Red Faction II

Format: PC

Earth, twenty-second century, five years after the rebellion on Mars. For 15 years, Chancellor Victor Sopot has oppressed the people of the Commonwealth. His corrupt rule and a relentless war of unification with the United Republic has left the Commonwealth bloodied and impoverished. As distant battles rage, sewage taints Sopot City's rivers, pollution smudges the sky, and wretched citizens huddle in crumbling ruins. The Public Information Building, built by the dictator as a tribute to himself, broadcasts lies about Sopot's bravery and the Commonwealth's military victories. Condemned to death by Chancellor Sopot, six super-soldiers unite to save their country, vowing to overthrow Sopot using the unique powers that nano-technology has given them...

The Faction Is Back! Allowing you to fight alongside an elite squad of soldiers to complete your mission - eliminate the corrupt dictator of the commonwealth. Destroy the environment in real time using 14 different weapons plus dual handed combinations. You can also take out enemies with combat vehicles. 4 player split screen action with customisable bots. Play death match, capture the flag, bagman, arena and team variations of each on 60 maps.

Fans of the hero of the last game will be saddened to learn that Parker doesn't make an appearance in Red Faction II. This game is set a few years after the original and you play Alias, a nanotech-enhanced soldier who is a demolition expert. You also have the aid of five members of an elite squad (Molov, Repta, Shrike, Tangier, and Quill) - each with their own speciality.

Many of the problems with the first game have been resolved including the long loading times and the rather dull multi-player games which never provided quite enough entertainment.

This game features a host of new vehicles to drive as well as an increased amount of weaponry. It also features an enhanced Geo-Mod engine that allows players to destroy walls, floors and anything else that gets in the way.

Up to four players can play head to head. And it is possible to choose from deathmatch, capture the flag, bagman or arena modes. We've been playing this in the office for the last couple of days and have had a lot of fun blowing each other up for light relief.

There are some slight problems, like the frame rate flickering if a little too much action is happening on the screen, but If you are a Doom/Quake fan, then you are going to have to pick this up! A must for any serious shoot-em-up gamer's collection.

Nick Smihson

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