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DescriptionThe 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 its 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 a less protective disguise. Parker defends himself with a variety of weapons, most of 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 a 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.
- "红色派系" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
- "Red Faction :สงครามแดงเดือด" -- Thai spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- BPjS / BPjM indexed games
- Console Generation Exclusives: PlayStation 2
- Gameplay feature: Freely destructible terrain
- Games with Dopefish
- PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits releases
- PlayStation 2 Platinum Range releases
- Red Faction series
- Setting: Mars
|Is 'Red Faction' the revolutionary FPS the critics make it out to be?||PlayStation 2||Carmelo Lia (45)|
|A soulless clone||Windows||Ian McLean (11)|
|Just misses my expectations||Windows||Sam Hardy (82)|
|Geo-Mod and great multiplayer make up for all the single player dullness!||Windows||Lumpi (206)|
|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 (352)|
|Minor problems, but an overall good package for PS2 shooter fans||PlayStation 2||Kartanym (12738)|
|The fastest game on PS2.||PlayStation 2||MAT (221039)|
|Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin||Windows||Terrence Bosky (5463)|
|A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed.||Windows||Trixter (9110)|
|Game Informer Magazine||PlayStation 2||Jun, 2001||9.25 out of 10||92|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||PlayStation 2||Jul 20, 2001||90|
|Svenska PC Gamer||Windows||Oct, 2001||87 out of 100||87|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Windows||Sep 28, 2001||85 out of 100||85|
|Gaming Target||PlayStation 2||Jun 12, 2001||8.5 out of 10||85|
|PSM||PlayStation 2||Jul, 2001||8 out of 10||80|
|Gamereactor (Denmark)||PlayStation 2||Jun 22, 2001||8 out of 10||80|
|GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)||Windows||Oct 02, 2001||79 out of 100||79|
|Game Revolution||PlayStation 2||Jun, 2001||B||75|
|Netjak||Windows||Oct 04, 2002||7.5 out of 10||75|
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Game engineAlthough 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
German PC versionOn 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. The German PC version of Red Faction is heavily cut. The flame thrower is missing and there is no blood at all. The game still got an "Age 18+" rating.
Hidden movieThere'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.
Related Web Sites
- Red Faction (Official Site)
- Red Faction Section at Levels 4 You (The biggest map and mod database for Red Faction containing thousands of files some of which are real gems.)
- redtechnologies (Everything you need to know about the RED level editor for Red Faction. This site also has a forum for RF mappers and mod-makers.)
- Wikipedia: Red Faction (Information about Red Faction at Wikipedia)
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