The Top 7… Games that kicked America’s ass

5 - Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

How bad did they get us? BAD! They’re Nazis, dude. Did you know Winston Churchill got hit by a car while visiting New York City in 1931? Well, this forgotten Codemasters game did, and used the rather inconsequential blip in history as a jumping off point to an alternate history of World War II had Churchill not survived the crash. Without his leadership as Prime Minister, all of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East fall under Hitler’s boot. So you know where they gotta head next…

America must’ve been destined to fight the Nazis, as this scenario the Third Reich brings the assault to NYC in 1953, and the player fills the shoes of a construction worker forced to pull up his boot straps and defend the land of opportunity from several hundred zeppelins, planes and paratroopers during the Big Apple onslaught. America surrenders and the game moves across This Great Land of Ours all the way to the White House.

Did we proudly stand up and defend her? As always, game title with a colon is meant to be a trilogy. Unfortunately, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty’s phenomenal premise is wasted on an outrageously archaic, hilariously buggy FPS few would put up with today for five seconds. To make it even less patriotic this first chapter concludes in London, where the US resistance successfully prevents more bombs dropping on NYC. However it doesn’t actually win back the city.

4 - Vanquish

How bad did they get us? On a national scale, not too bad. No invasion, no drawn out guerilla warfare or anything that requires armies clashing in the streets. Instead, Space Russia takes over our Space Colony and points its Space Laser at San Francisco, wiping it off the map and vaporizing everyone in sight. Space Russia then demands we surrender, to which we reply “instead, what if we send one dude in a really cool power suit to kick all your asses?”

Did we proudly stand up and defend her? We stood up so high we went into orbit. See, the dizzying, breathtaking action of Vanquish all happens in the aforementioned space colony that’s circling the planet, not on the mainland. But Spacetown USA is still technically a part of the You-Nited States, and needs protecting just as much as baseball, apple pie and opportunistic politicians. It’s not a totally happy ending though (minor spoiler ahead!) – the US president doesn’t make it out alive. Her death is one thing, but the way she dies… that’s something else.

3 - Homefront

How bad did they get us? Pretty much brought to our fricken’ red-blooded (and bloody) knees. In this obvious Red Dawn digitization, North Korea conquers and “unites” a good portion of East Asia before dropping an EMP blast on the good ol’ US of A, irradiating the Mississippi River to cut the nation in two, and then landing troops across the states and stomping us under their jackboots. The opening lets you know just how bad it is: civilians are rounded up, shipped off to concentration camps, shot openly on the street and tossed into mass graves. It’s about as bad as it gets, short of total annihilation. Shit starts out real bad so you have incentive to go get those assholes, although the game deftly mixes in cautionary tidbits of how justified rage can easily bleed into xenophobia and racism.

Did we proudly stand up and defend her? F-yeah we did! The story follows a group of resistance fighters that start off with a hidden camp established in suburbia and quickly escalate to raids, rescues and even some questionable tactics (one angry dude ends up launching white phosphorous against the Koreans). Robert Jacobs, the game’s hero, cuts a swath of destruction through Colorado on his way to San Francisco. He ends up stealing a helicopter and delivering jet fuel to the US military on the West Coast and manages to capture most of San Francisco from the Koreans before a huge battle breaks out on the Golden Gate Bridge (naturally). Jacobs’s buddy Connor takes a flare out onto the bridge to signal an air strike against the encroaching Korean forces, sacrificing himself while winning the battle. His sacrifice inspires other Americans to take up arms and join the resistance. Although we’re left without a complete victory, the story ends with a hopeful tone.


Top 7


  • Skykid - July 28, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    This is my Homefront reaction: Welcome to America you Commie b*****s! Here is some good old fashoned ass whoopin'!
  • soren7550 - July 19, 2011 2:34 a.m.

    Still surprised that MW2 wasn't on the list. The battle at D.C. still chills me, as does the reveal of a war torn D.C. in the Infamy trailer.
  • therawski - July 6, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    Metal Wolf Chaos! Does anyone know how to play this stateside?
  • oni - July 6, 2011 4:54 a.m.

    I've played Freedom Fighter on the PC and fell in love with it. Still waiting for a sequel here. Instead IO gave us Mini Ninjas. No sure how to comment on that.
  • 435 - July 5, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Freedom Fighters deserves a higher place on this list.
  • lilspooky - July 5, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    Wow in the future there are no homeless in SF! Awesome Vanquish! No! You cant have a dollar!
  • Shinespark428 - July 5, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    "They attack via a surprise invasion of Seattle, effectively preventing both Starbucks and Grunge music from ever taking off." NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! But seriously, grunge actually started around the mid-80s or so, and Nirvana wasn't technically from Seatle (look it up).
  • grappler51 - July 5, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    This makes me want to go back and play World in Conflict again, I never finished it. Also liked homefront a lot, it needs a sequel!
  • BrunettePride - July 5, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    I'm pretty surprised Crysis 2 isn't on here! Seeing the SOL's head smashed into the floor and... well a couple of other spoilery things was pretty crazy.
  • AirickG - July 5, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    Well if World in Conflict stopped grunge from happening it can't be all that bad for America now can it?
  • MeanwhileGuy - July 5, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    Thorouhgly entertaining Top 7 as always, though I'm surprised by the lack of Crysis 2, given that the entire game takes place in an alien-decimated New York. Hell, Modern Warfare 3 is practically stealing the entire opening sequence.
  • philipshaw - July 5, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    Great Top 7 and I remember playing a demo of the number 1 game but it never came out here. I still want to play it, HD remake campaign begins now
  • SausageLozenge - July 5, 2011 11 a.m.

    Can't wait to hear some Metal Wolf Chaos on T-dar this weekend.
  • Hobojedi - July 5, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Saddened by the lack of Red Alert.
  • CitizenWolfie - July 5, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    "America has never had to suffer a true invasion. Why, the very thought! Who could amass an army so massive or execute a plan so flawlessly that the entire US of A would know defeat?" I think I speak for all Brits when I say we're just biding our time...
  • JachAnen - July 5, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    How about Red Alert 2 or/and 3?? Other than that, great list. And I'm hoping they'll make another Freedom Fighters game.
  • Robusken - July 5, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    Still want to play Metal Wolf Chaos one of these days. The idea itself just seems so badass.
  • Dman3981 - July 5, 2011 4:45 a.m.

    "Despite being involved in dozens of wars over its 200 years of life, America has never had to suffer a true invasion. Why, the very thought! Who could amass an army so massive or execute a plan so flawlessly that the entire US of A would know defeat?" Must we keep forgetting about the War of 1812? Is that not considered a real invasion, I mean your White house was set on fire.
  • Yeager1122 - July 5, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    Agreeing with several other peolpe in that fallout 3 would have been a good adttion not that these werent all great choices but America defintley got fucked up in that.
  • Gameguy94 - July 5, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    What about Fallout. Granted the Chines didn't exactly invade, but getting the Nuked right the fuck up should count. I mean in Fallout 3 the White House is a crater with the Capitol Building occupied by genetically altered humans.

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