Red Faction is a series that passed me by when I was younger, due to it only being on PlayStation for a significant period of its life. This changed however when by chance I picked up a pre-owned copy of Red Faction: Armageddon and immediately fell in love. Destructible surfaces meant that I could tackle levels in a variety of ways and there were some ridiculously crazy weapons to be found, such as a unicorn that shot lasers out of its behind. After playing this I searched for a copy of the game that released before it, Red Faction Guerilla but was never able to find a copy. Nine years after the games release however it seems like my prayers have finally been answered, as we have the atrociously named Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-tered Edition on Xbox One.
Red Faction Guerilla takes place in the year 2125, and you play as Alec Mason as you join the guerillas to fight against Earth Defense Force (EDF) who actually were the good guys in the earlier games. Set in an open world environment you must liberate Mars, which is done by dropping their control rating. This is achieved by completing missions or destroying buildings that are marked on your map and rescuing hostages to name but a few things. There is a heck of a lot of content here, although after a while it can feel rather repetitive as there isn’t a great deal of variety. Saying that the one thing that doesn’t get boring is the destruction, smashing holes in buildings with a hammer or using c4 to destroy a bridge. The destructive elements of the game work really well, so if you damage a bridge in the right place you can bring it down very quickly.
There are some signs that you are playing an old game that really should have been fixed for this remaster, things like the lack of an auto restart for missions that are failed should not be in a game in 2018. The difficulty is also rather hit and miss, I played on casual and even then I struggled as there would be some crazy difficulty spikes in certain missions, where the AI would destroy me with ease due to just how many people you have to fight at once. It also doesn’t help that the enemies all seem to have enrolled in marksman school, as they seem able to hit you more often that not and you can quickly get overwhelmed.
If you get bored of fighting the EDF you can play online, or at least you can try to anyway. Even though I played this just a short time after release I struggled to find anyone else playing this online which is a shame to see so soon into its release. I feel that when these games are remastered they are often best to just remove the multiplayer as this seems to be a common occurrence now where there is nobody playing.
Visually Red Faction Guerilla looks pretty good, it definitely has the feel of an older game but it still holds up pretty well, and there are Xbox One X enhancements if you happen to have the aforementioned console. There were still some technical problems though, for one the loading screens are long and plentiful and there were occasions where the framerate would drop noticeably. This mainly occurred when there was a lot of destruction and mayhem on screen but would happen fairly frequently. I played this on a Xbox One S so this may not be as much of an issue on a X, but for a game that is this old it really shouldn’t be happening. The voice acting is also a little shoddy, which is surprising considering it has performances from the likes of Troy Baker and Liam O’Brien.