Freedom Fighters – Guide/Play-through [ver. 1.0.0.]

I remember back then when I was enjoying different games, old games, good games, filled with action and interesting stories and since I missed some of them, I decided to look up some of my old favorite games and replay them. One title that is situated among them is Freedom Fighters. A good story, graphics look a little bit terrible, but I don’t seek only graphics in games, therefore – games should be enjoyed.

SPOILERS/HINTS/DETAILS/GUIDES from this point further.

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Developed in 2003 by IO Interactive and published by EA (Electronic Arts) – Freedom Fighters takes you into an alternative reality and an imagined historical period – in which the Soviet Union occupied New York City. You are a simple plumber, Chris Stone working along with your brother Troy, when you have to take a job inside Isabella Angelina’s apartment, an activist from a group fighting against the soviets.

Another crappy Monday it seems at first, until you reach the apartment and find it empty. Not long after that, a group of Russian soldiers led by General Tatarin enters the building asking about the female activist.

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– [game starts here] –

  you have the third person view of your character, you can move around, crouch, jump and attack. [keys W, A, S, D, Ctrl, Space bar].

– you are equipped with a wrench [default item/weapon in various games like Prey, Bioshock, Half Life, Doom].

This is the very first weapon you find in the game, you first use it to beat a Soviet soldier to death in a Apartment Block hallway, freeing many hostages, along with the mysterious ‘Mr Jones‘. It has a good attack and can be used for more stealthy kills, but loses almost all use later in the game except for opening manhole covers and prison gates.

General Tatarin orders the destruction of the apartment – you will have to hide not to be hit by the bullets storming down from one of the helicopters outside. Exit the apartment building and take down the soviet soldier in the hallway. You save the civilians and one of them – Mr. Jones – will take you to a safer place, assisting you in taking down the soldiers that will attack you.

– gained Pistol [8/15 rounds] on the rooftop after exiting the hallway.

After you escape to the roof along with Jones, who kills an unsuspecting Soviet Soldier allowing you to climb up and claim the pistol for yourself, as soon as you run along a second roof a Soviet Helicopter deploys troops, allowing you to kill them at your leisure. It is a fairly weak weapon, useful only in tight situations in the game were you may run out of ammunition for a specialized weapon. It holds a 17 round magazine with a maximum carrying capacity of 60 rounds and resembles the Beretta M9 pistol, a side-arm that is not standard issue in the Russian military.

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At this point you can climb up on different parts of the rooftops and observe the panic below – people running and trying to hide from the tank attacking the street and the helicopter creating frustration and distress.

By climbing down some stairs you will have the chance to take out a group of three soldiers. You can use the environment to your advantage. Shooting a barrel will cause and explosion and the death of the enemies. Also shooting cars will have the same effect.

– gained Medic Kit – restores health points to the character, also can be used to heal a wounded person or a wounded recruit. By healing other NPCs you gain charisma points and with more charisma that you have, the more squad members you can recruit – with a maximum of twelve.

– exit into the street and move along the distresses NPCs, following Mr. Jones. 

– rescue Bagzton and receive +25 points of charisma.

– gained Molotov Cocktail before exiting the next building.

First used by the Finnish against the Russians during the Russo-Finnish War (Also known as the Winter War), the Molotov Cocktail is the first explosive used in game, and is the most common explosive in the whole game, its only other explosive being the hand grenade and the C4. It works fairly well, able to burn enemies (as well as the player if he is caught in its flame) to death with 1-2 Molotov’s. It is only used by the player and one Freedom Fighter during the opening invasion of Governor’s Island. The total number of Molotov cocktails carried at a time is 10.

By eliminating the rest of the soldiers in your way – you end up in a dead-end with a manhole which can be used to get to safety into the sewers under the city. You can open manhole covers to get to the underground base, to quick-save or to change locations on your map.

You assist to the first news broadcast after the recent events – from which you learn that the soviets and here to restore peace and stability to the troubled country that America is in the game’s present.

– enter sewer base. This is a safe zone, used for planning the next moves and storing equipment. You get your first two missions.

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– gained Assault Rifle after entering the Post Office Area.

