Red Faction II
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For the last 15 years, Sopot, the corrupt dictator, has oppressed the people of the Commonwealth. His relentless pursuit of unification with the neighboring United Republic has left the country soaked in unnecessary bloodshed and poverty.
Propaganda is plastered throughout communities and a Public Information Building, built as a tribute to the self-centered chancellor, spews news broadcasts with claims of victory as more and more soldiers fall victim. Fed up after years on the front lines, a group of super-soldiers injected with nanotechnology vow to replace the dictator and restore peace.
Defend your country as Alias, a demolitions expert, with the help of your five squad members, each specializing in their own method of destruction. Fight through diverse levels using vehicles, an arsenal of specialized weapons and massive explosives in your rampage to overthrow the government.
Revamped Geo-Mod™ engine — the only FPS with real-time, arbitrary geometry modification
All new storyline & characters — fight as a member of an elite squad of six
Enhanced graphics and pre-rendered cut scenes for a completely immersive experience
Utilize four varied vehicles in combat including a tank, hover flyer and submarine
Acquire superior firepower from multiple boss battles
Fourteen specialized weapons of mass destruction including dual-handed combinations
All new inventory of useful items - health kits, night vision, numerous grenades and more
Stealth, puzzle solving and action oriented objectives
Advanced AI behavior - AI works in squads and reacts realistically to each combat situation
Experience alternate endings based on style of combat - good or bad "karma"
Red Faction II ReviewDarkpeing | April 14, 2014 | See all Darkpeing's reviews »
The Good: -Vehicle sections. -Destructible environments.
The Bad: -No skippable cutscenes. -Ridiculously difficult final boss in comparison to the rest of the game's difficulty. -Terrible voice-over/dialog.
the beginning of something great.damienjameswebb | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
now, this wasn't the first of the red faction games, but it was my favorite. there was a lot of basic fps ideas that were then expended on and evolved into what we know red faction to be today.
the enemies felt very real and intelligent thanks to the brilliant AI used this time around. this made that game feel actually difficult compared to the first game which felt a little too run and gun and never die.
the graphics as well are much improved and they feel a lot more realistic (for the era) and much more enjoyable to look at. the story isn't the greatest, but it sets up a lot of things for the more modern games later on that have made me love this IP.
Solid shooter with many strengthsmahon | Sept. 12, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
The Red Faction franchise covers four titles: Red Faction, Red Faction 2, Red Faction Guerilla, and Red faction Armageddon. They're all about combat on the red planet - Mars. While the first Red Faction was good for its time, Red Faction 2 brought some changes and improvements, making it a must-play for every science-fiction shooter fan. Now with improved graphics the game will be more accessible for a modern player than the first part. And it's worth playing for its new storyline, broad selection of weapons and usable items, or combat vehicles. The game deserves a praise for good AI of computer controlled enemies, and alternate endings depending on your choices in the game. And the game itself is rich in possible approaches - you can be more of an explosives expert, blowing everything up or a stealthy commando, avoiding direct confrontations whenever possible. Some of these aspects were improved in the next games of the franchise, but Red Faction 2 is still a very solid shooter.