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Red Faction: Armageddon Preview

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Scheduled release date:

March 2011

Publisher:

THQ

Developer:

Volition

Number Of Players:

1-8

Genre:

Genre

Red Faction: Armageddon is a direct sequel to last year’s hit, Red Faction: Guerrilla. Time has fast-forwarded a bit, as you will play as Alec Mason’s grandson, Darius Mason, and there’s a whole new threat to the embattled Martian civilization. It’s not so much about an oppressive government; rather, it’s about a sea of nasty creatures that were unleashed when the humans began to dig deep into the planet’s interior. Hence, the world of Darius Mason is filled with uncertainty – and lots and lots of death – and despite his heroics, the raging infestation may prove to be too widespread to conquer… You won’t know if other colonists have survived the unfortunate unleashing of beasties like creepers and ravagers, but you have the heavy responsibility of leading those who have survived to some sort of relative safety. Returning will be the destructible environment that has been the trademark of this franchise, and a little extra incentive to blow sh** up.

That “extra incentive” comes in various forms. Firstly, part of the infestation comes in the form of a red vine that actually seeps the strength out of certain structures; if you don’t want the baddies to grow stronger; those structures have to come down. Secondly, the path to freedom for both you and the pack of survivors must be cleared. Your map will point out certain buildings and obstacles that must be destroyed if you wish to progress through the underground mines. In other words, you needn’t concern yourself with official government intervention when you blow up the wrong thing…essentially, there may be no reason to leave anything at all in your wake. And boy, you’ll certainly have the requisite tools and weaponry. You’ve got the magnet gun that slams two targeted objects into each other with brutal magnetic force, and even a special singularity gun that opens up a small black hole and sucks in nearby objects and then flings it outward to destroy most anything in the vicinity. The possibilities are almost limitless, aren’t they?

The Nano Forge will be back, too, so you may want to repair some structures to use as cover. You could even create new obstacles that might stop your enemies from following you as you press forward. The Nano Forge will also have the capability to fire a shockwave that can temporarily disable any alien it hits; it forces them to pause and fall back, which gives you more time to deal with the mess. By combining the Nano Forge with other unique weapons, you can always find new ways to dispatch those that wish to stand in your way. Be creative; use your imagination! Given what you have in your inventory, you can choose to be more offensive or defensive (depending on the situation), and the very distinct aliens will force you to adapt on a continual basis. Also, we’re wondering if we actually have to babysit the colonists we’re leading to safety…hopefully, we don’t. It could be intensely annoying to have to deal with stupid civilians while attempting to clear a path and kill aliens at the same time.

It’s all the more daunting of a task when you get a good look at your opponents. We only know about the more common ones at this point, but even those sound challenging: there’s the creepers, which are sort of like Martian spiders and have both long-range acid attacks and the ability to leap about. Obviously, they won’t have high HP but a swarm of these things could prove to be outrageously irritating. Then there are the ravagers, which are much larger, stand upright, and have their own tactics and strategy. They will use the walls and even the ceilings to defend their alien structures; you will probably have to deal with them before you can set your explosives (or whatever). Larger aliens will most certainly require more effort to kill but of course, Darius will continue to find upgrades that will help him deal with the increasingly difficult hordes. The only downside? Well, it doesn’t sound like the open sandbox-style game from last year. But that’s okay; we really like this new focus on straight-up action.

Red Faction: Armageddon is slated to launch some time in March, and being fans of Guerrilla, we’re definitely looking forward to this sequel.

7/20/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

StangMan80
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:00:31 PM
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I won't be picking up this game, I just an't interested in it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:03:25 PM
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Oh dear, I thought you were gonna bring us some good new IPs THQ. These old Mars stories have got to go, count me out.

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Alienange
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:26:32 PM
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I don't get it. Guerrilla's freedom fighting has been replaced by... an alien shooter?? WHAAAAAT? Some devs are SO strange.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 10:38:49 PM

Not just an alien shooter, a Martian Shooter! And apparently without any upgrades to the engine going by that footage.

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FM23
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 12:01:30 AM
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Not sure this is worth a purchase based on mostly the alien aspect. Sounds too familiar, and this game might be disappointing story and gameplay wise. Loved Guerilla, but I can't take that game serious now. This story was stripped and if the gameplay is the same, I'm not interested.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 12:52:49 AM
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Why can't Volition go back to what made the original Red Faction so fun to play? (It wasn't the destructible environments, by the way)

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___________
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 3:13:19 AM
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nice to see the series going back to its original roots.
the open world style of guerrilla was fun for a while but it really did not suit the series!
i really cant wait to see where they go with the ego engine, RFG had such amazing destructible environments it will be really interesting how they build on that.

i just ask please for the love of god give us a decent cover system!
thats one thing that really frustrated me in guerrilla your constantly running in open space, you never feel like you can hide somewhere concealed from enemy fire.

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 9:33:13 PM

If it was truly going back to its roots, it would be a FPS.

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___________
Thursday, July 22, 2010 @ 8:34:12 AM

OMG who cares!
FPS, TPS same sh*t different smell!
im just glad they have ditched the open world take, for a more underground confined gritty feel.
saw a preview on Xplay today, and the nanoforge is back but better than ever!
this time its a magnet, so you can fire a magnet on say a buildings pillar which is metal, than fire another shot on a enemy and the pillar will go flying into the enemy killing him and causing the building to collapse!
now thats what i call environmental destruction!
this is what all shooters should be like, allow the player to use the environment to kill the enemy, instead of tediously shooting each and every one!

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JackC8
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 7:15:48 AM
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I really enjoyed the first game and I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel. I love horror games, so if they've added a bit of that into the new one, count me in :) I'm sort of worried about it all being underground and therefore not so much of an open world game as the last one, but hopefully they'll do a good job of it. My favorite part about the previous game was that you had so many ways of attacking a target: go in with guns blazing; drive a truck through everything; use your jetpack to get on top of a hill and snipe from up there; sit back and fire rockets into your enemies, or a combination of all of those. And it forced you to use hit-and-run guerrilla tactics - if you stuck around too long, reinforcements would arrive and you'd be SOL. Some of the battles at the end of the levels were flat-out epic, especially anything involving a walker.

Anyhow, I'm really looking forward to this one.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 8:07:43 PM

I agree with all you say, it was a blast... For a while. But approx 2/3 through the game it all turned rather old, I think the game lacked some sort of progression (unless everything started to happen right after I got tired of course, hehe). But yeah, it was a blast while it lasted. :)

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SolidFantasy
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 6:39:00 PM
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Well I don't know about some of our earlier comments because I think this game looks great. It's like a good old fashion TPS except everything is destructible and the destruction plays an even more important role in the game play. I didn't mind the open world element of RF:G and I won't mind losing it in this sequel.

Can't wait for March!

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snypa_69
Friday, July 23, 2010 @ 9:45:40 AM
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Doesnt look too bad. But i dint think this is for me. Didnt really get on with the other one!!
Slightly off topic but im new to here and just wondering who is British on here??

Snypa :-)

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Mamills
Thursday, August 19, 2010 @ 5:34:15 AM
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its a shame, ill never play it.

no longer own a PSP

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