Reviews for Red Faction


Mars needs a hero and is he up to the task?

TheForgery | June 25, 2015 | See all TheForgery's reviews »

"Like Half-Life but on Mars." ~ Reviewer. He does have a point. It is like Half-Life, with the diverse amount of weapons that can be carried and the rich sci-fi themes that condense the game but the main difference is Red Faction primarily takes place on Mars. Red Faction is one of the oldest FPS games known to gamers. However, unlike Halo: Combat Evolved which was released in the same year, Red Faction has fallen into deep obscurity. However, the game was slightly ahead of its time by featuring a unique game engine, named "Geo-Mod". It allowed players to never create the same crater hole from an explosion and permitted the creation of tunnels. The game engine actually calculated the size and shape of the hole by depending on the damage caused by a weapon/explosive. As mentioned before, numerous weapons are at the player's disposal. Almost immediately after picking up a pistol, a rocket launcher becomes available albeit with limited ammunition. When the player has to travel through enclosed areas, a shotgun can be used and when even stronger enemies take foot as the conflict progresses, a heavy machine gun, a projective beam sniper rifle, and a laser cannon become devastating to wield and demolish opposing foes. Aside from the oppressive and ruthless security force that aim to silence the insurgent mining community, aliens and small number of mutated human specimens target the player. Mercenaries are also called in, adding fuel to the heated fighting and are worse than the aforementioned enemies. This helps to alleviate the repetitiveness of the game around midway. The outdoor areas are arguably the most impressive. Red Faction has done a good job in making the surface of Mars the way it should be. The weaknesses that expose Red Faction as an unpolished game were the characters, bugs, hard-to-control vehicles, underdeveloped plot, extreme difficulty at some points, and the "forced" stealth. Most of the characters, namely your allies of the rebel force, lack the charisma and heart. It becomes easy to forget them and I lacked the remorse when one of them perishes close to the end of the game. The stealth is horrible, plain awful to say the least. In two instances, the player is given the choice to blend in with the neutral populace by surrendering their armor and weapons. This was very undesirable because there is no compensation if this is done and none of your equipment can be retrieved again. Red Faction seems to have wanted to become a Metal Gear Solid wannabe and this did not work at all. The stealth is completely optional however and there is no consequence for not being discreet, thus defeating the addition of said gameplay mechanic. Controlling the vehicles is tough and have bugs, such as being stuck and forcing a player to load an earlier save. There are allies in Red Faction but they rarely appear and never last long to withstand a few shots, regardless of the difficulty. The neutral NPCs are dumb and most are expendable, save for medical personnel. A difficulty spike exists in the game and it is frustrating to combat it. Some of the mercs wield a powerful beam weapon that can kill the player in just one hit, even on easy. They tend to run around a corner and instantly kill. Bosses, on the other hand, are no better and it will take several tries to defeat them. Finally, at the end of the game, the developers just threw a bomb that must be defused without ANY PART of the game featuring how to defuse one. This, to me, is a lazy and unnecessary element of Red Faction. The plot is weak and very forgettable. The only thing many players will remember is surviving in a rebellion against an evil corporation that released a mutant virus. There is a glitch in the Steam version in which the audio of cutscenes lag behind and are not synced. Sadly, there is no known way to fix it. Multiplayer servers are still around but there is no one playing online anymore due to the severe age. To summarize it all, I give Red Faction a C as the game has aged not very well and the gameplay is not acceptable.


A great timeless classic

gamma_rad | June 13, 2015 | See all gamma_rad's reviews »

Red Faction is a fun first person shooter with a slight twist - the ability to blow a hole in the wall when you need to get through a locked door. Pros: Its a good old school FPS, good story, fun multiplayer but the thing that makes it stand apart is Geo-Mod. the ability to deform the land with explosives - creating tunnels, destroying walls, changing the lay of the land to fit your needs. Cons: Like many other old FPS games, slightly dated graphics and lacking AI.


Operation: Destroy everything.

Furrek | July 1, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

The first time I played this game I was amazed. I didn't started normal game or tutorial, but started with glass house. This was the first game I have played that allowed me to destroy environment. So I did tunnel and started the real game. They way you could fight Ultor was amazing. I mean, on begin there is a big vehicle - you can destroy it with bazooka, but this is not only way. It's standing on a rock bridge, so you can destroy what's supporting bridge and make vehicle fall into hole. Also, sometimes you can find very interesting things by not following the main route. Multiplayer was also amazing. You could dig your own tunnels and sit there using a railgun (it's a weapon that show what's behind walls and when fired it went throught everything). It's already old game, but still have active multiplayer scene. Red Faction is the only game that I did speedrun. Well, it only shows how much I liked this game to do something like that. If you are not allergic to old games, play this great title. It's worth everything, there are no games like that nowadays.


An old school classic

geist_der_sonne | May 19, 2014 | See all geist_der_sonne's reviews »

Red Faction is quite simple in his mechanics: no superpowers, no superweapon, no rpg elements... it's just an old school fps with nice settings, nice levels and a cool engine that lets you destroy walls. However, in its simpicity it is a very entertaining and fast-paced game. The game is linear, but levels are very big and well structured. The first part of the game isn't very challanging, but as the game progresses it becomes harder and harder, so you'll have to sweat for the final victory! Even if the graphics look old and low-detailed for today standards (Red Faction was released in 2001) they are still enjoyable and the rythm of the action won't give you time to complain about appearance! This is a true classic: it's not perfect, but it's a lot of fun and probably the best game of the series.


