In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.
Original Release: January 9th, 2002
Freedom Force is honestly one of the best PC games I’ve ever had the good fortune of playing. The project is goofy, inspired, addicting, well made and downright fun. This is a real-time tactical point-and-click RPG that centers on the actions of either one character or a team of characters as they make their way through set, scripted levels. You play the Freedom Force, or specific members within, in order to defend Patriot City.
There’s even an online multiplayer mode.
A year or so ago, I found myself on Twitter chatting with a friend about the brilliance of this game. There I was, cruising FF‘s wiki article, when I realized who actually made the product. Irrational Games. That’s right, the stable behind Freedom Force is the same one that built one of this generation’s greatest games: BioShock.
No wonder it’s rife with quality and focused on such a well developed world.
Freedom Force is available on Steam (along with its sequel, Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich) for the wallet gauging price of $4.99. That’s right, this sucker’s priced like a mobile app. You honestly have no reason to miss it, it’s one of the best “comic book” games ever made.
Let’s be serious here, you fight a Russian super villain named “Nuclear Winter.”
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.