A standard issue kit piece found with both rebels and Russians alike, the assault rifle is a direct descendant of the original AK-47 and serves as the standard infantry rifle of the Soviet Armed Forces. It is either an AK-74, the 47’s replacement in Soviet service starting in 1974, or an AK-101 or AK-103, both of which were designed and adopted in the 1990s’s. A reliable all-purpose rifle, the assault rifle can be found at the Post Office and the Police Precinct early in the game, and appears constantly until the end. The assault rifle has a magazine capacity of 30 rounds and a carrying capacity of 180 rounds. Fully available to the player for use, it is used almost universally by regular Soviet troops, while stolen and captured stocks are also frequently being turned against the Soviets by Rebel forces. A few Soviet Security Forces members are seen carrying it, along with two Soviet Commandos in the cut-scene that plays when Chris Stone returns to find the main Rebel base captured.

At this point you will need C4 to destroy the fuel tanks in this area.

The C4 is a very useful weapon, however its only purpose is in demolitions objectives. These targets include, yet are not limited to helipads, bridges, and generators. You can carry only 4 on your person.

Visiting the Police station area you will encounter a group of cops battling some snipers. By blowing up the fuel tanks you will also get rid of the snipers. By using the subway tunnel in the Police station area you will manage to fight your way into the station, eliminate the soviet soldiers and rescue Isabella.

A good strategy here is to hide around a corner and use Molotov cocktails on the soldiers coming your way, since they tend to form groups and then come towards you. This way you can eliminate multiple targets at once. Also using the environment seems to help you complete the mission.

– gained shotgun inside the Police station.

The strongest weapon in the game, the Combat Shotgun has a magazine of 8 shells and a maximum carrying capacity of 80 shells. Its weapon spread is the highest in the game, reducing accuracy greatly with range. The weapon is the first two handed weapon the player can get from his sewer base. Both the player and rebels use it. Only Soviet officers are seen with it, though occasionally a Soviet soldier can be seen with it too. It is modeled off the SPAS-12 shotgun.

I don’t quite use this weapon in this game, but I prefer it when battling zombies in some other titles [Half Life, Left4Dead]. After clearing the underground parking lot, the main lobby and the first two floors of the Police Station, you get to rescue Isabella Angelina and rise the American flag on top of the building, completing the mission. Below are my stats of the mission.

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Continuing with the game you will have to regain control, over the region of the Post Office. You can recruit two Freedom Fighters and order them to attack the soldiers ahead. High places are good for strategic maneuvers and also for observing the actions of the enemies, observing infiltration points and making routes for a better counter-attack. In this mission you also save your brother who was taken hostage.

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Completion of each mission takes you back to the safe house in the sewers.

[to be continued…]

10 Days…

You might think that this is some sort of The Ring Sequel – in which the phone rings and your hear 10 days… as in your last days. Nope. Not at all. Just a personal-theme article on this blog. And I am talking about how I have 10 days of leave – in which I can just don’t-give-a-fuck.

Explaining this – I will say that I took 10 days of leave, to clear up my mind and not to have to talk to anyoneeee :))) since I am always at the job.. doing who-the-fuck-knows-what. I really needed a break. And I finally got it. I have these days for myself, to indulge myself into my passions, to read, to play video-games, to study since I am beginning school in October (note-to-self: I should write an article regarding this experience).

As far as this blog is concerned.. I’ve decided that everything I write – and I am talking about the reviews and guides here – for everything I am experiencing (anime series, movies, games, other stuff) to be filled with details. I will not write a single article regarding  a matter but a series of articles – stating and explaining the chosen subject. I know – you might think is irrelevant – but it is just a personal point-of-view and that is how I want this blog to work. I will not write very much – since the really busy days are about to come, and I don’t have quite the time and the mood to do everything I used to do. Been ages since I last saw an anime, movies now and then, the only thing I constantly get to taste – are the video-games. But not every time I want.

You know – getting old, having responsibilities, looking at existence differently, you have to give-up on soooo many things. I know it sounds childish, but all the work, and the problems, and the serious stuff, and doing whatever-the-fuck needs to be done and solved and shit – gets to you – at some point. I don’t say that you start changing these things and never work again or stuff, but you need breaks – you need to get out of the world and into your head.. to find some peace and some… hmmm what is that smeeeell – ohh.. I am making some fries to go with these days off-job ;).

Back to the subject – I will use these days to gain some peace, some sleep, to forget all the stress and the ridiculousness at the job. It is very hot being summer, and I fucking hate summer.. need autumn.. the colder days – in which you can actually think and not slowly melt away…

But anyways.. I started to re-play Diablo I. Classic. Masterpiece. I will write an article about it. Been playing yesterdays quite a few hours, I am currently in the catacombs – level 6. Also saw Annabelle Creation yesterday with my girl. Quite an experience. Today I played and I will continue playing Layers of Fear. I plan an article with lots of screenshots. I also want to re-watch my all-time favorite anime – Elfen Lied. I also want to start reading Metro 2033 and Frankenstein, one of these days. And I have to study economics – like really hard.

