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Red Faction

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Red Faction
Red Faction cover
Mac OS (Classic) Graphsim Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Graphsim Entertainment
2001-2013 THQ
2013-2020 THQ Nordic
2020-present Deep Silver
Release dates
Windows September 18, 2001[1]
Mac OS (Classic) November 28, 2001[2]
macOS (OS X) January 4, 2002[3]
Metacritic 78
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS
Vehicles Automobile, Flight, Naval/watercraft
Art styles Stylized
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Red Faction
Red Faction on HowLongToBeat
Red Faction on IGDB
Red Faction guide on StrategyWiki
Red Faction on MobyGames
Red Faction on Wikipedia
Red Faction
Red Faction 2001
Red Faction II 2003
Red Faction: Guerrilla 2009
Red Faction: Armageddon 2011
Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered 2018


The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Red Faction is a singleplayer and multiplayer FPS game in the Red Faction series developed by Volition and published by THQ. The game features a proprietary CSG-based destruction engine, Geo-Mod, which allows for real-time demolition of in-game levels via explosive weaponry.

After its original PlayStation 2 launch in May 2001, Red Faction was released for Windows on September 18, 2001.[1] A port to Mac OS developed by Graphsim Entertainment was released on November 28, 2001, followed by a Carbonized OS X version on January 4, 2002.[2][3]

The game re-released digitally on Steam on August 6, 2009, and later on February 10, 2014.[4][5]

The PC version of Red Faction features expanded online multiplayer and built-in mod support, enjoying a small, dedicated community. However, it also suffers from severe bugs, security vulnerabilities, and compatibility issues, especially on modern systems. It is highly recommended to use the Dash Faction community patch, as it fixes virtually all known issues and introduces many quality-of-life features and enhancements.

General information

Red Faction Help - community help site for game series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
2 CDs. Disc 2 is used for the check.
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
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Steam key provided for the Complete Collection.
Humble Store
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The Steam distribution includes retail installer files in <path-to-game>\RF_1 and <path-to-game>\RF_2.
An OS X application for the game is included with the v1.20 patch for Mac OS.[3] Mac OS game discs were able to be mailed to Graphsim in exchange for an equivalent OS X disc.[6]

Version differences

All retail distributions are v1.00. Digital distributions are v1.21.
GameStop retail distributions include an exclusive multiplayer level: Zig.
EB Games retail distributions include an exclusive multiplayer level: Watch Your Step.
The German retail version is censored; all blood and certain sound effects are omitted, the flamethrower damage animation is toned down, and dead bodies vanish faster.[7]
The German distribution has several notable differences and issues not present in other distributions:
  • <path-to-game> contains levelspf.vpp, a packfile from the now-discontinued Pure Faction community patch that contains six custom multiplayer maps.[Note 1] The maps are unusable because the base game will not load this packfile.
  • Rather than utilizing the standardized method of localizing files seen in retail distributions, it has completely replaced core game files with German versions of the same files. This causes compatibility issues with custom maps/mods.
  • <path-to-game>\tables.vpp has been modified in order to translate in-game text, effectively rendering multiplayer unusable. To fix this, use the Dash Faction setup program to automatically patch <path-to-game>\tables.vpp, or manually replace it with the original file. The German translation pack can then optionally be used to restore the German localization.


All demos suffer from the same functional issues as the base game. There are no patches to resolve them.
See the Red Faction Wiki for more information.

International Demo

Includes the first three singleplayer campaign levels, the training mission, and the Glass House sandbox.

Multiplayer Test

Includes the multiplayer levels S.R.O., Score, and One to the Dome. A patch is also available.

Worldwide Demo

Includes all levels of the International Demo and the Multiplayer Test, plus the next four campaign levels and the Blasted Canyon multiplayer level.

