Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Review
When it was announced that Red Faction: Guerilla Re-Mars-tered was coming to Nintendo Switch, I was skeptical that it could be handled well, but was intrigued by having such an amazing open world to explore. When I finally got to take it for a spin, there were definite issues that I fully expected to encounter, but overall, I really enjoyed the experience!
For more details on the gameplay and story, read our original Re-Mars-tered review here.
Here is what we said in that review:
“It is apparent that the Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered is an iconic game to check out. The destruction it comes with is unparalleled. It will definitely take a breath out of you with the amazing performance it can put forth. You only need to decide the resolution that you want and go for that. You may go for the normal res for standard consoles. But if you want a more satisfactory experience, then an Xbox One or the PS4 Pro could be your best bet. It all comes down to what you want out of this game and the rig you have around. Take the war to the enemy with this Martian combat gameplay. Destruction doesn’t get better or more fun.”
Playing this game on Nintendo Switch is a mixed bag, although one thing is for certain: playing in handheld is much better than playing on your TV. If you primary goal is to play while docked, I would suggest either picking this up on another system, or waiting for a slight price drop before diving in.
When attempting to upscale to 1080 in dock, things began to fall apart, and although nothing that would be deemed unplayable. Textures are inconsistent and the framerate often drops, as low as into the teens when multiple explosions trigger. It’s playable, and you’ll have fun with it, but it is once you pull that thing off the dock, and enjoy it on the go, that things improve dramatically. During general gameplay – outside heavy combat moments and mega explosions – the game will run fairly steadily at 1080P and 30 FPS.
You are still playing an old game, and so things you expect in 2019 just are not present here. But when thinking about the work it took to bring this to Nintendo Switch in the first place, I began to let go of some of my expectations, and enjoy this for what it was. A fairly good port of a fantastic game, that at the end of the day, was fun to play through yet again. In fact, if I had the opportunity to purchase the game either on PS4 / Xbox One or Nintendo Switch to play in hand held mode, I would choose Nintendo Switch every day of the week.
The regular Nintendo Switch issues exist here, but this goes for any open world game. Playing with a Pro Controller is much more satisfying than attempting to play with Joy Cons, especially when it comes to ranged combat. This is more a fault of the Joy Con hardware, as opposed to the game itself. If you have that Pro Controller, or something similar, it is definitely the way to go when playing this game.
If you’ve never played Red Faction Guerilla before, than this is definitely a must own on Nintendo Switch. Again, if primarily playing on the dock, I’d default to another system or look for a sale; but if you plan to take this thing on the go frequently, there are no legitimate reasons to pass on this release!