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Red Faction Armageddon Review

I know things have been scarce around here since E3. I’ve been playing a few different games so I’ll try to get some posts up about them.  Or at least links to the XBLA reviews I already posted.  Kicking things off with these catch up posts I’m going with Red Faction Armageddon.  It is not very often I play through a solo campaign twice, but with RFA I did them back to back.  I played through the first time on Normal and enjoyed the story.  After I beat it a New Game + mode unlocked which let me carry over my maxed out character and allows for cheats (like unlimited ammo) to be used in the game without effecting achievements.  So my second time through was on Insane mode with all the rockets I could fire.  It was a lot of fun going through just wrecking shop.

I did miss the open world aspect from Red Faction: Guerrilla and the strategy that brought.  There was still a lot of destruction but this was a completely linear experience.  It was not as fun as RFG since I could not just wander around the open world smashing stuff but RFA is still a really great game.  The story has some truly funny moments between the characters and even pokes fun at some other games (Gears for one) with the dialog being almost direct quotes but in different situations. There were even a couple really unexpected twists in the story which caught me by surprise.

I did also try out the co-op mode which is similar to Horde mode with waves of enemies coming at you needing killed.  Although there is a lot less hiding/defending in RFA’s Infestation mode that in Gears. I played in a 4 player group and we worked through the 30 waves without too much trouble. We could have increased the difficulty but we were having to much fun seeing who could get the most kills.

I am dissapointed in the lack of multiplayer verses modes.  In RFG those matches were a lot of fun and it is a shame it is missing in RFA. Still, Red Faction Armageddon is well worth playing through. I just hope the next Red Faction game brings back multiplayer.

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