Red Faction (PlayStation 2)

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The Ultor Corporation of Mars is successful because of the mineral wealth of that planet. It employs a number of miners and scientists to mine the Noachite ores far underground. The miners are constantly pressured by the guards to work harder and faster, while at the same time being forced to share their meager resources. While the mines itself are dangerous, so too is the mysterious plague that has broken out among the ranks of miners, killing many. Into this low morale situation, propaganda against Ultor has begun appearing, signed only by "Eos". These pamphlets and posters urge the miners to rise up against their oppressors and take a stand, also recruiting members into their secretive "Red Faction". As a result of Eos' efforts, tensions are rising high between the Ultor corporation and it's workers, any little incident could ignite...

Red Faction is a first-person shooter. Players take the role of Parker, a miner working underground for the Ultor Corporation. Equipped in an environment suit, Parker is protected from various hazards and able to breathe deep in the mines and in airless locations. At times, Parker also needs to travel undercover in more a lesser protective disguise. Parker defends himself with a variety of weapons, most which feature a primary and secondary firing mode. The weapons are divided into: hand weapons such as riot shields and flamethrowers, light arms which include pistols and shotguns, heavy arms featuring rocket launchers and sub-machine guns and finally weapons that are thrown or placed such as grenades and explosives. The game features a variety of vehicles to drive in first-person; including jeeps, drillers, flying craft and submarines. In order to survive, Parker must link up and aid his fellow miners, receiving direction and objectives via com-link messages.

Red Faction features an game engine called Geo-Mod. It allows holes to be blasted into all manner of terrain including floors, walls and ceilings. While limited to certain surfaces, such as rock, ice and concrete, this nonetheless results in a more destructible environment where deviation from the level design is encouraged. Players are able to at multiple points, create their own paths, tunneling past obstacles and into new environments. Only heavy explosives; such as missiles, torpedoes, grenades and plastique will allow the terrain destruction of this sort.

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Red Faction PlayStation 2 In multiplayer you can play against AI opponents or some of your friends.
Red Faction PlayStation 2 And then, there are some rifles that enables you both watching as well as shooting through obstacles.
Red Faction PlayStation 2 Main Menu
Red Faction PlayStation 2 Sometimes you may wonder how Parker can even carry a big cannon like this along with all the other weapons.

Alternate Titles

  • "红色派系" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

It's truly good to dig deep... Kain Ceverus (34) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Tastes good, but you'll be hungry again in 15 minutes. Goteki45 (308) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
Minor problems, but an overall good package for PS2 shooter fans Kartanym (10765) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The fastest game on PS2. MAT (97918) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamersMark May 30, 2001 10 out of 10 100
Peliplaneetta.net Jul 11, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Jul, 2001 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot May 22, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
The Video Game Critic Mar 16, 2003 B+ 83
Gamereactor (Denmark) Jun 22, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PSM Jul, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net Nov, 2002 4.72 out of 10 47

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Trivia

Although hailed as its main feature, the GEOMOD engine is really the SECOND 3-D engine to allow deformable realtime terrain. The first engine was part of an independent game, Tread Marks.

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Kartanym (10765) added Red Faction (PlayStation 2) on May 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (308355), will.i.am (1018), Kabushi (136606) and MAT (97918)