Summary: Linearity gets a bad rap in gaming. By tightly controlling a player’s path through a game, developers can take players on thrilling, well-paced rides. Unfortunately, Volition fails to do this with Red Faction: Armageddon. In a critical misstep, the team took away the sense of exploration and freedom that the series offered with Guerrilla and replaced it with the forgettable tale of Darius Mason and his battle against the same five or six space bugs.
Excerpt: One of the best reviews I've ever read began with a simple question: “What the **** is this ****?” I think it was about a Bob Dylan record, but honestly, not much else really stuck with me besides a bewildered critic trying to make sense of something confusing. And that neatly sums up Red Faction: Armageddon. Red Faction: Armageddon is the fourth entry in the Red Faction series, and is a significant departure from Red Faction: Guerrilla.
Conclusion: Despite having a bit of a lack of identity, Red Faction: Armageddon is a high-quality game. It presents varied game play elements throughout its eight-hour long campaign, all of which happen to be quite fun and engaging. Other than the aforementioned issue and a restrictive movement engine, it’s hard to find major faults within the experience.
Bloody sci-fi shooter intended for adult consumption.
Common Sense Media
18 September 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Red Faction: Armageddon is an adult-oriented sci-fi shooter with blood, gore, and an exceptional amount of environmental destruction. Players wield extremely powerful weapons capable of blowing aliens apart and taking down entire buildings with just a couple of shots. Players fight a righteous war against anti-human cultists and aliens, but the violence is glorified.
Excerpt: There are times when Red Faction: Armageddon is great: when you're firing rockets at the pillars supporting a bridge and watching the Martians on top get swallowed by rubble, or using the Magnet gun to send an explosive barrel into an alien-infested structure and creating a firework display of bodies and debris. But outside of these isolated instances, Armageddon doesn't have a whole lot to offer.