But until then – fries awaaaaait for me. Peace.

It is You. It is about Us.

It was morning. Early. Was silence. The beginning of a new week.

You were still asleep. I just woke up before the lady announcing “it’s 6 fifteen” and saw your pretty sleeping face. U were so calm, so beautiful. U always look so peaceful when u sleep.. it is hard for me to resist not to kiss you. And I never resist. I go with it.. Because u are what I was looking for.

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When you laugh uncontrollably, when you sing your favorite songs which you put on repeat in the mornings, when you slowly dance, when you get all serious, when u are excited about riding your bike or having a walk through the city, cooking, reading, looking all hot and smart, when you say how is your day, your greetings and your smiles – each of these elements make me love you even more.

Holding you, touching your hand, playing with your hair, falling asleep next to you, eating salads and other stuff, having conversations on different topics – these are the greatest moments of my life with you. I treasure them. I replay them in my mind when u are not here. And I enjoy every millisecond when they happen.

Because you are my happiness. And I love you.

P.S. – If I could live a second time, I would find you sooner and love you even more.

Wifey 🙂

Twin Peaks – S01 E01 – Review

With the reboot of the famous TV-show Twin Peaks, I’ve decided to re-watch the original seasons which premiered in 1990 and were very appreciated.

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I recall that I was quite young when I was watching this show with my parents and it appeared to me very intriguing and frightening as well. Loved the soundtrack and I was scared of Bob :))) I was like 4 or 5 back then. And til to this day, Twin Peaks remains one of my favorites.

Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, the show offers a unique story filled with suspense, mystery, psychological elements and crime details. An autumnal atmosphere linked with everyday life pieces takes you into a labyrinth of questions, a puzzle of existence. All the characters are impressive, have their own way of seeing life and dealing with everything that is happening. A wide range of personalities involved in one of the best stories ever told on screen.

[SPOILER ALERT – I recommend that you watch the series

before reading the following statements!]

The first episode begins with Pete Martell going fishing, when he discovers a corpse wrapped in plastic. The calmness and the silence of this town is about to dissipate. Little anyone knew that one particular murder will change everything for almost everyone in Twin Peaks.

Tension. The fear of the unknown. A lack of certainty. All these things start to happen after Sarah Palmer finds out, one morning that her daughter is missing. Nobody seems to know where she is. But sooner or later she realizes that something is wrong. In these moments the human mind starts playing tricks and takes you into that zone where you start imagining the worst. And the worst is happening…35891bd9aed810f5c14910bcb950f1b1

It happens that the body discovered washed ashore is Laura Palmer – know by everyone in this town. From this point on – enigmatic figures and shades of truth start revealing. It is almost as everything that was supposed to be known has a darker shadow attached to it.

After the family is announced of this tragic event – we assist to an induced turbulence in the characters’ lives.

It is unreal to take and comprehend such an information. Someone gone forever… everything he or she could have been in the future days is limited to nothing. We have a scene in which the wind blows hard on some trees reminding us that every possible angle of an existential storm can change its direction into a new value. It is an ephemeral world.

The murder causes distress in the entire community. Relatives, friends and other subjects close to the victim now take part in a grotesque show of ambivalence.

We discover love triangles, people who use different masks to show when a certain situation is depicted, an imbalance in the routine, people who get involved with this case only to escape from being caught with dirty secrets and so on. A very first impressive episode, filled with details and question marks.66923.original-4216

And then agent Dale Cooper arrives, to give the whole situation a new perspective.

From his arrival, Cooper seems attracted to the new environment and begins to love Twin Peaks, with its good and bad parts. A duality is presented about the town – one part shows pleasant people, hard-working citizens,  culture and development, myths and legends, untouched nature – the other shows the darker facts about these people, their capabilities, secrets, intentions, past and so.

One of the characters, James seems to be a suspect. When he talks to Laura’s best friend, Donna – he explains how different a person Laura was in the evening of her last day alive. The weird silence before the thunderstorm.

From this first episode, lots and lots of questions are raised.

[to be continued…]

 

Prey – Game Guide – Part 1.0.

