Red Faction: Guerrilla is a third-person action game developed by Volition and published by THQ for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on June 2, 2009. It was later ported to the PC on September 15, 2009 by Reactor Zero. The game was re-Mars-tered for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2018. The game focuses heavily on destructible environments in an open-world campaign taking place on a terraformed Mars. Up to 16 players can also play online competitive arena-based multiplayer on several game modes with focus on special backpacks that grants the wearer a unique power.
Set fifty years after the original Red Faction (and completely skipping Red Faction II), the game revolves around the newly reestablished Red Faction movement, the resistance force of Mars who attempt to liberate it from the oppressive Earth Defense Force (commonly known as the EDF, former allies of the Red Faction movement). The player controls Alec Mason, an honest miner who witnesses his brother's death at the hands of the EDF and unwillingly becomes an EDF bounty, which prompts him to join the Red Faction movement. With the help of the mechanic Samanya and the rest of the Red Faction movement, Alec must overthrow the EDF's reign on Mars and prevent retaliatory destruction of the entire world.
Game play centers around freeing the areas of Mars from the EDF through a number of means including destruction of important buildings, side missions (Guerrilla Actions), and story missions. In order to clear an area, the main missions for that area must be completed and the EDF's control must be reduced to zero. Control can be reduced by two means; Destroying EDF buildings or by completing Guerrilla Actions.
There are various Guerrilla Actions:
- House Arrest - The player must rescue hostages from the EDF and return them to base.
- Guerrilla Raid -The player is tasked with aiding the Red Faction in ridding an area of EDF soldiers. To do this, players must advance into the area and clear out the building. Another guerrilla will then plant a bomb inside the key building, which will destroy the building.
- Transportation - Steal a specific vehicle and return to base within the allotted time.
- Demolition Master - Timed mini game centered around destroying specific targets under preset conditions.
- Heavy Metal - The player is required to kill a certain amount of EDF troops/vehicles given the destructive vehicle.
- EDF Assault - Given over the radio, Mason must help the Red Faction protect an area by killing all the EDF that attack.
- Steal Convoy - Given over the radio, the player must intercept an EDF convoy, steal the targeted vehicle, and return it to base.
- Destroy Convoy - Given over the radio, the player must intercept an EDF convoy and destroy all the targets.
- Interception - Given over the radio, the player must chase down the target, retrieve the intel, and make it back to base.
There are also varying types of EDF buildings to destroy. How to go about their destruction is completely up to the player. These types of buildings include:
- Low importance Buildings - These buildings can be identified on the mini map by their red outline. These are usually unguarded but offer a little control loss.
- Medium Importance Buildings - These buildings are marked with a blue marker on the map and offer a significant amount of control loss when destroyed. Certain medium structures belong to a set, such as smokestacks or wind turbines. How heavily guarded a medium importance building or structure is usually depends on its location; however, destroying one will always raise the alert level.
- High Importance Buildings - These buildings are specially marked and well guarded against attack, but offer the greatest amount of control loss.
- Propaganda - Unmarked billboards and signs that can be destroyed for both control loss and morale boost (and the Free Your Mind achievement/trophy).
Another factor in the campaign mode is the morale level of a sector. The morale meter determines how well the population supports Mason and how willing they are to fight the EDF. A higher morale means more support from fellow Red Faction members during confrontations with the EDF, and a higher salvage bonus upon the completion of story missions. Morale can be raised by destroying propaganda, completing actions, completing missions, and by killing a large amount of EDF troops. However, morale can be lost by the deaths of friendly troops and innocent civilians, either by Mason's hands or by the EDF's hands. Morale is also lost each time the player dies.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, is the collection of salvage. Salvage functions as the currency of the Red Faction, and is implied to hold great value on Mars due to lack of resources. The salvage collected will go towards the purchasing of new weapons and upgrades at a safe house. New equipment and upgrades unlock as the player progresses through the game and completes guerrilla actions. There are four main sources of salvage: story missions, guerrilla actions, EDF vehicles, and EDF property. While not all EDF property will drop salvage, any property that is NOT owned by the EDF will never leave salvage behind when destroyed (except for propane tanks and other explosives).
