Feeds
75%
Red Faction: Armageddon

Red Faction: Armageddon

Appetite for destruction

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Story bored

By creating a more linear game, Volition guides us more tightly through its sub Ghosts of Mars narrative. There are loads of cut-scenes with some pretty ropey humour and acting, all of which left me thinking, if you're going to weave a disorientating story, don’t make us stick around and force us to watch it. For a game, which is all about destruction, the large areas where we ride crazy vehicles and can do some serious damage are too few and far between.

Red Faction: Armageddon

Say hello to my little friend...

One of the things I liked best about Armageddon was Ruin. This is a timed challenge where you get to put some of that Geo tech to use in one big smash 'em up. This is the kind of thing that would work so well as part of the single player mode and shows off why Red Faction just keeps coming back with it’s premise of it’s fun to break stuff.

If you're all about the competitive multi player, then I think your going to be a little disappointed with Volition's new four player co-operative mode, called Infestation. This has loads of content with eight missions and, if your not too worried about ranking, it’s pretty entertaining. It is all about surviving waves of enemies, whether just for the hell of it or defending an outpost. Indeed, these waves gave me some serious time and space to get to grips with my range of weapons and put them to good use.

Unfortunately, my magnet gun was just too unwieldy for these hordes and I had to stick to impulse blasts from my nano forge and traditional firepower. I found the mainly small, dark, claustrophobic maps ramped up not only the action but our co-operation. OMG, watch out for that berserker!

Red Faction: Armageddon

Hands off, it's my little pony

Verdict

The fact that Red Faction: Armageddon looks polished, if a little fatigued, is a big selling point for me. Add to that the range of exciting abilities and crazy sick-ass weapons, and I had the ingredients for some serious fun. Yet, where this game doesn’t fulfil its potential is the fact you instantly miss the sandbox feel of an open world – a place where you can step out of the nagging game narrative to just smash random shit up. ®

More Games Reviews

Hunted:
The Demons Forge
LA Noire Dirt 3 Brink Darkspore

New hybrid storage solutions

75%
Red Faction: Armageddon

Red Faction: Armageddon

A great action packed game that misses the flexibility and range that made its predecessor prodigious. Available on PC (tested), Xbox 360 and PS3.
Price: £40 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.