Red Faction: Armageddon (PlayStation 3)

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Red Faction: Armageddon is set 50 years after the happenings of Red Faction: Guerrilla and is also set on Mars. The player takes the role of Darius Mason, a well-meaning guy who only wants the best for his people. Unfortunately it is not only his fault that a terrorist could destroy the machine which brings a human-friendly atmosphere to the planet, meaning the humans had to retract in the underground, he also mistakenly unleashes an hostile alien race. Because the surviving humans are not too pleased with his achievements, it is now time to go out into the tunnels and set things right!

A big change to its predecessor is the lack of an open world; Armageddon is a linear third-person shooter. The majority of the game is just that: walking through the levels and killing alien masses or human cultists with a mix between conventional and science fiction weapons. Sometimes there are boss battles and vehicle sequences, e.g. inside a mech. In the levels there are valuable pieces of scrap to find which can be traded against character or weapon upgrades. What carries over from the predecessors is the destructible terrain which also can be used towards enemy disposal. Of course this means that Darius could destroy his way to the exit - but fortunately he has a handy device which allows him to repair his environment.

Besides the campaign there are two additional playing modes. The point of the destruction mode is to gain as many points as possible in a limited time frame. Points are earned by destroying the environment. Designed for cooperative play for up to four players is the second mode which basically consists of fighting enemy waves.


Red Faction: Armageddon PlayStation 3 A moment of romance.
Red Faction: Armageddon PlayStation 3 Loading screens shows characters, weapons and enemies.
Red Faction: Armageddon PlayStation 3 When green giant claws come out of the ground, all nearby bugs get boosted armor, so destroy these as soon as possible.
Red Faction: Armageddon PlayStation 3 Tutorial kicks in during starting mission.

Alternate Titles

  • "Red Faction: Crusade" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews Jun 11, 2011 A 100
IGN Jun 01, 2011 7 out of 10 70 Jun 16, 2011 7 out of 10 70
JeuxActu Jun 14, 2011 14 out of 20 70 Jun 06, 2011 14 out of 20 70
PlayFrance Jun 17, 2011 6.5 out of 10 65 Jun 03, 2011 56 out of 100 56
GameSpy Jun 04, 2011 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Red Faction Armageddon is the only game in the Red Faction series to have aliens. Their inclusion was mandated by THQ management, and was not a decision made by the development team.

Film tie-in

Bridging the events in Red Faction: Guerrilla and Red Faction: Armageddon, to coincide with the release of the latter a direct-to-DVD film was released in June 2011, Red Faction: Origins.
Patrick Bregger (139485) added Red Faction: Armageddon (PlayStation 3) on Sep 23, 2011
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