Red Faction: Guerrilla

November 2, 2009

I had rented this game months ago and never had a chance to finish it. Just picked up a used copy last week and I’m still having a great time with it. I missed my sledgehammer. There’s just something downright magical about being able to take a sledgehammer to everything you see and reduce it to rubble. This game is massive, and as I just said, damn near anything you see can be destroyed in a remarkably life like way. The buildings, bridges, etc. all react to structural damage the way their real world counterparts would. Want a building to go down fast? Take out the support beams and the load bearing walls first. When you start to hear things give out, that’s your cue to get the heck out of there as quick as you can. Oh, and try to get to a safe viewing distance. Watching the taller buildings collapse in on themselves is beautiful.

You play as Alec Mason, a man who’s come to mine the surface of Mars. When he gets there he discovers that Mars isn’t the cake walk he thought it was going to be.  The oppressive control of the Earth Defense Force (EDF) and the mega corporations running all the mining operations on Mars keep the miners under their heel.. You discover that your brother is a member of a rebel group trying to fight the EDF for control of the planet. Alec doesn’t want to get involved, until the EDF kill his brother. From then on you’re on a personal quest for vengence.

The missions are varied, but the treasure hunting aspect can get annoying if you don’t go print yourself a map off the net. The world is just so damn big that searching for ore deposits, EDF propaganda, and radio tags can get frustrating.

The multiplayer is a refreshing change of pace from my usual Halo3 matches. There’s quite an array of different levels and modes to keep you interested, and the downloadable map packs include extra game modes as well so they’ll be well worth picking up. The weapons are varied and clever, as are the backpacks that allow you to do things like fly, go invisible, blast your foes with sonic shock waves, you name it.

I’d have to say this is easily one of the best games of the year and I’d give it a 10/10 without a second thought.

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