So I am back on working articles on this blog. And – since lately I’ve been playing some games – which I am really enjoying – I wanted to start another series of articles – guides – for one of the games I fell in love with.

The so called reboot of the 2006 game Prey. 1465797909-prey-logo

But since people call it a reboot – the game is nothing similar to the previous game sharing the same name. You can only find similarities in the name and the presence of alien creatures that invaded the in-game world.

Developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, Prey takes you on a journey on the space station named Talos I. As in many games out there – you find yourself on an abandoned facility, filled with corpses of the crew members, creatures that attack you and disastrous conditions.

Talos I has multiple areas that can be explored in order to complete missions, search clues, read emails and notes, find supplies and ammo.

[SPOILERS AHEAD]

As a first-person perspective game, Prey lets you to interact with the world around you. The protagonist – which you can choose to be a male of a female – wakes up on a Monday, date March 15th 2032. You wake up in your room and you receive a phone-call from your brother regarding some tests you have to complete.

You receive your first quest- First Day On The Job.

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Arriving at the testing area you discover that some sort of alien form is present among the crew members, called Mimics. Thing is, after this event, you once again wake up at the same location, date being the same. You discover that this was all a lie – your room and the space around you being just simulation labs. Your role in exploring and finding out what is really happening begins here.

I currently completely a few other quests like:

I still have some problems with finding key-cards and entering restricted areas – but this is one of the fun things about Prey – you can explore and solve quests as you want, taking your time and finding clues everywhere. One thing I like about the game is that it tells you the amount of time spend playing – like in those fascinating JRPGs, in which you explore and battle creatures over and over to develop and level up your characters. In Prey you can find chip-sets to evolve your suit, neuromodes to gain abilities, chip-sets to improve your weapons and many other things.

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I spend almost 10 hours exploring the space station and battling Mimics and Phantoms and Corrupted machinery. So this guide-article will continue with part 2.0. in which I will talk about neuromods, technologies, recycle systems and other things you can do in Prey.

[to be continued]

 

Nekojiru-sou [Conceptual Review]

As an anime fan, I dwell into shows that are purely amazing. Genres like psychological, horror, thriller, dementia and drama are my favorites [as stated many, many times before]. And here I am watching Nekojiru-sou, on a Monday at job :)) [because why not].

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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 21, 2001
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 32 min.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

 

This title embarks you into a world of surreal tenderness, depictions of imagination and strange facts.

 

[SPOILERS AHEAD!]

 

We assist to a death scene from almost the very beginning. It is told ritualistically, using a process of three steps. The soul of the poor cat leaves her body after three blinkings, and the forth times she sees death coming for her.

 

Her brother, after seeing his sister leaving with death, he tries to save her soul from death, and rips apart that aura of her substantiality, making his sister – a shell of her former self. He gains one part of her soul. Death leaves with the other part.

 

The story-telling process is a complex one.

 

There are humans depicted as elements in an absurd existence, strange characters, like the cloud-bird in the circus, which is used as a metaphor for cruelty towards animals in a circus. We have God who cuts a female into pieces and puts her together using a spell – which is an epithet for religious expression. Then comes the Noe’s Ark scene, in which humanity brought doom upon themselves – as the official story tells – and not that the nature’s wrath was beyond control in a moment of this planet’s history.

 

Elements like this are detailing the course of the story written here.

 

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Strange things begin to happen after the waters evaporate. We have elements of voodoo – in which one characters is sewing up parts of corpses to create a sort of community from dead “things”, excessive violence, graphic depictions of gross and unussual behavior.

 

The tones used are pale, almost rotting, creating a perfect ambiance and an atmosphere for this ilogical and irrational tale of unreason.

 

One scene in particular was a favorite of mine. I would call it terror-punk subgenre [if that even exists], in which a man with bdsm inclinations is trying to kill our protagonists, but ends up chopped-up by our beloved cute friends. The OVA is produced in such a manner in which the cuteness is very well fusioned with the acts of brutality and tragedies of the story.

 

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Another thing that is very pleasant and demads gratitude is the imagination of the author, used professionally in creating situations and characters out-of-this world. Like the water-elephant or the abstract art used in the backgrouds with a note of H. P. Lovecraft phenomena.

 

The paradox of time, stopping it, fastforwarding it, elements of the Darwinist theory, mechanisms of life, the evolution of life, historical moments, and the traditional japanese lifestyle – all in one creation.

 

 I recommend the title for its originality. Score 5/5.