Red Faction: Guerilla

Siege exemplifies how radically different the Guerrilla multiplayer experience is compared to other games. No shooter has maps that change so dynamically during a round. In Team Anarchy, an experienced team can edge towards victory by leveling the rival team’s side of the map, nullifying cover and obliterating hiding places, high ground and sniper zones.

Multiplayer has many satisfying moments, but our personal highlight saw us dispatching a pesky enemy sniper who was making a mess of our team by destroying the key stress points on the high tower he was perched. A few well-placed rounds later, we saw him satisfyingly tumble into an ignominious death below. Fully destructible maps aside, there’s something else that sets Guerrilla multi-player apart from the competition. The backpacks.

The ten different packs allow players to switch their play style on the fly. Playing as a sniper? You’ll probably want to pick up the Vision pack, which allows you to see targets through walls. Fan of the one-hit kill sledgehammer? Go for the Fleetfoot pack, which gives you a temporary burst of speed to help close the distance to your foe. Hate falling to the sledgehammer? There’s the Concussion pack, which produces a shockwave that knocks enemy players off their feet should they get too close. Then there’s the Rhino pack, which causes you to plough through walls in a straight line. The Thrust pack is the Rhino’s vertical cousin, which will take out anyone above you and give you a handy emergency escape route should you turn a corner to find yourself outmanned and outgunned.

Oh, and of course, you get a jetpack too. There to give you the feeling of descending upon some hapless fool and collapsing his skull with the hammer of the people, dealing death and humiliation in equal measure. With a single-player and multiplayer demo available on PSN as we speak, you’ll get a chance to experience it yourself soon enough. All being well, we’ll review 2009’s most destructive potential sleeper hit next month.

May 7, 2009

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  • vitoruss - May 16, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    I loved the first and second Red Faction games, this one should be just as good (despite being almost completely different)!
  • metalgatesolid - May 12, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    Thought the demo was rubbish. The Shooting felt lightweight and clumsy. Red Faction 1 was immense, this felt like a low budget third person shooter with the gimmick of Geo-Mod. A let down.
  • Gonri 13 - May 9, 2009 10:42 a.m.

    I love the demo, keep playing the mission over and over it's so fun, and you keep finding new ways to destroy things in it. However, the graphics in the demo are rather poor on the PS3; is it just me or has anyone else noticed this?
  • Jacob816 - May 8, 2009 9:52 p.m.

    Any word if there is co-op?
  • DasavageJ - May 8, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    YES can't wait for it. It's just so fun being able to destroy ANYTHING piece by piece (with the exception of the ground or other natural parts of the planet) Multiplayer should be a blast to play.
  • Jbo87 - May 8, 2009 3:34 p.m.

    Played the demo mission of xbox live and this is great fun. The destruction works really well, although it is confined to buildings and the hammer is absolutely genius. So looking forward to this.
  • Joe_F_Ugly - May 17, 2009 1:31 a.m.

    I just can't put down the demo of this thing.... can't wait till this actually comes out
  • oryandymackie - May 14, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    looks good
  • thejanitor44 - May 14, 2009 12:17 a.m.

    ZOMG Cannot W8 for this games it makes me wanna wet myself
  • Soulofjazzman - May 11, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    Ah... Brings back memories on PlayStation 2 when it first came out. Yeah, the physics were insane!
  • s-p-a-r-t-a-n - May 11, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    They better make a gamemode that allows you to just destroy anything freely, like no enemy's to bother you or time limits, just freedom to BLOW THE CRAP OUT OF EVERYTHING, MUAHAHHAHAHAHA... Excuse me, ive been through the demo so many times just plowing a truck through buildings.
  • DawgsFan117 - May 11, 2009 4:02 a.m.

    I agree tunneling to the other teams base was the best part of the first game.
  • hospenj - May 10, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    that sucks that you cant blow up the ground like in the original makeing tunnles was fun
  • Neurotoxin - May 9, 2009 6:43 p.m.

    This is easily my most anticipated game this year. The only other game that even comes close is InFamous.
  • Samael - May 8, 2009 3 a.m.

    Arrgh, can't wait for this any longer!
  • EvilNinjaSquibidyflop - May 8, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    Teh incredible deztruckshuns. ^^

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