A World War II Alternate History First-Person Shooter
that was developed by Spark Unlimited and published by Codemasters
in 2008. On December 13, 1931, Winston Churchill
was hit by a cab while visiting New York City. While in real life, Churchill was only mildly injured, in the game's universe, the accident causes his death. Years later, without Churchill's foresight and leadership, the United Kingdom falls to the Third Reich
in 1940, and the rest of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East fall soon afterward. While in the United States, the nation chose an isolationist policy, implemented by Republican president Thomas E. Dewey (who defeated Harry Truman
A period of development follows the success of the Axis Powers, transforming conquered Europe, Asia and Africa into the Greater German Reich and allowing allies Japan and Italy to share in the prosperity; at the same time, the Nazis start to built up their military. Eventually, in 1953, they launch a massive, surprise invasion on the U.S., one of the few nations that is still free from German rule. The player takes control of Dan Carson, a New York construction worker, and joins the American Resistance
against the invaders.
Despite an interesting plot, the game received generally very negative reviews. The criticisms include a flat, linear storyline that provided little characterization, a lackluster and unamusing multiplayer mode, and frustratingly uncooperative gameplay actions, such as climbing ladders. In response to the reviews, the developers have stated that their game was not intended for hardcore gamers, but rather a more casual audience.
This game features examples of the following tropes:
- Action Commands: Two different options: An instant kill, where Carson melees the German soldier to death, or using him as a human shield. Occasionally, a German soldier will be standing near an interactive object, such as a furnace or a toilet, allowing Carson to perform an environmental kill with it.
- Action Survivor: Dan Carson
- Alternate History
- Big Applesauce: The game immediately begins in New York as the military might of the Greater German Reich starts invading the city and ends with the Germans attempting to nuke the city.
- Bitter Sweet Ending / Heroic Sacrifice: Carson stops the Nazis from dropping the atomic bomb on New York; however, the bomb's controls are damaged in the firefight, leaving Carson unable to simply jettison the bomb. Instead, Carson rewires the atomic bomb to self-destruct, destroying the zeppelin and killing himself, but saving New York and inspiring other Americans to continue the resistance.
- Day of the Jackboot
- Exploding Barrels
- For Want of a Nail: Winston Churchill died from being run over by a cab in 1931, as opposed to surviving with mild injuries, causing the timelines to diverge.
- Gas Mask Mooks: A number of German mooks wear gas masks.
- Groin Attack: At one point in the White House, Carson finds a German burning some American paraphernalia in a furnace and has the option of doing an environmental kill; in which Carson overpowers the German before kicking him between the belongings and right INTO the furnace.
- Hannibal Lecture: Quisling President James Stevenson tries to justify his collaboration with the Nazis when he is confronted by Carson in his office. Doesn't actually save him from getting his ass kicked by a construction worker.
- Hold the Line: The National Guard unit in New York that is battling a fighting retreat out of the city.
- Invaded States of America
- It's Raining Men: The first German enemy that the player encounters is a paratrooper and is quickly disposed of with an Action Command as part of the tutorial. In the same tutorial, the player has the chance to shoot down some German paratroopers.
- La Résistance: The American Resistance.
- Monumental Damage: The Statue of Liberty is bombed by German bombers during the start of the invasion (surviving pieces of the statue's crown are depicted on the game's European box art). The Chrysler Building is also knocked over. For the good guys, the American Resistance bombed the White House, which was occupied by the Nazis.
- No Swastikas: Averted. Interestingly, in the commercials for the game it originally showed the Iron Cross on the flags instead.
- Nuke 'em: The Nazis' atomic bomb as a last resort in quelling the resistance in America by 'testing' it on New York City, and is the last mission in stopping them before it's too late.
- The Quisling: Nazi-sympathizer and Speaker of the House James Edward Stevenson, who became President of the American puppet government.
- Shoot The Television: In the Resistance's hideout, Angelo shoots a TV featuring the puppet leader, President Stevenson, denying the existence of the German atomic bomb. Angelo gets reprimanded by another Resistance member for blowing the "third set this week".
- Storming the Castle: Occurs three times. Rescuing General George Donnelly at the United States Courthouse; assassinating President Stevenson at the White House and blowing it up in the process; and infiltrating the Tower of London.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Thanks to the Axis winning WWII, the Greater German Reich developed their Wunderwaffen, including super-heavy tanks such as the Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus and Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte (which were real-life tank prototypes that didn't make it past the production phase), Nachteule troop-transport zeppelin, the Flugzeugträger German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin, and various advanced jet fighters and bombers.
- We Interrupt This Program / This Just In: The player is briefed on the next mission by news broadcasts.
- Zeppelins from Another World: The Graf Zeppelin-type airships that are part of the Greater German Reich's invasion. The last level takes place on a zeppelin that is about to nuke New York.