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If there’s one question that developers surely consider before making a sequel, it’s probably: rinse and repeat or start afresh? The number of identikit sequels around points to the former being the safest bet; however, isn’t that a bit boring?
All the same, Volition could’ve played it safe for Armageddon. They could’ve said, “let’s get a new Mason, explore a new section on Mars and rethink some of Guerrilla’s missions. It’ll be magic.” It probably would.
Red Faction: Armageddon’s Geo-Mod 2.0 engine lets you turn buildings into rubble and pull rocks away from cavern walls, for the sole purpose of crushing your enemy. It’d be a waste, then, if all you were up against was dull, boring humans. This situation calls for aliens, prehistoric aliens.
In Red Faction: Armageddon, you’re equipped with physics-based super weapons and a licence to destroy everything; it’s a vandal’s paradise. Factor in a few hundred extraterrestrials and you’re possibly looking at one of 2011’s summer hits.
We recently cornered Drew Holmes in a small hotel room to probe him on Volition’s philosophy for the sequel. Holmes, lead writer on Armageddon, told us that the studio is focusing on the “action epic”, the “Flash Gordon, Indiana Jones blockbuster kind of stuff”, and he’s not kidding.
We are in the marketplace, four of us, and tens of bony, nimble aliens are surrounding us. They’re clinging to the walls and hurling themselves at us, while we’re desperately trying to survive by pumping a truckload of lead into them. It’s dark; the pace is fast; there is destruction everywhere; and we’re having a lot of fun.
We’re playing Red Faction: Armageddon’s Infestation co-op mode. It is essentially a Gears of War-style Horde mode, which – for non Xbox-owning readers – is similar to Call of Duty’s Nazi Zombies, Uncharted 2’s Siege mode and Bulletstorm’s Anarchy mode. It has you fighting wave after wave of aliens (about 30 waves per map) with increasing difficulty the more you kill.
Coming up on May 31 in the US and June 3 in the UK Red Faction: Armageddon, the third installment of the franchise, will be released to a into the wild.
Fans of the multiplayer features in Red Faction: Guerilla will find that the philosophy regarding online gameplay will have a much different feel to it this time around.
Mars is once again in chaos, 50 years after Alec Mason united with the Marauders in Red Faction: Guerrilla to liberate its people from the tyranny of the EDF. This time a cataclysmic event has rendered the surface uninhabitable, forcing everyone to relocate underground. Clearly there are evil people behind this.
THQ and Volition have never been shy about the destructible environments of the Red Faction series. In fact it’s one of the game’s main selling points.
For the upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon, the minds behind the red planets latest mining foray are further embracing demolition with the addition of ‘Ruin Mode’. The latest trailer demonstrates exactly what gamers can expect. Have a look.
See it. Shoot it. Destroy it. Repeat. A simple formula that spawned a unique franchise.
Slated for a May release the newest game in the series: Red Faction: Armageddon looks to take the outfit in a slightly different direction. Instead of miners rising up against the oppressive hand group of violent groups, this version appears to dip its toe into the sci-fi realm. How much of a departure is this from previous games? Have a look.
Comic-con is upon us! You know what that means. Yep, thousands of smelly nerds all in one building. Oh yeah, and more info about some big games coming out soon.
Today we’re going to show you some sweet new Red Faction: Armageddon screens, and a new trailer packed so full of awesomeness your head might explode… seriously, wear a helmet to try and contain the mess.
THQ has announced that a Red Faction game will be hitting the PSN as an appetiser for the main course that is Red Faction: Armageddon.
If it’s good, Armageddon it! (Sorry…So very sorry).
It has just been announced by THQ that Volition are currently working on the next game in the Red Faction series, entitled Red Faction: Armageddon, which has a tentative release date of March 2011.
Remember that mysterious redemption code that was included with new copies of Darksiders? We hope you kept it safe as THQ have finally revealed what it redeems and no, it’s not DLC for the game. In fact, part of it doesn’t have anything to do with Darksiders at all.
Owners will be able to use the code to score a free copy of Red Faction: Guerrilla. Yep, you’ll be able to receive a copy of the game minus the $39.99 price tag. That’s a pretty sweet extra if you ask us.
Announced on their community forum, Volition are enticing all you Mars lovers back to the red planet with the promise of filthy lucre.
Or a shed-load of XP points. It’s one or the other.
Though NASA may have recently scuppered any chance of us getting our Killzone 2 multiplayer game on with some colonial friends on the Red Planet, that’s not to say there isn’t some Martian fun to be had closer to home.
Available today as part of the weekly PSN update, Volition are ready to unleash a host of Red Faction: Guerrilla changes on the community. And, to celebrate the update, players will enjoy double XP all weekend.
Red Faction: GuerrillaIt’s the catchphrase that just won’t go away. This time though, with a slight tweak of poetic licence of course, it’s actually relevant.
With buoyant sales and near-universal acclaim, it’s a no-brainer that THQ should keep riding the Martian success wave and release more content for Red Faction: Guerrilla. And come August 13th, that’s exactly what they plan to do.
If you spent the majority of your time with Red Faction’s single-player demo back in April thinking: “This is all well and good but I need to smack people I know in the face with my hammer”, apart from being someone we hope is now seeking psychological evaluation, you appear to be in luck.
THQ’s CEO Brian Farrell has confirmed to VG247 that a multiplayer demo of the martian mayhem romp will be in your destructive hands before the end of the month.
We take a look at the Red Faction: Guerrilla demo open to European users. Is it a beacon of sandbox inspired hope or have Volition lost contact with their probe and must now simply watch on in dread as it slams lifelessly into the powdery soil of Mars – never to be heard from again ?
If you want early access to THQ’s Red Faction: Guerrilla demo you no longer need to pay a stipend to the Qore or even do questionable acts in back alleys and truck stop bathrooms. If you live in Europe that is.
THQ is giving myTHQ Europe members early access to the Red Faction: Guerrilla demo via their website. If you are not a myTHQ member you can sign up for free and get exclusive access to “cool things like this Red Faction: Guerrilla demo.” Will there be other cool things besides the demo?
A new Red Faction gameplay trailer surfaces showing the next installment in the Martian franchise.
This time around we get to see wanton destruction on Mars as things blow up willy-nilly, characters fly about on jetpacks and people get hit in the face with wrenches. Hard.