Excerpt: Without a doubt, Red Faction II is one of the PS2’s most prized first-person shooters, and the plot is only one piece of a memorable experience. The pursuit of the fleeing Sopot will take Alias through government high-rises, into the streets, fortified military bases, and face to face with hundreds of the Commonwealth’s forces.
Excerpt: Red Faction II picks up roughly 5 years after Red Faction , with the miner revolt on Mars over, but a new revolution starting right here on Earth. The government is led by the dictator-like Chancellor Sopot, who has decreed that all nano-enhanced soldiers must be destroyed. He succeeds in his goal, save for 6 soldiers, which include your character, Alias, and his squad mates, Repta, Quill, Tangier, Shrike and Molov.
Pros: Improved Graphics, Good voice work, Improved Geo-Mod
Cons: Over too fast, Still not using full potential of Geo-Mod technology
Excerpt: Sequels often pale in comparison to the original, but sometimes they match or surpass the original as in The Godfather 2 and The Empire Strikes Back . This is the case with Red Faction . Red Faction was a pretty good shooter. Red Faction 2 is a very good shooter. Great graphics, strong AI, and excellent level design make Red Faction 2 a must-have for shooter fans.
Excerpt: God, how I love this game! For me, it was a real wake-up call to play the first Red Faction on PS2. I tried to love TimeSplitters but just wasn't feeling the depth I wanted. At this point, based on a sequel of each game hitting stores, you're wondering which way to jump. I personally think Red Faction II is much more compelling as a whole product, but most serious FPS fans will end up with both games on the shelf at home.
Excerpt: It's the sequel to the popular game Red Faction , obviously. The first was quite popular, using revolutionary things such as the Geo-Mod engine. Is the second able to live up to the original game's glory, or does it go the way of many sequels, down the hashed road of redone concepts and old designs? Find out.
Excerpt: burst onto the scene. An assortment of clever weapons and the ability to pilot vehicles was just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to the Geo-Mod system, you could actually blow holes in the environment and create alternate methods of escape. Along with its great design and wonderful gameplay, the story was engaging, the music exceptional, and the graphics none-too-shabby for an early PlayStation 2 release.
Excerpt: The world of the Stalinesque Sopot is really brought to life. It is the nightmare way America viewed the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War crammed onto disc. The commonwealth is a true evil empire and the pernicious ideological influence of Stalinism is everywhere. Maybe I am just reading too much into the plot but the parallels between Cambodia’s Pol-pot (whose real name was Soloth Sar, which could be combined to create Sopot) and the fact his party was called the Red Khmers...
Summary: The Laser's newest writer, Pat Bradford looks at
THQ's hit action title for the PS2, the exciting and entertaining sequel Red
Faction II. In the game, players take command of nano-enhanced soldiers who are
battling it out for supremacy against an evil dictator in the near future. Red
Faction II mixes action and RPG elements to create a unique gameplay experience.
Join us as we take a quick look at this recent release and let you know whether
its worth checking out.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: RF2 isn't the greatest FPS out there but, it is a fun game. It is worth a buy for shooter fans, but I suggest a rent first. It had a lot of potential but needed a little more polish to be a hit. It's just the small flaws that keep it from greatness. If you do give it a try you'll have an enjoyable experience.