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Red Faction: Armageddon cutscene and its motion capture


May 13
// Conrad Zimmerman
In this video for Red Faction: Armageddon, we see a cinematic from the game set next to motion capture footage of the sequence. If you've played the demo, you'll recognize this as the scene which plays at the beginning. It's...
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Free OnLive Game System with Red Faction pre-order


May 05
// Jordan Devore
THQ and OnLive did it with Homefront, and now they're doing it again with Red Faction: Armageddon. By pre-ordering the game, you'll get a free OnLive Game System that's fully compatible with the streaming service. Additionall...
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1M Red Faction demo downloads will unlock a unicorn


May 03
// Jordan Devore
Wow, way to pull a fast one on us there. I was certain that the rainbow-farting unicorn stunt was for Saints Row 3. As it turns out, it's related to Red Faction: Armageddon. The more you think about it, the more it begins to...
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Volition walks us through the history of Red Faction


May 02
// Jordan Devore
At least, that's what this video is supposed to be. While Volition does talk about the individual Red Faction games, it's nothing substantial. This ends up being more of a commercial for Red Faction: Armageddon than anything...
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A Red Faction: Origins trailer looks like this


May 02
// Maurice Tan
Only on SyFy. Can you imagine greater? I can, and it's called Piranhaconda or a new Stargate season or series.
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Red Faction: Armageddon sees slight delay


Apr 28
// Nick Chester
Stomping in alien faces underneath the surface of Mars is going to have to wait. THQ has announced that it's delayed Red Faction: Armageddon. No huge deal, though, it's only by about a week -- the game will now ship on June 1...

Hands-on: Red Faction: Armageddon, round two

Apr 26 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Red Faction: Armageddon (Xbox 360 [Previewed], PlayStation 3, PC)Developer: VolitionPublisher: THQTo be released: May 31, 2011 My demo with Armageddon began with main hero Darius Mason protecting a transport convoy on its way to Bastion, the last stronghold the colony of remaining Mars citizens has in its control. The alien bugs are rampaging all over the planet at this point, so the escort mission sees you fighting wave after wave of aliens.  Essentially all of the guns were playable and every gun is worthwhile to use. The best being the Magnet gun, which launches your target into another enemy or object. It's a hilarious weapon, especially when you're flinging giant boss-esque creatures like little toys.  The Nano-Forge was fully open this time too, so I was able to use some offensive-style attacks on top of rebuilding damaged structures. "Impact" sends out a blast wave that either knocks back enemies or obliterates them. "Shockwave" will suspend enemies in the air for a period of time for some easy target practice. "Berserk" temporally overpowers all your weapons for double the damage. Last but not least is "Shell," a protective bubble that reflects all attacks and devours enemies that try to go through the bubble.  All of your Nano-Forge attacks require a recharge time before you can use them again, but you can cut that time short with the upgrade system. Your abilities, weapons and more can all be upgraded -- this is accomplished in the upgrade stations littered throughout levels.  Once you've reached the colony, you'll be stuck on "bitch quests," as I like to call them, where you have to repair sentry turrets and the water system for the city before you can move forward. These missions don't really do anything for the main story and would be better suited as sidequests or just excluded completely. Eventually during these missions, your dark secret is revealed. You see, Mason was tricked into releasing the alien horde that's plaguing the planet. Needless to say, the civilians in the city all hate your guts once they find out. They start to hunt you down through the level like idiots -- idiots because there are aliens all around but they don't care. That is, until their faces are getting gnawed off.  Shortly after this point, I made my way above ground where storms were tearing the world apart. You're quickly apprehended by the Red Faction police as they believe you were responsible for the alien outbreak. On your way to prison, the Red Faction team is attacked by massive amounts of aliens and you have to save everyone's asses.  With a little convincing (aka knocking out the person in charge of the Red Faction squad), Mason is set free and continues to help defend Mars against the aliens and Marauder's responsible for making Mars' surface uninhabitable, and the real group responsible for releasing the aliens.  After killing so many aliens, it was a nice change of pace to go up against human enemies. My original playthrough saw me going through humans and aliens too, so it's nice to see the theme continues later on in the game.  It was in this section that I got to pilot a new mech as well, a giant spider-like war machine that has a couple of powerful laser attacks. It's pretty badass, and significantly more fun then the standard mech you get in the underground sections. Overall, I think Red Faction: Armageddon has finally won me over. The story -- aside from the lull moments I mentioned -- is engaging and I just love all of the weapons. Still, it's sad that there isn't a traditional versus multiplayer again. The co-op and Infestation modes do make up for that exclusion, at least. 
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I was pretty much on the fence the last time I played Red Faction: Armageddon. My tune has all but changed with my latest playthrough, as I got to experience a lot more that the game has to offer. Plus, the new build was quite a bit more polished, especially in the visuals department. It's not entirely perfect, but all in all, I'm happier with what to expect come next month.

