Reader Review: Red Faction: Guerrilla

Reader Review: Red Faction: Guerrilla
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Do you have what it takes to get a review published right here on Kotaku? Sam does, as he turns Mars into a giant rubbish tip in Red Faction: Guerrilla.

Yes, that’s right, we’re now publishing reader reviews here on Kotaku. This is your chance to deliver sensible game purchasing advice to the rest of the Kotaku community.

This review was submitted by Sam Burnett. If you’ve played Red Faction: Guerrilla, why don’t you let Sam know whether you agree or disagree with his thoughts.

Red Faction: Guerrilla (360, PS3)

Red Faction: Guerrilla is an open world blow ‘em up based on last generation’s Mars based first-person shooter series.

Destruction – Obviously. It’s what everyone loves about Red Faction. If you see it, then there’s a good chance that you can blow the ever-loving crap out of it. In fact, with the wonky shooting mechanics, you‘re usually better off switching to explosives to get the job done.

You’re a dirty Communist – Red Faction should be applauded for showing conflict from a different political side. Let’s recap: The first weapon you receive is an enormous hammer. You fight on Mars, the Red planet. Instead of money, your mission success is based on worker morale. The symbolism is hardly subtle, but nothing about Red Faction is done on the down low.

The Environments – Mars is really, really bland, which isn’t really the best locale for an open world game. Get ready for lots of red. Although since Mars is drier than 1930s Chicago, there’s none of that ‘touch the water and die’ nonsense to worry about.

Mercenaries on Mars? Yes, but also Mercenaries with a heart. This is the game that Lenin wished he would have lived to see. Assuming he loved open world games on Mars. Which – if I remember my history classes correctly – he did.

Reviewed by: Sam Burnett

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    • I thought the lag on RFG was actually less noticeable than say, CoD4 due to the need for less precise aiming. ie, half the weapons go boom instead of pew pew pew

  • I thought the shooting mechanics were actually pretty solid. Not exceptional, but they worked a lot better than other open world console games (e.g. GTA IV, Saint’s Row 2).

    Just had to change to the controller setting that swapped “fine aim” to the right trigger, and melee to the right stick button. Worked much better than the default.

    Cover system was pretty pointless though.

    • I liked using cover, just to admire the way it got blown apart around me in the ensuing firefight. Also: why was there no mention of the incredibly limited ammo caps and constantly respawning enemies under “hated”? Seriously, combining those two flaws was a massive oversight. Sometimes the enemy would even respawn behind you in blatantly unreachable locations.

  • Dan- to be honest I didn’t actually play it online. You can blame Telstra deciding that we can’t get decent broadband in a suburb 30 mins from the state capital!

    Blenny- I’ll definitely try that out, because I really liked the game, but the shooting mechanics almost ruined it for me.

  • The shooting mechanics are good and online is relatively lag free, perhaps it is your connection.

    These reader reviews are too short and full of fail.

    Also complaining about the blandness of Mars is a bit stupid. What do you expect shopping malls and theme parks?

  • Good review Sam – short, informative and got a laugh out of me.

    Blenny – I’ve only played the Red Faction demo but if they didn’t massively overhaul the shooting mechanics for the retail version, and that’s what you are comparing to GTA IV, then I would wholeheartedly disagree.

  • Holy shit that game sucked, I lost all faith in ign and gamespot forever (they gave above 8), the game was boring and repetitive, the story is of the equivalent of a Z grade movie or an intro to a porno. i guess its my fault for buying it but the demo sucked me in… DON’T BUY THIS GAME

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