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Red Faction: Armageddon



Bloody sci-fi shooter intended for adult consumption.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game's straightforward story contains simple themes of loyalty, duty, love, and honor. However, it glorifies violence by depicting gory human and alien deaths and allowing players to destroy anything they see using a variety of immensely powerful sci-fi weapons.

Positive role models

Our hero is a soldier clearly working for the benefit of others. He fails to prevent a pair of tragedies early in the game, and his subsequent efforts to save Mars’ civilians from aliens are fueled by feelings of responsibility. However, while he works for a righteous cause, virtually all of his actions center around violence.

Ease of play

Several difficulty levels make the game as easy or as hard as players want it to be. Controls are tight, responsive, and similar to those of other shooters. Genre veterans will be at home at once. Rookies shouldn’t have too much trouble, either. 


Players combat a variety of large, insect-like alien creatures using rifles, pistols, and explosives. Red blood sprays from wounded enemies and spatters the ground. Some enemies can be blown to pieces. Humans are also targeted and killed, but less frequently than aliens, and in the final two thirds of the game, there are very few human deaths. Much of the violence is focused on the environment, as players bring down buildings, bridges, and other structures with massively powerful weaponry.


A female protagonist shows cleavage. Characters kiss.


Profanity appears infrequently, but includes words such as “f--k” and “s--t.”  

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Red Faction: Armageddon is an adult-oriented sci-fi shooter with blood, gore, and an exceptional amount of environmental destruction. Players wield extremely powerful weapons capable of blowing aliens apart and taking down entire buildings with just a couple of shots. Players fight a righteous war against anti-human cultists and aliens, but the violence is glorified. Beyond combat, dialogue contains infrequent but strong language, and a female character shows some cleavage. Note that this game supports online play with open communication, a feature that Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens due to the potential for players to exchange inappropriate language and information.

What's it about?

The fourth proper entry in Volition’s sci-fi action series, RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON is set 50 years after the events of the third game and stars Darius Mason, the grandson of Red Faction: Guerrilla’s Alec Mason, a folk hero who helped liberate oppressed Martian colonists. Things get off to an explosive start when, in the first mission, the planet’s terraforming machinery is destroyed by cultists who want to deliver Mars back to its true “masters,” forcing the planet’s human inhabitants to relocate underground. The new, less than hospitable atmosphere turns out to be just what’s needed to allow an ancient, bug-like alien race to be reborn and thrive on the surface. Darius takes it upon himself to keep the extraterrestrials from taking over the planet. Armed with an arsenal of extraordinarily powerful weapons capable of razing entire buildings in seconds, Darius embarks on a mission to stop the extraterrestrial menace.

Is it any good?


Red Faction: Armageddon’s imaginative arsenal is its primary appeal. Take the magnet gun, a weapon that fires a pair of metal bits that attract to each other. Peg an alien with the first magnet and a building with the second and you’ll send the bug hurtling into the structure. Other weapons, such as the all-purpose nano rifle (which atomically disassembles anything it hits) and the singularity canon (which creates a black hole that causes enormous damage to, well, pretty much everything) are just as original. The mayhem can be quite gratifying -- for grown-ups.

That said, older players will likely take issue with other elements. The levels are too linear, the campaign is too short, and the story is too hackneyed. Still, the fun of bringing down a radio tower with naught but a huge hammer is not to be easily dismissed. It won’t win any awards, but as a mindless spectacle Red Faction: Armageddon excels.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. How violent is too violent for your children? How can you tell how or if the violence your kids consume in their interactive entertainment is affecting them outside of games?

  • Families can also discuss the difference, if any, between realistic and fantasy combat. How do you feel when you fight fantastical creatures in games? Do you feel differently if your opponents are humans?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Available online?Not available online
Release date:June 7, 2011
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 February 26, 2012

Profanity laced and extremely violent game makes up to a pause for 13.

I may have played this game everyday 2-5 hours and have loads of fun with it but the violence is totally relentless.You blast aliens to pieces in resultant huge crimson mists of blood and body parts and language though infrequent is strong and unmercifully used.Overall,if you are mature enough to handle such content,play it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byMakeVIew_2,5,9 July 19, 2011

Great fun

Evn tough da 1st oned= gurrila ws beter tis was still pretty ausome.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byEbanski July 9, 2011


Really good game with a bit to much swearing. I think it would be good if it was in first-person though.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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