Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. With impressive visuals, landmark play mechanics, and multiplayer mayhem, this title is easily recommended for the violence-tolerant.
  2. It's definitely one of the best console first-person shooters on any system. [Apr 2003, p.89]
  3. The geo-mod engine is actually used with the core gameplay with this game, to make it feel like it truly belongs in there. Nothing is more satisfying than taking out a bridge with a grenade and taking a few men with it, instead of trying to get each man one at a time.
  4. The major issue is how quickly the single player mode can be completed. Within six to eight hours, most experienced players will have finished the game leaving only the multiplayer mode.
  5. Even the moments of relative calm are intense.
  6. There is something very satisfying about blowing through obstacles, rather than looking for keys that fit into locks. [May 2003, p.137]
  7. 83
    Fun, certainly, but the single-player is a bit too linear for my tastes and the game ends well before my bedtime.
  8. The Geo-Mod system was better utilized this time around and also very well tied into the multiplayer mode. But one can’t just stop thinking about the possibilities if a game like Red Faction was made from the ground up on the GameCube hardware.
  9. 80
    A gripping and action-packed experience that will appease if you’re jonesing for a straightforward FPS.
  10. A good shooter overall, offering up a short but sweet single-player campaign and a solid multiplayer mode for the long run. It's not long on looks, but it's got no shortage of action.
  11. None of its core ideas, good though some are, are really explored well enough. The linear levels offer little in the way of exploration, and the Geo-Mod technology doesn't add anything especially worthwhile to the game. [NGC]
  12. Slight edge might be given to the Xbox because of its superior dual analog sticks, but the GCN yellow c-stick isn’t too troublesome.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. ProfessorFrink
    Dec 4, 2003
    A decent game. I guess in terms of originality, its not much, but the Geo-mod thing really adds to the fun in multiplayer. The graphics could have been improved a little more than their predessesor, though. Full Review »
  2. DaveB.
    Nov 18, 2003
    Red Faction II is a bad game disguised as a good if you know what i'm saying. It sucks. Good concept, James Bond style, but the levels and gameplay are a thin as a duke-nukem game. Full Review »
  3. BillyL.
    May 26, 2003
    Great game, gets a bit boring after you've completed story mode for the first time. Great multiplayer.