Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

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Turning Point: Fall of Liberty
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Release date: February 28, 2008
Developer: Spark Unlimited
Publisher: Codemasters
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Technology: Unreal Engine 3.0

Summary

Turning Point: Fall of Liberty is a first-person shooter video game, developed by Spark Unlimited for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. It was released in North America on February 26, 2008; in Australia on March 13, 2008; and in Europe on March 14, 2008.

The game takes place in an alternate history in which Winston Churchill dies in 1931, eight years before the start of World War II, presenting the possibility of what could have happened to Europe, the United States, and the rest of the world without his leadership. The United Kingdom is subdued by Nazi Germany in 1940, and the rest of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union fall soon afterwards. The United States, infected with anti-war sentiment, does not get involved overseas. The game takes place in the midst of the Greater German Reich's invasion and occupation of the east coast of the United States of America in 1953.

Reviews

Gameplay

In Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, the player assumes the role of Dan Carson, an average New York construction worker who has no prior connection to the military. Unlike other similar war games, the player's objective is not to win the war, but merely to survive in an environment of total war as a resistance fighter.

The game includes many advanced versions of weapons used in World War II, and several that were being researched and developed late in the war but never made it to production. Super-heavy tanks such as the Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus and Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte appear in the game, as well as the Nachteule troop-transport zeppelin, the Flugzeugträger aircraft-carrier zeppelin, and various advanced jet fighters and bombers, all of which are utilized by the German invasion force.

Campaign

Turning Point: Fall of Liberty is based on an alternate history where the point of divergence occurs with Winston Churchill's death in 1931 from being hit by a cab in New York City instead of surviving. Without his leadership, the United Kingdom falls to the Third Reich in 1940 through a successful Operation Sealion, forcing Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to surrender. This allows Germany to sweep across the surrounding countries completely unopposed.

A period of development follows the success of the Axis Powers, transforming conquered Europe into the Greater German Reich and allowing allied Japan to share in the prosperity; at the same time, new weapons like jet fighters and atomic bombs are engineered, raising tensions between the now technologically superior German Reich and the United States. An unexpected invasion of America, Operation Humpback Whale, is launched in 1953, a combined German and Japanese offensive striking at the nation on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The opening scene of the game places the player, a construction worker named Dan Carson, right in the heat of the surprise attack on New York City.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer in Turning Point: Fall of Liberty is available online via Xbox Live, PlayStation Network or through a System Link. Gameplay is divided into two modes: deathmatch and team deathmatch with players able to play as Nazi soldiers or as the American Resistance. Gameplay is centered on four maps based on locations within the game and each map also has its own player limit with eight as the maximum.

Reception

Turning Point: Fall of Liberty received generally negative reviews. IGN.com noted the unique concept for the game's plot, but criticized the quality of the gaming experience as "archaic". Other criticisms included a flat, linear storyline that provided little characterization, a lackluster and unamusing multiplayer mode, and frustratingly uncooperative gameplay actions such as climbing ladders. The musical score was better received, being described as a solid and well-made part of the game. Overall, the game was considered a "shining example of a great idea poorly executed."

1UP.com gave the game a slightly higher rating, but identified the game's worst shortcoming as allowing "the potential-laden narrative (to take) a backseat for most of the adventure." While most criticism was aimed at the under-development of the plot, the review also commented on problems with repetitive objectives and control inconsistencies. In the conclusion, the review stated that "every time Turning Point does something well, it falls short somewhere else." On a more positive note, the game was called "a more than competent deviation for someone itching to kill more Nazis," mainly due to solid gameplay and the intriguing story.

In response to the poor reception of the game by reviewers, the developers of Turning Point: Fall of Liberty have stated that their game was not intended for hardcore gamers, but rather a more casual audience. They claim that reviewers are "too hard" on casual games, explaining the low scores that several games, including Turning Point, have received over recent weeks.

Links

Official Website