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Friday, January 26, 2001

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Hands-on Red Faction Previews
9:13 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Two news sites were lucky enough to recently get a hands-on look at the latest build of Volition's impressive FPS Red Faction. Both PS2.IGN and Daily Radar have published reports on their experiences, and they both sound quite excited about the future title.

PS2.IGN posted a lengthy treatise on their experience with the game. In the preview, they discuss the Geo-Mod engine and its wall-shattering capabilities, the game's weapons and vehicles, and reveal details on the storyline. Obviously most of the artice is written from a Playstation 2-perspective, though the PC and Mac versions will be similar (though they will run in much higher resolutions, and support Internet multiplayer). Here's a clip:

Of the 14 weapons that players can use, the rocket launcher has a built-in screen that indicates infrared images. Human images. So, if an enemy is standing behind a wall, the HUD will show it, and you can take him out without ever having to see his ugly mug. A skeletal animation system means they move properly, and location-based damage produces the appropriate visual results. The beauty of this kind of innovative play naturally frees your mind of conventional play.
Be sure to check out the rest of the preview, as it is quite long and goes into much detail about many of the game's features.

The Daily Radar report is considerably shorter. To offset this lack of detail, they've posted ten new high-resolution screen shots of the game in action. While they make comparisons to Half Life, they also seem very impressed with the game as an original work. The screen shots show some very nice models and level designs as well.

The Playstation 2 version of Red Faction will likely be released about a month or so before the Mac and PC builds. The Mac OS port of the game will be done in-house at Volition, and published by GraphSim, hopefully around the beginning of the summer.

Daily Radar Red Faction Report
PS2.IGN Preview of Red Faction
Red Faction

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