What could be the only thing more exciting than news that Red Faction: Armageddon is only a little over two months away? How about the return of one of the most fun bonus modes in any open world game of this console generation. Delays have become entirely too common in the industry, but Volition and THQ have managed to find a way to make up for their delay by reintroducing the Wrecking Crew mode from Red Faction: Guerrilla with some added flair.

After hearing that Armageddon will be more akin to the original Red Faction experience than the entirely open world Guerrilla, this is welcome news. Fans of the reinvention of Red Faction should be pleased that the GeoMod 2.0 technology will not be completely taking a backseat to the more focused storyline and gameplay of Armageddon.

The following trailer, although entirely too haphazard to gather much information from, should clear any doubts that the series is taking a step too far back into Red Faction’s FPS history. The sheer amount of chaos on display gives the impression that we might as well just be looking at another map pack for Wrecking Crew.

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Volition’s Eric Barker has quite a bit to say about Red Faction: Armageddon in our exclusive interview. For Ruin Mode, the team wants to assure players that though the focus on fun remains intact, there will be plenty of variety and challenge to keep the players coming back for more.

“Choose your weapons, enter the arena, and unleash hell. Chain together explosive combinations for bonus points, and compete with your friends’ high scores on the online leader boards in Challenge Mode. Or engage in untimed Free Play rounds in which you explore the surface and seek out its most destructive secrets. As you destroy all that you see around you, your creativity will be rewarded.”

All in all, Armageddon seems to be taking the best of both worlds in terms of the intricate and involved story of the original Red Faction and infusing the destruction and light-hearted fun of the most recent sequel to create what could be one of the stand-out shooters of 2011. It might still be too early to tell, but this is definitely one summer game worth keeping your eyes on.

Were any of you Ranters big fans of the original Wrecking Mode? Does the addition of Ruin Mode relieve you of any worries you might have had concerning the changes the series is undergoing?

Red Faction: Armageddon breaks the surface on May 31, 2011, for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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