RED FACTION: GUERRILLA RE-MARS-TERED – XBOX ONE REVIEW
Communists on Mars, now in HD:
From developer Kaiko Games and Volition, comes Red Faction Guerrilla Remaster, a new and polished version of the classic game that feels as new as ever. You play Alec Mason, a mining engineer sent to Mars to start a new life with your brother. But things go wrong, your brother gets killed and your journey into joining Red Faction begins…
You’re given a sledgehammer and a pistol and left to do your own thing really. When you start smashing things, you begin to realize how awesome this game is. Near enough everything you encounter is destructible in some way or another. Which sometimes can be a bit of an issue when you accidentally drive through your own base and rip it to shreds. But what this means is that you create the playing field you are battling, much like Battlefield…but this game came far before “Levolution”.
The graphics and performance this game runs at is spectacular, given the amount of debris flying around. This is next gen technology, in a game originally released in 2009, which baffles me. The smoothness of how everything moves and is animated is a good effort. There are some bugs though, sometimes when you launch your vehicle into a building that overhangs a cliff, your car will be sent hurtling into the air. Which is great, if you manage to survive that is, but often I died from these catapults, forcing me to start the mission over again.
You start your journey in the small town of Parker, from here you learn how to bring down the EDF, the big capitalists running the shots. The Earth Defence Force have a claim on all six districts of the map, and the way you claim each one is by smashing up as much stuff as you can. Outposts and buildings marked by a blue icon are EDF buildings you can destroy, the more you do, the more points you earn toward the next mission in that area, there are about 3 or 4 quests in each area, liberating each district when you finish. Bearing in mind, expect resistance.
The combat system in this game is rather outdated, but does feel fun. Your basic weapons are the assault rifle and the pistol, along with the sledgehammer and explosive charges, with more weapons unlocking as you progress. For the most part, you’ll be using the assault rifle. However, the combat faults with its outdated gunplay and body physics. Shooting someone in the face for them to fly back in a crazy fashion is not uncommon. But it does add to the fun of this game.
Red Faction’s multiplayer is extreme. Bits and pieces of debris falling everywhere while enemies trying to shoot you. Love it or hate it, prepare yourself for some fast paced shootouts. The server population isn’t great, but there are players still playing and when you do find a match, I can guarantee you’ll be just as confused as I was when I started playing. Unfortunately though, the tediousness of the combat follows its way into the multiplayer and can become quite a drag. But
blowing stuff up with your mates is what it’s all about.
If you like blowing the hell out things, then this game is definitely for you. The story is good and you can get pretty engrossed in this if you don’t watch out, especially when you’re joined with other people, who are also destroying things. This game feels like Mad Max and Just Cause smushed together on Mars, and let me tell you…there’s nothing wrong with that. Pick up, blow up a building and then fling your car into the nearest oil refinery, that’s the nature of Red Faction Guerrilla and it’s incredible.
We’d like to thank Dead Good Media for sending us a code.