Essential improvements

Dash Faction

Open-source community patch/launcher that fixes various bugs and security vulnerabilities, improves performance and compatibility with modern systems, enhances video and graphical quality, autosaves the game after each level transition, and offers many other usability upgrades over the base game.
Requires Windows 7 or later.
Directly compatible only with English v1.20 game installations. Other versions of the game must first be patched.
Use the -game command line argument to launch directly into the game instead of the launcher window.
See the Red Faction Wiki for more information.
Install with the setup program (recommended)[8]
  1. Download the setup program from GitHub or FactionFiles.
  2. Run the setup program and follow the instructions.


Applies all necessary official patches and/or file replacements to any game installation that is not directly supported.
Optionally replaces the vanilla game launcher executable with a symbolic link to the Dash Faction launcher, allowing Dash Faction to be easily run with the Steam version of Red Faction.
Set up the .zip release[9]
  1. Make sure the game is properly patched:
Retail: apply the v1.20 patch.
Digital: replace <path-to-game>\RF.exe with the English v1.20 file.
  1. Download the Dash Faction .zip release from GitHub or FactionFiles.
  2. Extract the .zip file to any location and run <dash-faction-folder>\DashFactionLauncher.exe.
  3. Open the options menu and make sure the game executable path correctly points to <path-to-game>\RF.exe before running the game.


The setup program is required to enable the rf://IP:PORT protocol handler.
Steam users can use the %command% command line argument with <dash-faction-folder>\DashFactionLauncher.exe in the launch options for Red Faction to force Steam to launch the game with Dash Faction.

Official patches

The latest retail version is v1.20:
Digital distributions contain v1.21.

Level enhancements

Client-side mods that make small improvements to campaign levels. For more information on mods, see Custom maps/mods.

L6S1 - Stealth Patch for Admin HQ

Makes stealth completely optional, allowing the player to proceed with all weapons and armor.

L8S1 - Use Key Patch

Makes pressing the use key on the labcoat required to go undercover, preventing the player from walking near it and accidentally doing so.

L18S3 - Merc Spawning Patch for Crash Site

Fixes an oversight preventing mercenary enemies from spawning in the hallway of the base.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Volition\Red Faction
<path-to-game>\players.cfg[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic) <path-to-game>/players.cfg
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>/players_osx.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/20530/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic) <path-to-game>/savegame/
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>/savegame/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/20530/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Dash Faction for Hor+. Menu UI and FMV cutscenes are still stretched.
Use Dash Faction.
Use Dash Faction for Hor+. Menu UI and FMV cutscenes are still stretched.
4K Ultra HD
HUD is displaced at resolutions higher than 1280x1024.
Use Dash Faction for proper HUD support, as well as an option to use a bigger HUD for high resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
90° only. See Field of view (FOV).
Use Dash Faction.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Dash Faction.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use Dash Faction.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use Dash Faction for up to 8x MSAA. Nvidia users can enhance to SGSSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 120 FPS. Exceeding 60 FPS results in various issues with physics, animation timing, and other game logic.
Use Dash Faction to allow for up to 240 FPS without major issues, and a configurable frame rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

Custom FOV with Dash Faction[10]
  1. Run the game with Dash Faction.
  2. Open the in-game console.
  3. Use the fov <value> command to change FOV.
  4. Use the fpgun_fov_scale <value> command to change first-person weapon FOV.


By default, Dash Faction automatically scales horizontal FOV for other aspect ratios based on the standard of 90° at 4:3. Use the r_togglewidefov console command to toggle the scaling.
Use the fov command with no value specified to print your current horizontal FOV. Use fov 0 to use the default horizontal FOV for your aspect ratio.


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Configurable via slider.
Use Dash Faction to set to numeric values via the ms <value> console command.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Launcher audio settings.
Launcher audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, radio messages, and sound effects each have independent volume sliders.
Use Dash Faction to control level ambient sound volume separate from other sound effects.
Surround sound
Use Dash Faction and DSOAL.
Always displayed for radio messages, but never for PA announcements or face-to-face dialog.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Use Dash Faction.
EAX support
EAX 2.0.
Royalty free audio
Most in-game music will be Content ID claimed by CD Baby CO.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only; a pack is available to convert English installations into French: download.
Retail and only; a pack is available to convert English installations into German: download.
The distribution suffers from several issues that effectively render multiplayer unusable and impact compatibility with custom maps/mods.
Fan translation of in-game signage: download.
Numerous unofficial translations available via bootleg distributions; a pack is available to convert English installations into Russian: download.
Fan translation: download.


