Red Faction: Guerrilla
This Red Faction instalment builds upon what it introduced with its predecessor where you could destroy only certain set pieces. In this game every structure and building can be destroyed, while this may seem merely like a feature, this aspect of Red Faction becomes a major strategic aspect of the game, as you’ll have to make use of this destructible environments to dispose of the much more numerous and heavily armed EDF.
New to Red Faction, you can now play the game from a third person perspective and switch between first person and third person, this allows to see and avoid the breaking and crumbling structures around you and becomes an essential aspect of the game simply because avoiding falling building you can’t see would be otherwise difficult to do.
Aside from its main story line Red Faction also contains many side missions and makes it worth your while to take on these side missions by increasing the town’s moral and granting you more soldiers to fight alongside you, you also can receive rewards such as upgrades and weapons. Other games, although have side missions don’t provide enough incentive if any to bother with those side missions and tend to feel a bit frivolous, this game however does not feel that way.
Red Faction is exciting regardless of what you’re doing, it’s hectic and keeps your eyes locked to the screen at all times. At almost every instance in the game structures will be being destroyed, whether by you or the enemy so you’ll need to think fast and avoid these crumbling structures while also finding new cover.
What Red Faction does best is it succeeds at making you feel sufficiently challenged, remember in this game you’re part of a small rebellion, you’re against heavily armed, properly trained troops who are equipped with thick steel armour.
Your character is wearing essentially rags, Red Faction succeeds at making you feel like an underdog and making you feel like the task at hand is daunting which is a great spin on a genre that normally makes you feel like you’re overpowered and the rest of your enemies are incompetent drones.
Aside from your standard machine gun, you also will receive explosive charges, a powerful hammer, rocket launchers and all the gear you would expect an outnumbered, small rebellion using Guerrilla warfare tactics to use and over course by this I mean not a lot of gear.
Being part of the resistance is a bit like being a terrorist. The game requires you to be resourceful and to use strategy in order to dispose of your much better equipped adversary’s. There are also vehicles, huge walkers which allow you to bulldoze through buildings and immersive online play which consists of some new game modes that will keep you entertains more months on end.
This is an excellent game with a different take on the FPS genre, if you want to know what’d it’d be like to be part of a small rebellion, or what it’d be like to be a modern day terrorist/insurgence in Iraq, because this game has a number of parallels to the modern day war in Iraq, pick up a copy of this game it’s great.
Rating: 89% “A much needed unique and interesting addition to the FPS genre.”
Fully destructible environments look very realistic
A unique and interesting twist on the FPS genre that is challenging and fun
The side missions actually feel worth your time