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Red Faction Review

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Posted: 4 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


Red Faction is a series of shooting and sabotage games. Although the games differ in terms of player perspective, they all share the ability to destroy anything in the environment. The novelty is how believably building collapse. Bring down a wall or ceiling to reveal the metal super structure of a base. Take out the base of a tower to see it topple over. It's a game that makes it fun to blow things up.

The first two games came out close to each other and were followed by Red Faction: Guerrilla and Red Faction: Armageddon seven years later. These latter games perfected the world destruction with demolition charges and your mining hammer and also moved from the first-person shooter view of the first two games into an over-the-shoulder third person perspective. Guerrilla takes place in an open world environment on the planet of Mars allowing players to freely roam across the environment. Armageddon is a more linear experience, largely moving through corridors and caverns from objective to objective.

You play as Alec Mason, a mining engineer who heads to Mars in hope of a better life. On arriving you discover the red planet is run by a dictator regime. In each of the games you are working to undermine and bring down the ruling forces who are inflicting mining camps, death squads and near slave labour on the population -- all enforced by the military who killed your characters brother.

You take on missions to progress through the game's open world sectors and steadily bring down the regime by destroying military bases. Tactics and backstory aside, much of the enjoyment is in the mechanics of smashing buildings into constituent concrete and steel parts. You begin the game with your mining hammer and some guns, but can acquire rockets and even jet packs.

Along the way are lots of intriguing distractions, ranging from getting a car to a safe house to raiding a base and rescuing hostages, or just using explosives to destroy a building in a limited time. These missions reduce the ruling forces control in an area. Once that gets low enough you can take on a mission that advances the story.

The series is still a lot of fun many years later. Red Faction: Guerrilla has been released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. This is a good place to start. If you enjoy that you can move to the others in the series.
  • Red Faction (2001) on PlayStation 2, PC, Mac
  • Red Faction II (2002) on PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, PC
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla (2009) on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla Remastered (2018) on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Red Faction: Armageddon (2011) on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

DetailsGame Details


Release Date: 22/05/2001, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @RedFaction


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Players: This is a single player game.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Red Faction Armageddon offered upgrades you could purchase:
  • Commando Pack - two new weapons.
  • Path to War - four new missions and two new weapons.
  • Recon Pack - two new weapons.
  • Ruin Pack - creative mode.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Red Faction Guerrilla is rated PEGI 16 due to moderate violence. Violence in the game is exclusively towards human characters. Characters react realistically to bullets, however when grenades and explosives are used, bodies remain intact.

Red Faction Armageddon is rated PEGI 18 for scenes of realistic violence and sustained death to both human and alien characters. Some scenes early on in the game where your characters is able to dismember enemy humans dressed in cultist armour with his large hammer called 'Maul'. When struck with force the humans explode into large meaty chunks. Also contains milder expletives; "*!@?*", "damn", "*!@?*".

Red Faction Guerrilla and Armageddon are ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood, Strong Language and Violence. Guerilla content was described as having "sequences that allow players to kill non-adversary characters/civilians, though this may negatively affect progress and colonist morale. Battles are frenetic with realistic gunfire, large explosions, and blood-splatter effects that stain the environment. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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