Hello and welcome to another “Spiel of the Spine.” In this entry, I will be talking about “Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-mars-tered” and why you should get it or not.
Note: I did not pay for my Playstation 4 copy nor was I paid for this review.
“Red Faction: Guerrilla” has a special place in my heart. I remember playing the demo for the Playstation 3 for hours, deliberately avoiding missions to break everything in sight. In around 2013, I was able to buy the game for cheap and thoroughly enjoyed the time spend on it. Now that the remastered version is out, I want to see what kind of things are implemented to make the game a “remaster.”
The story of “Red Faction: Guerrilla” follows Alec Mason who was an engineer that went to Mars for work. After a few mishaps and tragedies, Mason was sucked into the rebel group Red Faction and spearheaded a war against the Earth Defense Force. The narrative isn’t the most original but it was done well enough to carry the gameplay.
Gameplay is the bread-and-butter of “Red Faction: Guerrilla.” Everything revolves around blowing things up and having the debris crumble on to the EDF. Scraps is the main currency of the game and is acquire through destruction of EDF property or through missions. The game’s side missions also involves a lot of destruction and mayhem where you can use an arsenal of weapons and explosives. My favorite pass time in this game is to go to a building and smash all of its foundation with the sledgehammer. Smashing buildings into pieces and causing chaos never gets old because of the plethora of ways the player can do it. There is also a multiplayer mode that also includes the game’s destructibility. Although the multiplayer is basic, the destruction makes the matches more fun than it should be. If I had to say one problem in regards of gameplay, is that the controls aren’t updated. I wish they (the developers) updated the controls to be a more modern style of third-person shooter. There are a lot of button presets but I couldn’t find the one that fits me.
The graphics is perhaps the most important part of the remaster and it did not deliver. Cut scenes look murky and soft. They feel like they weren’t updated enough to feel any different from the Playstation 3 version. Despite ugly cut scenes, the in-game graphics look better than the Playstation 3 counter part but only slightly. The updated textures on the terraformed are jagged, barren and dusty: just like the original.
“Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-mars-tered” is very hard to recommend to people who had played the original because there isn’t anything new to see. The graphics is feels the same. The gameplay feels the same and the story is obviously the same. However, if you haven’t played the original “Red Faction: Guerrilla” and you enjoy games like “Just Cause,” then this is for you.