Red Faction: Armageddon Brings The Nano Forge, Alien Cocoons

Red Faction: Armageddon will take place half a century after the Martian revolution of Red Faction: Guerrilla putting players in the shoes of the grandson of Alec Mason and Samanya, THQ revealed this morning.

Here's the official publisher synopsis of the story:

When the massive Terraformer that supplies Mars with its Earth-like air and weather is destroyed, the atmosphere turns to chaos, super-tornados and lightning storms engulf the planet. To survive, the Colonists flee to the underground mines and build a network of habitable caves.

Five years later, Darius Mason, grandson of Martian Revolution heroes Alec Mason and Samanya, runs a lucrative business from Bastion, underground hub of Colonist activity. Mining, scavenging, mercenary work—if the job is dangerous, Darius is your man. Few sane people now venture to the ravaged surface, aside from contractors like Darius and the smugglers who run goods between the settlements.

When Darius is tricked into reopening a mysterious shaft in an old Marauder temple, he releases a long-dormant evil and unleashes Armageddon on Mars. As Colonist and Marauder settlements are torn asunder, only Darius and the Red Faction can save mankind. The battle will take them across the storm-blasted planet... and below it, to the very heart of the unspeakable threat.

The game will, as was revealed last night, take place underground this time around with players fighting to free colonists from alien cocoons, reclaim cultist fortifications on the surface of the planet and hunting for artifacts to create alien weapons.

One of the big new weapons of the game will be a Nano Forge, which can unleash blasts, "tremblers" and "rhino charges". Of course that also means the game will have full-on destruction again, the best part of Guerrilla.

Finally, THQ says that their game will include a new extermination mode that has four players teaming up online to take on never ending tides of attackers.


    I hope they learnt from the tears and frustration of gamers around the world that a final mission does not have to be as painful and difficult as cutting off your own arm with a butter knife, like Guerrilla's was... absolutely ruined my otherwise perfect opinion of the game.

      yep, screw this.

    RF:G is a fantastically fun game. The last mission unfortunately changed the mechanic from DESTROY EVERYTHING as I Alec Mason is the most POWERFULLEST man on Mars! HaHaHa!!' to 'oh shit, oh shit I'm getting shot up but where the fuck do I have to get to and how much further could it possibly be?!!'.

    This new game could be good but I was hoping THX would keep it in the Alec Mason era.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that has so much trouble with the final mission in Guerrilla.

    Either way, I'm looking forward to the next title.

    Wow that's some lazy character design on both the main dude and the aliens.

    Now we're fighting aliens? What is this Doom? I'm a little unimpressed with this new direction, but I'll wait and see. If it had the same destruction as Guerrilla then it could still be fun, though I'm not sure how many skyscrapers there will be to blow up underground. Hopefully they make up for it with the ability to destroy the ground and create tunnels of your own.

    I'm starting to think every shooter is going to have an invasion style game mode now. Personally I find many of them rather lacking in fun.

    Also I didn't have too much trouble with the last mission on Guerrilla. I can't remember it too well but I'm pretty sure I just went from tank to tank blowing everything up. If I wasn't in a tank, the arc welder is great for taking out packs of enemies.

    The last mission is suppose to be hard, so I don't know what you're all whining about.

    @ Mr Waffle
    you had trouble beating the last boss its so easy

    volition need to outsource their character designs.

    So if the aliens were there to begin with and you're a currently established human fighting them, doesn't that make the character we get to play an oppressor?

    The whole point of the franchise is that OUR side was the one fighting the oppressive/colonial force!

    Is there going to be a plot twist they're not telling us about? Or did they just ruin the series without even realizing what they've done?

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