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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. Link to my YouTube Channel. Link to my Twitter Page. Link to my Blog. Link to my Curations.