Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Switch Review- Destruction on the Go

Posted July 18, 2019 by Thomas James Juretus in Video Games

Developer: Volition, Kaiko Games (remaster)

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Release date: July 2, 2019

Available on : Nintendo Switch (reviewed), was also released in 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

The best thing about Volition’s Red Faction series has always been the destruction, be it with your hammer or a rocket launcher. And nowhere was that destruction done better than in the 2009 release Red Faction: Guerrilla. The destructible environments in that game is still among the best, and with it being remastered for the current generation of consoles older fans can relive the fun, while newcomers can experience the glee of wiping out buildings on Mars in HD. And now, THQ Nordic has brought Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered to the Nintendo Switch, where fans can now have their destruction on the go.

Story-wise, Guerrilla is your standard sci-fi fare. Alec Mason, who you’ll play the main story line as, arrives on Mars in 2126, and promptly witnesses atrocities committed by the EDF (Earth Defense Force). This leads him to join the rebels and fight to free Mars from the EDF’s tyranny. You’ll alos get to play as Samanya in the Demons of the Badlands DLC, which is included in the Re-mars-tered package. The DLC is set several years prior to mason arriving on Mars, and you lead the Marauders in their fight against the EDF. The DLC is almost as large as the main story line, so it’s nice that’s included here. There’s also local and online play where you can fight with a friend, should you wish to do so.

Outside the main story and the DLC mission, the Wrecking Crew mode is where you want to go to indulge your inner wrecking ball. There are six modes of play here to choose from, and all can be played solo or against others. The six modes are all fairly fun to play, and in each one you can set the parameters such as the map played, weapon used, or how many rounds you need to win. The modes are Total Chaos, Behemoth, Challenge, Escalation, Barrel Dash, and Rampage.

Total Chaos has you do as much damage as possible within one minute with unlimited ammo. Behemoth has you smashing things using a Walker. Challenge has player level specific tasks for you to accomplish. Escalation has you do as much damage as possible to win a round of ammo, with your time and ammo increasing with each subsequent round. Barrel Dash is just what it says- you run around destroying as many red and blue barrels as you can within sixty seconds. And finally, Rampage gives you three minutes to smash things, but each weapon shot or backpack activation costs you time. All were fun to play, but my favorites were Total Chaos and Behemoth, because of the former giving you unlimited ammo and the latter having you in an indestructible vehicle.

Visually, the game has gotten a graphical upgrade, but you can still tell this is a game from last gen. It looks very good on the Switch’s handheld screen, and this may be a preferred way of playing for many. Shooting and driving takes getting used to, with shooting you’ll need to turn the sensitivity way down so you won’t constantly end up aiming at the sky. The handheld controls decently enough, though some may prefer the Switch’s Pro Controller for certain missions, since that feels most like the game’s original controls.

Frame rate for the most part holds steady, though you will have some slowdown now and then, more so when there is a lot of destruction happening on screen. It’s not so bad to render the game unplayable, but it is noticeable. You’ll get occasional graphical issues as well, like pop-in or characters skating across air, but again they’re not so bad as to hinder your enjoyment of the game.

So is this game worth your money? If you have have never played Red Faction: Guerrilla before, the answer is a definite yes, just for the sheer fun of the destruction alone. It’s also worth it if you haven’t played the game since its PS3/Xbox 360 days, as the Re-Mars-tered edition has been updated visually and includes the DLC. Double dipping if you already own this on PC, PS4, or Xbox One is more your choice if you have the funds to do so or want destruction on the go. The game does appeal to both newcomers and old fans alike. Destruction in video games has not been done better for the most part, and wrecking Mars on the go is fun enough to recommend getting Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-mars-tered on the Switch. Time to dust off my hammer. Some EDF structures need to come down.

8/10 stars

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Thomas James Juretus