Red Faction Guerilla
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Set 50 years after the climactic events of the original Red Faction, Red Faction: Guerrilla allows players to take the role of an insurgent fighter with the newly re-established Red Faction movement as they battle for liberation from the oppressive Earth Defense Force. Red Faction: Guerrilla re-defines the limits of destruction-based game-play with a huge open-world, fast-paced guerrilla-style combat, and true physics-based destruction.
- Open World Guerrilla Warfare:
You decide who, when, where and how to battle. Utilize guerrilla tactics, improvised weaponry, and modified vehicles to lead insurgent attacks on EDF targets. Launch attacks based on your own gameplay style, take on missions in any order you choose, or engage in destructive activities to weaken the EDF's grip on Mars.
- Strategic Destruction:
Use destruction to your tactical advantage, setting ambushes or chain reaction explosions to attack enemy strongholds and permanently modify the game environment.
- Leverage fully-dynamic physics-based destruction to improvise on the fly:
Blow holes in a wall or floor to set an ambush or escape, take out a staircase to stop your pursuers, or drive vehicles through blown out walls.
- Evolving & Emergent Gameplay:
Carve your path through an ever changing landscape as you improvise your combat tactics - mixing gameplay styles, vehicles, weapons and explosives to defeat the EDF.
- Epic Sci-Fi Setting:
Explore the huge, unforgiving Martian landscape, from the desolate mining outpost of Parker to the gleaming EDF capital city of Eos; then tear through the fully destructible open-world environments swarming with EDF forces, Red Faction resistance fighters, and the downtrodden settlers caught in the cross-fire.
- Multiplayer Combat:
There is no place to hide when you put your guerrilla warfare skills to the test in a variety of highly destructive multiplayer combat modes.
More story, more destructionmaces006 | Oct. 5, 2013 | See all maces006's reviews »
This being the first red faction game i played, i went into playing with an open mind. The game is very good at delivering an interesting story, as well as providing a satisfying amount of building destrutcion, although after playing the original Red Faction the lack of environment destruction did disapoint me a little bit. Guerilla comes packed with a wide variety of weapons that are changable at the HQ, although being restricted to only 4 weapons at a time is a bit redundant. Overall Red Faction Guerilla delivers what it was set out to do and it delivers it very well.
Open world game with repetitive and tedious missionsDesidiosus | Sept. 16, 2013 | See all Desidiosus's reviews »
RF: Guerrilla is an open world action game set in Mars, which is controlled by the Earth Defense Force. The main character joins the Red Faction resistance after the introduction/tutorial level and the goal of the game is to free Mars from the tyranny of EDF.
Gameplay is pretty standard 3rd-person shooter, but the twist is the destructible environment. The ground isn't destructible but all buildings etc. can be destroyed. There are also vehicles to drive around, but most of them are quite slow and not tha fun to drive around in. The story progresses through missions, which aren't very long or even that innovative. There are also several side missions available, but they repeat the same pattern and get tedious very quickly. The story isn't very good either.
Difficulty-wise the game is kinda hard, because you die quite quickly even on normal and it takes some time for the health to regen. However, you could just go to a vehicle for a few seconds, which regenerates your health quite quickly. You also run out of ammo for the weapons very quickly and then you have to pick up one of the enemies' weapons or resort to the melee weapon. Alternatively you could go to an ammo crate, but those sparsely scattered around the world and they don't even have that much ammo in them.
There is a small upgrade system in the game, which can be used to buy a few new weapons and then some upgrades to them. The "currency" in the game is salvage, which can be obtained by destroying EDF buildings, completing missions or by mining ore deposits.
I would imagine that people, who like to roam around the world and just do random stuff, would enjoy the game more, but I don't really enjoy doing that so I didn't have that much fun playing the game. The game is best played in short bursts, because there isn't much to do in the game unless you really like destroying virtual buildings.
I finished the game in about 13 hours and I did about 45 of the 104 side missions the game has. The main story doesn't take that long to beat, but you must do some side missions for each area before the final story mission for the area unlocks.
It's just an average open world action game that isn't much fun to play. It also has GFWL, which can cause problems for some people.
A dissapointing sandbox with great destruction mechanics.lushteinas | Jan. 17, 2013 | See all lushteinas's reviews »
Red Faction Guerilla comes from a series of games famous for their enviroment destruction mechanics. Guerilla takes the sand box approach to things. The setting is colonial Mars. You play as one of the rebels that fight the EDF for... I guess freedom? Really the story failed to capture my interest, the missions all were your run of the mill shoot'em, blow up that building, do that or that. And while it is fun to mess around in the sandbox the same thing repeated over and over in the missions and in time between them gets old very quickly. While you might have a few laughs with your buddies at great building destruction mechanics, you can easily get bored by lack of any other interesting features. The shooting mostly lacks the ummph, and while there are some interesting weapons you have to go through quite some tedious mission gameplay to unlock them and wreck havoc. But those are only my two-cents. If you're a fan of destruction sandboxes - try it out. If you're looking for a shooter/GTA style game - avoid.
The physics engine makes this game.Teix | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all Teix's reviews »
This incredible game engine is what makes RFG so much fun to play. Forget gunplay, plot, writing, characters, soundtrack, graphics! All those things are superfluous when you're using your sledgehammer to break apart a building, entering houses through the walls while driving a truck, and smashing everything in your path with a giant mech.
Everything in RFG can be completely destroyed. The game knows that is exactly what you want to do, and is happy to oblige, providing fun side missions and guns that make great use of the game engine's power. Unfortunately, the "Mars Police" can be a big annoyance, taking away some of the fun and they keep trying to kill you.
Oddly addicting and beautiful gameScorpy | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all Scorpy's reviews »
Although Red Faction Guerilla's setting seems bland and boring, there is a certain prettiness about it. Mars' landscapes are barren and red, but I had no trouble spending as much time as I wanted in there.
Red Faction Guerilla's main gimmick is its destructible environments. It's very fun for the first few hours, but it eventually becomes somewhat old once you get used to see massive structures tumble at your feet. That's not to say it's not fun, it's just that the charm wears off fast.
The story is corny and cheesy, with dialogue often cringe-inducing and never that great. You most likely won't play for the story, though.
Red Faction Guerilla is an interesting addition to the series. It tries to be different while still being the same and that's a hard thing to accomplish. For that, I admire it quite a lot and had a great time playing it.