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 (482 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 18, 2001

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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."

About This Game

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. 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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
holy ♥♥♥♥ best game in the world completed in 5 hours
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Was a pretty fun game however it seemed a bit short and the enemies gets repetitive after a while but some of the bosses are fun to fight and I loved the plot. However the ending seemed to sudden. It felt like the game could have gone on for at least another 30 minutes to feel complete. There was a couple of levels that were frustrating because I was wandering the levels for a bit looking for the objective which I passed a few times because it was not obvious or displayed for some reason. Still it did not ruin the fun and the fact that there is destructible environments. Final Score 7/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
One of my favourite games of all time. It will keep me going back to play it for many years to come. If you enjoy games such as Half Life I would reccommend you give this a go. Cheap and with hours of great content, what can go wrong?

9/10

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Good old fashioned FPS with dated graphics and insanely stupid movement AI that annoyingly run around very unpredictably >.<

Overall an enjoyable experience that runs very well on W7
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0 of 15 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Didn't really enjoy this one :(
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8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
great main game with no chapters and takes that whole loading thing from half-life games. 10/10
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Best voice acting of all time
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8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
One of my favorite fps of all time. Rivaled only by Half Life. And that's my professional opinion son.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Pros
-Good story
-Fun mechanics
-Variety of weapons.

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

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

Tips
-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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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
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.

THIS IS WHY RED FACTION IS ONE OF THE BEST GAMES EVER MADE. WHY IS THIS THE ONLY GAME WHERE THAT'S A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ OPTION.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Personal Rating: Worth playing. 8/10

Red Faction is an FPS with destructible environments. It takes place on Mars, inside of a mining colony. The main character, Parker is involved in a series of revolts against Ultor, a corrupt mining company.

Gameplay: 9/10
Red Faction plays smoothly. The engine is pretty decent for a 2001 game. You can choose different paths in the level by blowing up the walls, leading to alternate routes. Destroying the walls can also lead to secret areas, containing health packs, armor, and ammo. This game is, in fact, a linear shooter. There are several vehicles to drive, and they all have guns. Vehicular combat is in the game, but it only exists inside the driving levels, which don't last very long. There are also stages of the game where you must holster your weapon, and enter a non-combat environment. These stages are also fun, giving you a break from the normal FPS experience.

Story: 6/10
The story in red faction is a decent one, but overall it isn't the main focus point of this game. You play as Parker, a random miner who is actually very skilled in combat. Once the Red Faction revolt starts, Parker is one of the few survivors of his sector, making him of interest to the enemy, as well as the other protagonists. As you play, there are a couple good plot twists, but overall, the story isn't the greatest.

Soundtrack: 8/10
I'll admit, Red Faction has a solid soundtrack. About half of it is ambient, but the other half is for combat situations, and it's pretty good. The more fast paced songs are in the techno family, and have a slight industrial tone.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This is a long review, so if you want a brief summary of why I recommend Red Faction skip to Results and read from there.

Volition, Inc. provides an amazing action experience that brings you back through the ages. Red Faction is the start of an amazing series which provides a possibly reality to early space colonization.

Story:
You play Parker a man who travelled to Mars in order to work for Ultor Corporation and create himself a future. Ultor Corporation lures miners with the promise of a future. Little do they know the corporation is manipulating the media to show people a completely different light of what is really going on. Breaking basic Human Rights Ultor is essentially torturing miners forcing them to work in terrible conditions. But all is about to change as the Red Faction rises up from the dust and who is going to be unwittingly a part of the rebellion, but Parker. As you progress through the campaign you learn more about the horrible tortures that Ultor is actually conducting.

Campaign:
The campaign is broken up into 12 levels: Mines, Registration, Abandoned Mines, Gryphon, Canyon, Comm Center, Barracks, Docking Bay, Geothermal Plant, Capek, Subway, and Shuttle. The game takes you through the underground of mars, through canyons, and to space itself. Throughout the campaign you will be put against bosses, environmental hazards, and hordes of enemies.

