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Monday, January 22, 2001
Red Faction First Look
8:33 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

3D Action Planet has previewed the upcoming FPS from Volition which features the thrilling Geo-mod engine: Red Faction. This articles goes into depth explaining how the new physics engine will affect gameplay, by allowing you as a player to affect the game world. With the game's arsenal of powerful weapons you can destroy walls, glass, or even entire buildings in real-time, adding a whole new element to FPS play and the level designer's palette. Here's an excerpt with details on this engine:

The Geo-Mod technology works like this: Geo-Mod is short for Arbitrary Geometry Modification. Each weapon has a certain power level and each wall (or brush) in the environment has a certain geo-mod number. When a weapon is fired at a wall, the two numbers are compared and the geo-mod is rendered on the wall, deforming the wall appropriately. Of course, all of this is done on the fly. There have been no apparent system slow-downs while the game has been running, even on the Volition un-optimized code.

Aside from all of this, the Red Faction engine boasts even more new technical innovations that we haven't seen in previous FPS titles. Not only walls and buildings, but liquids and gases can also be modified in real-time by the environment as well. Instead of the boring rising-straight-up motion of smoke and gases, they can now be affected by wind gusts and air displacements from nearby explosions. One famous movie of this in action is a stream of molten metal being completely redirected. The person controlling the player fires a rocket at the stream, and the stream starts filling the hole that was created next to it. Eventually, the player was able to turn the stream a complete 90 degrees.

Besides the impressive simulated physics, Red Faction also features a variety of weapons and usable vehicles, a dramatic storyline, and very nice graphics. The Playstation 2 version will make an appearance this Spring, followed closely by the Mac and PC versions a month later. Mac and PC Red Faction will also support multiplayer, which the PS2 version will lack. Watch for many more details on this title in simultaneous development as it nears release.

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