A quick glance is all you need to realise that Liberation Day is a sci-fi strategy game. What's less obvious is that it's turn-based, which means that although the stills of the graphics look simple and uncluttered - even detailed next to the steady flow of hex-based titles -as soon as you start playing it you're hit by a deluge of graphical shortcomings. The problem is compounded by the shoddy control interface, which only the deftest of mouse users will overcome.
In hi-res mode it's very easy for small units to get lost in the scenery (and trying to find them by squinting at the screen brings on a thumping headache). If you switch to the low-res option you'll probably feel shortchanged, as all the unit animations look twice as bad as they do in hi-res (but at least the pain will abate).
Liberation Day is a game that fails to fulfil even the most basic gaming needs. Many ultimately empty games somehow manage to create a good first impression, but Liberation Day starts off badly and continues, undeterred, in the same vein. The only potentially original thing about it is its attempt to interpret C&C as a turnbased game - but you'd have more fun playing C&C on its slowest setting with the sound turned off. At the end of the day this game lacks atmosphere and there's not much fun to be had.
Like many failed concepts, the concept behind Liberation Day was probably born with the noblest of intentions, but in the final execution the game has gloriously fallen upon its own sword. Real-timers will, by definition, avoid it. Fans of the turn-based games should follow their example.
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode