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Red Faction: Guerrilla's Remaster Is Free On Steam If You Own The Original Version

A man and a sledgehammer in Red Faction: Guerrilla.

The remastered version of Red Faction: Guerrilla launched on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC recently, and some folks have learned that they already own the game without ever spending a single dime. In an unexpectedly cool move from the developers, anyone who already owns the original 2009 version of the game on Steam will discover that the "Re-Marstered" edition is already part of their collection. We consider that a pretty solid motivator to get your ass to Mars.

There's no catch here. If at any time over the past decade you have purchased Red Faction: Guerrilla on the Steam storefront, you now have the upgraded version as part of your games collection at no additional charge. This probably has to do with the fact that the OG version has been removed from the Steam marketplace, because why have two versions of the same game? It would probably be a recurring frustration for customer service to constantly get calls from people who thought they were buying the new game, and accidentally bought the old version instead. With this transition, now everyone has access to the remaster; end of story.

And if you haven't played Guerrilla in a while, this latest version is a solid reason to dive back in and see why everyone was so in love with the game back in 2009. As Gamespot reminds us, the original saw players take on the role of a freedom fighter trying to save Mars' workers from a bunch of Earth-based military types. To do this, you could use explosives, firearms a plenty, vehicles and even a sledgehammer to complete all sorts of missions across the surface of the red planet. The big hook, though, was that every-damn-thing in the environment was destructible. This was a novel idea back in 2009 and Red Faction delivered the goods.

If there was a building full of baddies you needed to take out, you could absolutely go through the door and start trying to pick them off one at a time. Or -- now, hear me out on this -- you could just set explosives around the building, detonate them and take out the lot of the baddies at once. Did someone survive? Then hop in a vehicle and turn them into a speed bump. Problem solved.

A third-person shooter, Guerrilla brought the Red Faction series to a wider audience than previous titles thanks to its over-the-top action. Oddly, the game never saw a sequel. So this remastered edition is just going to have to do for now. There isn't much in the line of added content to talk about, but the game certainly looks a lot nicer than it did 10 years ago thanks to higher-res textures, improved lighting and shadows and post-processing. There's even support for 4K, if you feel so inclined.

Staff Writer for CinemaBlend.