Welcome to Mars, where violence has erupted at a corporate mining colony outside the jurisdiction of the Earth government. This lawless environment is the setting of Volition’s Red Faction, a first-person shooter from a company known most recently for Summoner, an innovative 3D role-playing game for the PlayStation 2 and PC. In Red Faction, Volition attempts to combine the best elements from notable first-person shooters such as Valve’s Half-Life, Rare’s Perfect Dark and GoldenEye 007, and Raven’s Soldier of Fortune into one game. It’s heavy on story, has a wide variety of tasks for you to accomplish, and involves combat that’s visceral and strategic at the same time. Although Red Faction rarely outstrips the games it draws inspiration from, the fact that there are times when it shows them up at all is pretty impressive.