It’s really rather upsetting that Red Faction: Armageddon has, much like Brink, been released to massively varying reviews. It seems the general consensus is that if you’re expecting the same experience as Red Faction: Guerilla, you’re in for a surprise – but some reviewers encourage you to ring in the changes and others long for the open-world mayhem of its predecessor.
“Ecod!” I cried in an amusing reference to She Stoops to Conquer. “This is my only birthday present this year! What am I to do?” It’s true; I’m saving up for a new computer, you see, and money that would be going to lots of games can be put to use on that instead. I rather wanted for my one gift to be a critic’s treasure that would be a heap of fun on my 18th birthday as the new computer heaves its way to being within my monetary grasp.
I stopped myself, of course. I played the demo, and really enjoyed it as documented here. I’m not only unfazed, but intrigued by Volition’s new direction. I am a game critic myself. My opinion of the games I’m hankering after and buy is not only documented on OneMetal and MoaBG, but read and appreciated by all the people who come here to see it (as of this writing, it’s 3, 780 people who have seen MoaBG - not including myself either).
The critics are not my teachers who know everything there is to know, and are always right. They’re my brothers, and together with them my opinion allows me to decide what’s best for me to play and recommend my picks to others. It’s not gospel, it’s a guideline – something a lot of people don’t seem to realise.
Red Faction: Armageddon looked good to me when i first saw it, it played well in its demo, and I was always a fan of its new direction. So, by all accounts, it should make a fantastic birthday gift. And with a Metascore of 75/100, it seems my critical brethren approve as well. Now go forth and find out for yourself if we’re right.