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Red Faction: Armageddon demo hits 360, PS3 next week


Apr 26
// Nick Chester
The Mars underground is about to get smashed to pieces (and then maybe put back together with science) -- THQ has announced that a demo for Red Faction: Armageddon is on its way. You'll be able to take lead tattooed bald guy ...
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Red Faction: Origins movie stills need more Piranhaconda


Apr 25
// Maurice Tan
Some movie stills from the upcoming SyFy movie Red Faction: Origins were posted over at Comic Book Movie and it looks deliciously SyFy-y. The movie that bridges the storylines of Red Faction: Guerrilla and Red Faction: Armage...
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Red Faction: Armageddon is skipping versus multiplayer this time around and going with co-op instead. The horde-like mode called Infestation will see up to four players fighting wave after wave of progressively harder aliens...

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Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin': Red Faction: Guerrilla


Apr 08
// Jordan Devore
This latest installment of HAWP has got to be one of my all-time favorites. Long-time fans of Podtoid -- and Anthony, in general -- will appreciate the humor of this episode. As far as bits about terrorism go, this is probabl...
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Red Faction: Armageddon has exposition


Apr 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
And here it is. Narrated by the smuggler character Kara, this promotional video from THQ lays out some of the basic plot points in Red Faction: Armageddon to tantalize you. And there are a bunch of new screenshots featu...
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Red Faction: Armageddon wants you, Descent fans


Apr 07
// Jordan Devore
After watching Game Informer's recent documentary about Volition, I was all jazzed up about Descent. Descent! What more needs to be said? These feelings quickly changed into those of sadness, but all is well. GameTrailers ha...
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Go watch this hour-long documentary about Volition


Apr 03
// Maurice Tan
Game Informer interviewed Mike Kulas, co-founder and president of Volition, and ended up with enough material to turn it into a fascinating documentary on one of the industry's darling studios. It covers the studio's history,...
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Red Faction: Armageddon pre-order bonuses detailed


Mar 28
// Jordan Devore
We're honing in on Red Faction: Armageddon's May 31 release for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. I'm certainly getting antsy with anticipation for some Red Faction-brand destruction and explosions. Nothing too major to report...
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Red Faction: Battlegrounds dated, $10, free on PS Plus


Mar 19
// Nick Chester
THQ's downloadable shooter, Red Faction: Battlegrounds is slated for an April 5 release. This according to a PlayStation Network news letter that has been hitting inboxes this week. The Juice Games-developed top-down twin-sti...
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Monsters & explosions: New Red Faction screens


Mar 13
// Nick Chester
If you were at PAX this weekend, you would have been able to play Volition's upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon. But let's assume that you were not. So here, have some screenshots that tell the whole story: lots of explosions, gross aliens, and screaming bald guys. If you were at PAX and you did have a chance to play Armageddon and its new "Ruin" mode, let us know what you thought.
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Red Faction's 'Ruin' mode revealed, playable at PAX


Mar 10
// Nick Chester
For those fortunate enough to be attending PAX East in Boston this week, THQ has a little treat: playable Red Faction: Armageddon, along with a new mode called "Ruin." This score-based mode is all about breaking crap, much a...
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Red Faction: Armageddon is ending your world on May 31st


Feb 22
// Maurice Tan
We finally have a release date for Red Faction: Armageddon, the omni-destroying sequel to Red Faction: Guerrilla and fourth game in the series. It will be out on May 31st, just after you finished playing through L.A. Noire an...
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Red Faction: Armageddon's cover art is falling apart


Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
We tend not to post much about box art these days, but I'm willing to make an exception for a special case like Red Faction: Armageddon. Besides, it's been awfully quiet on the Red Faction front lately. Compared to the averag...

