 102 people (95%) 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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44 of 48 people (92%) 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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31 of 34 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 29 people (90%) 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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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
All you need to do is ask yourself how many games can you pick up a taxi cab and throw it at a mobster or beat giant robots with lamp-posts. Does that sound like fun to you? If so this could be right up your ally.


I must have played over 400 hours of this game heck maybe even more, I re-bought it here on steam as my old disk became unable to load after 15 years of dragging it in and out of the CD rom.. It is a wonderful delight for any old comic book fan. the characters are campy like the old batman/superman tv shows. The stories are fun and characters are a hoot.

Characters like the fun loving sea urchin, or the speedy southern boy "Bullet." Mentor the master of mind control or Melancholy "Man-Bot" will keep you going through the different stories and invested in the them The only thing better than the characters are the villains, and the guy narrating does a great job. The game has many short stories, which play like episodes and they all lead up to a final showdown, worth getting too. (20-30 hours on average i would say)

The game has massive re-playability with leveling different characters, I think there are 12+ and you could play through the game 10 times and still have more characters to try. Not to mention the many character combo's and who to use the XP canisters to level up more. Leveling up certain characters can really makes them shine and give a whole new way to play them. Mixing and matching can lead to tons of different ways to play the levels. Who you bring on each mission, and which ones you give canisters too can really change the whole feel of the game.

I will say, the interface and game play takes a lot to get used to, if you aren't familiar with the older GUI's from the 90's it can be tough. But once you figure out how the hits work, and AOE powers and such, it really is fantastic. Just play the game in win98 Compatibility and run as an Admin and you should have no issues, but some do, and I am not sure why. Try reading some of the trouble shooting tips if you are having issues. Outside of the getting to run issue, I have very rarely hit a bug, and typically when they happen you can restart the mission and you should not see it again. Just remember to make a save after or before each mission just in case, as the auto-saves are not very often.

This is one of my favorite games ever made, while FFII, was good, it just is not as good as the first. But if you do like this one, I highly recommend the sequel as it really is more of the same with some better balance. The second is a bit shorter, and is lacking in the amount of new characters. The game is more of a continuation that feels like an expansion verse the whole game of the first. That said, it really is to bad that Irrational never made a third because even an expansion of this to me is better than tons of stuff out there on the market. Maybe one day, but till then try it.. The game is "Antastic!"

(there is also a GoG version now that fixes the dread cursor bug, so you might wan't to take that into consideration)
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Firstly, I'd just lke to say that I bought Freedom Force (FF) at full retail years ago, and I've only just bought it on Steam due to ease of use. Don't let my 'time playing' mislead you as to my level of experience with this game.

Secondly, I am a massive turn-based tactical (TBT) nut. I love TBT games. A game in which intelligence rather than reflex speed rewards the player is my idea of heaven. I'm an older gamer, and despite plenty of time in Doom (and sequels), Duke Nukem 3D, Borderlands, ARMA, BF2 etc., I find my reflexes just can't keep up with the young'uns any more.

And so this brings us to Freedom Force, a realtime-with-pause superhero game that pays shameless homage to the pulpy artwork and storylines of Jack Kirby, the single most important figure in Golden Age comics (sorry, Stan Lee).

While not a TBT game per se, Freedom Force has the same structure of rewarding mind over muscle. The game starts slowly enough, with a single brawler-type character called The Patriot- an analogue of Captain America- and soon expands to incorporate other hero and heroine archetypes. Gaining experience gives you resources that allow you to add new characters from a bank of heroes that you encounter along the way.

One of the primary points of difference is the ability to also use these resources to recruit a custom character. I've played a couple of superhero-themed MMO's and the area in which they all fall flat is character creation. Where they offer 'archetypes' that require your superhero to conform to a template, Freedom Force gives you complete leeway to create any kind of superhero you want. The only limitation is that the more powerful you make your custom character, the longer it will take to obtain the resources you need to field that character.

Now, I'm not exaggerating when I say 'complete leeway'. Want a flying character who drains enemy special powers in a brilliant purple beam then fires them back in a green fireball that does AoE and DoT damage? Done. Want a 'Hulk' style character who throws cars around and absorbs enemy attacks to get stronger? Easy peasy. Want a male toon that seduces enemies into leaving cover using blown kisses, a la a cross-dressing Bugs Bunny, so that your compatriots can smash them flat? Well, it's not very fifties, but I'm sure it's possible.

In playing Freedom Force, you will encounter all kinds of classic 1950's enemies, from evil, Communist ice-villains and giant radioactive ants to self-duplicating cloners. This is where the incredibly deep customisation system comes into play. Every defence has a counter. Every counter has a counter-counter. It's a lot like the Cold War in that respect.

