Salty Reviews: Red Faction: Guerrilla
Shit blows up on Mars. And by shit, I mean buildings.
Red Faction is about destruction, pure and simple. Buildings can be completely demolished via remote charges, missile launchers, or a simple sledgehammer. End game goodies include a rifle that will disintegrate anything you shoot, and a god damned jetpack. Snipers on a rooftop? no problem: go blow out the support beams and watch the building collapse in on them. Convoy you say? Wait at an underpass and drop a freaking bridge on them.
We also get good vehicle handling for once. It’s no Gran Turismo or GTA4, but gets the Salty Stamp of Approval nonetheless. Along with your generic trucks and cars, there are mech vehicles with different perks. One shoots missiles, one has a jet pack, and one is really, really big.
Last we have something small, but still worth mentioning. There is a beautiful day and night cycle to break the tiresome red landscape of Mars. In fact, this is one of the more visually polished games I’ve played recently.
It’s the same bland story we’ve been seeing since Final Fantasy II. You play an average joe drafted into a rebellion against the oppressive government. Your character Alec Mason has about as much personality as a bearded rock with a badass sledgehammer. Sure the developers put allot of work into the sledgehammer, but at the end of the day, you’re still playing a boring nobody (I had to look up his name he was so forgettable).
Side missions are great, usually. If you’re not already in the middle of an assignment, your friends will start hollering at you to intercept a convoy or chase down an informant. Apparently you’re the only guerilla capable of getting anything done. Everyone else is busy defecting to the government or barking orders to you over the radio.
Multiplayer has a fresh feel with the destructive elements and unique modes. One of which is Siege, where you take turns destroying and defending key points on a map. Unfortuntely it gets repetetive pretty quickly and the third person camera can be annoying during fast paced combat. So multiplayer neither benefits nor hinders the game.
Everything blends together well, especially when blending implies driving a vehicle armed with a mini nuke into the side of an enemy building. If you are looking for a game with character development or a good story then pass on Red Faction. If you want to blow shit up with no strings attached, this is the game for you. Red Faction gets 7 bearded rocks out of 10.