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Scheduled release date:

Spring/Summer 2001

  The First Person genre is getting extremely crowded on the PS2 because of the system's raw power. So far we have The World is Not Enough (which better be four players), TimeSplitters, (my choice for FPS) Rogue Spear and then we have Unreal Tournament. Guess what ladies and gentlemen, THQ and Volition aren't only spitting out an awesome looking (hopefully great playing as well) RPG for us, but they are also in the midst of developing Red Faction. A game that plays slightly in the vain of Unreal Tournament because of some of it's out of space settings and sci-fi looking environments. With the release of Red Faction it is going to get even more complicated to choose which FPS title to pick up, don't worry though, we will deliver a little article on which FPS shooter to pick up for PS2. In the meantime see if Red Faction is the one for you and don't miss out on the 13 screens we have for you.

   Just like they are doing with The Summoner, Volition (who is quickly becoming the most mentioned PS2 developer) will be using incredibly detailed characters to make the experience even more realistic. Each on-screen character looks like he/she is composed of around 500 polygons, but that is just a guess. Chances are you probably have no clue what "arbitrary geometry modification" is, well it is a process which runs on Volition's Geo-Mod engine and what it does is allow the gamer to blow up nearly anything on screen. Whether it's a fuel tank, some big square looking object or anything else on the screen, chances are you can blow it to bits and pieces. It's safe to say that the environments in Red Faction are thorough, have a very sleek bond to the whole game and best of all superbly designed. To end things off, the lighting effects as well as special effects showcase the PS2's power and it shows that Volition is doing a great job. Let's just hope that Volition gives Red Faction the "Summoner" treatment.

   Red Faction stars Parker who is the main character in the plot. His objective is to seek out and kill Gryphon who is the enemy and possibly main boss. Who cares about the story though, all you want to do is shoot and blow up stuff right? Of course. And that is exactly what THQ/Volition will do, they will give the gamer the best and most advanced FPS shooter possible. Now what I'm really excited about is that in THQ's Press Release about Red Faction it says that the game will have multi-player support for LAN (which is two PS2s two TVs) and TCP-IP. That is right folks Red Faction will be an online game, if Sony gives gamers the get go for any type of TCP-IP connection that means you can be playing Red Faction with a buddy who lives down the road or even in another zip code. Another feature that will be included is the Level Editor which Volition claims to be "faster, easier, and more advanced than any on the market". I'm not too sure what this feature is exactly but I have an idea: "real time skeletal deformation and interpolation for silky smooth animations". My guess is that every time an enemy is shot you can see the bullet hole in his body or even his body sheds skin and blood from the impact, coooool! Red Faction will also grant the players the ability to drive a variety of vehicles on land, sea, and air. For those Metal Gear nuts out there, stealth missions will also play a key role in Red Faction but as not key as MGS. You will get spotted depending on where you shadow lies on the ground, so you'd better be careful where you stand.

   That about covers the game, for those who want to know, Red Faction is also a story driven game and the story goes something like this: The games enemy is Gryphon who is an executive for Ultor (sounds German). Parker is one of the company's henchman who mines for them daily. Parker's fellow employees and miners are suffering from a disease called the Plague, Parker and many other are sick of Ultor and are rebelling against this devious company. So what is the best way to stop them? Blow them up to bits and pieces, yeah baby yeah! Your main goal is to find the reason for the Plague and stop it somehow. I'm hoping that Red Faction is also Multi-tap compatible for four player gameplay, if it is then it may very well be the choice of the five FPS shooters to get for PS2, too bad it is scheduled for a Spring/Summer 2001 release. We will keep you posted on any new info related to Red Faction.

8/23/2000 SolidSnake

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