JOIN THE REVOLUTION! Lured to Mars by the Ultor Corporation's promise of a better life, thousands have come to seek their fortune and work for the massive mining company. But all is not as it seems. A deadly plague is sweeping through the barracks, and miners suffer daily abuse at the hands of the Ultor guards.
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Release Date: Sep 18, 2001

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Lured to Mars by the Ultor Corporation's promise of a better life, thousands have come to seek their fortune and work for the massive mining company. But all is not as it seems. A deadly plague is sweeping through the barracks, and miners suffer daily abuse at the hands of the Ultor guards. Is a revolution on the horizon?
Red Faction revolutionizes gaming with Geo-Mod technology, the ability to completely alter and destroy the environment in real-time. Featuring 5 controllable vehicles, 15 weapons of mass destruction, unparalleled multiplayer action, and a setting on Mars in the midst of a deadly plague and rebellion, Red Faction sets the gold standard in gaming!
  • Geo-Mod technology — the only FPS with real-time, arbitrary geometry modification
  • Unparalleled multiplayer action, with Geo-Mod specific strategies
  • Advanced physics simulation - supports falling geometry, particles and liquid
  • Five land, sea and air vehicles to commandeer and control
  • A compelling storyline across 20 diverse levels
  • Stealth and action driven objectives
  • Varied environments including natural settings unique to the genre
  • Dynamic, real-time lighting including lightmaps, object shadow casting and more
  • Advanced AI behavior
  • Real-time skeletal deformation and interpolation for silky smooth animations
  • Location-based damage system
  • Multiplayer support for LAN and TCP-IP (up to 32 players)

System Requirements

    • Operating System: Windows® 2000/XP
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 8
    • Processor: Pentium II 400 MHz or greater
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Video Card: 3D Graphics Accelerator Card (8MB)
    • Sound: Direct X Certified audio hardware
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1 of 14 people (7%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This game has no autosave, like every single other FPS in the world. I played for a while, died, and started at the beginning. Truly The Worst Game Ever Made.
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128 of 134 people (96%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
Oh no. A door I can't get past. Well I could go and backtrack for 3 hours and fight enemies that have respawned again, looking for that keycard... or I could just blow a hole in the wall and go around it. Like literally anyone carrying explosives would do.

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141 of 173 people (82%) found this review helpful
65 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2015
It's a rainy thursday evening, and Summer-Rain
has a thermometer sticking out of her mouth
as she curls up in bed, shifting underneath the
covers. You feel her forehead tenderly with your
hand's exterior before checking her temperature.

"Seems like it's going down..." You tell her, while
she pulls a long face. You open your laptop and
engage the Steam client, looking for a game to
play together, a simple one, to take her mind off
of the fever. Suddenly she grabs your arm, and
orders you to stop scrolling in your library.

"What's that one? I've heard of it, but it doesn't
seem familiar."
Summer-Rain points at a game
you remembered buying on the franchise sale.


You tell Summer-Rain about how you were ten
years old when the game came out and you had
to play as a miner named Parker who started as
a disenfranchised worker on Mars before leading
an entire Revolution against his evil company,

Summer-Rain pulls the sheets up to her nose and
says she wants ice cream while she watches you
play Red Faction. After a short trip to the kitchen
and fetching her a bowl of vanilla ice cream, the
introductory cutscene plays as Parker narrates
his down-on-his-luck life as a miner on Mars.

The introductory level opens quickly enough. A
fellow miner is provoked into assault with the
guards, and all hell breaks loose, with you quickly
obtaining a stun baton to bludgeon guards with
and a 9mm pistol as a basic firearm.

Remote charges that stick to targets and grenades
round out your arsenal in this starting stage,
and Summer-Rain laughs while you latch remote
charges to the oncoming Guards, their arms
flailing wildly as they scream and run about
before you detonate them.

You encounter an APC amid a rocky bridge as
Summer-Rain tells you to be careful, expecting
you to face the APC head-on with your Rocket
Launcher which has minimal ammo. You opt to
blow up the two edges of the rock bridge, which
sends the Guards and the APC falling to their
death down the ravine below.