During the single player campaign, players are able to find various collectibles/destructibles. These include:
- Ore Deposits - there are 300 of these spread across the in-game world. They are shown as orange dots on the minimap. Destroying an ore mine rewards the player with a small amount of salvage points. Mining every ore in the game unlocks the Working the Land achievement/trophy.
- Radio Tags - there are 36 hidden radio tags to find in the in-game world. They are shown as green dots on the minimap. Upon collecting a radio tag, the player will hear a short audio message played. For every 3 tags collected, a M.O.A.B. is generated and it's location is marked on the map. Collect all of them to unlock the Lost Memories achievement/trophy.
- Propaganda Signs - there are 50 of these signs to find in the game. They're usually found alongside roads and are quite easy to spot. Upon destroying a sign, the player will gain a small morale boost in that particular sector. Destroy them all to unlock the Free Your Mind achievement/trophy.
- Better Red Than Dead
- Start Your Engines
- Ultor Echo
- Rallying Point
- Industrial Revolution
- Access Denied
- Catch and Release
- Emergency Response
- Air Traffic Control
- The Dogs of War
- Death by Committee
- Hammer of the Gods
- Meeting the Marauders
- Emergency Broadcast System
- Manual Override
- Guerrillas at the Gates
- Mars Attacks
The multiplayer component focuses on the absolute destruction aspect of the game. Everything but terrain is destructible and modes and maps are built around that. Due to this that the map will look very different at the end of the round as opposed to the beginning of the round. The game mechanics almost completely abolish camping, since all cover can be destroyed. Vehicles have been entirely excluded from multiplayer, which makes the experience more hectic because of the smaller maps.
To get into a game, players select a game mode and are taken into a lobby. Once there, they are shown who they will be playing with, the current map, and the settings of the match. The game often changes up the settings to provide a new experience. For example, the player could find himself in a match where the health has been lowered, friendly fire has been turned on, and unlimited ammo is activated. The game also changes up the starting equipment, so players could start the match with powerful weapons or a sledgehammer and nothing else.
The player is able to earn experience points during each match. When a game ends, the player is shown a stats screen that shows them how well (or bad) they did, and also shows a bar that fills up with the points they earned. If it completely fills, the player unlocks something. The unlocks come in the form of new characters to play as, new game modes, new sledgehammers, and/or bonus XP events. The bonus XP events occur when the player does something unique during a match. Bonus XP events can include killing the top player on the other team, killing enemies without a backpack equipped, recovering to full health after being near death, and much more.
- Anarchy - Anarchy is a free-for-all deathmatch mode which pits all players against each other in one of many maps. Depending on the options chosen, the leader for the match may be highlighted. In addition, this is one of the few modes where players aren't put into teams (Red Faction, EDF, etc.), but instead display whichever character they chose for that type.
- Team Anarchy - The same basic mechanics of Anarchy apply in Team Anarchy, except players are split into two teams for a team deathmatch. In Team Anarchy, there is no leader highlighting, and characters are now split into factions rather than playing as a certain character.
- Capture the Flag - A traditional capture the flag mode that is seen in many modern shooters. Once the enemy's flag is retrieved, it must be returned to the opposing base. If the player's own flag is missing, the enemy's flag cannot be captured. Various customizable options appear only in this mode, such as returning flag upon touch and how long a flag stays after being dropped (five seconds to a minute).
- Damage Control - Damage Control is a unique twist on the conquest game mode. In each map, there are three control points. Players are given the Reconstructor (a weapon which can literally rebuild structures) and must reconstruct the control points for their team. Enemy control points first must be destroyed, and then recaptured using the Reconstructor.
- Demolition - In Demolition, one player on each team is designated as the Destroyer, and then must destroy everything in sight, gaining points for the team. Killing the enemy Destroyer will delay their destruction for nine seconds, until a new Destroyer is randomly selected.
- Siege - Siege is an Assault-type game mode, which splits players into two teams, one attacking and one defending. The defensive team is tasked with protecting several structures, while the offensive team must knock them down (gaining points for their team). This is the longest mode, as it takes twenty minutes rather than ten (each team gets a round). In addition, several maps that Siege takes place on are unique to that mode.
