- System: Xbox One, PC, PS4
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
- Developer: Volition Inc.
- Release Date: Jul 3, 2018
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1 (16 online)
- Official Website: https://www.thqnordic.com/games/red-faction-guerrilla-re-mars-tered
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
In Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered players control forced-to-be-hero Alex Mason who has found himself going from miner to rebel. Mason’s job is simple but tough. The EDF has expanded their control to several sectors of Mars and Mason must use his destructive set of skills to remove the EDF’s power from each area. This is the meat and potatoes of Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered. Your goal is to blow stuff up and repeat it a couple hundred times. Earn salvage as you blow stuff up and gain more weapons and upgrades to continue your carnage and destroy the enemy threat.
Each area of Mars is controlled by the EDF and has a number associated to it as well as tokens that show the level of strength in that area. Players must destroy various landscapes and buildings as well as take on missions to reduce the EDF’s power and ultimately win that area back for the Red Faction. It’s a very simple format seen in a lot of open-world games like Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered, but the enjoyment that others games can’t mimic is in the fact that you’re going to enjoy blowing stuff up and doing as much destruction as humanly possible. Every large story mission delighted us here at Honey’s Anime as we reveled in blowing up caravans and various research bases brick by brick. However, that is where Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered becomes a testament to the player’s attention span.
Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered is very simple and is only enjoyable in its destruction elements. Regular missions that have players engage in shootout—which aren’t fun thanks to Mason kind of sucking with guns—and saving hostages aren’t that great and often feel extremely repetitive. You can run enemies over with cars and try to use the dozens of weapons to kill them but it always feels shallow and tedious. The story missions—and even the destroy certain building ones—offer up variety in how to approach them and how much destruction you can do.
If you do grow tired of the single player, there’s are a multitude of extra modes to take on that feature various challenges to test the player in their demolition skills. For example, players can participate in modes where explosive resources are limited and must make the most damage happen given what they have. These modes aren’t fun forever, but they do give you a nice freedom from the single player mode. Multiplayer wise, we really couldn’t tell you how Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered runs or plays. We tried multiple days and times to find games but the multiplayer lobbies were ghost towns. If Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered mirrors the original’s multiplayer though we could assume it would be similar to the extra modes.
Graphically, Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered has been upscaled but in a surprisingly strong way. The color of Mars won’t lead to amazing looking vistas or areas but the explosive scenes of a tower crashing into a building below or some other area look awesome and never have slow down effects like the original 2009 version of Red Faction: Guerrilla had. Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered won’t wow people with next level visuals and such. However, we were impressed as Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered aged pretty well and looks pretty darn good still.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Destroying buildings, vehicles and structures never gets old and can be done in dozens of ways
- Nice amount of explosive weapons to choose from
- Graphics have been improved and so has the framerate
- Extra modes can be quite fun and challenging
- Solid price tag
- Story feels generic and overly goofy with only some moments having true value
- Gameplay structure of going from territory to territory gets old…fast
- Guns are still terrible
- Vehicles can be a bit wonky to control
- Multiplayer is a ghost town