"How-?!" Summer-Rain exclaims, before telling
her that this game has Geo-Mod technology, a
precursor to DICE's Frostbite engine and their
destruction 2.0. "Although this game is from
2001, almost everything you see that isn't part
of the preprogrammed story is fully destructable."

You are soon taking on Guards in drilling vehicles,
travelling between sabotaged power plants in
Submarines and even taking to the skies in one
level in one of Ultor's AESIR Fighters. By now, you
have obtained an Assault Rifle, a Shotgun, the
deadly Precision Rifle with 4x zoom scope and
almighty Sniper Rifle with 10x zoom scope.

Through it all, Summer-Rain mindlessly munches
ice cream in anticipation of what comes next,
with Parker laying waste to everything before him
in his quest to be free of Ultor and Mars.

The villains of the game, Dr. Capek and later the
cold, calculating mercenary Masako, prove to be
some of the most difficult boss fights in the game
with your meager health and zero modern-day
mechanics a player takes for granted, such as
shields and auto-save checkpoints.

When you die and you had the unfortunate habit
of not saving in a game like Red Faction, you find
yourself at the beginning of the Miner Uprising
at the start of the game, having to do it all. over.

The supporting characters of Red Faction are
minimal, but they all compliment the story very
well. The hacker Hendrix is a non-annoying
version of Otacon, Summer-Rain observes, while
she likes the no-nonsense attitude of the Red
Faction leader Eos, and her right-hand man
Orion, who appears only a few times, but chews
up scenery well with his sincere voice acting.

The enemies of Red Faction progress incredibly
well. First there are regular guards, then the
Officers, with their rough-and-tumble black
assault rifles, red visors, yellow trim and biting
attitudes to match.

Later, armored Mercenaries take over the
enemy role, armed with heavy machine
guns, one-hit-kill Railguns (which can see
and shoot through walls)
and the dreaded
Fusion Rocket Launcher.

The end comes, and you have to disarm a
bomb that Eos is strapped to, but the controls
to disarm the bomb make no sense, and you
swear to the High Lords of Valhalla that the
timer is rigged. Summer-Rain has long finished
her vanilla ice-cream, cowering under the
blanket and hoping you can save Eos in time.

The screen fades to white, and both of you
find yourselves at the main menu of the game,
where you load your last save and find that
you have to fight Masako in her AESIR Fighter
again before you can try to disarm the bomb
she strapped to Eos. Summer-Rain heaves a
small sigh of disappointment.

"I could never figure out the sequence in time
back then anyway."
You shrug, apologizing
to Summer-Rain. She sets aside your laptop
and draws you in for a hug. Summer-Rain
thanks you for showing her a game from
your childhood, and if anything, she enjoyed
the ride with you, watching you play as
Parker and try to take down the Ultor
Corporation has her feeling better than
the fever that got her down.

You smile and say that you have to go
and prepare some things for tomorrow's
class before you can join her for the night.
"Go on, go on... hurry back so I don't get
too cold without you!"
She says. You nod,
and reach for your laptop, before her hand
closes on yours. "Leave the laptop." She
orders, and you shrug as you leave to pack
your bags for the class tomorrow.

As you leave her room, you hear the sound
of swooshing doors of the main menu theme
and a guard shouting the familiar words to
a certain Parker...


You turn round and see Summer-Rain
looking away from you at the ceiling, her
mouth in mock whistling. "Better red than
dead, huh Summer?"

She beams back at you.


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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
-Good story
-Fun mechanics
-Variety of weapons.

-No auto save feature, only manual saves.
-The sneaking around missions are tedious

-People talking to you can be drowned by the action around.

-Use the purefaction patch to be able to play in widescreen and at an higher resolution than the game allows (make sure to dowload the beta, this is the only version that works with steam. Check out the guide in the community section for more info)
-Lock the framerate to 60. Anything higher and it will cause some game breaking bugs.

Still a classic. Grab it and have fun.
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2014
What happens when you mix the first Half-Life game with the original Total Recall movie (1990)? The first game on the Red Faction franchise featured a narrative and playable style very similar to Valve's first title and was set on a martian colony in a dystopian future like the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.


