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Red Faction

MobyRank MobyScore
N-Gage
54
3.1
PlayStation 2
86
3.5
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 You can climb over many things, including wire-fence.
Red Faction Windows Parker confronts mercenary leader Colonel Masako herself in an attempt to prevent a nuclear explosion
Red Faction Windows Mayhem ensues in the Ultor Executive suites as Parker makes a hostile takeover
Red Faction Windows Textures are amazingly good so any text on the wall will be very readable.

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 (10766)
The fastest game on PS2. PlayStation 2 コナン (91523)
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Windows Terrence Bosky (5232)
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Windows Trixter (8730)
Bad mid-1990's B-Grade scifi flick, except you can play it. And blow stuff up. Whee. Windows Jeremy Johnson (737)

The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Jun, 2001 9.25 out of 10 92
IGN PlayStation 2 May 25, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Jun 05, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Oct, 2001 87 out of 100 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Super Play PlayStation 2 Jun, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Oct 04, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Super Play Windows Oct, 2001 7 out of 10 70
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Feb 18, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage Dec 07, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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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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