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May 9 2011
Red Faction: Armageddon - PS3 Preview
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Rebuilding structures in Red Faction Armageddon.
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The games hero Darius Mason.

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Looks like an enemy up ahead.
Needless to say Red Faction: Armageddon is one of my most wanted games in 2011. After playing the original PS2 games, and then in mid-2009 the impressive Red Faction: Guerrilla I'm hooked on the series. It's not necessarily for the storyline, or perhaps even the shooter gameplay, but rather the level of destruction which the game world offers, and the opportunities to tackle situations in any manner of ways that you deem suitable. There's nothing better than cracking away a bit of a perimeter wall in a quiet are of an enemy base in order to sneak behind. Got some enemies bunkered down in a building, well just blow up the support structures and watch them fall to the ground. It's this kind of entertainment that makes us want more. That's not saying there's no storyline, there is, and Red Faction: Armageddon sounds like being the best to date...

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There will be outside locations in RFA.
Half a century after the Red Faction resistance and their Marauder allies freed Mars from the brutal Earth Defense Force, harmony on Mars is again threatened but this time by a lethal force shrouded in mystery. When the massive Terraformer that supplies Mars with its Earth-like air and weather is destroyed, the atmosphere turns to chaos, super-tornados and lightning storms engulf the planet. To survive, the Colonists flee to the underground mines and build a network of habitable caves.

Five years later, Darius Mason, grandson of Martian Revolution heroes Alec Mason and Samanya, runs a lucrative business from Bastion, underground hub of Colonist activity. Mining, scavenging, mercenary work--if the job is dangerous, Darius is your man. Few sane people now venture to the ravaged surface, aside from contractors like Darius and the smugglers who run goods between the settlements.

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Nice, ummm, assets in Red Faction Armageddon.
When Darius is tricked into reopening a mysterious shaft in an old Marauder temple, he releases a long- dormant evil and unleashes Armageddon on Mars. As Colonist and Marauder settlements are torn asunder, only Darius and the Red Faction can save mankind. The battle will take them across the storm-blasted planet--and below it, to the very heart of the unspeakable threat.

Of course as with any FPS the weapons will play an integral role in the death, and in this game destruction, but also the entertainment. Red Faction: Armageddon comes loaded with plenty of options including a Rocket Launcher, Plasma Gun, Plasma Beam, Rail Driver, Assault Rifle, Magnet Gun (which essentially allows you to pick two points, buildings for instance, and then have them pulled together like magnets), Singularity Cannon and Maul which is the trusty powered sledgehammer to knock out walls, or enemies.

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Using the Sledgehammer in RFA.
In terms of vehicles we know the game will include an EXO suit which comes packed with a Shoulder cannon and machine gun however we are unsure if drivable vehicles will be included. Finally you will be equipped with a Nano Forge Reconstruction utility which allows you to "Rebuild" buildings destroyed within the game world. Bridge blown up? Rebuild it... Need some cover? Rebuild it...

One new mode in Red Faction: Armageddon is the Ruin Mode. A Freeplay option allows you to just run around, destroy things and have fun while the Ruin Challenge mode is also included and sees you causing as much destruction as possible within the allotted 1 minute time. The developers are including six different maps for this game mode. While this mode is single player the game will include full online leaderboards so you can compare your best scores against your friends.

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Details of the Magnet Gun.
Visually this game looks quite advanced on the previous title in the series, and given the passing of three years we would expect no less. Using the Geo-Mod 2.5 engine the level of destruction, or rebuilding, can't fail to impress while the locations and characters look gritty enough. We can only hope that the game retains a solid frame rate, while reducing the amount of screen tearing we encountered in Red Faction: Guerrilla.

I really can't stress enough just how exciting the prospect of this game is. The previous game in the series, Red Faction: Guerrilla was a fantastic, but somewhat overlooked title, with a large open world, plenty of destruction and entertaining gameplay. Red Faction: Armageddon looks set to take the franchise to new heights and we can't wait for June to roll around to check this game out. If you're a bit more keen THQ have unleashed a demo which is available now on XBox Live, and when it comes back online, the PlayStation Store.