Gameplay:
The game has an array of difficulty levels that allow you to enjoy a casual simple first person shooter to a hard-core gaming experience. Red faction has a variety of weapons: FCA-26 Rail Driver, UAR-42 Assault Rifle, F-1TL Fusion Rocket Launcher, URL-6T Rocket Launcher, UBS-4 Riot Shield, UFT-1 Flame Thrower, UCB-24 Control Baton, USP-16 Pistol, UAP-32/20 Sub Machine Gun, UAS-18 Shotgun, UHG-90 Offensive Hand Grenade, URC-15 Remote Charge, JF60 Heavy Suppression Machine Gun, MK/SG-1 Defender Pricision Rifle, and USG-50 Sniper Rifle. The massive combination of weapons provides a very deep gameplay experience allowing you to go for a close and personal combat all the way to a long-distant assassin. The scenery is highly destructible allowing you to blow holes into walls, destroy furniture, and even destroy parts of scenery making it fall onto enemies below.


Results:
Red Faction is an amazing first person shooter that offers amazing combat and a fantastic story. Red Faction may be an older title, but it offers features still not fully offered in games today. The campaign has pretty decent length and you will not be regretting the purchase. This game is a fantastic experience, and I would recommend getting it as part of the Red Faction Collection when it goes on sales. As the other titles of the series are definitely a great group of games.

Pros:
+Loads of weapons.
+Destructible environment.
+Great difficulty curve.
+Boss fights
+Fun vehicle scenes.
+Great gameplay that varies throughout the campaign from full blown action to assassin style.

Cons:
-Audio levels make it hard to hear cinematic scenes when action is occurring.
-Make sure to save a lot or when you die you will be wishing you did.
-It is old, thus it has poor GFX (if you can't enjoy games for their content alone and you need them to be pretty you may want to avoid this).
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
My thoughts about this game are mixed, so I'll shorten them down:

Things I liked about the game:
-Decent story
-Fun gameplay
-Cool guns
-Decent voice acting
-Semi-free roam gameplay
-Almost everything was explodable
-With enough RPG/Grenade/Satchel Charge ammo, you could make a tunnel in a wall
-You can kill everyone (including "innocent" bystanders) except for vital characters

Things I didn't like about the game:
-Game felt a little too long
-Repetative enemies
-Repetative enemy voices
-The voice acting was decent, but writing, dialogue, and and cutscenes were awful
-The cutscenes were REALLY awful. It's almost like they didn't even try
-The conclusion/ending of the game felt void and unrewarding
-The villains were boring
-Some levels were way too big to enjoy
-Vehicle controls were awful
-The jumping felt a little too floaty

Final thought:
The game was really fun to play through. However, as mentioned before, the game felt a little too long and the outcome was unrewarding. The story was okay, but wasn't oscar-worthy. I'm half and half about this game, which really makes me wish Steam had a "Maybe" option aobut recommending this game.

P.S.
The game can get a little too hard/annoying, and there's even a part (that many have experienced) where a submarine you need to progress explodes for no reason. In times like these, I recommend using the cheatcode "vivalahelvig" to get passed them. You can enter that cheatcode in-game by typing it into the "~" commands. It's the god-mode cheat, and you can turn it on and off as many times as you like by simply just typing "vivalahelvig" again. You should get a message on the lower center screen if it worked.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
You haven't lived until you've played this.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
I was 10 when Half-Life, Sin, CS, Project I.G.I and Red Faction hit. Try picture that.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Is good
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Old school fun - with terrain mods! Who wouldn't love this! Granted, it's dated, but if you want a great story with fun gameplay - this one's for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
"Die miner!"
"Don't shoot me I'm unarmed!"
This game is 2fun
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
For a game of its time, this Red Faction is truly impressive. What impressed me the most is the destructible enviroments this game has to offer. You can break or destroy virtually anything; rock walls, metal walls, etc., and make a sort of "cave" out of the destruction. The only con that I can come up with is that there is only manual saves and no auto-save feature. This game is worth the money, even when it isn't on sale. Later when I play more of it, I'll review for the story.

So far, I really recommend this game. I can't wait to play the following games. "-/10" coming after I beat the game.

SUGGESTION: I would recommend getting the Pure Faction 3.0 mod for this game and installing the "beta" patch. It includes mainly a new launcher, widescreen options including 1080p resolutions, and enhanced graphics options including better polygon models. There is a community guide explaining how to properly install the mod.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
For such an old game its a pretty good FPS
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