Launcher network settings.
Launcher network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32 Versus
Online play
32 Versus
The official multiplayer master server has been shut down; use eRFGT2.
Dash Faction automatically replaces the original master server with eRFGT2 if detected in the options.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
See <path-to-game>\dedicated_server.txt.
Using Dash Faction is strongly recommended due to crippling bugs and critical security vulnerabilities present in servers using the base game.
Direct IP
Use Add Server button in server browser.
Install Dash Faction via the setup program to allow usage of the rf://IP:PORT protocol handler.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP Servers listen on 7755 by default (can be configured via the -port <value> command line argument) and use 18444 (outbound only) to register with the multiplayer master server. Clients communicate on 7755 by default, but clients using Dash Faction use a randomly selected high port instead (with an option in the Dash Faction options panel to force a specific port).
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status can be hacked for this game: Use Dash Faction.

Issues fixed

Game fails to launch/immediately crashes upon launch

Many causes for this issue exist across all versions of the game.
Use Dash Faction[11]

"At least 8 MB of available video memory is required to run Red Faction!"

Encountered when launching retail versions of the game on systems with more than 2 GiB of available video memory.
Use Dash Faction[11]

"Error: Unable to initialize DirectX 8.0 -- Device creation failed!"

Use Dash Faction[11]

Game freezes when using Alt+Tab

The game is officially known to have issues with Alt+Tab behavior.[Note 4]
Use Dash Faction[9]

Game window unresponsive, always on top

A bug that occurs if you click on another window after launching the game but before the game screen appears.
Use Dash Faction[9]

Game crashes when picking up items or entering cheat codes

Encountered when running the digital version at higher resolutions than 1280x1024.
Use Dash Faction[11]

L5S3 - Submarine explodes when dropped from crane

Occurs at frame rates above 60, causing the submarine on the crane to explode upon deployment.
Use Dash Faction[11]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8 Dash Faction uses Direct3D 9 via d3d8to9.
OpenGL 1.2.1 Mac OS and OS X only.
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.0x

Command line arguments

To use command line arguments with Dash Faction, run <dash-faction-folder>\DashFactionLauncher.exe with the argument.
See the Red Faction Wiki for a full list of command line arguments supported by the base game and Dash Faction.

Console commands

The console is accessible at any time in-game by pressing ~.
See the Red Faction Wiki for a full list of console commands supported by the base game and Dash Faction.

Custom maps/mods

Maps and mods can be found on FactionFiles.
Many custom maps and mods require Dash Faction in order to function correctly.
For guides on installing maps and mods, see the following Red Faction Wiki pages:

Singleplayer campaigns

Kava: a Red Faction Prequel
Full-length expansion campaign. Prequel to the main game storyline.
Red Faction N-Gage Remake
Recreation of the entire Red Faction (N-Gage) campaign.
Custom campaign inspired by a German fairy tale.
Red Faction Fighter
Prequel mini campaign to the main game storyline.
PS2 Demo
Port of the mini campaign in the PlayStation 2 Red Faction demo. Contains levels cut from the final release of the game.
Short custom campaign that attempts to bridge the gap between the plot events of Red Faction and Red Faction II.
Toxic Agenda
Custom mission featuring the infiltration and destruction of an Ultor chemical plant.
Barracks Horror!
Atmospheric horror single player mission set in the Red Faction universe.
AQuest Speedrun Edition
Epic fantasy/RPG-style single player campaign mod.
Lego-themed action/adventure single player campaign mod.

Multiplayer map packs

PS2 Map Ports
Map pack containing authentic ports of all multiplayer maps from the PlayStation 2 version of Red Faction.
N-Gage Map Ports
Map pack containing faithful recreations of all multiplayer maps from the N-Gage version of Red Faction.
Red Faction Unite Map Packs
All editions of the "Red Faction Unite" community level design project.
RF Game Night Map Packs
Multiplayer map packs for biweekly "Red Faction Game Night" community events.

