There is a lot of misinformation being spread about LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces.
This has been written to respond to media reporters who, in most cases, haven’t played our game. They are not credible. Here’s what real experts are saying:
- The Anti-Defamation League: Although they speak out against the book’s theology, this is what they have to say about the PC game, “Conversion to Christianity in the game is not depicted as forcible in nature, and violence is not rewarded in the game.” http://www.adl.org/Interfaith/leftbehind.asp
- IGN says, "To keep the balance of power in your favor, you'll have to find non-violent ways to avoid getting killed. Your units will definitely fight back in a life or death situation but, for the most part, you want to either avoid your enemies or have a ready plan to convert to your side using musicians and disciples. This gets much harder as the game progresses.” http://pc.ign.com/articles/745/745956p1.html
- Wired Magazine says, “So the great surprise of LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces is that it actually kind of rocks...few titles are as ambitious and as polished as this title.” http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,72071-0.html
- ArsTechnica.com says, “Many groups have made inaccurate statements about this game that need to be corrected. For one thing, it is not particularly violent. While there are violent aspects of the game, the game makes it clear that shooting is the last resort. Second, it is not hateful to other religions. It does have an agenda, and I think you need to know that going in, but there's no bashing of other faiths.” and “…the game is fun, it'll keep parents happy with its light levels of violence, and it'll be sold at video game stores, religious book stores, and everywhere else people spend money on God. This game will certainly get the message out.” http://arstechnica.com/reviews/games/leftbehind.ars
- Dallas Anderson of Billy Graham Evangelical Association says, “one of the geniuses of the Left Behind game is that it gives gamers a chance to see the consequences of poor decisions ...we’re pretty excited to see that the LEFT BEHIND games were designed to provide positive moral input to a youthful generation which would otherwise not hear it.”
- LEFT BEHIND author Tim LaHaye says, “ ... for those who are into video games, Eternal Forces is the #1 most powerful vehicle for their hearts and minds that’s been invented in our lifetime.”
- Focus on the Family (Breakaway Magazine) says, “Overall, this is a positive faith building game worth your time and money.”
- Founder of Concerned Women for America, Beverly LaHaye says, “Here is a game we heartily recommend.”
Many of the technical issues some reviewers experienced were with the beta demo or a non-updated version of the game. Almost every issue mentioned was resolved and available in a free update the day before the game shipped to retail stores nationwide. Our eleventh free update became available on August 9, 2008 and can be retrieved by clicking the update button from the main menu in the game. To download the update from our website, please click HERE to visit our support site for more information.