- Solid gameplay (very similar to the first Half-Life with a low gravity twist thanks to the martian surface).
- Non-Stop levels (the maps doesn't count with a "beginning" or "end" per se, just like the first Half-Life game).
- Multiple fully controllable aerial, marine and land vehicles (each one counts with a precise control and multiple weapons/modes of fire).
- Lots of cool futuristic weapons (each one with its corresponding primary and secondary fire mode).
- Multiple ways to reach an objetive or location (alternatives routes prevent the game to be fully lineal).
- Destructible enviroments (the Geo-Mod Technology allows you to use this to your advantage for destroying enemy cover, finding secrets, create shortcuts, alternative routes, etc).
- Some great graphical aspects for its age (dynamic lighting and water effects).
- Despite its age, the Multiplayer game mode remains active with more than 30 servers with players (at the moment of writing this review).


- Given the Non-Stop character of the maps, the game does not save your progress automatically (there is no Auto-Save, so you have to be very aware to Quick-Save from time to time. Also, you only have one Quick-Save slot, so you have to know when and where to do it).
- some dialogue and characters are cliche and even generic (from my POV).
- The IA tends to cheat towards the end of the game, firing weapons that pass through walls/cover out of your vision range (although some weapons allows you to do the same thing).
- A little short.

If you liked the first Half-Life game regarding narrative, design, shooting mechanics and adding that you can control several vehicles, plus the atmosphere of the original Total Recall movie (1990) you have a winner in here.

There are Mods that allows you to play the game with widescreen and modern resolutions, in addition to correct some bugs (although i played the original Steam version).

My Score: 7.6/10

Note: Played it on Windows XP - SP3
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38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2013
Really awesome game, amazing mechanics and graphics for its time, I mean it has a fully destructible map, most modern shooters don't have that, well worth the price, here are some guides you need to do if you're running this on a modern rig though. Use this guide if you're planning to play this game on a modern Windows 7 computer because the base game is a mess when it comes to that
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54 of 69 people (78%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
40 of 49 people (82%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
Total Recall: The Video Game.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
A great game despite its age . And this maybe, I guess is the first game to introduce, destructive buildings and objects. Although, I started playing new games I got addicted to the game until I finished it, if you dont mind dated graphics, you must try it and the gameplay and mechanics are awesome for its age. In this game you can drive submarines and jeep at some points which was a surprise as I didnt expect it. The story is good but , not great, The protagonist seems a bit hot-headed guy at some points who only wants revenge . The AI could act foolish sometimes, but that dosent matter much to me. The enemies get harder to kill as you progress through the story, and new and overpowered Weapons are unlocked and its always fun to blow walls and things up with the rocket launcher.And the music of the game is also great, really matches the mood of the game.
And the great part is the multiplayer is still alive after all these years, although only 10-11 players , but after getting the pure faction mod you can get more players and more new maps to join.

Now my conclusion is: Its a must play for those who like old-school FPS games , and I would also recommend others to give it a shot , A great game overall . I give it a 9/10.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
Make a living wage mining on Mars!
Kill Corporate Thugs!
Contribute to a communist uprising!
Dig tunnels with explosives!
This game has it all!
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
Great classic. I remember back when I played this on my PS2 and was overwhelmed by the GeoMod engine. Apart from that feature, it's a very well-made FPS.
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8.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
I vaguely recall playing Red Faction in the PS2 days, and it's still a lot of fun, albeit a bit dated. Punchy weapons, cool (if limited) terrain destruction, and a great soundtrack reminiscent of Half Life and Unreal. Just be prepared for the mother of all difficulty spikes nearing the end. I had to check the options menu just to confirm I didn't accidentally crank the difficulty. Thankfully these were the days when quicksave was the standard, so keep that button handy.
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The only row
0.3 hrs
Posted: October 19
it is ok
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Magic Of Light
7.1 hrs
Posted: October 17
My #1 favorite FPS from the PS2 era. Fantastic story, combined with great weapons and environments. 15 years later, and I still have many fond memories of this game. And very detailed memories of multiplayer matches with friends, and story points. The same cant be said with alot of games over such a long period of time.

When I think of this game, its in the category of the highest quality fps games, the likes of Bioshock, early Medal Of Honor games.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
A little piece of history - (I played this through many times before Steam even existed).
Become a hero of the rebellion against the evil management of the Mars mines.
Find out what is causing "the plegg".