Total conversion mods

Red Faction Classic
Mod that aims to make the game look and play as close to the original PlayStation 2 version as possible, with enhancements.
All Geo
Mod that removes limitations on where Geo-Mod can be used, allowing for full destruction of all levels.
LEGO Multiplayer: 2022 Edition
Fast-paced Lego-themed arena multiplayer mod.
Iron Sun Mod: Complete Edition
Arcade realism-focused multiplayer mod inspired by Counter-Strike.
Snow'd Out 2: Out Cold Edition
Wintery snowball fight multiplayer mod.

Enhancement mods

Fixed Full Envirosuit Pickup Model
Removes an inconsistent transparent panel from the chest of the envirosuit pickup model.
Extended Riot Stick Taser Sound
Extends the abruptly-cut Electric Shock sound of the Control Baton secondary fire.
AI Upscale Texture Pack
4x AI upscaled pack for base game textures.
Goober's RF Retexturing Project Pack 01
Project to recreate textures from scratch, resulting in higher quality assets than the AI Upscale Texture Pack. Currently only contains some wall decals.
60 FPS Cinematics
60 FPS versions of in-game cinematics (e.g. the campaign intro video).
HD Music Mod
High quality 44 kHz versions of most music tracks played throughout the game.
HD Music Mod Update
Addon for the HD Music Mod that contains high quality 44 kHz versions of the rest of the music tracks in the game.
Goober's Revised Pickups
High poly versions of most pickups, including health, armor, and ammo.

System requirements

Minimum[12] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
AMD K6-2 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 900 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM drive
Mac OS
Minimum[13] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3 300 MHz
PowerPC G4 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 6 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 1.2.1 compatible
Other 8x CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive


  1. Maps: Use and Abuse v2.1, Pipe Dream, Waste Recycling Plant, Village, Fortress, and Malachi.
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  4. <path-to-game>\README.TXT states: You may experience problems if you use Alt-Tab to exit Red Faction. For immediate program exit, press Shift-Esc.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Red Faction on track - GameSpot - last accessed on 2023-05-20
    "Currently, the development team at Volition is fine-tuning the multiplayer mode, and they expect the game to meet its scheduled ship date of September 18."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Inside Mac Games News: Red Faction Shipping Today - last accessed on 2024-07-02
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Inside Mac Games News: Red Faction 1.2 Released - last accessed on 2024-07-02
    "As promised, GraphSim has released Red Faction 1.2. This marks the debut of the OS X version of the game."
  4. News - Pre-Purchase Red Faction Guerrilla, Get Red Faction and Red Faction II For Free Right Now - last accessed on 2024-07-02
  5. Release: Red Faction - (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-03-19
  6. Rosetta & Games - Page 3 - General - last accessed on 2023-06-27
    "If you don't have access to OS 9, one may take the 2 OS 9 RF installer discs and mail them to the address on this page along with correspondence asking for the single OS X RF installer disc. Not too long ago Graphsim mentioned that they have approximately 300 copies of the OS X installer discs available for immediate exchange."
  7. Why Germany lifted its ban on Red Faction after 15 years - Polygon - last accessed on 2023-06-25
    "The company had omitted all traces of blood, scaled back animations when enemies were hit by a flamethrower, removed certain sound effects and made dead enemy bodies vanish after a few seconds."
  8. Dash Faction Installation Guide - Red Faction Wiki - last accessed on 2023-04-02
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Verified by User:Mystyle48 on 2023-06-28
  10. Red Faction Console Commands - Red Faction Wiki - last accessed on 2023-03-21
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Red Faction FAQ - Red Faction Wiki - last accessed on 2023-03-21
  12. Red Faction PC Manual (colour) : THQ inc. Volition : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive - last accessed on 2023-05-30
  13. rf-features (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-05-20