Red Faction: Armageddon (Xbox 360)
Here is another Bargain Bin Breakdown. An uber-quick review of games purchased on sale for $25 or less. The idea is to give a fast verdict on titles that may have been skipped by gamers at the time of release. Possibly due to average review scores or cash constraints. So, do these games now offer value for money if picked up on the cheap?
Red Faction: Armageddon was released in June 2011 and was the fifth and final game in the Red Faction series. Publisher THQ have shelved the I.P, partly due to Armageddon’s poor sales. It received a positive review here on Button Masher and generally ‘average’ reviews worldwide. The current Metacritic score is 71/100.
Price- I grabbed it on a Mighty Ape Daily Deal for $15 on Xbox 360 and it included unlock codes for bonus weapons and character skins. Currently Price Spy have prices ranging from $15 – $109.
Single-player- A 3rd person shooter featuring unusual weapons and destructible environments. The 8-10 hour campaign is solid fun and is bolstered by some basic levelling and skill trees.
Story- There is a bad guy who unleashes some buried aliens. Stop him and kill the aliens.
Gameplay- THQ were berated by many reviewers for not sticking with the ‘open world’ ideas from Red Faction:Guerrilla, and rightly so. Another corridor shooter was not really needed. However the excellent core gameplay did remain the same. Cool weapons, used to pull the environment and enemies to bits. Lets face it, environmental destruction is always fun.
Graphics- It looks pretty good overall, with interesting contrast between the brightly coloured enemies and the moody subterranean Martian environments. Only downside is when you really start ripping buildings to bits and alien goo starts flying. The screen gets way too busy and even the games performance suffers.
Multi-player- There is no competitive multiplayer, which is a shame. The M/P modes and weapons in Red Faction:Guerrilla made it bit of a cult hit, but Armageddon only has a Co-Op horde mode and a leaderboard based destruction mode.
The original Button Masher review was bang on and a year later its a great buy for $15! The magnet gun and destructible environments are a nice change from the other 3rd person shooters. Frankly, there is just something about dropping a building on an baddie that fills me with joy. Its a shame the series won’t see another outing.