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Red Faction

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
61
5.0
N-Gage
54
3.1
Windows
79
3.4
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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 Windows One of the better-looking habitat areas.
Red Faction Windows Some energetic shields are automatized and cannot be shut down, so there'll always be an alternate route to pass them.
Red Faction PlayStation 2 Using silencer may be cruical in some missions, and sheer pleasure in other.
Red Faction PlayStation 2 Watching one of your fellows through a deadly aim.

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 (10779)
The fastest game on PS2. PlayStation 2 MAT (71032)
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Windows Terrence Bosky (5235)
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Windows Trixter (8737)
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

IGN PlayStation 2 May 25, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 Jul 20, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone PlayStation 2 Jun 14, 2001 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot PlayStation 2 May 22, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2003 B+ 83
PlayFrance PlayStation 2 Apr 11, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Windows Oct 01, 2001 B 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Oct 04, 2001 7 out of 10 70
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Sep 19, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) N-Gage Dec 12, 2003 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

On March 29, 2003, Red Faction (PS2) was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

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