But all that aside, Freedom Force looks and plays brilliantly for a twelve-year-old game. With a fiendish, but not ridiculous difficulty level, amazingly deep customisation, cerebral gameplay and a perfect Kirby aesthetic, Freedom Force is likely the most underrated game ever released.

PROS:
-Deepest customisation ever seen in the superhero genre
-Great storyline
-Loving homage to Golden-Age comics

CONS:
-Graphics are soooo last-generation.
-Takes ages to get stupidly overpowered custom characters into the game.

NEEDS:
-A reboot, with better graphics, possibly set in the Silver Age of comics (1970's-1980's) incorporating new threats and themes. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

WILL APPEAL TO:
-Golden Age comics fans
-Superhero fans who really want to create their 'perfect hero'
-People tired of superhero MMO's but still looking for caped action
-People looking for an tactical game with more flexibility than traditional TBT


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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
My dad had the disc version of this game, but lost the CD code. I wanted to play it, but was never able to. So I finally looked up the CD code and loaded the game. Then I found out it was outdated. So naturally I looked on Steam. I was excited to find it, but when I got it I found it had some compatibility issues with Window 8. I knew this would happen from reading some reviews and followed the steps one of the reviews listed and ran the game that way. It worked perfectly!
Gameplay was torturous at first. If you directed a character to a location, he (or she) would run off in some other direction most of the time and it took a lot of attention to keep the characters on task and became impossible eventually. When I followed the suggested steps, the gameplay was perfect!
The game is hilarious at the same time as being action packed. The click discriptions are plain funny and the catch-phrases are comically old-fangled. The graphics are simpler than modern games (as it is old), but it's altogether awesome! The role-playing mechanics are very sound and make a lot of sense.

This game has all the elements of a good comic superhero world. Colorful heroes and villains, clever catch phrases, and an amusing story line. This is among the best superhero-themed games I've ever played!
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This isn't really a review but more of a warning to those that consider playing this game. The game itself is quite old that makes it very prone to some technical issues. And one of these problems is the pathfinding, which is makeing the game nearly unplayable but there is an easy solution to that problem and down below there is a link that is fixing that problem.
steam://openurl/http://steamcommunity.com/app/8880/discussions/0/358416640398103145/#p1
Now making this review I also wanted to make the game score go a bit higher, the reason to that is that the game itself is getting very negative opinions that could be (possibly) eraesd just by downloading this patch. So anyone that is already considering giving this game a bad mark just for the controls that can be fixed can rethink writing the review and try the game that is actually playable.
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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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Dire
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 30
Not sure why I got this game. I thought I had good memories of it. I was mistaken. The controls are lackluster, the graphics are really old by now, the voice acting is ATROCIOUS and the story is just meh, so what is there? Technically it's a squad based tactics game, but to be honest the controls are imho to finicky to really make use of the game mechanics. If you're desperate for some 3rd grade superhero action, go ahead. Otherwise just leave this be.

If you DO pick it up, be sure to check the community hub for the cursor fix on modern systems. Otherwise your commands will just not work properly (left click completely disabled apart from attacking) and your character will run off screen eventually, breaking the mission.

Oh and the game crashes after every exit on Windows 10.
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Damien Ramirez
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 31
crap
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Wormri
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
Broken, Buggy, Clunky, and that's only the tutorial I am talking about.

This game had so much potential, but how am I supposed to even try it when the main character moves to the direction opposite to which I point it? it disregards orders, goes through walls, and even the tutorials themselves are misguiding "click left on a building to jump on top of it" it says, and when I click on that poor polygonized building it just attacks it.

I can't recommend this broken piece of crap to anyone.

Edit: I am aware there is a fix, but at this point I don't even care, it's not worth it.
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P'TrickZ
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
As many players mentioned, the character in the tutorial runs straight out of the map.

16:9 resolution is supported BUT it still has the mouse control feeling of 4:3 streched!

Try Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich if you want this kind of game.
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Dank Chicken
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
my guy got stuck in a building only 2 min in.
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opadong
37.1 hrs
Posted: August 15
Great Classic Game.

Unfortunately the Steam Version of the Game has a very bad bug that ruins the controls and makes it almost unplayable. A lot of the bad reviews are just because of that bug, and not because the Game is bad. The GOG Version doesn't have this bug.

A 100% working Fix can be found here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/8880/discussions/0/358416640398103145/#p1
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AlmightyFridges
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
Ever seen a game where the main character doesn't even want to be in it? Any move command in the tutorial level makes my character run out of the map into the abyss to never be seen again.
Actually unplayable.
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DaCheese - #MAGA
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 8
Have you ever wanted to play a broken game with terrible pathing? Then this is the game for you! IC can't even get past the tutorial because of pathing issues. 10/10
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