Turning Point: Fall of Liberty is a first-person shooter video game, developed by Spark Unlimited for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It was released in North America on February 26, 2008; in Australia on March 13, 2008; and in Europe on March 14, 2008.
The game takes place in an alternate history in which Winston Churchill dies in 1931, eight years before the start of World War II, presenting the possibility of what could have happened to Europe, the United Kingdom, and the rest of the world without his leadership. The United Kingdom is subdued by Nazi Germany in 1940, and the rest of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East fall soon afterwards. The United States, infected with anti-war sentiment, does not get involved overseas. The game takes place in the midst of the Greater German Reich's invasion and occupation of the east coast of the United States in 1953.
In Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, the player assumes the role of Dan Carson, an average New York construction worker who has no prior connection to the military. Unlike other similar war games, the player's objective is not to win the war, but merely to survive in an environment of total war as a resistance fighter.
The game includes many advanced versions of Weapons used in World War II, and several that were being researched and developed late in the war but never made it to production. Vehicles such as the Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus and Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte appear in the game, as well as the Nachteule troop-transport zeppelin, the Flugzeugträger German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin, and various advanced Jet fighters and bombers, all of which are utilized by the German invasion force.
See also: World of Turning Point: Fall of Liberty
A period of development follows the success of the Axis Powers, transforming conquered Europe, Asia and Africa into the Greater German Reich and allowing allied Japan to share in the prosperity; at the same time, new weapons like jet fighters and atomic bombs are engineered, raising tensions between the now technologically superior German Reich and the United States. An unexpected invasion of America, Operation Humpback Whale, launched in 1953, a combined German and Japanese offensive striking at the nation on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
The opening scene of the game places the player, Dan Carson, right in the heat of an attack on New York City.
Following his harrowing escape from the skyscraper he had been working on prior to the sudden attack, Dan Carson joins up with the National Guard to set up a defensive perimeter around the subway and railway systems to allow civilians to escape. After fighting back initial advances by the Germans on the perimeter, Carson is sent to assist other American troops scattered across the city. Carson travels through a recently abandoned stretch of subway line, eventually reaching a small factory depot where he is able to destroy one of the German patrol zeppelins assaulting the position and escape New York on board one of the evacuation trains. Unfortunately, this turns out worse for the U.S. as the German invasion force overruns Washington, D.C. and forces Thomas E. Dewey to resign, allowing the Nazi-supported Speaker of the House James Edward Stevenson to lead the new puppet government.
Some time later, Carson arrives in Washington, D.C. and becomes a member of the American Resistance. After their safehouses in the area are compromised, the Resistance frees General George Donnelly, who was on trial for treason against the Stevenson administration, to aid in their efforts against the Nazi regime. The Resistance finally decides to assassinate President Stevenson, and launches a full assault against the heavily fortified White House.
Carson himself murders Stevenson, and guards the resistance as they plant charges, he then evacuates the demolishing White House, and then learns that the Germans have been working on secret Atomic Bombs beneath the Tower of london, he then catches a plane to destroy the threat.
Landing on the White Tower, Carson makes his way inside the Tower of London and into the underground German lab. Carson destroys two of the atomic bombs, but a British scientist there informs him that one fully operational bomb has been moved onto a zeppelin bound for New York City. The zeppelin docks with the Tower Bridge for last-minute repairs, giving Carson time to secretly board it. After the zeppelin leaves London for its target, Carson fights his way through it to find the atomic bomb. He manages to find the bomb just as the eastern American coastline becomes visible on the horizon. With time running out, he rewires the bomb and arms it. Moments later, the bomb explodes, killing Carson and destroying the zeppelin but saving New York City.
A basic demo was released on X-Box Marketplace on January 25, 2008, which showcased the initial level of the game and also demonstrated some gameplay features such as grappling and using enemies as human shields. However, the demo received negative feedback from gaming websites who criticized several disappointing aspects of the gameplay such as viewing sensitivity, problems with the AI, and graphics issues. The game's developers at Spark, however, stated that the game should not be judged by the demo, and that they have corrected several of the issues many people had with it.
Collector's Edition and exclusives
A Collector's Edition of Turning Point: Fall of Liberty was made available for the Xbox 360. This edition includes a Soundtrack and an artwork book for the game before its release received a "Join the Resistance" pre-order gift pack containing a behind-the-scenes DVD, postcards featuring scenes from the game, and a timeline poster detailing the events leading up to the story.
Gamestop also offered two exclusive items with a reservation of the game in a 8'' by 11'' lithograph print depicting the assault on New York City and a game code for infinate ammo during gameplay.