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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Very Positive (907 reviews) - 92% of the 907 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Banement I
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I can make a hole in the floor and tunnel to the ceiling.
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( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Its a hell of a game very unique for its time, the destructable environment is fun to play around with for a bit and the story is qwerky but great to follow. To be honest i would have like to go all the way to the end xD but i'm destroyed after try ing to pass a subway.
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
I first bought this game on sale and did not really expect much as i do most games i buy, but I was pleasently surprised to see that this game is pretty good and really was a good purchase.


-fun gameplay
-well done vehicle gameplay
-destructible environments
-well done stealth mechanics
-lots of ways to kill enemies


-awful voice acting
-awful and hard to sit through cutscenes
-not very thoughtful story
-some bad AI

Overall I would say that this is a solid game and that you should buy a copy when it goes on sale,I bought it for $5.00 but I would say that it is worth about $6.50 or lower.
(I have 10 minutes because I have been using an unofficial patch that has its own launcher.)
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( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Old good game, played this on ps2 as a kid. Still just as good from the p2 days.
The game is tricky and the demolition with rockets etc is sick.
People compare it to halflife because it is so good.
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( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
game goblok. xianjeg goblok.
but i have to finish it. fak.
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( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Good friend of mine told me to pick this up as he loved it on ps2.
I did not regret it. This game is fantastic!
It is a great example of the FPS genre done right, a true classic of a game.
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Emperor Trump
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
This is one of my favourite games from my childhood, circa 2007, and holds a special place in my mind. As of today, I have completed a life goal and finally finished it properly, by completing the most difficult Final Task™ and triggering the end cutscene.

The game runs well, has great levels and design with fun weapons, and the multiplayer was high energy about 8 or 9 years ago, although I haven't tried it out recently so it might be dead.

10/10, absolutely holds up to my nostalgia.
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( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Get detpacks.
Discover Detpacks can blow holes in cave wall.
Blow hole in wall.
Throw detpack in hole.
Blow hole in hole.
Throw detpack in hole in the hole.
Make more hole.
It's been half an hour, I can't get out. Send help.
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( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
If you'd like to have some nostalgia about the good old arcade games, filled with senseless shooting, really rapid but still interesting storyline, you may begin the red faction series with its origin. Never mind the graphics. It is still enjoyable. Instead of reading or watching the storyline from other sources before playing the latest red faction games, witness the story yourself.
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( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
To play Red Faction on Windows 7 (And possibly Win 8 or any new PC these days) you need to install Pure Faction
Easy to install and once done you can run the game in widescreen aspect ratio and up to 1920x1200
a guide shows how here -

For an old game this has aged well and still holds up as a terrific fast paced first person shooter. As I was playing I couldn't help finding Similarities to half-life (although not quite as good or long) which when you think this was released in 2001 and half-life in 1998 it actually shows how great half-life is and was for the time.

A massive arsenal of weapons and unlike Half-Life there are destructible sections where you can basically blow holes in to your surroundings. It never feels as linear as it is, as you can often take two or more routes to your destination which I liked a lot and found myself wanting to explore all routes and even go back to kill the enemies on the other route.

Quite challenging at times and had to retry some sections after dying and changing different weapons for different enemies. Also near the end there aren't many health packs available so make sure you don't auto save like I did with 3 health!

Vehicles are fun to drive and you get the chance to pilot a submarine, flying ship, armoured vehicle which all have guns attached as well as using turrets on the backs of vehicles and stand alone ones too. The game has a lot of everything youd expect from a shooter including lots of explosives (C4 remote charges, rocket launches although the grenades sucked).

There is a small stealth section in the game where you have to holster your weapons and navigate the section without being seen/recognised which I didn't like, but this is only a small part. It just didn't seem to work very well and slowed down the pace of the game.

Without Half-Life this would get 10/10 but sadly for Red Faction there is and due to the length in story as well and that bad stealth section It cant quite be the game that beats the king but still deserves a respectable 8/10.

I bought the Red Faction Collection for £3.99 so this cost less than a quid which for a game of this callibre is great and well worth it. Now on to Red Faction 2
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Get detpacks.
Discover Detpacks can blow holes in cave wall.
Blow hole in wall.
Throw detpack in hole.
Blow hole in hole.
Throw detpack in hole in the hole.
Make more hole.
It's been half an hour, I can't get out. Send help.
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98 of 104 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 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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122 of 153 people (80%) found this review helpful
48 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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54 of 60 people (90%) 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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38 of 41 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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35 of 39 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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51 of 66 people (77%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
Total Recall: The Video Game.
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27 of 31 people (87%) 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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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
20 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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