Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Volition, Inc.
Publisher: THQ Inc.
Rating: “M” for Mature
Review by Alejandro Gustafar
Platform Reviewed on: Xbox 360
It’s time to break stuff! AGAIN! This time around we get to work with some new scenery, lots of new enemies and also get to rebuild all that we destroy. In Red Faction: Armageddon you follow Darius Mason and his adventure to save Mars from an ancient alien race that was brought back by Adam Hale. Does it live up to its predecessor “Red Faction: Guerrilla?” That’s what you’re going to find out.
I was a huge fan of Guerrilla and everything you could do in that game. You had, what felt like, the entire planet of Mars at your disposal. Well in this installment, that’s not the case. The game isn’t as huge as it’s predecessor. Although, they did make everything look very nice and detailed, you can only do so much when you are underground Mars for a huge portion of the game. Being able to blow up everything and anything still applies. One unique thing, though, in this game is that you have a device that repairs anything that is destroyed or that you blew up by accident. It’s probably one of the best parts of the game just because you know you’ll never get stuck. When it comes to story, Armageddon is lacking. The voice acting is okay at best. You don’t end up being able to feel any emotion for any of the games generic and clichÃ© characters. Honestly, at times you really just want the story to be over. Personally, my biggest problem was Adam Hale. From the very beginning I pegged this protagonist for a pure “bad ass” and I couldn’t wait to see where he went in the story. There are times where you see his actions and think “Damn! This guy!”, but ultimately he fails in character progression and it feels like nothing you do has a worthwhile end result.
The storyline aside the game offers two separate modes, Infestation and Ruin. Both these modes offer a unique style of game play and also make you realize there was a reason to play this game after all. In Ruin Mode you run through previous levels you played in the campaign, but the objective is do the most amount of damage to the environment in the set amount of time. Destroying stuff has never been this much fun! With a nice sized selection of weapons to choose from, you will be finding countless different ways to destroy a set of buildings quicker and with more of a “BANG”. The weapons in this game are freakin’ sweet. My all time favorite one is the Singularity Cannon due to the fact it destroys anything in and around it. Plus if the enemy is near, it just pulls them in like a black hole. Just take note to one thing: it can hurt you too!
Infestation Mode and this is what makes the game, hands down. If you’re familiar with games like “Halo: Reach” and “Gears of War” then you know they all contain a “survival” mode if you will. Each level has a certain amount of waves within it, then next level will increase in difficultly and amount of waves. You’ve heard of this? Yes? Perfect. That’s all this is, but it’s something that will never get old and it’s just plain fun. There are various types of enemies; small fast enemies, huge tough slow enemies, and then there are the in-between enemies that have different abilities like invisibility, projectile attacks and so on.
Is this game worth the pick up? Yes. If you and a friend picked up your own copies you would have tons of fun on its online multiplayer. Honestly, $60 is a bit steep for this title, I would wait until it’s a budget title for around $40 or so. If you can get it that cheap then check it out, other than that just stick with Guerrilla because it definitely had the right idea when it came to well… basically everything. Granted, I feel if Armageddon was released before Guerrilla then it would’ve been different, I feel as if we are taking a step back with this title instead of forward. Let’s hope we see something better next time around from the Red Faction franchise.
Overall Score: 6
Music: 5 (I can’t say any music set the tone for the game at all and the voice acting isn’t the greatest either)
Storyline: 6 (It lacks what made the previous game so amazing & it also seems like they ran out of ideas)
Gameplay: 7 (If it wasn’t for Infestation or Ruin Mode, this game would’ve suffered greatly)
Graphics: 7.5 (Visually awesome and it is very smooth throughout the game, very detailed also)
Overall Fun Factor: 7 (Story only gets you so far, but multiplayer seals the deal)
I honestly have lost interest in the Red Faction franchise. Unless they can do something new and surprising, I won’t be coming back for another installment. The company should focus on an entirely new game with the ability to destroy everything. I’m sure there are tons of ideas you could execute and would be amazing if done correctly.