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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 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 Parker confronts mercenary leader Colonel Masako herself in an attempt to prevent a nuclear explosion
Red Faction Windows The mining stations on Planet Mars
Red Faction Windows The red tinted sniper scope
Red Faction Windows Some glasses are bullet-proof, but most of them ain't ;))

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

  • "红色派系" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Red Faction :สงครามแดงเดือด" -- Thai spelling

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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 (82) unrated
Geo-Mod and great multiplayer make up for all the single player dullness! Lumpi (206) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Total Recall + Dig Dug = Bargain Bin Terrence Bosky (5463) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars
A day late and a dollar short. Extremely disappointed. Trixter (9110) 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. Longwalker (768) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
A great game with some downfalls. JPaterson (9534) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Agh! Horrible! Disappointing! Gimme my ten bucks back! kbmb (435) unrated
Paint the planet Mars Red Kayburt (6335) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Like a good action movie Cabeza2000 (811) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

Pelit Oct, 2001 91 out of 100 91
IGN Sep 18, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Svenska PC Gamer Oct, 2001 87 out of 100 87
PC Gamer 2001 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2001 84 out of 100 84
Gamesmania.de Oct 02, 2001 82 out of 100 82
Gry OnLine Oct 10, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 27, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Netjak Oct 04, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Game engine

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

German PC version

On 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 movie

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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MAT (221212) added Red Faction (Windows) on Sep 18, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (252860), Kartanym (12738), Sciere (711534) and Kabushi (256021)
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