Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 84 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 84
  2. Negative: 0 out of 84
  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 ever to find itself into a game should seal the deal.
  3. A fantastic game that sucks you in and doesn't let go. Red Faction Guerrilla is a seamless merger of technology and story telling that raises the bar for the industry.
  4. 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.
  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 Xbox 360 this year.
  6. 95
    Volition has re-branded the Red Faction franchise in a big way with Guerrilla, changing the series from a first person shooter, to one of the most enjoyable sandbox games on next-gen consoles today.
  7. THQ and Volition have truly outdone themselves with Red Faction: Guerrilla. They have effectively “mined” the eight-year-old franchise and struck gaming gold, combining several recent yet tried–and-true gameplay mechanics with a spectacular physics engine, top-notch production values and a great story, resulting in a worthy (and easily the best ) sequel to the franchise as well as a highly original product in its own right.
  8. Great fun – so what are you waiting for? Grab your sledgehammer and have at it!
  9. Red Faction: Guerrilla may not have the name recognition of Halo or Call of Duty, but it has enough depth of play to hold its own against any contenders.
  10. More than just a gimmick, this may be the best open-world action game on 360. [Aug 2009, p.86]
  11. 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.
  12. The replayability aspect is heightened due to the opportunity to embark upon a mindless destruction rampage, which, ignoring the story, could keep you entertained for a good while.
  13. 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.
  14. An excellent guerrilla fighter's sandbox adventure. You can destroy every building, no matter how large. Piece by piece. It's simply amazing. [July 2009]
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Blowing things up is cool, and no game lets you see the destruction caused better than Volition's latest.
  18. Red Faction: Guerrilla is one of those games that you will enjoy more being with friends around, as you'll want to show the latest crazy thing you've planned to do on it.
  19. Blowing stuff up is one of the cornerstones of this game, and it’s made especially more enjoyable by the advanced physics engine Volition uses. You’ve read about it in every single preview of the game to date, but in actual practice, the Geo-mod engine is quite impressive.
  20. No matter what mode you enter, Red Faction: Guerrilla delivers on its promise of destruction, and offers an experience unlike anything else out there.
  21. 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.
  22. Sandbox destruction at its finest, Red Faction: Guerrilla will surely satisfy action gamers because many of the constrictions we’ve all become used to – that waist-high wall that stops you dead – are blown up.
  23. 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.
  24. Red Faction: Guerrilla has some flaws including largely forgettable characters, game world and story. But it does one thing extremely well: it allows you blow up a lot of stuff in a number of different and satisfying ways.
  25. If you enjoy third person shooters and wish to experience destruction to a level not yet seen in gaming, RFG is definitely worth grabbing.
  26. Red Faction Guerrilla has made destruction its perfection. If you ask us, it's smashing. [July 2009, p.76]
  27. While Red Faction: Guerrilla offers a revolutionary new feature that lets you disassemble a building piece by piece in an action setting, it only relies and leans on it just enough to make it an important part of the game and not a crutch or a gimmick.
  28. 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.
  29. It's remarkable how well Red Faction: Guerrilla holds together. Even in the most hectic of battles, with buildings crumbling on all sides, dozens of characters engaged in combat, and massive explosions sending debris flying through the air, there's rarely a graphical hitch or frame-rate drop. It's an exemplary title, displaying the power of the current generation in ways no other game has yet.
  30. 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.
  31. A flawed masterpiece. It has so much to offer on so many different levels, and while it does fall down in a few places I'd heartily recommend it to anyone.
  32. 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.
  33. Over all THQ and Volition have created a game that allows you the gamer numerous ways to enjoy the campaign and extend play time with great customizable online MP.
  34. Overall Red Faction: Guerrilla is a very good title, definite replay ability in the single player title.
  35. What is very clear to anyone who plays Red Faction Guerilla is that there is no other game quite like it.
  36. 87
    The single-player missions (with a few activities added) clocks in at over 20 hours of captivating gameplay. Add to this the multiplayer aspects and replay value with the dynamic style of play and you have a very worthy title for your hard-earned moola.
  37. 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.
  38. A seemingly generic third person shooter that is suddenly lifted up to greatness by the superb destructibility and explosive nature of the gameplay.
  39. 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.
  40. Red Faction: Guerilla is a really enjoyable experience and one that gamers should not pass over during the summer months. With good graphics, good sound, and some great single and multiplayer gaming, one can’t go wrong buying this title.
  41. Though repetitive, this third-person action game is a great open-world adventure for anyone with an appetite for destruction.
  42. Red Faction Guerrilla is a refreshing and very enjoyable sandbox game that offers an alternative to the Saints Rows, GTAs and Godfathers out there. Don't expect anywhere near the insight and polish found in GTA IV, but do expect a rollicking good time.
  43. 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.
  44. 85
    Lots of destruction, lots of action and a whole lot of fun, Red Faction: Guerrilla is a must have for anybody who occasionally gets the urge to needlessly smash things and have a good time.
  45. The number of unlocks is astounding, which in turn makes the pacing really good. Better yet, you can even earn XP by creating your own custom matches rather than resorting to playing against people you don't know.
  46. 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.
  47. Red Faction: Guerrilla might be missing the polish of GTA IV, but it gets the core elements right and its stand out feature does an excellent job of making it stand out.
  48. With a fairly lengthy single player game, a well polished multiplayer experience, and the best use of the Havok engine I’ve ever seen, it’s hard not to love Red Faction: Guerrilla.
