And it has happened. Liberty Prime, the pride of the Brotherhood of Steel, has been smashed into pieces during a treacherous attack. He stood no chance against the orbital bombardment deployed by the Enclave.
Maybe it’s a good moment to stop playing for a moment and ask myself: why is one of my favourite characters in the game a non-sentient A.I. with just a few lines of spoken text?
Well, it’s hard not to like a steel giant shooting lasers from his eyes and throwing nuke grenades like a football player – especially when you’re playing on the highest difficulty level with several self-imposed restrictions. Beside that, you’ve got to appreciate the irony: a Wunderwaffe designed by the pre-war U.S. government to defeat the Chinese is used by the Brotherhood of Steel against the Enclave, a faction which claims to be the legitimate descendant of that government.
Speaking of irony, the lines spoken by Liberty Prime were certainly written as a mockery of the Cold War-era anti-Communist propaganda, being yet another attempt at satirising of U.S. American imperialism, jingoism, misplaced patriotism, or whatever you call it. Well, being born in a country which had the wonderful experience of living under Actually Existing Socialism™, I choose to enjoy the presence of a Commie-hating killing machine quite unironically. Because…
DEMOCRACY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE!