Hands On with Red Faction: Armageddon's Multiplayer
Posted on Friday, April 15 @ 16:21:45 PST by Blake_MorseRed Faction: Armageddon is still about a month and a half away from launch and so far we've seen the crazy weapons and dark caverns of the single-player campaign mode as well as a glimpse at the destruction-based mayhem of Ruin Mode at PAX East. And now, we finally had a chance to check out the multiplayer mode at a THQ press event earlier this week.
Infestation mode pits you and up to three of your friends in a 30-wave fight for survival against all sorts of vile creatures from below the red planet's surface. It's very similar to Horde Mode in Gears of War 2, but with its own variations, such as the ability to start on any wave you've completed instead of having to work your way back up through each battle to get to the harder levels. You'll also unlock heavier weapons and more abilities as you progress, meaning you can customize your skill set as you rank up. On top of that, any experience or skills unlocked during matches will carry over to your single-player game and vice versa, so you have a chance to beef up your character before you even step foot on your campaign to save Mars.
The multiplayer levels are intense with alien bugs crawling all over the place and leaping from wall to wall as everything around you shakes and explodes. Much like in the Left4Dead games, you've really got to stick with your crew in order to survive each attack. At one point I got stranded all alone by myself and a behemoth bug monster thing made quick work out of me. It was the last time I wandered off by myself during combat. If you're able to survive through all 30 waves of a level, you'll unlock a dark version of it, where the only light source you'll have is your flashlight, forcing you to stick together even more in order to illuminate a larger portion of the surrounding area.
Surprisingly though, there is no deathmatch multiplayer mode of any sort to be found in Armageddon. Why is that? Well, I already know, but you'll have to wait until Monday when we post our interview with the head of the multiplayer design team. But that lack does nothing to the enjoyability of Infestation, which provides plenty of its own entertainment in and of itself.
Red Faction: Armageddon launches on May 31, 2011 on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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