Hands-on: Red Faction: Armageddon

Jan 20 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Red Faction: Armageddon (Xbox 360 [Previewed], PS3, PC)Developer: VolitionPublisher: THQTo be released: May 2011 So let's start with what I loved the most: the Magnet Gun. Think the Portal gun, except here you're using the gun to pull shit into other shit. The first shot is the "Anchor" that holds the object that gets thrown into whatever you target with the second shot from the Magnet Gun. Buildings, enemies -- whatever that can be moved normally can be targeted and sent away. Next you have the Plasma Beam, which disintegrates whatever it hits. It's a slow process, but somewhat satisfying as you systematically destroy a building shot after shot. For something that packs a bigger punch, you'll want to use the Singularity Cannon. This gun shoots out a mini-black hole which sucks up everything in the target radius. The tool you'll probably end up using the most is the Nano-Forge. Anything that is destructible in Armageddon can be magically repaired with this weapon as it somehow rebuilds everything. Destroyed a wall? Point your Nano-Forge at it and it'll come back every time. Very useful when you find yourself needing cover or if you need to repair an objective. The Nano-Forge will also have other attacks, inlcuding one where you can basically do a Force Push and knock enemies back.  There were plenty of more weapons to mess around with, but none really compared to the ones I just described. Note that you will be able to upgrade weapons, the Nano-Forge and your own abilities throughout the game as well I got to mess around with all these new toys in a test level and once I was done with them, it was on to the first mission of Armageddon. You play as Darius Mason, grandson to Alec Mason from Red Faction: Guerrilla and in this level, you're trying to stop the enemy from destroying a terraformer machine that gives Mars Earth-like atmosphere. Unfortunately for Mason and his team, the terraformer is destroyed and the Mars people find themselves looking for shelter in the mines created by their ancestors. This leaves a very obvious question in my mind: Why can't Mason just use his Nano-Forge to repair the terrraformer? Anyway, the next two levels I saw had Mason going up against the various aliens that were destroying everything they came in contact with. The aliens come in all shapes and sizes, and each type have some unique attack style. Think the special zombies from Left 4 Dead but they all look like variations of the annoying bug creatures from Resident Evil 4. After a little while, I made my way to a giant mech that featured a machine gun, target locating missiles and a dash attack. While I love mechs as much as the next guy, I didn't really get that sense of power one would expect from piloting it. If the area I was in wasn't overrun with bad guys, I would have just preferred to use my guns. As a big fan of the first Red Faction, it was kind of a bummer that you couldn't dig around in the tunnels like the original game. You're playing through a majority of the game in mines so it would have been a pretty cool throwback. Volition wanted the focus be more on the story though and felt players would get constantly lost if they included the tunneling system. THQ was only showing off the single-player and I'm still on the fence of whether I'm going to like Armageddon. I love the weapons, but everything else just wasn't really grabbing my interest. I don't want to make a final call on the game just yet as I still want to see what's up with multiplayer, co-op and the "Horde-like" mode. 
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One week later and I still can't stop thinking about Red Faction: Armageddon. Specifically, the new weapons are just awesome. The weapons like the Magnet gun are just perfect when combined with Red Faction's destruction engi...

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Some minor details on the Red Faction: Origins movie


Jan 12
// Maurice Tan
THQ's Danny Bilson talked about the upcoming Red Faction: Origins movie at an event in NYC today. The two hour movie will supposedly start filming next week and air in March on SyFy. If that doesn't excite you, get ready for ...
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THQ delays Red Faction, dates games, announces others


Sep 13
// Nick Chester
THQ has confirmed its fiscal 2012 line-up and here's the bad news: Red Faction: Armageddon, originally scheduled to ship in March of 2011, will now see a May 2011 release. No word on the reason for the delay, but more time in...
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Red Faction: Battlegrounds beta coming to PS Plus members


Sep 09
// Nick Chester
If you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you may (or may not) be invited to a beta for THQ's Red Faction: Battlegrounds. I its preview of next week's PlayStation Plus updates, Sony has revealed that "a select number of PlaySt...
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No kidding: Red Faction: Battlegrounds will get add-ons


Aug 19
// Jordan Devore
Since it was first revealed that there would be some sort of lead-in game for PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade prior to the launch of Red Faction: Armageddon, I always envisioned it as playing like "Red Faction L...
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See what Red Faction: Armageddon has in store for you


Aug 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
THQ and Volition is doing all that they can to make the next Red Faction be a big deal. The week Armageddon launches might as well be called "Red Faction week" with everything Danny Bilson, Executive VP at THQ, details above...
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GC 10: Interview with Red Faction designer James Durel


Aug 18
// Hollie Bennett
Suddenly, aliens... thousands of them!  Next March, THQ bring us the forth game to the Red Faction family, Red Faction: Armageddon. And after showing us a brutal balls-to-the-wall action demo, Jameson Durel, Senior...
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GC 10: Red Faction: Armageddon hands-off preview


Aug 18
// Ian Roberts
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 ecolog...
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Red Faction: Battlegrounds gets a trailer, screens


Aug 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
THQ revealed earlier today Red Faction: Battlegrounds for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Battlegrounds is a multiplayer-focused vehicular combat game where tanks and mechs square off on the surface of Mars. Fo...
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Red Faction: Battlegrounds officially announced


Aug 16
// Jim Sterling
Last week we asked the question -- What is Red Faction: Battlegrounds? Well, thanks to THQ revealing it at GDC Europe, we now know. Red Faction: Battlegrounds is a brand new entry in Volition's Mars-based series, and it's com...

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