Existing owners of the original Steam version of Red Faction Guerilla on PC received a FREE copy of the Re-Mars-tered edition added to their Steam library upon the games release. For the first week of release there was a 50% discount making the game just £7.49 for those that don’t own the original. Typically the game’s price is £14.99 which is very reasonable.
My issues with the game are the fundamentals and foundation from the original of which the remaster is obviously based upon. I hadn’t got around to playing the original even though I did already own it. I was excited about the release of the re-master which peaked my interest in finally getting around to playing the game as there is something of a cult following of the original.
The graphics aren’t anything to be blown away by. You’d be hard pressed to think that this is a game released in 2018. It doesn’t look much better than an end of life Xbox 360 game when games did look somewhat clearer than the early era releases or an early Xbox One game which hadn’t pushed the hardware to it’s potential. It’s between mediocre and decent. Cut scene animations lack any level of detail which is absolutely evident that no real effort has been done other than to possibly smooth the edges with anti-aliasing.
Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered First Look Gameplay Video
Frame rates are an issue. There is a noticeable micro-stutter with v-sync enabled whilst the game is absolutely unplayable with v-sync disabled despite the game apparently running in excess of 100fps. The stutter is unbearable. Compared to the terrible performance of having v-sync disabled the micro-stutter with it on feels like a victory. It’s playable and not game-breaking.
The play-time I had with Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered was fraught with frustration. My issues relate to the original as this remaster is clearly a simple graphical shine rather than overhaul. Constant pop-ups with information which pause progress are far too frequent and appear at the worst possible moments. Immediately after an explosion or whilst engaging with enemy targets is not acceptable and becomes so frustrating that the game becomes something to resent rather than enjoy.
Missions appear to be plentiful and the area is split into sectors which require claiming to achieve victory and overthrow the government forces. No cover system is available within the game so to avoid enemy fire you’ll have to strafe left and right and try to find objects to stand behind. Plenty of vehicles can be commandeered and driven which makes traversing the map quick. Whilst missions are available the open world environment is free to roam and fully destructible (well buildings and objects, not rocks).
My early impressions of Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered are filled with incredible frustration but one would hope that once the constant pop-up situation calms down and allows the player to get on with actually playing maybe there is a deeper level of enjoyment. I intend to finish playing through the game to see how the story and missions develop. The price is reasonable at £14.99 and for those that received a copy for FREE it’s a no-brainer to play the game.
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