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.
User reviews: Very Positive (707 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 18, 2001

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Includes 7 items: Red Faction, Red Faction Armageddon Soundtrack, Red Faction Guerrilla Steam Edition, Red Faction II, Red Faction: Armageddon Path to War DLC, Red Faction: Guerrilla Soundtrack, Red Faction®: Armageddon™


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"Do you like Half-Life? Surprisingly similar. Half-Life is better but this deserves a look, really enjoyed my time with it."

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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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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
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8.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 6

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Red Faction is an old school first person shooter. It's one of the classics so if you're a fan of the original Half-Life you'll love this game too. It's a tad too long though with a mediocre story...


+ Great old school FPS action
+ Great old school FPS movement
+ Large choice of weapons
+ Good level design
+ 'Fully' destructible terrain
+ Mediocre storyline
+ Average voice acting
+ Average characters
+ Runs on a potato


- Jumping feels 'floaty'
- Repetitive Enemies
- Bad Dialogue & Script
- Disappointing ending
- A few frustrating game mechanics
- 2001 graphics

I really enjoyed this game, it's one of the classics that you need to pick up and play at least at one point. It took me around 8 hours to complete and I'd definitely recommend it anyone looking for that nostalgic feeling.

My personal experience:

It probably looks like I didn't enjoy this game from the pros and cons I labelled above but that's just because the game doesn't really offer much besides the whole FPS action it delivers. It's a great game and I love it! I can't really say the same for the second one though... I'm still trying to pull myself to continue with it... The HUD in that game... Urgh!

I'll start with the obvious, the graphics are terrible but you can't expect much - the game was made in 2001. It's not like it actually matters though but if it really does bother you; then chances are you can find a mod somewhere on the internet that makes it a little more pleasing to the eyes. That being said; I'm not sure they could be considered 'good' for 2001 standards either but don't hold me on that!

The terrain and environment is where this game really does shine though, it has fully destructible terrain (bar a few materials here and there) really completing the feeling of shooting a rocket and blowing something up. The only real gripe I have here is that they could have really emphasised on it a little more, you use it once at the beginning to cut around a jammed door but that's really it, it's a shame but that may have improved in the future games - I'm still in the process of playing them! The level design is good as well, they all have the 'Outside Black Mesa' kind of feel to them and it's always nice to relive the old Half-Life feels every now and then...

It's the combat that really makes me love this game. It was made back in the days where Iron-Sights weren't a thing - the golden days of FPS in my opinion; but it's making a comeback! - the movement is solid and the player has complete control over it all. Remember, this is back in the days when scripted movement wasn't a thing, there's no cover based shooting, no vaulting, and most certainly no chest-high walls!

There are a few frustrating game mechanics though, some of the vehicle levels are just plain terrible, bumping into anything has the potential to instantly blow you up and overall the vehicles are just way too weak that you're better off going on foot half the time anyway - you'll find yourself saving the game every 5 seconds if you're playing on Hard mode too. There's also one enemy which - in Hard Mode - is the worst thing I've ever had to play against, they're basically hackers; they one hit kill, they can see through walls and, shoot through walls. I panicked when I spawned and instantly died - I thought I had to restart from older saves - equally you also get the same gun and the same abilities as them so it's all pretty fair in the end... Well, except that there's only one of you!

That's about all I can say about this "Old but Gold" Classic, I'd recommend it to anyone who liked Half-Life, Quake or any of the old FPS style shooters out there. However, don't expect a good story - it's more of a filler.

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
I played red faction about 7 years ago on the play station 2 and i loved every second of it, Now i have it on PC and i still love it
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
A middling recommendation. If you like a twitch-shooter, you'll probably love it.
(I started on RF Guerrilla and Armageddon and love them both, and played this one for some context.)

Guns are great, and destructible terrain is fun. Game-play rewards tactical thinking and choosing the correct weapon for the right situation. Game-play and gun-play are smooth, and graphics are pretty good for a game from 2001; I never had my immersion broken b/c of low-res textures. Level design never felt boring, though it was sometimes mildly confusing.

Some things are just outright frustrating, though. Maybe I've been spoiled by the recent generation of games that have direction finders and maps (though I didn't have a problem in Max Payne or Max Payne 2), but lack of directions and small switches to press to proceed can equal many minutes of running around aimlessly, looking for the way forward. Health is at a premium on any difficulty. Story is meh. Voice acting (except for Hendrix) is sub-par. Music is annoying and repetitive. The final levels felt tacked on, making the game too long - though, at 6 hours for a run-through, the game is actually anything but long.

And while I didn't have the bugs that other gamers have encountered (like the submarine exploding for no reason), I could only play an hour or so before the voices stopped sounding. I had to exit the game, and verify the file cache. There were usually 3 files that had to be re-acquired. Once done, the game proceeded normally - for another hour or so. Annoying, but not really game-breaking (I wasn't playing with any mods).

Worth a look for for any Red Faction fan, or someone who enjoys old-school shooters. But there will be no hand-holding. Or clues. Or detailed directions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Overview: Run and Gun First Person Shooter

I completed this game for my first time so I'm not looking at this game through nostalgic glasses.

The Good:

+The game seems to have the atmosphere from total recall and the level design similar to half life. The game is linear however the level design is good enough to carry the game all the way through.

+The game provides a good sense of pacing so I never really felt bored throughout the journey.

+ Lots of different weapons

+Old school run and gun first person shooter

+Obviously the graphics are outdated but I felt they were good enough to hold up 14 years later

+Great soundtrack

+Well polished game, no bugs or glitches.

The Average:

Voice Acting

Movement and jumping feels a bit weird.

Enemies move like they are on ice skates

The Bad

-The story is one of the weaker points, you are constantly getting new objectives without much thought or care. It doesn't really provide much to the overall experience and is very forgettable after you complete the game.

- Very forgettable characters and bosses


A very enjoyable game given its age.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Pre-Release Review
This may be very well be my favorite game. I've played it a couple times thorugh (with a few years in between) and always love it. It may be old, but the story is intriguing and does a lot of things that are unique. The whole franchise is great (RF, RFII, RF:G, RF:A), although it is kind of funny to note that the third installment, RF:G, is the only game in which you are ACTUALLY a member of the Red Faction.
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