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  • Summary: "Half-Life" meets "Total Recall" in THQ's innovative first-person shooter which employs Geo-Mod technology (see a bunch of stuff blow up in real time!) and a heavy Martian mining colony storyline.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    With its innovative Geo-Mod technology that allows players to blast away the environments as well as enemies, and an awesome (and lengthy) storyline, this game packs in plenty of thrills.
  2. Beyond any doubt, Red Faction has the best control, look, gameplay, and weapon variety I’ve ever seen in a console based FPS, and it definitely shows.
  3. One of the best first-person-shooters of the summer, if not ever for the PlayStation 2.
  4. It’s a slick, smart, very Golden-Eye-ish game and will certainly appeal to a mixed crossover audience that wants action, espionage, and a movie-feel to their game.
  5. Due to a sometimes plodding pace, occasionally repetitious environments and one cliché too many, it's no "Half Life." But in a way that's good.
  6. While the controls leave much to be desired, this is one of the few must-owns for any Playstation 2 owner.
  7. Easily the best single player-oriented first person shooter since Valve Software’s "Half-Life," Volition has strongly stepped its foot into the door as one of the better developers in the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. JordanH.
    Dec 4, 2001
    I think this is the best title of middle 2001 and everyone should go buy it. I would rate it 11 of 10 but since you can only rate up to ten, I will do that. BEST GAME EVER!! Expand
  2. JustinS.
    Aug 3, 2005
    Red Faction is so much fun that it beats out lot's of today's shooters.
  3. JS
    Dec 16, 2009
    One of the best FPS games of all time. It set the stage for the modern controller use. Play Halo 1 and then this. You'll see why the Halo franchise changed their controls. Now every FPS out there uses this formula. Great vehicles, terrain destruction. Non-stop multiplayer action. The multiplayer bots had some impressive AI at times. Expand
  4. NickM.
    Aug 17, 2006
    this is one of the best games i've played.. its not a angry type game.
  5. BrendanM.
    Sep 4, 2004
    Loved the game! Great Geo-mod engine, abillity to talk to people, guard commentary, great weaponry (precision rifle being my fave), game never slows down (no matter how many explosions or bullets flying across the screen), entertaining bots... especially when on fire ;), superb ai on harder settings. Problems are... multiplayer leaves something to be considered, posters all over attract guards attention to you, can get very frustrating and, finally, no during-game cheats for professionals who feel that there could be something else in the game. Expand
  6. KyleK.
    Nov 23, 2003
    I thought this game was going to be a really good game i was wrong. well not in the multiplayer cause you have hours of fun on that. But a hage let down was the graphics, disgusted compared to red faction 2 and a very lifeless story mode. Expand
  7. TheElusivePossom
    Feb 16, 2007
    Well "TA DA", you should know that my arse happens to be a place that many wish to inhabit, and you would be lucky to grace it with your head. I on the other hand will keep well away from your arse, which is where I suggest you shove your crappy game, you Sony Fanboy! Red Faction? More like Red Crap-tion. Expand

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