Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. 100
    An in your face, balls to the wall, destroy everything in your path treat. With a ton of missions to complete, an entire planet to destroy, and online modes that will have you sitting in front of your television for hours upon hours, this game has it all. I know this has been said a ton of times before, but it holds true for this game; if Red Faction: Guerrilla doesn't get your blood pumping, check your pulse.
  2. An essential game to play if only to see Volition's exemplary game design in action. Failing that, the sheer amount of fun derived from taking on an entire military yourself with some of the most over the top weaponry every to find itself into a game should seal the deal.
  3. 100
    Though the game has a few faults, such as some occasional background pop-in and a few minor AI issues, the whole experience is a blast (literally), and you'd be missing a great action experience by not checking this one out.
  4. With next generation graphics, brilliant gameplay and a story that actually makes you care, Red Faction: Guerrilla is an almost perfect game that takes us back to those classic games of the 90’s, however with modern soul and essence.
  5. If Red Faction: Guerrilla was merely a war game, or if it was merely a demolition game, it probably wouldn’t be this great, but the seamless blending of both elements into the massive futuristic landscape of Mars with loads of vehicles and weapons, sinister enemy AI, territory acquisition, and morale balancing, makes this one of the most inventive, addictive, and guilt pleasures on my PlayStation 3 this year.
  6. Without a doubt, Red Faction: Guerrilla is one of the best games that will hit this year. It's the complete package, and has enough calls back to the first game that it feels like a proper sequel, unlike the last game.
  7. One of Red Faction: Guerrilla's biggest strengths is that it's simply a lot of fun to play. Smart design decisions such as the minimal impact of death (which will happen) are of great benefit in achieving this goal.
  8. By delivering a solid campaign mode, an incredibly vast open world, destructible environments and addictive multiplayer modes, THQ and Volition brings you a high quality game that you can’t miss. Red Faction: Guerrilla is a must have in your collection and it won’t be forgotten when award season starts somewhere by the end of the year. While people aren’t expecting the game that much, they will be extremely surprised by it. We highly recommend it.
  9. Red Faction Guerrilla’s unabashed destruction is so much fun that the lengthy load screens gave me an unfamiliar feeling of anxiety. I desperately wanted to move on to the next area and come up with a cool, entertaining way to execute a mission.
  10. 91
    Guerrilla isn't a terribly deep game, but as a "summer blockbuster," it works just right. It doesn't expect you to get lost in a deep, engaging sci-fi world -- you're on a mission to Mars to watch stuff explode. A deeper story might have made it more enjoyable in some respects, but it might also have killed the momentum of the demolition action.
  11. Blowing things up is cool, and no game lets you see the destruction caused better than Volition's latest.
  12. Red Faction: Guerrilla is a gargantuan and generous RPG/shooter with driving tendencies and tons of diverse missions that can be performed in any pace. The multiplayer is good too, and has diverse weapons, some new backpacks plus more than just the regular game types, including a hotseat mode.
  13. A total package. Intriguing without being obtuse, epic without making you feel lost. [June 2009, p.54]
  14. When nowadays many games are concerned with a multitude of other things, Guerrilla aims to entertain and amuse the player. Had as a card-to-visit the Geo-Mod engine and its applications, but Volition has done and offered much more than that. Guerrilla is a solid experience that can entertain the player along almost the entire Campaign mode.
  15. No matter what mode you enter, Red Faction: Guerrilla delivers on its promise of destruction, and offers an experience unlike anything else out there.
  16. Red Faction’s destruction tech is leaps and bounds beyond anything you’ve ever seen or played. But the fact this aspect encompasses nearly the entirety of the gameplay is really what makes it stand out; destroying stuff isn’t just a means of extracting some cool eye and ear candy within the game—it is the game.
  17. If you’re looking for a Bioshock type of storyline with endless plot points to discuss and debate with others, this is not your game. If you’re looking for a solid reason to blow up some buildings and stand there wide-eyed at your explosive accomplishments then by all means pick yourself up a copy and get your ass to… ahhh dammit.
  18. 90
    This is explosive, balls-to-the-wall action that makes no concessions in delivering the ultimate playground in which to wreak havoc. The almost limitless potential for reckless mayhem is what makes Guerrilla such an unashamedly fun game to play, which is why this is without a doubt the biggest summer blockbuster so far this year and consequently an essential purchase. Now go on, get your ass to Mars.
