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Red Faction (Windows)

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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 Some energetic shields are automatized and cannot be shut down, so there'll always be an alternate route to pass them.
Red Faction Windows Driving a miner is heavy stuff. You can dig through almost anything.
Red Faction Windows As Samuel L. Jackson would say... I think she's pissed at you, McClane!
Red Faction Windows Close range or far, one shot in the head will suffice. Other parts of body are protected by the suit so you'll need more shots to achieve the same.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A soulless clone Ian McLean (11) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars
Just misses my expectations Sam Hardy (76) unrated
Geo-Mod and great multiplayer make up for all the single player dullness! Lumpi (197) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Terrence Bosky (5235) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Trixter (8737) 1.43 Stars1.43 Stars1.43 Stars1.43 Stars1.43 Stars
Bad mid-1990's B-Grade scifi flick, except you can play it. And blow stuff up. Whee. Jeremy Johnson (638) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
A great game with some downfalls. JPaterson (9147) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Agh! Horrible! Disappointing! Gimme my ten bucks back! kbmb (399) unrated
Like a good action movie Cabeza2000 (691) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
A potentially great game full of flaws Dave Billing (24) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

The Press Says

Pelit Oct, 2001 91 out of 100 91
IGROMANIA Nov, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamezilla Oct 08, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Gamereactor (Denmark) Sep 27, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 02, 2001 79 out of 100 79
GameSpot Sep 18, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
The DOS Spirit Apr 05, 2010 4.5 out of 6 75
Génération 4 Oct, 2001 15 out of 20 75
JeuxVideoPC.com Sep 19, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 04, 2001 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Although hailed as its main feature, the GEOMOD engine is really the SECOND 3-D engine to allow deformable realtime terrain. The first engine was part of an independent game, Tread Marks.

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MAT (71127) added Red Faction (Windows) on Sep 18, 2001
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