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Parents' Guide to

Red Faction: Guerrilla

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Sci-fi shooter tackles tricky topic in terrorism.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 10+

M rating is not needed.

The game is very similar to the Just Cause games as there is one person who destroys oppressive governments and how there is so much destructibility. The level of swearing in this game is nonexistent, and the amount of blood is less than what you would see in a Halo or COD game. 9.5/10
age 14+

Minimal blood and language. Why is this M?!

Destructive fun

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (25 ):

There’s plenty to like about Red Faction: Guerilla, not least of which is the intelligent way in which it handles the always touchy topic of terrorism. Our hero is a hesitant insurgent who only takes action against the EDF once his brother is killed and he looks to be next. And while the conflict in the game’s story is black and white, painting one side as purely malicious and the other as noble and good, it’s not unrealistic to think that stepping into the shoes of a virtual terrorist could make players think about insurgents in real-world wars and consider their potential motives.

Beyond politics and philosophy, the game is quite a bit of fun to play. Virtually everything in the world can be destroyed in satisfying fashion by smashing into it with vehicles, blowing it up with explosives, or simply pounding it with our hero’s trusty sledgehammer. Alas, all of the over-the-top destruction can and does grow a bit repetitive after a while. Still, it's recommended for older players looking for a bit of narrative substance.

Online interaction: Several online modes facilitate competitive action for up to 16 players. The game supports open voice communication with all players, which carries with it the potential for personal information to be exchanged and distasteful language to be overheard. Common Sense Media does not recommend this sort of online play for pre-teens.

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