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  • genre Shooter / FPP / Sci-fi
  • download size 817 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 183 user ratings.
  • release date September 18, 2001
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Volition / Nordic Games
  • game modes Single-player, Multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual

What's cool about it:

  • Unique set of features such as location-based damage system, real-time skeletal deformation, advanced physics simulation, and destructible environment.
  • An ability to use land, sea, and air vehicles during your missions.
  • Compelling storyline (written by the creators of the famous FreeSpace series) that will keep you hooked for many hours.


In Red Faction, you play Parker, a weary miner who works for the corrupt Ultor Corporation. You reside on Mars, sometime in the future, and when a plague spreads through the mining community, some of the Ultor employees uncover a massive conspiracy. Thus ensues a battle by a group of lowly workers, headed up by the educated Parker, to expose the deadly experiments Ultor has unleashed onto its work force.

Red Faction was a very big leap forward in the FPS genre. It introduced many new technical features such as location-based damage system, real-time skeletal deformation, advanced physics simulation, destructible environment and more. The unprecedented (at the time) interaction with the environment creates a very strong feeling of immersion that is very impressive even by today's standards.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Violence. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Processor 2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Directx 9.0c-compatible 3D graphics card with 256 MB VRAM or more, 2 GB HDD, DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card, mouse, keyboard.

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Still Innovative Today

Posted on 2014-02-11 10:58:44 byLeadProphet's avatarLeadProphet:

If this game had come out this year (with updated graphics), advertising terrain so deformable that you could literally burrow through the multiplayer levels, CREATING your battlefield as you went, it would still be a sensation.
FPS games these days are only just now beginning to realize the incredible replayability value of emergent and procedural game mechanics; something thisread more game and only a few others (Tribes comes to mind) hit upon in the late 90s. There's nothing quite like working through a CTF match to secretly burrow all the way to the other team's flag using missile launchers, or learning how to create a series of ratholes in a deathmatch game that allows you to maximize your access to key locations without being exposed.
If this game were to have any cons, it would be that the weapon and movement mechanics all thoroughly place it in the 90s. The weapons are very exploitable and designed to avoid the pitfalls of high-latency gameplay, and the movement is so incredibly fast that you'll wonder how you ever hit anything back in the day. The answer is lots of rockets.
And shooting campers through 120 meters of bedrock with a railgun.

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Destroy Everything - Save the Day

Posted on 2014-02-11 07:15:13 bySN4K3EATER's avatarSN4K3EATER:

Red Faction is a dream come for true for any fan of first-person shooters looking to imagine they're in the plot of Total Recall. While I cannot vouch for the quality of the GOG release--I still own and use the original CD version--I can say that Red Faction is a surprisingly engrossing story told in a fun FPS that allows you to destroy just about anything. Couple that with an excellentread more selection of cheats codes and you'll find yourself passing hours without furthering the plot. What are you waiting for? Get your butt to Mars!

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Free Mars! Join the Revolution!

Posted on 2014-02-11 08:07:41 byskeecher's avatarskeecher:

Of the two games, this game is far better than it's sequel as there's much more substance to it. It had a rather good storyline for a FPS game when it was first released, much better than many that were around at the time. You actually had a passion for the rebel cause of the downtrodden miners of Mars! It's certainly one to play if you've never played it before. I just wish they'dread more do an updated version of it, similar to what they did with games like Halo, with more atmospheric graphics to match the excellent storyline and gameplay.

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