Gaming Today Preview: Red Faction Guerrilla Beta

Gaming Today reports:

''I'll be honest: the name "Red Faction" brings up more memories of "meh" gameplay to me than most other series that have survived past one sequel. So nothing could have been a bigger surprise for me than when I was given a chance to play the new Red Faction Guerrilla at E3 and found myself completely blown away by it. Granted, my impression of it was probably helped along by the fact that the developers put me in a giant mech suit to trash the fully destructible environments with, but I was still left wanting more. Thankfully, now I've been given that chance with the multiplayer beta that launched on Monday. So does the multiplayer make as much of an impression as the single-player? In a word…er, "sweetjebusyesyesyes."

Red Faction Guerrilla's multiplayer has the potential for so many "holy crap, did I just do that?" moments that it's hard to keep track of them all. In just a few days of play, I've done such things as turn on "Fleetfoot" to run up and smack a guy over a building with a sledgehammer, chase after an enemy by plowing through a wall, and - my personal, though rare, favorite - take out another player by bringing a building down on top of him. Much of the gameplay is your standard third-person shooter fare, but the destructible environments add a whole new dimension of strategy and frenzied action. The landscape never looks the same at the end of a match, and you find yourself having to accomadate to it.''

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