Just when you thought the fun could get any more intense, Volition adds in vehicular levels where you pilot exosuits, walkers, and an aerial vehicle which all have unlimited ammunition and various weapons. The exosuits are of the first experienced in the story and their power is probably the least of the game’s garage. The rail guns and missile racks still pack an unflinching punch upon the alien masses though. As those systems reload the charging shoulder dash fills in the gaps. Then you have the massive Marauder Heavy Walker. This building sized behemoth packs the most punch with its imposing size, heat seeking missiles, and the giggle-inducing napalm laser! Simply draw a line across the landscape and watch the beautiful napalm flames purge the path of all enemies! So satisfying!
Take all of this in and spread it out over about 11 hours of action movie-styled presentation and you have a game that is sure to be an action classic much in the same way as the original Lost Planet. Because of the many ways you can dispense of enemies throughout the story, the replayability of the game is fairly high.
Then you have the multiplayer aspect of the game. Infestation is a horde mode that you can play with up to four friends and survive or defend through roughly 20 waves of increasingly hard and numerous enemies. As you go through the different waves, the purchased upgrades acquired in the campaign are unlocked. While the first tier upgrades are immediately available, tier two isn’t available until Wave seven. Just about every seven waves after, the remaining tiers are unlocked.
The Ruin mode is a return of the Wrecking Crew mode found in Guerrilla. Here you can play the challenge or free mode where the word of the day is demolish! Destroy as much as possible to achieve high scores that unlock new maps and access to more weapons.
Now fans of the Red Faction series are just as varied and divided as the game itself has been. Die hard fans of the open world style of Guerrilla will be disappointed at the linear gameplay. Those disappointed with the unnecessary traveling and boring exploration of Guerrilla will be thrilled with the more linear and fast-paced play of Armageddon. Those new to this series will simply enjoy the freedom to destroy virtually everything in sight!
Games like Red Faction: Armageddon are a welcome return to the days when all you wanted from a game was an arsenal of weapons, explosions, and waves upon waves of enemies! The many creative ways and combos of unleashing mayhem and then rebuilding the damage sets Armageddon high on the fun chain!