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Red Faction: Guerrilla £14.99 @ Play.com [Xbox 360 Games]

Matt Gardner
Red Faction, third person shooter, Xbox 360 games
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Red Faction: Guerrilla £14.99 @ Play.com [Xbox 360 Games]

The Red Faction series continues with this latest instalment set 50 years after the original in 2120. A third-person shooter with some massively destructible environments, Red Faction: Guerrilla sees you facing off against old allies the Earth Defense Force. Earth has been drained of pretty much all of its resources so the EDF have basically decided to turn Mars into an enormous state of virtual slave labour. Being a mining engineer, you're not to happy about this and with the help of your brother, decide to join the titular Red Faction and destroy your cruel overseers from the ground up.

If you weren't really sure whether or not you should give this one a go, you might be pleased to know that Play are currently offering it for £14.99, almost three quid cheaper than the nearest competitor (£17.73 from The Hut).

It's worth noting that Red Faction: Guerrilla isn't a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination. It's not the prettiest looking game of all time, and the plot will hardly grab you by the scruff of the neck. The voice acting leaves a lot to be desired, but at least it's not quite as bad as Fable II's hideous excuses for voice work. The difficulty curve is fairly unforgiving too, and at times it seems like the game is attempting to hammer home a rather depressing point about the futility of one man trying to stand up to a leviathan of a corporation.

Red Faction's selling point has never been about shiny graphics and slick plotlines, though. Here it's all about gameplay and gunplay. The realistic physics effects that made the series' name are better than ever and the opportunity to destroy pretty much everything in sight will no doubt be a blast for those with Godzilla tendencies. The multiplayer utilises similar RPG elements to the newer Battlefield games, although isn't really as fun to play as those shooters. Red Faction: Guerrilla £14.99 @ Play.com [Xbox 360 Games]Myself, I found the game to be pretty enjoyable for a little while, but less attractive in the long term. The open world nature of the game works well, as does the gunplay at first, but it all gets a little too repetitive a little too quickly for my liking. However, at this price you might feel differently.

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