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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 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 Drive, Parker! Drive like the limited Martian wind!
Red Faction Windows Parker confronts mercenary leader Colonel Masako herself in an attempt to prevent a nuclear explosion
Red Faction Windows The whole incident started as a brawl... but there's more behind all that. What if it was planned?
Red Faction Windows Saving your fella miner... but for how long?

Promo Images

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

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 (12786)
The fastest game on PS2. PlayStation 2 MAT (186091)
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Windows Terrence Bosky (5463)
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Windows Trixter (9125)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 May 24, 2001 5 out of 5 100
Gameplanet PlayStation 2 Jul 17, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Jul, 2001 88 out of 100 88
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 Apr 19, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Jun 12, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Over Online Windows Oct 09, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Super Play (Sweden) Windows Oct, 2001 7 out of 10 70
MacUser Macintosh Jul 01, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games Windows Sep 08, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Super Play (Sweden) N-Gage Jan, 2004 3 out of 10 30

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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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