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4.0 out of 5 stars Old-School Alien Shoot-'em-up With a Good PC Port, June 8, 2011
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This review is from: Red Faction Armageddon - PC (DVD-ROM)
Ignore the Red Faction title of this game as it has very little to do with the average FPS from a decade ago or the open-world destruct-a-thon from a couple years ago. Red Faction: Armageddon is a straight-up alien blasting good time with great weapons and great environment destruction, end of story.

Here's the rundown:

+ Fast-paced alien shooting that might remind you of older games like Quake 2 or Half-Life but with a third-person perspective.

+ Unique and fun to use weapons like a magnet gun that flings objects together (including enemies) and a plasma gun that charges up and then destroys entire areas with swirling gravity.

+ Impressive destruction where every building is able to be destroyed. While not a core gameplay elements like the last game this still adds a ton of weight and spectacle to every firefight.

+ Pretty passable story with some funny lines and interesting locations. Design is generally solid with well-defined character outfits and unique locations.

+ Upgrade system that lets you improve abilities you like and buff up general stats like health and weapon recoil. You upgrade through finding "salvage" which is spread out in the larger environments. Though still linear the game does have a strong exploration elements due to this.

+ Online modes add some fun like a typical hoard mode where you stay alive through as many enemy waves as possible and a mode where you cause as much destruction as you can in a limited time. Leaderboard support for both.

+ Better PC port than previous Volition games in the last few years. Good framerate and smooth mouse control. Lots of video options (though sadly no option to increase pop-in distance).

- Enemies can get repetitive to fight as for most of the game you will be killing the same type of bugs in new environments. I'm so used to fighting humans lately though that I think this repetitiveness is lessened somewhat.

- You can only carry four guns at a time, a limitation likely forced by the console versions, which dampens your ability to experiment with the fun weaponry.

- Destruction could be used in mission objectives more often.

- Story videos are in a low resolution with a lot of compression, which is typical of games lately but still annoying. Switching from 1080p gameplay to a 720p compressed video is really jarring.

- Steamworks DRM might be off-putting to some customers.

All in all RF:A is a fun game for people like me who like relatively linear shooters with solid combat. The faster pace and alien enemies give it an old-school feel compared to the "realistic" human shooting we see most of the time these days and the graphics and design presents a vivid and fun to explore Mars of the future. The PC port is good showing only the typical signs of multiplatform development with no real issues. If you're looking for a good 10-12 hours of alien shooting fun I would go ahead and purchase RF:A when it hits a price you can accept.
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Initial post: Jun 9, 2011 6:27:04 AM PDT
Media Man says:
Excellent review! I really like your review style <wink wink>. I've played through the first 2 games on PC and tried the PS3 demo of this and thought it was decent. I'll probably buy it for the PC when it comes down a bit in price. I suppose I should play RF Guerilla at some point too!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2011 7:00:06 AM PDT
M. MacMahon says:
Thanks. I'm just trying this review style out, I think it works well.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 10:15:10 AM PDT
Wicasawakan says:
I'm glad you noted that it is TPS. I rarely like 3rd Person Shooters. I'll play my FPS's a bit longer and if I get bored, pick up Red Faction later.
The linear gameplay you mentioned but it still has exploring essentials, is good to know. I don't mind a linear game if it still gives you room to move.
STEAM doesn't bother me any more. I used to hate it but once you have it, you most likely will not see it again. I like being able to reinstall a game I lost the dvd to 1 yr later cuz it's saved in my library.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2011 10:22:56 AM PDT
M. MacMahon says:
I used to hate Steam and DRM in general back when it first started happening, but honestly I gave up on the hate. Not to be too vague but the PC is an open platform and there's really no way publishers can stop you from playing the game some distant day even if they won't activate it or take your account away. The PC gaming community will always make sure games can be played. So why stress over it?

Like you say if you run Steam but turn all the notifications and such off it is pretty much invisible.
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