Half a century after the Red Faction resistance and their Marauder allies freed Mars from the brutal Earth Defense Force, harmony on Mars is again threatened but this time by a lethal force shrouded in mystery.
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THIS IS THE FIX - PLEASE PIN THIS TOPIC
The game is crashing because it's unable to create a new savegame file. You can play the game if you load a previously saved game instead of starting a new game.
Steam user Kaijin was kind enough to save a game right at the beginning of the campaign, so ...
here's my saves (split to two batches) missions 1-18 + dlc missions & missions 19-28 + dlc missions
mission list included in text file.
i've saved at the beginning of each mission, essentially giving you a mission selector.
(new game plus already enabled)
During the first mission where you help Marauders fend off the Plague, go as far as the shield appearing at the end. When the message (Hold to Meet with Kara) appears, do not press it. Instead, face the doorway and look to the back corner of the room....
VALVE HAS BROKEN THIS GAME. Apparently, an update to the steam platform has completely broken new games, so that any time the game attempts to create a new save file it crashes. This was discovered by a number of enterprising users who first noticed this with a beta version of the steam client before whatever code caused the issue was also migrated into the "stable" release everyone else gets. There are some save files out there that you can download and continue from, but really valve is basically comitting fraud by leaving the game page up, since the it's documented that a specific update to the steam client is the source of the problem. (note, the co-op infestation and single player ruin modes do still function, since they do not generate save files)
Actual review: There's a bunch of stuff online about how this game isn't as good as it's predecessor, Red Faction Guerilla. From my perspective, that simply isn't true. I admittedly have a somewhat unusual point of view, since I played Armageddon first, but the improvements to the central mechanics of this series mean there's really no going back. In Guerilla, you can destroy just about anything in a variety of interesting ways based on the actual structure of whatever it is you're destroying. In Armageddon, this degree of endlessly entertaining destruction is maintained, but it's just as easy to REPAIR those items, even if they're damaged the first time you see them. Guerilla is also an open world game, whereas Armageddon is quite linear, but while I usually appreciate open world games, I guess guerilla is old enough now that it just seems...empty, outdated, and boring. It took me about 12 hours to finish the main campaign of Armageddon, and while it's a much shorter game than Guerilla, I wasn't bored at any point. It left me wanting more, which led to the relative disappointment that was Guerilla.
GO TO THE COMMUNITY FORUM TO GET FILES IN ORDER TO PLAY THE GAME
The game is currently unplayable because the "new game" option is broken. They have saves on the community forum. I reccomend it, but first you have to fix it yourself. THQ isn't going to do it because they went bankrupt in 2013.