If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Have You Played... Midwinter 2: Flames of Freedom

Winter has ended

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Flames of Freedom, the non-wintry sequel to Midwinter, was one of those games that expanded my idea of what games could be. From one life to the next, I was a suave superspy, seducing my captors and riding a jetski to freedom, or a desperate survivor, chased across an island by a squadron of tanks and bombers. And then I took an amphibious vehicle to crawl across the ocean floor, moving from the greens of the tropical islands to the blues and grays of the murky depths.

I have no idea what I was supposed to be doing, but I had a blast.

File this one under “ludicrously ahead of its time”, I guess, because Flames of Freedom was an open world 'go anywhere do anything' type game in a time long before that was something we'd take for granted. It seemed, when I bought it, like the last game I'd ever need. Now it's a mostly-forgotten precursor to every game that drops you on an island and says "try to have fun".

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More Features

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch