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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 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.

Screenshots

Red Faction Windows Red screen will mean you're someone's target bigtime.
Red Faction Windows One of the better-looking habitat areas.
Red Faction PlayStation 2 Ready to test the flamethrower.
Red Faction Windows Parker and Gryphon come face-to-face with the very nasty Ultor Personnel Suppression Combot

Promo Images

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Red Faction Screenshot Screenshot originally published on 14 August 2000.
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Red Faction Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "红色派系" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Red Faction :สงครามแดงเดือด" -- Thai spelling

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User Reviews

Is 'Red Faction' the revolutionary FPS the critics make it out to be? PlayStation 2 Carmelo Lia (38)
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 (354)
Minor problems, but an overall good package for PS2 shooter fans PlayStation 2 Kartanym (12780)
The fastest game on PS2. PlayStation 2 MAT (188332)
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Windows Terrence Bosky (5463)
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Windows Trixter (9125)

Critic Reviews

GameZone PlayStation 2 Jun 14, 2001 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot PlayStation 2 May 22, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamezilla Windows Oct 08, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Play.tm Windows Nov 22, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Gamesmania.de N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 78 out of 100 78
Game Revolution Windows Oct 01, 2001 B 75
Thunderbolt Games Windows Sep 08, 2005 5 out of 10 50
macHOME Macintosh 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Mac Gamer Macintosh Dec 19, 2001 45 out of 100 45
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames N-Gage Dec 07, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

The game's engine is called Geo-Mod, which allows real-time terrain destruction.

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