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Red Faction Preview, Movies
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Daily Radar has posted a preview and interview focused on Volition's
upcoming first-person shooter Red Faction. This title is gathering attention for more
than just its eye-popping graphics. Red Faction is based on the revolutionary
'Geo-Mod' engine which will allow players to destroy terrain, shoot holes in walls and even destroy
entire buildings. The article gives a detailed preview of this game, and even
includes a few comments from Volition's Rob Loftus. In the following clip, Loftus
explains how the Geo-Mod engine will affect gameplay:

Loftus detailed further the freedom the gamer
will have. "What we use is Geometry
Modification, so certain weapons -- like a
rocket launcher or an explosive, or if you are in
a vehicle -- you can cause the world to be
destroyed in a way that is not precalculated.
So, for example, you may have a guy in a
sniper tower shooting at you, and the best way
to take him out is to shoot the base of the
tower. Or if you had a vehicle, you could crash
into the tower to make it collapse. And that isn't scripted, so how you want it to be
destroyed is up to you. You could shoot it at the bottom and make the whole thing
fall over, or you could shoot the platform where he is standing to make him fall off."
Be sure to check out the rest of the article for more details on Red Faction. And
if you're eager to get a sense of how this game might be played, some movies of the game in action
are now available at the Scandinavian site GameReactor. There are seven QuickTime movies
in all, with sizes ranging from 12 to 32 MB. Unfortunately the movies were taken with a camcorder, and have terrible screen glare as well as horizontal sync problems -- the fact that the Geo-Mod engine still looks good under these extreme circumstances is a testament to how amazing this game is.

Red Faction is approximately 40% completed, and should be released early next year for Mac, PC and Playstation 2; the Mac and PC versions will ship with in-engine editing tools that are the same ones used to design the actual game levels.

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