Red Faction: Guerilla is the third installment of the long running shooter series, set about 45 years after the events of the last game. The action takes place on Mars this time around, as your character Alec Mason has a simple mission: destroy the Earth Defense Force. The EDF is an evil organization that has been kidnapping citizens and forcing them to work in slave camps, and Alec must put a stop to this at all costs.
The demo starts you off in a place called the Dust Sector. Your first mission has you stealing a giant mech known as a
The first thing that you will notice about Red Faction: Guerilla is that the game looks really good. While not up to the level of Uncharted or Gears of War, the graphics are very clean and vibrant. The world is populated with a lot of standout red and orange colors, which makes sense given the Mars setting. One down side to the visuals is that the scenery and enemies all tend to look the same, though the main character is nicely detailed. The action is shown from a third-person perspective this time around, giving you a wider viewpoint of all of the havoc that is constantly occurring around you.
This havoc seems to be what Red Faction: Guerilla is all about, as nearly everything that you see can be obliterated. While you can only do so much damage on foot, nothing can stand in your way once you step into a
Since the game is set in an open world environment, there are a number of ways to accomplish each mission. I was able to take three different paths to get to the same point on consecutive tries, causing as much chaos as I possibly could in the process. Eventually, I had to use the Walker to barrel through everything in my way as I headed towards a truck to get picked up. Once there, I had to mount a turret to destroy oncoming enemy vehicles and structures in a thrilling on-rails shooting sequence. Annihilating every object that you see ends up being advantageous, as taking down EDF buildings gives you salvage that equates to Mars currency. You can use this money to buy weapons and upgrades, encouraging you to decimate everything in sight!
After spending some time with Red Faction: Guerilla, it looks like it will be well worth picking up. I only hope that the rest of the game’s 120 missions are as much fun as the one in the demo, as what I played was really promising. It may not bring anything new to the table, but it definitely succeeds at everything that it tries to do.
Red Faction: Guerilla ships in early June for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.