  49. Xbox 360’s Red Faction: Guerilla is a pure action-explosion game. If you aren´t interested in a very good story but an explosive game, this title could be the one for you.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. Red Faction: Guerrilla revealed to be a pleasant surprise: a very good game capable of dragging and enjoying the player, mainly but not only thanks to the exceptional dynamic destruction tech, and for the adrenalinic multiplayer. Too bad that a forgettable plot and a low longevity kill its aspirations: surely a good game, but could have been much more.
  53. 81
    Do you want to be a rebel? You can in Red Faction: Guerilla! 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: Guerilla is just a lovely game!
  54. Red Faction Guerrilla uses its Geo-Mod 2.0 engine quite flawlessly, obtaining a stable frame rate and a good level of detail. Its wide support of animation routines recreates a realistic experience, especially when collisions are involved. Going around its open-world system destroying environmental elements is quite a pleasant experience of its own! This game came definitely as a nice surprise.
  55. Volition's game is an excellent and worthwhile resurrection of an old franchise. One hopes its success results in Volition returning to an extremely well-loved space shooter series.
  56. The single player is fun enough for a while in short bursts, but it feels all too familiar, even with the destruction elements in place; the setting and story are well thought out and entertaining, but the repetitive missions will likely wear thin long before you reach the end.
  57. Ultimately, the lack of mission variety cost Red Faction a higher score, but it's still an explosively fun time.
  58. 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.
  59. Open world of Mars filled with many great missions will let you destroy virtually anything. Never before could you become a demolition master like this – don’t rely on your comrades though. [Sept 2009]
  60. A lot of fun and a very nice setting, but the mission design is too repetitive to elevate the game to greatness.
  61. 80
    While the game may not do everything right, it’s your best bet for free-form demolition and unpretentious entertainment.
  62. Red Faction Guerilla has some missteps, including the AI and cover system, but the game is definitely on point when it comes to destruction.
  63. The result is that Red Faction: Guerrilla can be described as a technically sound game, but with no soul.
  64. Volition and THQ have pulled it off with superb results and 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.
  65. Red Faction: Guerrilla is a fantastic, laudably fun tech demo funneled into a rather awesome game. Undoubtedly this year's most gratifying and original title so far. [Issue#46, p.76]
  66. A worthy sequel to the original Red Faction titles, Guerrilla sports a tremendous physics engine that is capable of producing some outstanding effects. It may be lacking in story, but don't let that put you off - there's plenty of fun to be had with both singleplayer and multiplayer modes.
  67. Volition changed the genre for the third entry in the Red Faction series, but it works. Fun, full of content, good explosions and demolitions, and a huge array of possibilities. Great both online and offline, it's a shame that its plot is so weak and technically it could have fared better.
  68. 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.
  69. A surprising product, that refreshes free roaming structure thanks to the environmental destructibility.
  70. 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.
  71. Though Red Faction: Guerrilla delivers on this concept admirably, it wasn't without a cost: namely, the detail and character that makes the best open-world games memorable to begin with. Be that as it may, there's still plenty here to enjoy. Just be prepared to endure some slow spells, and power through some truly unforgiving moments.
  72. If a decent, demolition-oriented action game is what you seek, chances are you won't be disappointed with this game. Don't expect much beyond that.
  73. Red Faction Guerrilla is an entertaining game, without question. There are just a few elements that prevent this game from becoming great.
  74. Though the explosions scale with progress, and the act of detonation continues to be a giddy pleasure, Mars could do with a thicker atmosphere.
  75. 70
    Red Faction: Guerrilla knows it is a game about making buildings fall over and it doesn’t purport to be anything else.
  76. Red Faction is the very definition of a solid 7/10 - a game that should have been better, but offers more than enough to warrant a purchase during the quiet months.
  77. The stark landscape, self-serious characters and po-faced story are completely at odds with the sense of mischievous fun the destruction naturally evokes...If Volition is interested in crafting an instant classic, putting this destruction in Saints Row 3 would be an excellent place to start. [July 2009, p.110]
  78. For my liking, Red Faction Guerrilla has too many inconsistencies to be considered grade-A material, but then maybe it was never designed to be that way.
  79. 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.
  80. Good game, refined and with solid gameplay. Some problems don't let Red Faction show all its potentials.
  81. Red Faction is not a glorious revolution, yet neither is it a wafer-thin façade of the sandbox genre. Its foundation is strong, it’s fun in a mindless way, and its design intrigued us, but ultimately it’s not something that has been built to last.
  82. Red Faction: Guerrilla scores, and it certainly adds a nice twist on the established open-world game formula.
  83. Volition’s Geo-Mod 2.0 tech is leagues ahead of anything that we’ve seen previously, but you can’t help but think that Guerrilla is ultimately little more than a glorified tech demo.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 211 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 54
  2. Negative: 4 out of 54
  1. VincenzoP.
    Jun 22, 2009
    10
    Some glitchy controls can make achieving some pro times a real burden and the story is missing some flavor. However, games are about fun. The over the top destruction is so rediculously fun and fresh that it outweighs any flaws this game has, and yes EVERY game has flaws, and if we rated games based on flaws, no game would ever get a perfect score. A ten all the way, baby! Full Review »
  2. PabloR
    Jun 22, 2009
    10
    The game is absolutely fenominal, I don't know where to begin, but the level of destruction and absolute fun of the missions in the game makes it stand out. It's like Mercenaries 2 and Farcry 2 but the character isn't a mercenary and they fight for a cause, in this game, to liberate Mars. To me, the only thing that brings this game down is the how sometimes it's hard with the constant waves of reinforcements from the enemy EDF. If I could, I'd rather give it a 9.5 than a 10, but I can only give it a 10. Full Review »
  3. Mar 15, 2012
    10
    I dont care what people say this game is awesome. Period , one of the best sandbox gamea i have ever played, it so **** underrated, i recommend it to every gamer out there Full Review »