Upon picking up and playing Armageddon through the first couple hours, something just didn't feel right. Even though the gameplay was fun and addicting, destruction especially, most of the game feels like it was rushed or underdeveloped.
Straight off that bat, I can tell you that Darius as a character is about as bland and predictable as a potato; the only emotion he showed other than quirky sarcasm was brought out towards the very end of the game, and even then the reason for it was anti-climactic. I'll give you a hint: VERY short love story. At least in Guerrilla Alex Mason had some real motivation behind what he was doing. It felt like the only thing keeping Darius going is the road signs along the cave systems. The cutscenes seem to suffer as well, most of them lasted for what seemed like an instant... offering little detail.
Armageddon does do very well in the fun department. It was often that I would find myself pounding away at a building for no particular reason at all, either than basking in the joy of bringing it down. The guns supplied to you are interesting enough as well. The singularity cannon was my favorite, and if you play, you'll see why. As far as online play goes, I messed around in Infestation mode for a short while. Nothing too interesting there, to be honest.
Appearance wise, the only real things I could point out are the rather colorful explosion palette Volition chose to work with and the patchy frame rate. Sometimes the game will seem to run at near 40 frames a second, and others at 25 or so. Don't get me wrong, the game does look nice, but it's not the main selling point by any means. However, if you like the ever-constant shroud of cave walls, this is the game for you. Although the game's plot did not allow for much landscape variety, it would have been nice to see something other than tunnel after tunnel. Definitely scifi, but nothing mind blowing. Sound was alright, maybe a bit annoying.
My Son beat this in four and a half hours. He said multiplayer is like horde mode and gets old fast. I feel bad for the people that pay $60 for this. The other Red Faction game, Gorilla, was much better with way more to do. My advice, rent but don't buy.
I'd just like to state something for the record: I'm writing this review as a rebuttal to the currently posted reviews (mostly 1's and 4's). They judged this game incredibly harshly, mostly because it did not live up to Red Faction: Guerrilla, though this game is still quite fun. So, without further ado, here's my opinion of it.
Cons: 1. Yes, like others have said, this game is not open-world like Guerrilla was, instead focusing on a linear campaign. This removes a lot of the gameplay. 2. Removal of a competitive multiplayer. I wasn't a big fan of it, preferring Halo 3, so it's not that big of a lose for me, but if you were a fan, you'd probably be angry to find out. 3. A lack of destruction challenges and a lack of emphasis on destruction, which is really the series' strongest aspect. 4. Very short. Worth a rent, don't buy it though, or else you will be disappointed.
Pros: 1. The story is at least interesting, and the interactions with Darius and SAM are enjoyable, with both giving each other sass on a fairly regular basis. 2. The magnet gun. This is basically the best gun ever in any game. You attach a magnet to a target, then set an anchor. So, you can launch enemies off cliffs, or smash a building's wall into the opposite wall. 3. The segments with the different armored vehicles were all a lot of fun. Better than the walkers and stuff from Guerrilla. 4. There's an Infestation mode, which is like Firefight from Halo, with a lot of options for maps. 5. The upgrades to the Nano Forge with the ability to repair buildings is a great new feature.
In conclusion, if you were a fan of Guerrilla, you will likely enjoy this as well. Just be aware that there won't be an open world, and as a result, this game doesn't have as much content, though it is still fun. If you only liked the multiplayer, though, you obviously won't like this. If you're looking to rent a Red Faction game and haven't played Guerrilla, just checking this one out, I recommend Guerrilla instead.