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Friday, June 10, 2011

Not Retro, nor Modern - Red Faction

With the recent release of Red Faction: Armageddon, I've decided to revisit a came I played in my early, early teens, Red Faction. Red Faction was released on PC in 2001 and got pretty good feedback from gamers. I don't remember exactly where I picked up Red Faction, but I remember that I picked it out of some bargain priced games bin and I'm glad I picked it up. For its time, I'd have to say that the graphics and game play were pretty decent.

A Screencap of Red Faction Gameplay

     Red Faction features both single and multiplayer. Singleplayer follows a man named Parker, who works as a miner on Mars, but eventually the miners decide to revolt and Parker gets swept up in the revolt. The story is pretty enticing, but the multiplayer is what really kept me going. There were three default types of modes, CTF (Capture the Flag, DM (Death match), and TDM (Team Death Match). There are also a multitlude of weapons avaiable for players, such as the rail gun (This gun acts like a gun that can see heat through walls, and can shoot through walls). Many other modes were then added by the player community (such as rail games). 
     But all good things must come to an end. Red Faction's main server tracker was hacked which took down many servers. Then, modders also started to crash servers (modders are essentially hackers). THQ also stopped providing a necessary update to play multiplayer games for people who just bought the game (I'm not sure how this is handled since steam accredited red faction). Also, computers with more modern CPUs makes the graphics in Red Faction go wild (such as insane artifacts).
     Thankfully, the Red Faction franchise has been continued, albiet the storyline is diferent from the originally by main features are kept, such as a fully destructable environmental (dubbed GeoMod) which is also similar to Crysis, except that EVERYTHING can be destroyed.

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What game(s) do you like the most? Are there any games you really look forward too? (I'm waiting anxiously for Duke Nukem)

14 comments:

Delirium Tiger said...

One of first games with enviromental destruction. demolishion charges etc :P

Xenototh said...

I remember this game, although I hate storyline changes. Kinda kills the nostalgia factor.

The R00STER said...

Great series. . . . also looking forward to the new Duke Nukem

Duhniel S. said...

i hate red faction games i think is kind of boring

Dola said...

pew pew pew! =D

Moobeat said...

i loved the first incarnations of this game, but not really the most recent

chika said...

Not really sure if I'll buy this game.
You should do a review on new Hitman, seems interesting to me.

Philip said...

Metroid's my favourite game (well, series). Though I can't wait for dungeon siege 3!

Byron Vicente said...

Very nice, never played this before.

Patrick S said...

I can't wait to play Duke Nukem as well.

InfoTube said...

Looks fun!

Germs said...

Love red faction games, one of my favorite series

Renzox said...

Looks really nice dude

Asty said...

looks like a really good game

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