Our man Parker is having a bit of a mope about his time on Mars. He wanted to get away from his life on Earth and so signed up to be a miner for the Ultor Corporation. Turns out being a miner is a pretty crappy job. Abusive guards, awful living conditions and now the miners are slowly dying from an uncurable plague.
Parker's reached his breaking point. He's got a plan to get away from Ultor forever...
Calmly work through the rest of his contract and then leave. He just wants to keep his head down. He's no action hero.
The altercation turns violent, punches are thrown, shots are fired and everybody dies.
The mysterious voice of 'Eos' blasts from the intercom. My killing spree has marked the beginning of the revolution, the enslaved miners are to take up arms against their Ultor oppressors and carve a bloody path off this planet.
Who did that?
GoldenEye 007's Sniper Rifle does the same but it's got an eight bullet magazine compared to the RF pistol's 16, so it's not as good.
It wouldn't be a Red Faction post if I didn't show off the GEO-MOD! So here it is!
Red Faction's Geo-Mod allows explosives to remove chunks of the environment. The holes look a big crap due to their not being lit, but they do work! They're not glitchy if you approach them, you can make tunnels and go through walls and all sorts. You can't do it everywhere and it's never where you want it to be. Except for here, because it was on the trailer.
The guards' AI doesn't know what's happening with the glass. Sometimes they shoot at you through it, sometimes they treat it like an opaque barrier. In this room, if you're pursued by guards and leap through the broken glass, the guards tend to leave the room and come in through another door to avoid trying to shoot you through it.
As I blast my way through the various checkpoints, the calm voice of Ultor and Eos take turns threatening and encouraging me over the radio. Eos won't shut up about how important and great the Red Faction is, but whenever I actually meet RF members, they get killed.
Eventually, they admit that I'm the only one who's actually gotten anywhere.
I get the impression that Parker was a psychopath waiting to happen.
I have no idea where I'm supposed to go. The barracks seems like it's the end of the road. There's dozens of rooms, but none of them lead anywhere.
While I try to figure this out, I start idly shooting rockets and throwing charges to see which walls are destructible and which are not. The general rule is whenever there's windows and ledges, it works. Whenever there's metal, or you think it would make a good screenshot, it doesn't.
I've got enough rockets and charges to make myself a pretty respectable tunnel through the side walls, but it didn't end up leading anywhere.
The ladders are fine, I'm not falling off them in stupid ways or anything, but trying to fight off guards while on them is pretty difficult.
I'm going to have to find another way off Mars!
But... I can't actually steal it. There's some goodies and some baddies in the back, but that's it. Darn.
I suppose stealing the ship before I've turned off the missiles would be a mistake.
Took most of my rockets and some fancy footwork, but the robot is now a smoking crater.
Ooooh! High risk? High pay? High adventure? Sign me up... oh wait, I did sign up. To be a miner. It was rubbish.
Red Faction looks better than GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark and it plays better than GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark. It is better. (Though the music does sound like Perfect Dark.)
It's fast paced and fun. It has auto-aim and you can turn it off. It has reconfigurable controls. You can save at any time. In fact, you're encouraged to do so, because there's no checkpoints (that I've found). You die and you're back to your last save. You don't have a last save? You're back to the start of the game. The size of each save game? Over 400K (of a 7800K memory card). That's a bit much. The worst thing about the game is that it doesn't have a level select. That's it.
Red Faction is the PlayStation 2's highly capable ambassador introducing kids everywhere to the joys of playing console first person shooters. And by that, I mean they're in for a real shock when they find that every single other game is crap compared to this.