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Red Faction: Armageddon

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Red Faction: Armageddon is set 50 years after the happenings of Red Faction: Guerrilla and is also set on Mars. The player takes the role of Darius Mason, a well-meaning guy who only wants the best for his people. Unfortunately it is not only his fault that a terrorist could destroy the machine which brings a human-friendly atmosphere to the planet, meaning the humans had to retract in the underground, he also mistakenly unleashes an hostile alien race. Because the surviving humans are not too pleased with his achievements, it is now time to go out into the tunnels and set things right!

A big change to its predecessor is the lack of an open world; Armageddon is a linear third-person shooter. The majority of the game is just that: walking through the levels and killing alien masses or human cultists with a mix between conventional and science fiction weapons. Sometimes there are boss battles and vehicle sequences, e.g. inside a mech. In the levels there are valuable pieces of scrap to find which can be traded against character or weapon upgrades. What carries over from the predecessors is the destructible terrain which also can be used towards enemy disposal. Of course this means that Darius could destroy his way to the exit - but fortunately he has a handy device which allows him to repair his environment.

Besides the campaign there are two additional playing modes. The point of the destruction mode is to gain as many points as possible in a limited time frame. Points are earned by destroying the environment. Designed for cooperative play for up to four players is the second mode which basically consists of fighting enemy waves.


Red Faction: Armageddon Windows Ammo pickups
Red Faction: Armageddon PlayStation 3 Using the mounted hook to pull and break down the wall.
Red Faction: Armageddon PlayStation 3 You can purchase upgrades or re-select your weapons at machines you find in the caves.
Red Faction: Armageddon PlayStation 3 Marketplace suddenly got very infested.

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The Press Says PlayStation 3 Jun 11, 2011 A 100 Windows Jun 11, 2011 A 100
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun 07, 2011 83 out of 100 83
Vandal Online Windows Jun 10, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GamingXP Windows Jul 11, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Cheat Code Central Windows Jun, 2011 3.8 out of 5 76
JeuxActu Xbox 360 Jun 14, 2011 14 out of 20 70 PlayStation 3 Jun 16, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Jun 29, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Windows Jun 24, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Film tie-in

Bridging the events in Red Faction: Guerrilla and Red Faction: Armageddon, to coincide with the release of the latter a direct-to-DVD film was released in June 2011, Red Faction: Origins.
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