Red Faction: Guerrilla

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Open world games are hard to make, but it's even harder to make them about something. When a game's scope spreads across tens, maybe hundreds of virtual square miles, it's not surprising that developers can struggle to fill that space. Who can forget collecting feathers in the first Assassin's Creed, or Unity's unique approach of pouring every kind of content imaginable into Revolutionary Paris, as if Ubisoft was making virtual foie gras?

Darksiders and Red Faction sold to Nordic Games

Gearbox paid $1.35 million for Homeworld, 505 acquired Drawn to Life.

The second THQ auction has concluded with surprising results. We found out earlier today that Gearbox acquired the rights to Homeworld, but that's not the only jaw-dropping revelation. Vigil's beloved armageddon themed action/adventure series Darksiders was sold to Nordic Games, publisher of Alan Wake on PC, The Book of Unwritten Tales, and the later Painkiller titles.

THQ may scrap annual UFC policy

After disappointing sales of 2010 game.

THQ may axe its policy of releasing a UFC game every year after the last game in the mixed martial arts simulation series sold fewer copies than expected.

Red Faction TV movie could become series

Two-hour film to serve as backdoor pilot.

American TV channel Syfy has signed a deal with THQ to produce a two-hour TV movie based on Red Faction, which will also serve as a "backdoor pilot".

Trine, Bomberman head PSN refresher

Lots of special offers, too.

The long-awaited arrival of platformer Trine headlines the Thursday PSN update this week, followed admirably by Bomberman Ultra and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Commander's Challenge.

I've been waiting for this one for quite some time. THQ's Red Faction: Guerrilla is one of my highlights of the gaming year, a superb case of technological innovation marrying beautifully with a strong concept to make a hugely entertaining, immensely fun game quite unlike anything else. My appreciation for the game grew further after I talked with the team for the RFG tech feature, and I was extremely curious to see how the PC version would pan out.

Red Faction patched, double-XP event

Red Faction patched, double-XP event

Pre-order stuff unlocked, new modes, etc.

Volition has released a big old patch for Red Faction: Guerrilla on PS3 and Xbox 360 and announced its first double-XP weekend to celebrate.

The patch comes ahead of the 13th August release of the Demons of the Badlands DLC, but Volition has packed in a good few additions despite the upcoming premium reinforcement.

As well as a new Wrecking Crew mode and leaderboards, the patch unlocks four additional Wrecking Crew maps that were used as pre-order bonuses so that everyone may now play them.

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Red Faction: Guerrilla gets PC date

Plus min/recommended specs, shots.

THQ has announced that the PC version of Red Faction: Guerrilla will be released on 11th September for "international" customers, which we've been told includes Europe.

Red Faction: Guerrilla

PC version running on recommended-spec PC with DX10, says THQ.

PC version running on recommended-spec PC with DX10, says THQ.

Red Faction: Guerrilla's Big Bang Theory

How Volition took destruction to the next level.

Impressive gaming tech is one thing, but the application of it in providing an innovative gameplay experience is quite another. This generation we've seen quite an extraordinary technological "arms race" take place, particularly in the first person shooter genre, where the boundaries have been pushed in different directions, from the precision 60FPS gameplay of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare to the sheer visual allure of Killzone 2. But despite the truly impressive technical leap witnessed in both games, in gameplay terms they are still clearly cut from the same cloth in terms of what we as players have come to expect from the genre.

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 20

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 20

Ghostbusters, Prototype, Bionic Commando, FUEL, Wolverine, Red Faction.

We've reached a new Face-Off milestone as the series reaches its 20th compilation-based instalment and with it, Eurogamer is happy to reveal that its coverage has evolved once more. Our comparison features have traditionally been rich with video and screenshot-based assets that are the best they can be possibly be, but with the arrival of this landmark, the brand new Eurogamer HD video player comes into play, giving you the choice of watching either the cropped 1:1 pixel-mapped embedded video streams, or else a higher-quality 720p presentation.

Just click the HD button where appropriate to get the full picture. It's worth pointing out that the default setting for the HD player is 960x540, with the 720p encoding scaled down to fit the window. To bypass this resizing, hit the full-screen button at the bottom of the screen. CPU-rending h264 encoding techniques, combined with running the full 60Hz output of each console at 50 per cent speed, allows us to retain enough quality to make the comparison videos actually work, and now you get to see the full picture. Every frame, every pixel. Nice.

Onto the games then - a six-strong line-up of the most recent high-profile releases. All killer, no filler!

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UK charts: The Sims 3 rides high

Red Faction close, Star Ocean not.

The Sims 3 enters the UK all-formats Chart at number one this week, claiming the fourth biggest opening weekend for a PC game here - behind the two World of Warcraft expansions and Championship Manager 4.

Red Faction Guerrilla

Red Faction Guerrilla

War on Terra.

The theme of underground resistance has always run through the Red Faction series, but it's never been so overtly political as it is in this third instalment - the first to ditch the traditional linear FPS format for a free-roaming third-person openworld adventure. "The liberators soon became an occupying force," declares our hero, Alec Mason.