Unlike other open-world games, Red Faction: Guerrilla uses special designed maps for its multiplayer component.
The game also features a power-up system called backpacks that can either be picked up from dispensers throughout a map, or as part as the initial spawning load out. Only one Backpack can be equipped at a time, but they can be switched out at a rack. When a player dies, their backpack is returned to its rack.
- Concussion - Sends out a shockwave which will blast debris away and knock down or kill any enemies within the attack range.
- Firepower - Gives the player a significant damage boost to any weapon or explosive for a limited period of time.
- Fleetfoot - Gives the player a speed boost for a short period of time.
- Jet Pack - Fly around the map with a limited amount of fuel. The fuel regenerates when inactive.
- Rhino - An invulnerable attack directly forward, which can destroy structures and enemies.
- Stealth - Allows the user to become nearly invisible to enemies for a period of time.
- Thrust - An invulnerable attack directly into the sky or down to the ground, which can destroy structures and enemies.
- Tremor - Produces an earthquake-like effect that causes destruction to any structures near the player as well as making aiming difficult for nearby opponents.
- Heal - Regenerates the user's health and the health of teammates in the vicinity.
- Vision - Allows the user to see the highlight of enemies through structures but not through rock.
There is an offline only multiplayer game mode known as Wrecking Crew. Wrecking Crew features several different modes, all of which are based around causing as much damage with a set amount of resources (such as ammo, time, or both). At the beginning of the game the players individually pick their own weapon and backpack to start out with, and after each match the person who causes the most destruction chooses the weapon and backpack load-out for the next round.
Red Faction Guerrilla features three downloadable expansion packs, each covering a separate game mode. The Xbox Live Marketplace also released special avatar clothing on February 4, 2010, including Alec Mason's outfit, Marauder gear, and EDF/Red Faction logo t-shirts and hats.
Demons of the Badlands
The first DLC expansion, Demons of the Badlands, was released on August 13, 2009 for $10.00 (or 800 Microsoft Points) and introduced a new prequel mini-campaign set three years before the events of Red Faction: Guerrilla. Players control the Marauder Samanya as she, along with the heartless and cruel Vasha, lead a Marauder revolt against the EDF in the once peaceful area of Mariner Valley.
The campaign, which takes place in Mariner Valley, includes several new weapons (including the Spiker, the Missile Pod, the Subverter, and the Spike Mines), three new vehicles, three new story missions, 11 new "Marauder Actions" (similar to Guerrilla Actions), and several important EDF targets to wreak havoc on. The concept of salvage as currency is removed altogether in the campaign, as upgrades and new items are unlocked with the completion of the mission and Marauder Actions. The concept of morale is also removed in the campaign.
Ten new achievements/trophies were introduced in Demons of the Badlands that can only be unlocked during the mini-campaign.
The second DLC expansion, the Multiplayer Pack, was released on September 17, 2009 for $7.00 (or 560 msp), adding eight new maps and two new game modes to the multiplayer portion of Red Faction Guerrilla. The new modes, Bagman and Team Bagman, which has players or teams fighting over the "bag" pickup, are taken from Red Faction II.
The final DLC expansion, the Smasher Pack, was released on October 1, 2009 for $5.00 (400 msp), adding eight new maps and one new game mode to the Wrecking Crew mode of Red Faction Guerrilla. The new mode, Behemoth, requires players to cause as much destruction as they can inside one of three walker vehicles.
Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows Vista®/XP
- Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core Processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2)
- Memory: 1 GB RAM 15 GB free hard drive space
- Video Card: 128 MB 3D Video Card w/ Shader Model 3.0 Support (Nvidia GeForce 7600/ATI Radeon X1300)
Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows Vista® for DirectX® 10
- Processor: 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2)
- Memory: 2 GB Available System Memory
- Video Card: 256 MB 3D Video Card w/ Shader Model 3.0 Support (Nvidia GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD3850)
Other Requirements: Games for Windows Live client required.