Thursday, April 14, 2011

Red Faction: Armageddon character biographies

Video game company THQ recently released detailed biographies of the main characters in Red Faction: Armageddon, the forthcoming fourth installment in its popular science fiction, action-shooter, destruction-based series set on a revolutionary late 22nd-century Mars:

Darius Mason

For better or worse, the Masons are the “first family of Mars”—Washington, Jefferson, and Adams all rolled into one, along with the fighting spirit of the Minutemen. Darius is the scion of this legacy, though he never asked for the responsibility or wanted it. He just wanted to be left alone to live his own life, not the one Mars had seemingly demanded of him. He might have succeeded in avoiding the “Mason destiny” if not for Adam Hale and his apocalyptic cult. While doing his tour of duty for the colony, Darius was unable to stop Hale from destroying the Terraformer. The Martian atmosphere quickly deteriorated to the point where only the caverns and deep places of Mars were habitable. While the Colonists didn’t necessarily blame Darius for the disaster, his guilt ate at him, and he was never as comfortable with them as he once was. Darius’s guilt prompted him to spend longer amounts of time alone, seeking out missions that would take him away from settlement life. He learned how to survive by eking out a living from Salvage, how to blend into a crowd, and how to fight. The one thing he couldn’t do was forget or forgive what had been done to him.

Adam Hale

Adam Hale’s father was an EDF captain killed by Alec Mason during the Revolution of 2125. Hale was raised by EDF survivors abandoned on Mars. In 2150, Hale’s White Faction launched a new war against the Colonists. Red Faction forces led by Alec Mason and his son Jake defeated Hale. Hale vanished after the Battle of Bakhuysen Trench. Years later, he returned as the messiah to a band of violent Marauder separatists. Hale’s Cultists claim he joins the mystical Martian past to a glorious future. Others see a madman who would destroy the planet to rule it.

Frank Winters

A sergeant in the Red Faction military, Winters got where he is by being the toughest son of a bitch on the planet. Winters prefers to be in the field with his men, not sitting back in a bunker. He has earned an almost mystical quality among his soldiers… stories of Winters charging headfirst into battle and emerging unscathed are common. Winters is physically imposing and carries himself with a “no-nonsense” attitude. Winters is all business, and if you jeopardize his mission in any fashion there will be hell to pay.


Born a Marauder, Kara is a hard-nosed smuggler who knows both the streets and the world of science. Kara ran away from the regimented hierarchy of the Marauders at an early age. Smuggling goods around Mars and from Earth just seemed a natural course of action, both as an act of defiance and as an easy way to make cash. It was while operating in the underground of Mars that she met Darius. Aside from their place of birth, Kara and Darius couldn’t be more different. Darius was a hard worker who took people at face value; Kara was a sly, sarcastic rebel who trusted few. Darius wanted to live his life and avoid authority; Kara was always looking to pick a fight. They do have one thing in common: they wanted to stay hidden, and through that, a natural friendship was born.

Red Faction: Armageddon is scheduled to be released May 31, 2011. It will be accompanied by a comic book, a downloadable arcade-style game (Red Faction: Battlegrounds), and a two-hour, action-drama SyFy channel movie (Red Faction: Origins) that could possibly serve as the pilot for a full-blown Red Faction television series.

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