The Earth Defense Force's alluring promises of new freedoms for the Martian settlers have soured into paranoid domination; roadblocks enforced by heavily armed soldiers, citizens imprisoned without trial. Propaganda broadcasts reassure the populace that Red Faction, the underground resistance movement, is compromised, weak and ineffectual. All the while you're carving through installations on their behalf using improvised bombs and stolen weaponry. The language and iconography is surely too specific to be an accident. This is Iraqi Insurgency: The Videogame, by any other name, and you're playing as the terrorists.

Despite the fading influence of Dubya's era of flag-waving good-vs-evil jingoism, it's still an incredibly bold (some might say stupid) parallel to incorporate into a major videogame, even if the story never really develops this timely theme into anything deeper than the old truism that one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist.

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PSN update: demos, DLC, more demos

PSN update: demos, DLC, more demos

inFamous! Marvel vs. Capcom! Red Gorillas!

There are demos aplenty on the PS3 Store this weekend, including tasters for inFamous, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

There's plenty more content for existing PS3 games as well. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena gets a map pack as does F.E.A.R. 2. There are some monster-themed costumes and level-making tools for LittleBigPlanet, plus some special Live recordings by Alice Cooper for Rock Band. Alice, remember, is a man. It's so confusing.

Also, note the excellent puzzler Fading Shadows for download on PSP. This costs 12 quid but is well worth the money. Pop over to our Fading Shadows review to find out more.

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Red Faction: Guerrilla

Hammer time.

For all its claims about amazingly realistic physics, Red Faction: Guerrilla is not, it seems fair to observe, a beacon of verisimilitude. For a start, a decent running jump can send you wafting through the air like Carl Lewis on steroids (well, more steroids), and with so many tumbling buildings, you're also an impressively robust little revolutionary fighter, able to withstand crushing injuries that would rend most of us to dust, or at least break the odd finger and displace our stylish neck-scarf. Plus, of course, you have a magic sledgehammer that can knock down multi-storey buildings in the space of about two minutes.

Red Faction demo available now

European gamers can sign up to get it.

THQ has made the Red Faction: Guerrilla single-player demo available to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network users in Europe who register on its website.

Watch us play through Red Faction demo

Demo available early to THQ web sign-ups.

THQ has announced that the Red Faction: Guerrilla demo will be available exclusively to special people for a short time when it launches this month.

Ostrich hammer for Red Faction

April Fool's gag is actually in game.

Volition has revealed that the ostrich hammer seen in its brilliant April Fool's video will actually be included in Red Faction: Guerrilla when it launches on 12th June.

Darksiders, Saints Row, Guerrilla sequels

Darksiders, Saints Row, Guerrilla sequels

THQ reportedly blabs to investors.

THQ already has sequels to Darksiders: Wrath of War, Saints Row 2 and Red Faction: Guerrilla in development, according to information given to investors.

GameSpot reports that investor relations folks have outed Darksiders and Red Faction sequels for release during fiscal 2012 (1st April 2011 until 31st March 2012), while Saints Row 3 should appear in the preceding 12 months.

The slideshow apparently also said that the publisher's Warhammer 40,000 MMO would be out in fiscal 2012, while Kaos Studios is working on a shooter of some sort and de Blob studio Blue Tongue is doing a Marvel licence.

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Volition "ruining other games for people"

RFG "5 to 10 years ahead of competition".

So confident is US developer Volition in Red Faction: Guerrilla, that lead designer James Hague reckons: "We're ahead of everybody by five to ten years in terms of destruction."

Red Faction: Guerrilla

Small town riot.

Volition is one of the main employers, and the only games developer, in Champaign, Illinois. Studio life is local life. So when 86 of the external QA team are made redundant a couple of days before I arrive in smalltown America, it's big news, splashed all over the local TV and print media. The first cab driver I speak to knows a guy who works there. Ask any local, it seems, and they'll have something to say about Volition.

Red Faction: Guerrilla

Manic miners.

It's not often, when watching a demo of a dystopian-future third-person action game, amid the constant subwoofer rumble and PR burble of E3, that you wind up in a conversation about the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. We're chatting to the art director of THQ's Red Faction: Guerrilla when this unlikely influence is brought up.

Shots and videos from THQ Gamers Day

Darksiders, de Blob, Red Faction, loads more.

THQ gathered the world's press in San Francisco this week to show off its line-up for the next year, announcing Dawn of War II just beforehand and a Saints Row 2 release date on the night before plying us all with alcohol and letting us loose on demo pods and developers.

THQ confirms Red Faction III

THQ confirms Red Faction III

Explains why Juiced, Stuntman were binned.

THQ has confirmed Red Faction III is in development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Saints Row developer Volition is making it, according to a conference call with boss Brian Farrell. "More exciting destruction technology" will be added this time around.

Red Faction is a first-person shooter set on Mars where Arnold Schwarzenegger once lived. The 2001 original's big boast was the ability to leave bullet holes in things you shot. And the sequel featured even more physics power.

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