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Wednesday, April 11, 2001

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New Movies/Impressions of Red Faction
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IGN PC has recently updated their preview of the upcoming FPS Red Faction with new movies and details. Coming from the minds at Volition, this title promises to break new ground in the FPS genre by allowing a greater degree of flexibility and freedom in several aspects, chief among those being the ability to deform or destroy the environment itself.

The weapons you can use to perform random acts of destruction are many and varied. They will include a 12mm handgun, a satchel (with throwable sticky mines), an electrically charged riot stick, a shotgun, a regular sniper rifle, a heavy sniper rifle, a rocket launcher, a flame thrower, an assault rifle, a machine gun, a heavy machine gun, grenades, a riot shield and the "Big Gun," which is reported to take up half the screen when armed. Each weapon, except for the riot shield, will also have secondary fire abilities. Anyone who feels the need for more firepower than that should most likely seek professional help.

The new movies also reveal some interesting gameplay aspects. One of the movies features a jeep driver inviting the player to jump in the back and man the turret gun. Another movie shows the player cycling through weapons.

The general look and feel of the game is looking very impressive. The outdoor environments shown in the movies are huge and detailed. Enemies shot stagger, fall, and die in a realistic manner depending on what kills them and where. In a shown sniper tower battle, sparks from ricocheting bullets can actually be seen. Of course, the ultra-realistic violence being depicted by this game may make it the target of scorn or perhaps even legislation by those eager to regulate the content of the games industry. Be warned, these movies do contain quite realistic portrayals of extreme violence.

For the rest of the preview, be sure to check out the full preview at IGN PC. Mac and PC versions are currently scheduled for release sometime in the fall. Daily Radar has also posted a page of screen shots and movies from the PS2 version as well which are also worth a look for those anticipating this shooter.

Red Faction Media Explosion at Daily Radar
Red Faction Official Site
IGN PC - Red Faction Preview
Red Faction

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