Red Faction

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 3
...
3.6
N-Gage
54
3.1
PlayStation 2
86
3.5
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Red Faction PlayStation 2 Although it may seem as if I shoot at nothing, there's a defense turret mounted on the ceiling.
Red Faction N-Gage Here we go, the mines of Mars
Red Faction N-Gage Loading new level
Red Faction Windows The mining stations on Planet Mars

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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 (10759)
The fastest game on PS2. PlayStation 2 MAT (100363)
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Windows Terrence Bosky (5227)
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Windows Trixter (8712)
Bad mid-1990's B-Grade scifi flick, except you can play it. And blow stuff up. Whee. Windows Jeremy Johnson (737)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 May 24, 2001 5 out of 5 100
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Jun 05, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 Apr 19, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
IGROMANIA Windows Nov, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Gamer Windows 2001 85 out of 100 85
Quebec Gamers PlayStation 2 Nov 05, 2004 8.1 out of 10 81
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Sep 18, 2001 16 out of 20 80
Super Play PlayStation 2 Jun, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Sep 18, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
GameZone N-Gage Dec 28, 2003 6.5 out of 10 65

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Trivia

There's a hidden movie in the game's data\movies\ folder. It's a executable file named technochunk.exe,and running it gives you a short movie of various game characters dancing to techno music.

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