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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 N-Gage Title screen
Red Faction Windows Every weapon uses both mouse buttons, left one is ordinary shooting, and right one is for other actions, in this case, to put or remove silencer.
Red Faction Windows Sometimes, with patrols around, you'll want to be rather stealthy and shooting first those behind.
Red Faction Windows You'll drive many vehicles in your game, for example this sub is well equipped with torpedoes and heavy shields.

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Red Faction Screenshot Screenshot originally published on 14 August 2000.

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 (307)
Minor problems, but an overall good package for PS2 shooter fans PlayStation 2 Kartanym (10705)
The fastest game on PS2. PlayStation 2 MAT (145030)
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Windows Terrence Bosky (5221)
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Windows Trixter (8781)

Critic Reviews

games xtreme PlayStation 2 Jul 25, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN PlayStation 2 May 25, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91 (UK) PlayStation 2 Jul 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Jul, 2001 88 out of 100 88
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 2001 84 out of 100 84
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2003 B+ 83
Gry OnLine Windows Oct 10, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Sep 18, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
IGN N-Gage Dec 18, 2003 7.3 out of 10 73
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Feb 18, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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