Seriously though, this game has not aged well. If you like retro action games, this is gold-standard - the first game to include fully-destructible environments. Can't find your way to your objective? Blow a tunnel clean through the rockface.

The highlights of the game are the (relatively rare, but not too rare) moments of vehicle combat, and an excellent "undercover" mission.

Out of ammo for your gun? Throw a sticky explosive on those annoying enemies and watch them drop their weapon and run around in panic while you take your time choosing the moment to depress the detonator!

Fun times.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 14
An ambitious game that does not deliver. It's full of half-baked features that other games from the same era did better.

The destructable environments are a throwaway gimmick, not a game changer. Basically you can waste ammo making holes in featureless rock walls. It rarely if ever opens new strategies. Once in a while, you have to blast a wall next to a door that won't open, but for the most part, environments are indestructable, and when you find a dead end, you need to backtrack. For something that was a major selling point for this game, the implementation was quite disappointing. Also, Mechwarrior 3 did it better, sooner.

I only played long enough to do one stealth mission. It was basically just like normal gameplay, except you only have a pistol, and you have to avoid walking too close to enemies. It was very unpolished compared to any stealth focused game you can think of, and I felt it hurt the pacing of the game.

The enemies sort of zig-zag back and forth, while randomly firing at you. Compared to Half Life's enemies who used squad based tactics, it was disappointing.

If you shoot an enemy in one of their extremities, they'll stop and clutch that body part, for a moment, and then go right back to their previous behavior. It's amusing for a moment, but doesn't really open up any new strategies.

Every weapon has two firing modes, but only one of them is useful. A supressor for the pistol that doesn't actually change how enemies react to it being fired. A shotgun firing mode that massively slows your rate of fire. Stuff like that.

What I saw of the storyline seemed really generic. Imagine Total Recall with none of its quirky charm, or just watch the 2012 remake. I admit I couldn't bring myself to finish the game.

There's game stopping bugs like the exploding submarine, Gryphon won't follow, the combot won't move. Sometimes you get stuck while climbing ladders, or crawling through ventilation. Rockets sometimes glitch harmlessly through enemies. I quit playing after the combot.

tl;dr Get Red Faction: Guerrilla instead. It delivers where this game makes empty promises. Also it aged a lot better.
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AG | Tyrannical Kitty
5.8 hrs
Posted: October 13
I've been playing a bunch of old games, such as all the original half lifes, and this game kinda had a half life feel to it, it was very long, a wide interesting arsenal of weapons, and the destruction element was really cool. I'm gonna list a bunch fo goods and bads.

-Destruction of terrain
-Wide array of weapons
-Pretty fun
-Really good music
-Interesting bosses throughout

-Parker is literally the only reason the red faction survives, the rebels are literally worthless.
-Friendly story NPC's are killed fairly easily, which will cause you to restart.
-Literal no auto-save. You have to save as much as possible, if you forget and something ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ happens, have fun restarting.
-Rail guns kill you in one hit.
-Your rockets just flop on the ground after a while.
-Submarines, fighter ships, APC's, they all instantly lock on you and are a pain in the ♥♥♥ to fight.
-A HATED the part where you were in the water, all you had that can work is your pistol and charges, and the submarines missiles ALWAYS HITTED YOU.
-Not going to spoil the ending, let's just say it involves a code. If you mess up, the code is restarted. If you fail, next round it's a whole new code.
-Some parts were VERY hard. I play games to have fun, so some parts I had to cheat. Especially the submarine part, or when a NPC gets killed..or the ending. And I forgot to save, so I'm like "screw it."
-Wish destruction played more of a role.

I give this game 3/5 stars. I would recommend.
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Reyson Fox
7.5 hrs
Posted: October 9
Grade A classic of it's time!
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17.6 hrs
Posted: October 8
This is a solid FPS. I love the Martian revolution story breaking free of the oppression of Earth (potential future of humanity in real life?). There are some interesting mechanics too with mining demolition charges allowing you to alter the environment or blow through obstacles. In a series that had its ups and downs, the original is a high point.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 5
Played this when i was younger and it still lives up to what i thought.
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