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Red Faction

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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 After picking a weapon from fallen guard, the rest will go smoothly.
Red Faction Windows You've finally made it to the surface!
Red Faction Windows Parker (You) and Eos (Red Faction leader and your boss) have a little chat
Red Faction Windows Geo-Mod doesn't appear in single player that much, but there's a reason you keep fighting missile sentries.

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 (10780)
The fastest game on PS2. PlayStation 2 MAT (70549)
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Windows Terrence Bosky (5235)
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Windows Trixter (8739)
Bad mid-1990's B-Grade scifi flick, except you can play it. And blow stuff up. Whee. Windows Jeremy Johnson (638)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 May 24, 2001 5 out of 5 100
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Jun, 2001 9 out of 10 90
PC Zone Benelux Windows Oct, 2001 88 out of 100 88
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Oct, 2001 87 out of 100 87
PlayFrance PlayStation 2 Apr 11, 2003 8 out of 10 80 Windows Nov 22, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Gamereactor (Denmark) Windows Sep 27, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games ( Windows Sep 25, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Génération 4 Windows Oct, 2001 15 out of 20 75 Macintosh Feb, 2002 3 out of 5 60


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The game's engine is called Geo-Mod, which allows real-time terrain destruction.

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