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PS3 Review: Red Faction: Guerrilla

by: Lachlan Charles Stevens ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

THQ and Volition deliver on their promise of a new type of destruction as Red Faction: Guerrilla takes the destruction of Mars to a new level. Guerrilla marks a historic moment in video game history, from this moment on the standards for virtual destruction will never be the same.

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    The Story Line

    In Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3, you play Alec Mason as he battles to liberate Mars from the clutches of the Earth Defense Force, which is a corrupt regime that once helped liberate the Red Planet from the evil intentions of the Ultor Corporation. The Corporation then became a corrupt regime. You're job in Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 is to tear down the world that the Earth Defense Force has created on Mars by destroying their holdings on Mars, which reduces their ability to train and support troops to take care of your rebellious ways. You take down the empire the Earth Defense Force has created one structure at a time using your ability for wanton destruction.

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    The Great Parts Of Red Faction: Guerrilla

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    Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 executes destruction like no other video game in interactive entertainment history and marks the high-water mark for virtual destruction. The innovative technology behind Red Faction: Guerrilla's destructive ability will go down in video game history as a significant breakthrough. The destructive chaos in Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 isn't scripted as in previous games. The fall of buildings isn't masked by a handy cloud of smoke and your favorite weapon doesn't make the same hole in the wall every time in Red Faction: Guerrilla.

    The controller-passing multiplayer Wrecking Crew mode in Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 is the best destructive virtual-fun I have ever had while playing a video game. Your goal is to destroy more than your friends in this mode, simple, but delightfully engaging and satisfying to play.

    Now, there are some Red Faction: Guerrilla parental reviews that you should read around the web before you purchase this newest PS3 game for someone under the age of 16. But, for those that are over 16, you should be fine.

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    The Bad Parts Of Red Faction: Guerrilla

    The line separating the critical mission path and the side missions provided in Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 is often difficult to find, so you can often get off the beaten path you need to follow to progress in the game. But, other than this small problem, Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 delivers a great game overall.

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    The Game Graphics

    The technological innovation behind Red Faction: Guerrilla's destructive beauty takes destruction far beyond the level you have seen before. All the destruction is governed by the laws of physics that we studied in school. All objects have mass, so in this video game as you ascend a stairway loaded down with weight, the floor beneath you will buckle from the stress as you climb. When gravity topples a building the resulting spectacle shakes the screen as concrete, steel, and glass tumble to the ground, and turn the area into a picture of hell. Destruction in Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 is a visual riot that allows the gamer to play the part of a Demolition Man.

    The visual effects similarly rock the senses and make your jaw drop with scripted explosions that make a predictable mess of anything blown up. Driving through buildings, mangling the environment beyond recognition, no game, accept Killzone 2 and Drake's Fortune has come close to reaching this level of visual destruction.

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    Screenshots From Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3

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    Sounds in the Game

    The sound track of Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 will give any surround sound system a good work out. The orchestrated tunes enhance the carnage with songs that add to the destructive energy of the game play and keep you engaged in your ability to destroy.

    The audible effects included with Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 are as realistic as they come and the developers have taken this area of video game development to a new level. All objects have mass, so in this video game when you remove part of a buildings support on one side, you'll hear creaks and groans as the mass shifts to the remaining supports of the structure. So, overall, the sounds of Red Faction: Guerrilla are supeb even though there are some areas where they can be enhanced.

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    Replay Value for Red Faction: Guerrilla

    Red Faction: Guerrilla's destructive game play has been polished to perfection and is as precise as any game I have ever played. All the controls work wonderfully to make driving vehicles, picking away at the base of a skyscraper with a sledgehammer, or wildly flailing the arms of your Mech to send metal and bodies flying delightfully through the air as entertaining and satisfying as any video game currently available on any platform.

    In Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3, the single player campaign took me over twenty hours to complete, but it continues to reward you through out the adventure, so twenty hours seems like ten. The multiplayer mode was even better than the single player campaign with a number of inventive modes that take the destructive ability of this game to a higher level. The missions were all very engaging to complete and the side missions added nicely to the variety of missions to keep the game play new and satisfying at all times.

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    The Final Word on Red Faction: Guerrilla

    Red Faction: Guerrilla for PS3 takes destruction to a new level in all of its modes and definitely goes beyond the level of destructive fun Volition and THQ had promised. Red Faction: Guerrilla is recommended for all levels of gamers, from the casual to the fanatical veteran of many campaigns, and resets the bar for video game developers who want to develop games to compete for your game time and money.