  19. It’s outrageously awesome entertainment that forgoes taking itself too seriously to ensure you’re grinning ear-to-ear throughout, smiles gleefully lit up by the biggest explosion-fest in gaming history. And we have no problem with that, whatsoever.
  20. Its story might be a little lacking, but that shouldn't be enough to deter anyone from picking up Red Faction: Guerrilla.
  21. Red Faction: Guerrilla never ceases to excite or satisfy. It constantly rewards players throughout the single player campaign and always manages to introduce something new to change the way the game is played. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable adventure in an original and believable (if not exactly realistic) setting, and sets a totally new benchmark for technical achievement in a video game.
  22. Red Faction Guerrilla sets a new benchmark for destruction-based gameplay. An absolute blast!
  23. 90
    Despite its lackluster storytelling, Red Faction: Guerrilla is a whole lot of fun to play, thanks to its meaty campaign and well-rounded multiplayer offerings.
  24. It doesn’t quite have the appeal of games such as Grand Theft Auto, but at least the developer should be applauded for trying something different with this style of game and succeeding.
  25. It's the Martian equivalent to inFamous and that's a surprise to us. Guerrilla's gameplay is solid and enjoyable, boasting fun mechanics that really draw you into the game, especially with the amount of destruction you're capable of. It's also got an extremely impressive physics engine that calculates your destruction in a way we've yet to see.
  26. Red Faction: Guerrilla is a great game. Volition did many things right, but they came up short in some areas such as the subpar story, mediocre visuals, and the less than memorable characters.
  27. A cleverly designed, brilliantly executed open-world shooter. [July 2009, p.54]
  28. Guerrilla re-makes the Red Faction Franchise translating it to the Sandbox genre. A successful action videogame, and a brilliant lesson about how to achieve different objectives with a conventional field.
  29. Though repetitive, this third-person action game is a great open-world adventure for anyone with an appetite for destruction.
  30. The best in-game destruction ever can't make up for a few major shortcomings, but when a game is built to blow up buildings, it's hard to find much fault when it does that so well. You'll definitely overlook the shortcomings and focus on what this game does well instead.
  31. 85
    What this game will be remembered for is the ability to bring down the rain and watch buildings as they buckle from extreme destruction, all the while having a huge grin across your face.
  32. It is fun to play with the environment physics, and the freedom to destroy every building in the game, but it flaws in its progression, which lacks freshness. In fact, had the script been better built, and with greater variety, this would have been an unbeatable game.
  33. There’s so much about Red Faction: Guerrilla that is innovative and goes above and beyond your run-of-the-mill game, it’s disappointing that this title didn’t garner a higher score. The fact is that modern gamers want an engaging story line along with their action and that just isn’t present here.
  34. This title is very well done, offers an entertaining and motivating single player part and an even better multiplayer mode.
  35. Red Faction: Guerrilla is a sandbox game in its purest form. Watching giant structures collapse is an absolute thrill, and although the characters and their backgrounds aren't very compelling, the awesome weapons and great amount of side missions will take players on a path of destruction for hours to come.
  36. There are a few missteps here and there that can fluctuate the difficulty within a mission (the AI can be a bit iffy, and if you work through a building demolition fast enough, you can avoid much more trouble than if you dawdle), but overall, this is a game worth checking out.
  37. Even though Red Faction: Guerrilla could have made a few changes and spiced up the game world, it is still a lot of fun to play through.
  38. 81
    Do you want to be a rebel? You can in Red Faction: Guerrilla! Destroying buildings on it's own is actually really satisfying, but it turns out the gameplay is quite good as well. You can spend many hours to the online modes. Run or hammer yourself a way to the shop, because Red Faction: Guerrilla is just a lovely game!
  39. Volition could have stuck with the same tired first person shooter format, as seen recently in the disappointing Killzone 2. Instead by taking a risk, the resulting dividend is a massive success.
  40. Ultimately, the lack of mission variety cost Red Faction a higher score, but it's still an explosively fun time.
  41. You won't find a better way to work through those anger issues. [July 2009, p.94]
  42. The reason why Red Faction exists is the fact that we love to break stuff. A thing that this game does best. And it doesn't feel old after a couple of hours, because you can always choose a different way of playing. The boring story, somewhat dull surroundings, and few graphic hiccups won't change that. Guerrilla feels like a fresh new start for the series.
