Quantcast
GC 10: Red Faction: Armageddon hands-off preview - Destructoid

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist



GC 10: Red Faction: Armageddon hands-off preview


7:10 PM on 08.18.2010
GC 10: Red Faction: Armageddon hands-off preview photo



Many years have passed on the planet Mars since the events of Red Faction: Guerilla, and things are not well for colonists of the red planet.  

Attempts to terraform the planet for human habitation have created an ecological disaster that has resulted in the habitants being driven underground for safety. To make matters worse, an ancient evil species of aliens has been awoken and is wiping out all who remain.

In comes Darius Mason -- a descendant of Red Faction:Guerilla's protagonist, Alec Mason --  who is out to fight off the intergalactic menace, and restore peace to the planet once again. To do that, he will use some seriously crazy weapons, tons of falling buildings, and one big robot.  

The demo we were showed at gamecom this week opened in the cavernous underground that is now colonial humanities home. It's a dark, cavernous place that is worlds apart from Guerilla's open Martian vistas. The darkness, however, is soon disturbed by the burning carcass of a buggy, violently rolling by. Darius’s communicator springs to life with word that your alien nemesis is causing havoc nearby.

Arriving on the scene, it becomes apparent that the extra-terrestrial menace has set up shop, with buildings covered in a bizarre-looking substance. Almost immediately, Mercer is besieged by some lowly dog-like creatures that are easily dispersed with an assault riffle and a few handy head stomps. This, however, is only the first obstacle to surmount.

At this point we are introduced to the newest addition to Red Faction's arsenal of weapons, the Magnagun -- a simple, yet deadly weapon that opens up some incredible possibilities for carnage. With your first shot you magnetize the object you are targeting, and with another shot it is pulled towards a second target. In the example we were showed, a crane was targeted before a nearby building; the resulting chaos looked impressive, as the crane's top is drawn into the building, utterly destroying it.

A large group of heavier enemies turn up, and the Magnagun's potential in more intense combat is revealed; foes are taken out by large chunks of metal, even debris slamming into them. More enemies turn up, and Guerilla's Nano Rifle returns, this time with the power to repair things, a power with incredible benefits, it turns out. The amount of attacking enemies becomes overwhelming, so Darius retreats to a destroyed container and uses the Nano Rifle to repair its damaged exterior, sealing himself inside in order to recover from the brutal assault.

After this brief reprieve, we are returned into combat and Darius heads straight for a large Mech suit. Unlike the slow, lumbering industrial machines of Red Faction: Guerrilla, this is a fast, lithe exo-skeleton with machine guns and rocket launchers. The aliens are knocked aside with ease, as the Mech shoulder-barges its way through groups,  with ease killing those that remain with rockets and bullets.

It was a brief showing but it gave the impression that developer Volition has taken various criticisms that were aimed at the previous Red Faction to heart. It's tweaked or wholesale removed them, leaving only a satisfying destructive romp in its wake.

Red Faction: Armageddon is out next March for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

GC 10: Red Faction: Armageddon hands-off preview photo
GC 10: Red Faction: Armageddon hands-off preview photo
GC 10: Red Faction: Armageddon hands-off preview photo





Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







Win your choice of console from Destructoid! in Destructoid's Hangs on LockerDome

Gamescom

9:00 AM on 08.17.2014
Crookz puts a '70s heist movie spin on tactical gaming

A tactical game with a '70s heist movie theme? Finding something like that at gamescom is about as unlikely as finding a videogame trailer with porn star Ron Jeremy in it. But here we are with both. more



5:00 PM on 08.16.2014
This Star Citizen multiplayer crew gameplay demo looks amazing!

Chris Roberts' ambitious space trading and combat simulator Star Citizen has come a long way since its crowdfunding beginnings back in 2012. In this latest footage from gamescom 2014, Roberts and his staff demonstrate h...more



3:00 PM on 08.16.2014
Rediscover a Lara Croft you already know in Temple of Osiris

Which Lara Croft do you prefer? Crystal Dynamics has two versions of her, splitting the iconic character into distinctly different properties. The recent Tomb Raider reboot and the scheduled follow-up Rise of t...more



View all Gamescom






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more