Red Faction: Guerrilla is probably the greatest video games of the previous decade; sadly, most individuals nonetheless haven’t performed it. Hopefully, that’s about to alter. Today, THQ Nordic revealed Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered, a remaster for PlayStation four, Windows PC and Xbox One.
(Yes, the title is actual. Yes, it’s cheesy. No, I don’t assume we will persuade them to alter it.)
The authentic Red Faction: Guerrilla was launched on PlayStation three, Windows PC and Xbox 360 a yr after Grand Theft Auto four, and by comparability, its muddy visuals and bare-bones open world appeared outdated. As a consequence, Guerrilla acquired barely above-average opinions, most of which criticized the sport’s B-movie plot and barren panorama.
Nonetheless, it grew to become a cult traditional. Sure, the world was visually bland, but it surely was additionally totally destructible. And whereas the dialogue was crude, the plot — which positioned the participant within the footwear of a guerrilla terrorist — took a transgressive method in a means its contemporaries hadn’t dared. Like nice sci-fi, Guerrilla used its alien setting to discover concepts that might really feel uncomfortable and controversial if offered actually.
Guerrilla’s writer, THQ, essentially misunderstood the sport’s attraction, and listened too carefully to its critics. Where Guerrilla performed like totally destructible Grand Theft Auto on Mars, THQ squished its follow-up, Red Faction: Armageddon, into generic and claustrophobic corridors, like a Dead Space knockoff. THQ hoped Armageddon would function a launchpad for a bigger cross-media initiative. Instead, the challenge flopped, culminating with a $38.four million loss.
After THQ filed for chapter in December 2012, the rights to the Red Faction collection and different manufacturers have been offered to Nordic Games at public sale in April 2013. The writer later acquired the THQ title as properly, and renamed itself THQ Nordic in 2016. Since selecting up the franchise, THQ Nordic has been quietly updating Red Faction: Guerrilla on Steam, enhancing efficiency and fixing its on-line multiplayer performance. In hindsight, that work seems to have laid the inspiration for this remaster.
The remaster is being achieved by Kaiko, which most not too long ago dealt with the remaster of one other THQ sport for THQ Nordic: Darksiders Warmastered Edition. (Apparently unhealthy remaster puns are THQ Nordic’s factor.) THQ Nordic is at present constructing off the Darksiders remaster with Darksiders three, scheduled for launch someday this yr. The work on Darksiders suggests an promising roadmap for the Red Faction collection. You can try 9 4K screenshots of Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered beneath.
THQ Nordic’s dedication to Guerrilla is the obvious recognition of the sport’s worth. While nothing has been confirmed, the remaster scans like a sensible method to relaunch the franchise by constructing goodwill with long-term followers, creating new ones and gauging a potential viewers for the way forward for the collection. And that’s a big deal: An excellent however underappreciated online game could also be lifted from the scraps of historical past, and given the shot it deserves to relaxation comfortably alongside its extra well-known contemporaries.
Yes, the title is simply absolutely the pits. But they will name Guerrilla no matter they need as long as it means extra.