A classic to keep

maces006 | Oct. 5, 2013 | See all maces006's reviews »

Red faction has a very interesting story, as well as mechanics that make the game very interesting. Red Faction runs on geo-mod technology which allows for destrution of the games environment, although it would take a while to blast a big enough hole into the wall (i tried to build a tunnel). The variety of weapons on Red Faction is quiet reasonable, as well as the health system. This game is really enjoyable although due to the age of the game it can have issues on the latest OS, and also there is no waypoint/minimap to tell you where you have to go so you can get lost if your not careful. I would highly recommende this game.


The game that started a trend

forgot2shave | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all forgot2shave's reviews »

When this game came out, it was unlike anything else before it. Never had you been able to destroy the world around you and use it to your advantage. While the campaign is pretty fun and certainly had an epic feel to it when it came out, it was the multiplayer where this game really shined. Shooting out walls, finding secret rooms, creating your own fort; all of this made it such a unique experience. The controls are pretty standard and the weapon choices are varied enough to keep it fun. This is definitely a classic that is worth your time.


Good ol' classic!

Antagonist121 | Feb. 4, 2013 | See all Antagonist121's reviews »

Great old game from the time when FPS's were decent, this is an actiony romp, with quite an advanced destruction engine for the time. I don't think it can beat the original Half-Life for sheer brilliance, but it still a great game! The graphics are slightly dated, but not by a huge amount, and the AI is lacking, but overall its great fun!



Mindestens | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all Mindestens's reviews »

When it came out, the destructible environments brought by Geo-Mod was something mind blowing. Actually, not many games are offering similiar possibilites of destruction to this day... With a nice choice of weapons and a decent story for a shooter (the best in the series, imo, from that point each game had it worse and worse) this is something worth giving it a try if you don't mind a little bit outdated graphics.


Classic in best times!

crazyspike | Dec. 16, 2012 | See all crazyspike's reviews »

Red Faction its one of my first games i was playing on PC and its pretty good! If you want Classic FPS with very good graphic at times of 2001, good sound, nice story background here are your game. Finishing - Classic FPS, if you don't play this game and like old games this is best choice!


Red Faction is an innovative and enjoyable first person shooter.

fable2 | Nov. 2, 2012 | See all fable2's reviews »

Red Faction is one of the few first person games that you can call 'innovative' without expecting to get funny looks from people. It isn't just about running and firing from behind corridors - even though that element is in it too - it also puts platforming of all things in a first person game. The gameplay is great and the graphics are good - for a game of its time anyway. The game is about two factions of miners that seem to be at war instead of doing their job. Maybe. But of course the enemy miners had to be extremely overpowered, with better equipment and weapons and vehicles. The red miners are just there to get killed. You, as a red miner, rebel and decide not to get killed. How come miners are using guns instead of pickaxes? No reason. The gameplay is fun. Platforming elements are present in the game, and one of the most notable things is that you can blow your way through simply anything. Often this is necessary when they lock you outside and you need to make a hasty getaway from the blue miners. They're coming for you. You can go on and on exploding your way through an area and as long as there is matter there, it WILL blow up. Vehicles are also there and the weapons sound good. Overall, Red Faction is an enjoyable and innovative FPS.


Nice shooter

dark2025 | Oct. 22, 2012 | See all dark2025's reviews »

Back in the day this game advanced the genre by allowing you to blow up walls. It didn't fully utilize that element, especially in the latter half, but it's still fun enough to play. It's a story-based FPS similar to Unreal or Quake 2, but with a Mars setting. It still holds up decently today. It's not spectacular, but you should have a pretty fun time with it if you enjoy old-school shooters.


Red Faction

maciej2601 | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all maciej2601's reviews »

Red Faction is created by development studio Volition action game combining elements of first-person shooter and adventure. The player takes the role of one of the miners working on Mars, and is at the forefront of a revolution aimed at overthrowing the existing order and to clarify the causes of a mysterious plague that struck the mine.


A great game

Gh0st233 | Aug. 20, 2012 | See all Gh0st233's reviews »

Red Faction was one of the best action games of the time. It was played in the first person, so it could be called a first person shooter. The gameplay is a bit similiar to that of Quake. The game is fairly lenghty and the objectives are quite fun, and rarely repetitive. The weapons seem very balanced, and very fun to use. It also has a multiplayer, which is pretty addictive. This game is definitely worth checking out.


Join the revolution, Miner!

FreeMan85 | Aug. 20, 2012 | See all FreeMan85's reviews »

Red Faction is nice old school FPS. Simple story, various settings and many enemies too shoot. Using Volition's Geo-Mod Engine let us blast through virtually everything! If you have enough rockets, explosives or ammo. Set to Mars in the future we're a simple miner at Ultor Corporation. Soon a revolution start to fight againsts the greedy corporation. We soon play a major part in this resistance and learn the Ultor Corporation has developed nanotechnology, but it's price was weigh too high too let them get way with it. The gameplay is fun, blast through enemies or walls, just get the mission done. You can use melee weapons or riot shields, guns and many other, high-tech weapons. The game is quite challenging each time you progress further in the game. The sounds and the voice-acting are good, not extraordinary, but not budget type. The game music is what I like and remember it. Give similiar feeling like Total Recall's score. The game has a nice multiplayer which is still or maybe still be played by a few hardcore Miner. It's fun, because just like in the campaign you destroy the environment. If you like Mars based games and movies, or just simply a sci-fi fan like me this game will give you 7-9 hours break! And the best game in the series!