  43. Like it's predecessors the gameplay in Red Faction: Guerilla is heavily focused on the destructible environments, this time focusing on the environments rather that the geography. And smashing your way through the game is pure entertainment - despite some bugs and odd sudden deaths. With a solid and equally entertaining multiplayer mode we have no problem recommending this game for gamers everywhere.
  44. An essential purchase for anyone after a massive game with plenty to do. That is, once you have gotten over just how much fun blowing stuff up in this title really is.
  45. A lot of fun and a very nice setting, but the mission design is too repetitive to elevate the game to greatness.
  46. The total destruction and mayhem you can cause brings joy above anything else ever seen before. Along with an outstanding campaign Red Faction: Guerrilla sports awesome multiplayer modes which are spiced up with the addition of backpacks that gives you special powers. Sheer gaming joy!
  47. 80
    While the game may not do everything right, it’s your best bet for free-form demolition and unpretentious entertainment.
  48. Whilst it can become a little repetitive and the difficulty a little too unforgiving it is overall great fun to smash the game world to pieces whilst bringing down the EDF.
  49. 80
    Red Faction: Guerrilla provides no shortage of jaw-dropping moments, so it never ceases to impress or entertain. It’s by far the most interesting game in the series.
  50. Red Faction Guerrilla is an ambitious free roaming game; putting this game’s disc in your console, you’ll find a great open-world, ready to be completely explored and destructed...Secondary missions missions become really repetitive, but the main mission are really enjoyable and multiplayer sections are very intense.
  51. Red Faction: Guerrilla is a weird game. It is just a common action-game boosted by a pivotal feature about realistic demolitions which makes it more funny and intriguing than your average game despite its mediocre visuals and sounds. An excellent and deep multiplayer mode gives Guerrilla the edge. Recommended to whoever needs a game where everything - really everything - can be destroyed to bits.
  52. While there are clunky bits at the fringes of Red Faction: Guerrilla that give it a handful of frustrating or disappointing moments, the core moments of the game are exciting and well-conceived. Factor in a thrilling multiplayer component and the sheer satisfaction provided by the wholesale destruction of huge structures and you've got more than enough reasons to get your ass to Mars.
  53. Though the explosions scale with progress, and the act of detonation continues to be a giddy pleasure, Mars could do with a thicker atmosphere.
  54. It may be a one trick pony but Saints Row 2 in space will give anyone an appetite for destruction.
  55. The game's chief appeal really is wrapped up in Alec Mason's capacity for devastation and whether or not the endless opportunities to cause widespread mayhem (albeit in a good cause) are worth slogging through some of the game's drawbacks is down to the appetite for destruction of each individual player. Those who demand in-depth plots, revolutionary gameplay and a twist around every corner won't have much use for Red Faction: Guerrilla. But if you enjoy blowing things up, this well may be one of the best video games ever made.
  56. A decent game, but it feels like the developers invested too heavily in the physic-based destruction and neglected to create a well-rounded experience that could contend with the likes of its own "Saints Row." [Aug 2009, p.70]
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 122 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. guy!
    Sep 29, 2009
    10
    Hey Sitan, try actually finishing the game OR changing the difficulty, or both, u'll luv it man. Anyway, RF3 is a game you don't want to miss.The destruciton is awsome. Like, you have no idea until you play it. Any building, and I mean ANY building you see, can be deformed any way you like it. The whole new gameplay of guerilla warfare is fresh, origional, and just plain awsome, especially if you like riggin ur truck with C4 and driving it into a building. If that doesn't make you smile, you shouln't even be playin video games. Mulitplayer is also wicked fun, but takes some getting used to. All that needs to change is the mission variety, but other than that, a must buy. Full Review »
  2. GontakF
    Jun 18, 2009
    10
    Great game with good graphic,s but the sheer destructability and physics blew me away in this game, it took physics to a level which i thought not possible until i played this game, truely a great technical acheivement. Full Review »
  3. May 23, 2011
    10
    if you have stress isues get this game. you will be amazed whith the destruction in this game, i thought it was aewsome whith the start 3 hours bieng tame but then you get the good wepoons a lectric gun. a super rocket launcher and a jetpack are my faviroutes but the vichles are abotsolute rubbish. aka just trucks when you start,and the online is broken but this is a fantasic game. get it,play thourgh the first 3 and a half hours and youl see what i mean. Full Review »