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Turning point. The Nazis suffer again!
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Jojoborne
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Good fun. Can be picked for less than a fiver.
Disadvantages: Maybe not up to the standard of the top games graphic wise.
Set in America in 1953 this is a take on what would have happened if England had not won World War Two and overthrown the Germans.
As you may or may not know, Winston Churchill was involved in an accident where he was struck a glancing blow by a taxi. This is the reason that he spent most of his days walking with a cane.
In the alternate history depicted in the game, Churchill is struck by the taxi a split second later and as a result loses his life. Germany goes on to conquer Poland, France, Spain, the rest of Europe and mainland Africa. This leaves the Germans with one target....The United States of America.
You play Don Carson, a mild mannered construction worker who finds himself at the front of the effort by the resistance in a fierce battle to save his countrymen and the people of the world.
The game is divided into various chapters, which get progressively harder as you make your way through the story. The opening level contains button hints and acts as a play tutorial as is the norm with most games nowadays. The graphics aren't outstanding and it won't win any awards and when I first played it I didn't think it would be a game to hold my attention for long. I purchased it second hand and it only cost me seven pounds, so no big deal if it wasn't up to scratch. So off I went just going through the motions.
Then something happened; I started getting involved in the story and started to realize that although the graphics aren't as plush as a 'call of Duty' offering, the atmosphere and game play help you to overlook this and it all starts to becoming rather interesting and charming; also quite addictive. The sound of the air-raid sirens, bombs going off and gun shots in the distance really make for a realistic backdrop.
You can play the game at various levels from Easy to Normal, hard and Insane. I started on 'normal' as I usually tend to do on games and I actually found some of the levels quite challenging and had to play them over a few times in some cases. I actually prefer this though instead of breezing through a game on the easy level and not really facing any challenges.
WEAPONS AND COMBAT
The weapons available are really quite unique to this game in the fact that they are fictional weapons made up from actual blueprints that were discovered after the real war.
As usual on the Xbox 360, the right trigger is used to fire the weapons. Left trigger, when pressed, brings the gun up to eye level so you can use the gun sight for more accurate shooting.
You can only carry two weapons at any given time, so you have to use your discretion when swapping guns. You do this by holding down the 'X' button when standing over a rifle on the floor. This will swap the weapon you are armed with so make sure you are holding the weapon you wish to swap. For example; you may need a rocket launcher to take out a couple of troublesome blimps that have you trapped on a bridge, only to realize that you dropped the rocket launcher earlier. When you replay the level, make sure you hang onto the rocket launcher.
You can also carry hand-grenades as well as your two weapons. To throw a grenade you have to press the right bumper button and you can determine the height and angle of the throw with the 'Right' analogue stick.
Some weapons have night vision equipped and the MP50 rifle is fitted with a flashlight, which comes in handy in dark areas of the game. Clicking the 'Right' analogue stick down activates night vision and flash lights.
Sometimes you will find yourself out of ammunition or simply to close to an enemy to draw your weapon in time. When standing adjacent to an enemy you can press the 'B' button, which activates the grapple action scene. Once the scene unfolds you will be locked in a grapple with a German soldier. Use the 'D-Pad' to initiate and perform different kills. For instance; pressing upwards on the 'D-Pad' will cause you to punch the enemy in the face and disarm him. You then finish him off by whacking him over the head with the rifle or weapon that you took from him. Pressing down on the 'D-Pad' will cause you to grab the soldier by the throat and spin him around, thus using him as a human shield.
Once you have rendered the enemy immobile you can pick up any ammunition he has or swap one of your weapons for his.
MOVEMENT AND AI
The movement is in first person and quite fluid and easy to get the hang of. You can invert the x-y axis to your own preference.
There are certain parts of the game where you will encounter flashing yellow objects such as walls and drainpipes. You can climb or use these objects by pressing 'B'. The mode then shifts to third person so you can better control the climb or slide down a zip wire. Once you have accomplished your task the game reverts to first person view again.
The AI of the enemy is pretty good considering this was not a high brow game as such. The Germans will attack you incessantly and take cover from your return fire. They intelligently disperse from the area when you throw a grenade and regroup to start a new attack. It's best to throw a grenade as late as you can after holding the 'right' trigger. This gives the enemy less chance to avoid the explosion. Don't hold it for too long mind.
The menus are straight forward and easy to follow.
The game screen has five major indicators in the bottom left corner. You have your current weapon being used, your secondary weapon and number of bullets remaining. When the enemy fires at you, you are warned in the shape of a red indicator and an arrow in the centre of the screen, pointing in the direction of the fire. You are also prompted when an action is necessary; such as 'A' to open a door or 'X' to pick up or swap a weapon.
On completion of a chapter within a mission you are provided with a statistics screen that tells you how many enemies you shot and how accurate your shooting was.
Saving your game is automatic and allows you to start again from your last saved checkpoint if you are killed. Some of the checkpoints are quite challenging to reach, so you will find yourself right back where you started on occasion, which can be a little frustrating if it took you a while to get through a chapter, especially on the harder levels.
The online multi-player function allows you to log onto X-Box live and play with two to eight players in any number of death matches and survival modes. You can choose 'Quick Match' to be randomly selected to play with other online players or you can create your own custom match, which enables you to choose your own settings, such as weapons used and areas to battle it out in. You can also create private games to invite your friends to.
I would like to go more into the online play on this game but sadly the feature as been disabled due to lack of players as the game is now quite old. It was a lot of fun and in my opinion better than some of the bigger sellers such as 'Call of Duty' and the like. There was no lag and two to eight people was just the right number of players. In some games you can have anywhere from ten to sixty players and it all becomes a little pointless. Having fewer players allowed you more freedom to plan your attacks.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a game and had a few good hours of fun on it. I was a little perturbed by the fact that my second hand game had a scratch on it which caused a glitch on one of the later levels so I still have yet to see the ending. I will definitely be buying it again as I would like to see the outcome of the story, which as I said is pretty involving without being too drawn out. There are also extras unlocked on the games completion.
All in all I can't fault this game, which you can pick up for ten pounds or less brand new now. Definitely worth a dabble.
Summary: Good old fashioned shooting fun