CES '08: Turning Point: Fall of Liberty Hands-On

This alternate history first-person shooter gets a public display before shipping out next month.

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LAS VEGAS--Turning Point: Fall of Liberty revolves around the premise that Winston Churchill died when he was hit by a taxi in 1931 (in reality, he lived, but had to use a cane the rest of his life). With one of Hitler's most stalwart foes out of the way, the Third Reich conquers all of Europe and then sets its sights on the US. So this is very much an alternative history first-person shooter, one that tasks you with being an ordinary Joe who must help defeat the invading German horde.

With Turning Point due to ship at the end of February for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, we got a chance to play through the first mission of the game. This is a mission that portrays the invasion of New York City by German airborne forces. Your character is a construction worker on a high-rise project downtown when the Nazi bombers arrive on the scene. The opening mission requires you to escape in a highly scripted sequence full of moments like steel trusses being knocked out moments before you're about to cross them, explosions opening up new avenues for you to navigate, and environmental interaction where you activate sprinklers to put out a fire that's blocking your way.

In the middle of the escape sequence, German paratroopers arrive on the scene. One of them lands directly in front of you, but he has his back to you while he struggles with pulling in his parachute. This provides an opportune moment for you to grab him from behind in a grapple hold and dispatch him using a number of different moves. The bonus out of this is that by killing him, you get to pick up his weapon. So, yes, you have a machine gun, too. Have fun killing Nazis with that.

Because the game is set in 1953, it doesn't feature a lot of conventional and familiar World War II weapons and vehicles. Instead, there are a lot of weird, prototype weapons that were on the drawing board when the Third Reich got crushed, such as jet bombers and zeppelin troop transports. So Turning Point manages to avoid the burden of being yet another World War II first-person shooter and instead promises something interesting and different. We'll see how it pans out next month.

Discussion

188 comments
Codgin
Codgin

Alot of people are commenting on the demo, not the game, maybe just maybe the games a little more solid than the demo, maybe they changed it since its release many moons ago, just maybe...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

siiixon, it isnt bad because of any obvious reason like GFX, it is fundamentaly bad.

siiixon
siiixon

to bad there is no demo for PC, the xbox versions are of no concert to me, it could be still a good game on PC.... anyone else thinks we should be able to filter console comments from PC user comments ?!!?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Its total cra@p, i wouldnt waste your time or money on this!, im done!!

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

The demo was god awful. This game is, honestly, a steaming pile of S%*#!!!!!! Look at the graphics, they look like a slightly better GAMECUBE game!! And I loved the weapons: mp50!!! Whats the difference from an mp44? It has a flashlight!!!!!(sarcasm)

bryanlbs
bryanlbs

Highly disappointed by the bad reviews. I will steer myself clear of this one.

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

Where is there user score? Anybody else notice the typo appearing in the summary description???

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

If youve seen 'The Ring' then its like that but about a game as opposed to a video :)

ps3pwnr
ps3pwnr

ya i heard that this demo was very bad and was supposed to scare a person for life

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

well i played the demo and it scarred me for life.......

pidow
pidow

Why all the fighting? If the game is not good, don't buy or play. I pre-ordered the game....If it is BAD, I will not play another game from those guy's....burn me once, never twice.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

i checked out the link 'Stubbie1', all i can say is that the issues they have addressed are what i would call 'Fundamental'! the fact that they required us to feed this ino back to them shows a great deal of in-experience as they are all the building blocks of ANY game. Sorry guys but for me personally, this is a sure fire MISS!!!

100starz
100starz

nephariou, do you know that not completely obscuring swear words is against the rules? W/e,i thin i'll rent this game. All the negative reviews totalleh turned me off.

mkleck
mkleck

Well I know they have addressed the concerns of the people who have played the demo. I enjoyed the demo anyhow, so I should be happy with the final product. I will rent it first though. No reason to throw 50 bucks at something I don't like or can beat in under 10 hours.

aaronannie68
aaronannie68

well i was really looking forward to this game. after reading some of the comments posted, its making me somewhat apprehensive about buying it. guess this one will be better rented 1st.

shaakti123
shaakti123

good premise, but it probably won't end up being very good.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Lion55, MOH Allied as a great game.... on PC anyway, dont compare that to this cr@p

Stubbie1
Stubbie1

no by major overhual they ment the are going to fix the controls and bump the graphics up a few nochies

Lion55
Lion55

Sorry. I was dissapointed.....I tried the demo and it was like....well........... MoH: Allied Assault.....yes...its true...its that bad

Lion55
Lion55

I tried the demo...and I'm sad to say.....It sucks....its crappy...its boring.....

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I am assuming that "some last min. major overhual" is developer speak for shelving it!!

