Freedom!: Top 5 Games to Celebrate Independence Day
- Ben Quy
- On July 4, 2012
The 4th of July is here and the fireworks are going off, beer is being drunk & Americans are reminding each other – and the rest of the world – of their independence. Hard Reset being mostly compromised of English & Canadians, we do not know of such things as English people are depressed & Canada is our bitch (pause for laughter). But we thought we would lend a hand with the festivities and bring you our top five games to celebrate Independence Day with.
The Metal Gear Solid Series
The man discovers he was part of a cloning project started by his own country and he will die prematurely, rather than take revenge he goes on countless missions that make him question his own integrity and his countries intentions. All his friends die at his hands or through his actions (FOXDIE). He even kills members of his own family (Liquid,Solidus and EVA). Yet he still tries to preserve his countries, nae, the worlds freedom.
Also in Metal Gear Solid 3 there’s an option to go into battle in an American flag camouflage with the stars and stripes painted on your face, if that isn’t patriotic I don’t know what is.
The Uncharted Series
I think Nathan Drake is how the rest of world sees Americans in general: Likeable, charming, but also willing to come into your country to destroy your historical landmarks just because… Nazis are in your country or something. Also, he is kind of simple minded and will stream roll over you for no other reason that you’re in his way. If he want’s something, he is not going to let petty things like sovereignty, international treaties, or human rights stop him. He wants the shiny and, by god, he’ll get the shiny.
Nathan spends most of his game killing any non white people imaginable, all with a smile and a little Han Solo-esque smirk. Just like the boys from Contra, except they at least couched their genocide under the guise of war.
In Freedom Fighters, you play Chris Stone, the leader of a resistance movement in this Red Dawn inspired video game. In this alternate version of history, the Soviet Union dropped bombs on the Berlin before the Americans did in Japan. Like most freedom fighters, it was circumstances that led Chris Stone into the fight. When the Soviets invaded New York, Chris was just a regular New York Plumber with his brother Troy. When the Soviets invaded, he took up the cause to reclaim the life that was destroyed.
What makes him and American is his ability to see something beyond himself. Sure he got into the anti-Soviet resistance because he lost his family, but he found a reason to fight that was greater than himself. He is fighting for the day that his country will be free once again. Also, he is able to unite former enemies and turn them into a unified fighting force. In other contexts, it would be stupid to let defected enemy soldiers to fight for you, but Chris was willing to take a chance with them. He put his trust in them and he led them to victory.
Assassins Creed 3
I can’t wait to get my hands on Assassins Creed 3 for many reasons, but the biggest reason would have to be the new protagonist Connor. His character bodies the spirit of America in a way we as gamers have never seen before. He is conflicted, he is a native American fighting a war that he has no real stake in. However, Connor embodies an American hero because he isn’t fighting for himself. He fights so that others can be free both as an Assassin and as an American. He fights the Templars as an Assassin, defending his order and the freedom of those who can’t fight for himself and at the same time he is fighting in the daylight as an American. It’s a cool twist on the format of the series that really let’s the patriotism of the whole experience shine. I can’t wait to fight for freedom as Connor alongside some of the greatest military minds my country has ever had to offer.
Even though I was born just shy of them, you gotta love the 1980s. Shit was stupid back then. Take Bad Dudes for example, THE most god-fearing, gun-toting, American game out there. Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja, to give it it’s full name, was side-scrolling beat’em up released in ’89 for the arcades and then later ported the NES and numerous other home PCs. The game begins with the following lines.
Rampant ninja related crimes these days… Whitehouse is not the exception…
Then a secret service agent arrives to inform you that
President Ronnie has been kidnapped by the ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?
You, as the Bad Dudes “Blade” and “Striker”, then proceed to battle through the streets of Washington DC to save President Ronnie. Then, after all is said and done, the much grateful Ronnie thanks you for saving and takes you out for a burger. I don’t think there is anything more patriotic than that. America.
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