Geplaatst: 25 februari
This is one of my favorite games of all-time, played for dozens of hours outside of Steam. Bought it again because it was on sale and I was too lazy to look for the CD.
It's very similar in basic game design to Grand Theft Auto 3+: Third-person view, missions that start with some job that needs done, a map to reference a waypoint, jump in a vehicle, and head to the objective. But with fully destroyable buildings, piece by piece. Sandbox-like in that regard (it's not actually a sandbox game), but how you place explosives, shoot rockets, or swing your super-hammer is up to you. Watching a tower fall after you blow up the base is just awesome. Or watching it fall after you crash a truck through it. Or watching it fall after an enemy accidentally drives his armored car through it. You can't dig through the terrain, but destroying structures is much more fun. The action is non-scripted and the physics engine leads to some highly entertaining events - I shot an explosive canister that was next to a garage. When it blew up, it tore a hole in the side and the armored car inside was lauched forward, over a steep hill, through the air, and fell through the roof of another building that I needed to take down. After a moment, it exploded. It was like some ultra-violent Rube Goldberg contraption. Completely unexpected and I doubt I could ever reproduce it.
Some missions have you steal a vehicle, others will have you defend a building, or rescue hostages. Most will have you destroy something. Plenty of optional missions. Or you can just pick a high-value enemy target and take it out to help lower their level of control of the sector.
The storyline is kind of predictable, though there are a few twists here and there. In the original Red Faction, the fairly-evil Ultor mega-corporation is brought down, with the help of the Earth Defense Force. In this game, the EDF has become the cruel occupiers of Mars and they killed your brother.(Not a spoiler, it happens 5 minutes into the game.) Nothing overly creative. And, like too many games these days, there's someone talking to you over a communicator while on missions- Someone who you'll want to find and punch in the face. Guy gives me a mission to rescue some hostages that are about to be executed. I accept the mission and about 4 seconds later I jump into my truck and he starts screaming "Mason! What are you doing? People are DYING!" Holy crap old man, keep your pants on, I haven't even started the truck!
But, these a minor issues in light of how fun the game is otherwise. Highly recommended.