Red Faction Guerrilla was a big step in the evolution of the franchise... going from FPS to a more Sandbox style game. Despite its success at drawing in a new crowd of fans for the franchise, Red Faction Armageddon takes a step backwards to return to its roots. In doing so this may alienate new fans of the franchise and Sandbox style, but may appeal more to the traditional FPS gamer.
Armageddon changes it up from Guerrilla by going with a over the shoulder Shooter style vs the Sandbox element the previous title had. Instead of running missions and driving around to pick up objectives you are given a clear cut path to travel. Armed with a variety of weapons you find and can upgrade along the way, you will shoot, destroy and rebuild (only to blow it up again!) your way through the campaign. Armageddon has a linear feel tot he game and does little to change that feeling up. While there are sometimes two paths you can take, it always leads you to the same place and puts you through similar trials(or just leads to a secret). Despite being linear with little in the ways of exploration, the devastation this game brings is very enjoyable. On top of your regular arsenal of weapons you have perhaps my second favorite weapon in the game.. the magnet gun (as seen in the demo). This gun is just pro at causing mass devastation and squishing enemies between scrap. Acquisition of your weapons like most shooters occurs linearly through gameplay. Upgrades are tied to completion percentage to prevent you from becoming to overpowered.
Overall the gameplay is a lot of fun.. Linear yes.. but very entertaining as the game almost taunts you to kill as stylishly and destructive as you can. There is plenty to destroy, tons of enemies to have your way with so in the end you will be left satisfied.
The graphics here are not anything mind blowing.. but they are very nice. The real meat and potatoes here is the physics. While not perfect the destructive and rebuilding elements of the game is what really sells the effects. There are some cases where objects are rigid and do not bend nor break but for the most part, once you see your first large building almost implode on itself you'll be in awe.
Sound effects are fairly solid. Weapons have a fair feel and sound to them but the voice acting is a bit weak in my book. Not bad just could of been better I think. Perhaps a lot of that has to do with the storyline. It is very generic almost existing to take you from A to B, but I don't think people tune into Red Faction to get drama so as long as there is reason behind your actions I am fine with it. Besides, a reason to go from A to B means more stuff to blow up!
Replay value I think is decent. There are some online modes included with the game the main one being infestation mode. Basically survival mode as you try to survive waves of mobs while using the environment to your advantage and mix in some objectives. There also is a mode where you try to rack up as much damage as possible within a set time(Ruin Mode), but I have not checked it out yet honestly. The campaign itself is short.. You can probably breeze through it in 5-7 hours if you just Rambo through BUT there is a plus here.. Game plus mode that is! Once the game is completed you can re-start the campaign with all your existing stuff to further upgrade gear or just see how much more chaos you can cause.
OVERALL 81% ... B-
Red Faction Armageddon is not a bad game by any means. It took a few steps back from the previous title, but returned to its roots with gameplay in doing so. Storyline and Sandbox took a back seat to Linear progression and in your face action. This might work for some and not for others. With that said RF: Armageddon is a game one really needs to play to see if they enjoy it. If you are a fan of the originals you will feel at home with this title. If you are more into sandbox style this game might upset you with its linear, closed-in feel. With that said I give the game an 81%.. a solid game but not for everyone.
**NOTE: If you are on the boarder about the game, check out the demo to see if you like the feel of the game. It does a fair job giving you a taste of the arsenal you will have and destructive capabilities.
**NOTE: This game has perhaps the best weapon to date... Mr. Toots. Once you unlock Mr. Toots you won't stop laughing.