Turning Point: Fall of Liberty
Review by trackdemon
Introduction - World War II has been implemented into first person shooters since it's inception of Wolfenstein 3d and continued on with the Medal of Honor series and Call of Duty.
World War II had been a fascination of many people. The event showcased what can happen when a madman (Hitler) convinces a civilized country (Germany) to follow his master plan.
Nazi Germany brought some of the more horrific scenes in modern history to the forefront of the world. Deadly scenes of concentration camps and some of the most violent battles in history have been implanted into the minds and hearts of people around the world.
A frightening reality exist that had a few events gone differently, then the Axis powers may have easily won the war. Had that happened, many people believe that the Nazi party would have taken control of Germany.
Throughout history, the thought of a New World Order has fascinated people as evident by such popular works of literature such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451.
Therefore it should come as little shock that Codemasters has made a video game that not only addresses these questions, but thrust the player into an alternate reality where Nazi Germany controls Europe and eventually invades the United States.
Does the game hold up to the lofty standards set by the excellent World War II sims Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, or does it aim too high and fall too short:
Gameplay - The game play in this game is typical of most first person shooters. The controls aren't flashy or inventive, but does get the job done. The grapple system, which is used for hand-to-hand combat, works very well and is implemented nicely into the game play. Aiming and shooting isn't as tight as other games such as Halo 3 but doesn't hinder the game experience.
Your character does not move as fast as other FPS, but moves at a nice speed that interacts into the world at a realistic pace.
Story - The story revolves around an alternate World War II reality where Nazi Germany has won the war. You play a construction worker that is fighting as part of the resistance against invading German forces. The story isn't the deepest, but moves along nicely to advance the player throughout the game using cut scenes and video to convey the events of the game.
Graphics/Sound - If there is a down side to this game is that the graphics are not on par with other games (Call of Duty 4, Halo 3). However, the visuals do not take away from the game experience. The graphics do a good job of conveying the 1940s-1950s "feel". Explosions do not have the wow factor of other game, but do a good job of portraying New York City under attack.
There are a few moments in the game where slowdown occurs, but nothing that detracts from the game.
This game excels in the sound department. Turning Point: Fall of Liberty supports some excellent in-game sounds.
Weapon effects sound extremely good and add to the intensity that an invasion would have. The explosions are handled very well and do a very good job adding to the intensity of the game.
One of the best aspects of the game is the background noise. Throughout the game you will hear Germans barking commands to citizens asking them to "put down your weapons or you will be annihilated". It adds to the realism of the game and works extremely well for this title.
The German accents sound very similar to Wolfenstein and do a very acceptable job.
Also adding to the game is an excellent musical score that intensifies during appropriate times in the game. Definitely one of the better musical scores on any game that rivals Medal of Honor: Frontlines as one of the best scores in video games.
The Collectors Edition comes packaged with an in-game soundtrack bonus-disc which is definitely worth the extra 5$. A simply remarkable soundtrack that deserves mention. A sharp, crisp and original soundtrack that simply elevates the game.
Play Time/Replayability - This game will take between 6-10 hours to play. However, it is an enjoyable game that is fun to play over again, with the different difficulty levels adding a more advanced and tougher computer opponent. On-line play, while not the best, is decent and enough to warrant a second look at this title. On-line adds to the replay value, though this games shining moment is the solo campaign.
Final Recommendation - If you are a history buff or a fan of first person shooters, this game is highly recommended. While some fans may be turned off by the limited graphics, those with patience will find a very enjoyable game. If high-end graphics are a must for you, then rent first. Overall, a very enjoyable title and one of the more under-rated games in recent memory.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 03/04/08
Game Release: Turning Point: Fall of Liberty (US, 02/26/08)
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