Stubbie1
Stubbie1

I am hopeing that they fixed this game. I have been watching it ever sence the first info came out on it. Codemaster said that the are going to do some last min. major overhual after the feed back they recived from the demo. If this game falls through, it will realy damage my trust in taking a chance on a unknowen game. I love the story in this game and I am a big fan of FPSs so Im at least going to rent it and think of what could of been. p.s. sorry for the bad spelling

TWolf9326
TWolf9326

Let me just say this now, i've been interested in this game for about a year now and i feel like it has a lot if potential. I have played the demo on my 360 and nearly threw-up the graphics are absolutely horrible the A.I is very Dumb, the gameplay is scary-bad. But looking at the latest screens ive seen that graphics are improved somewhat, however looking at all the bad guys on the screen I noticed they're a bunch of clones!! Now im very sceptical of this game, and if you were planning to buy it... don't at most I would rent it first rather than spending 60 bucks for the P.O.S I had to play in the Demo.

silent_riku
silent_riku

I played the demo and i have to say... I was not impressed... seeing as it was a demo I could forgive the lack of interesting graphics since it is a demo but the gameplay should've been a tad more polished seeing as you're supposed to give us something worth playing in the demo for us to want to buy the full game... and I agree with cm018b2391, nothing happens when you shoot their heads... they just keep blasting... even shooting their limbs didn't affect them... if this is what the game is gonna turn out to be then count me out. this is my first impression of the game and no one can blame me for feeling this way since they gave us such a crappy demo.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

I really hope this game has good multiplayer. Its got so much potential, especially with all those sweet guns, but I havent heard a thing about it, which is leading me to think that they're just gonna throw it in as an extra and never fully develop it. I hope they do it well ;)

100starz
100starz

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100starz

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

well isuppose if you go around bombing peoples countries, you should expect some reprisals!

cm018b2391
cm018b2391

i played the xbox demo last night, i had to check my watch to see if i had gone back in time to the original xbox release.... have the developers seen any of the new games out since 2002? let alone the likes of gears of war etc the graphics are appalling, the action cluncky and you shoot jerry square in the face to no effect... amazing. absolute rubbish game.

Trellot_1
Trellot_1

edub272, If we've never been invaded on our own soil, how do you explain the British invasion of 1814? The British troops burned down the White House and other government buildings...on our own soil. And, please, have more regard when referencing the attack on NYC on 9/11. Reading 'nevermind NYC' as you wrote it was painfully distrubing to me. Trellot read this: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/washingtonsack.htm

edub272
edub272

You make a good point cloud in midgar. I'm American and I think it'd be cool to fight as a Brit. but its a much more interesting story line this was because nobody has ever invaded us on our own soil, nevermind NYC so its more intriguing.. at least to Americans

Cloud_in_midgar
Cloud_in_midgar

Yay another WWii game where you play as an american =) *sarcasm* Then again if they made it about an english person theyd only give them a laughable OTT accent and make them drink tea to gain health, But to be honest im kind of annoyed that theres never been a good war game where you play as an english soldier, england did a lot of the work in WWii, and although america joined in they only joined because japan made them get involved.

Cloud_in_midgar
Cloud_in_midgar

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gemgembobbie
gemgembobbie

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monkey_fang
monkey_fang

a painfully bad demo. why do game developers think they can palm crap games off on consumers like this?

zeak123
zeak123

will they make a demo for the PS3?

xmen1414
xmen1414

demos are allways the same! enlse your playing a beta!!!!!

jrmyecomp
jrmyecomp

the 360 demo of this was trash everything looked like mud ,however credit given for the artistic design which was impressive graphics on the other hand was not. the control scheme on the 360 made me laugh it was like they never ported a pc shooter to a console b4, lets hope the pc version is better so i can crank that 1650 rez

n_kors
n_kors

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listerfiend21
listerfiend21

Dont put this game down yet, demos are never really the same

Beaglesniffer
Beaglesniffer

i was looking forward to this game an the concept but wow the graphics werent that good especially the explosions and when the jets go past you at the beginning they look porr and really slow and after all that it is jumpy and laggy at parts i really hope that is old code or something coz i was pretty disappointed

imacmill
imacmill

CozyStokey: I'm with ya. Sorry you didn't catch the irony in my deliberately sarcastic post. What I'd really like to see in this game is some cut scenes that show the headlines in German newspapers demonizing the Fundamentalist Christian Terrorist Extremists who are trying to subvert the angelic, freedom-fighting intentions of the Fatherland's (Homeland's?) 'best and brightest'. Now THAT would make for a truly revolutionary and honest gaming experience, don't ya think?

humantorch5
humantorch5

imacimlls, in the game you are a freedom fighter, fighting Nazi's! Are you saying the french underground was a terrorist group during WWII. According to your logic the founding fathers were terrorists for fighting against British rule.