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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.


Red Faction Windows Driving a miner is heavy stuff. You can dig through almost anything.
Red Faction Windows You've finally made it to the surface!
Red Faction Windows Geo-Mod doesn't appear in single player that much, but there's a reason you keep fighting missile sentries.
Red Faction Windows The whole incident started as a brawl... but there's more behind all that. What if it was planned?

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Is 'Red Faction' the revolutionary FPS the critics make it out to be? PlayStation 2 Carmelo Lia (38)
A soulless clone Windows Ian McLean (11)
Just misses my expectations Windows Sam Hardy (76)
Geo-Mod and great multiplayer make up for all the single player dullness! Windows Lumpi (197)
It's truly good to dig deep... PlayStation 2 Kain Ceverus (34)
Tastes good, but you'll be hungry again in 15 minutes. PlayStation 2 Goteki45 (308)
Minor problems, but an overall good package for PS2 shooter fans PlayStation 2 Kartanym (10733)
The fastest game on PS2. PlayStation 2 MAT (129273)
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Windows Terrence Bosky (5222)
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Windows Trixter (8791)

Critic Reviews

IGN PlayStation 2 May 25, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
GameZone PlayStation 2 Jun 14, 2001 9 out of 10 90 (UK) PlayStation 2 Jul 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Jun 05, 2001 9 out of 10 90
IGN Windows Sep 18, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamezilla Windows Oct 08, 2001 83 out of 100 83
All Game Guide PlayStation 2 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PSM PlayStation 2 Jul, 2001 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 2 Sep 18, 2001 16 out of 20 80 (UK) Windows Oct 04, 2001 7 out of 10 70


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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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