Alright, I'll break it down into some catagories to give you a good review of Red Faction II [hereafter "RF"]
The graphics of RF are great, above average, but not on par with such things as MGS or Final Fantasy. It's definitely prettier than the average-Joe video game, however, and it leaves the gamer pleased visually.
When you're stuck in a room, what do you do? Blow a hole in the wall, of course. The RF franchise is one of the only series that has a special game engine that allows the player to "manipulate geometric items" in the game. Yes, that means you blow stuff up. Lots of stuff. It's classical FPS setup never gets old, and you control each of your (sometimes) dual weapons with two shoulder buttons, thereby allowing you to strategize with your limited ammunition. Fast paced rollercoster the whole time.
Good sound effects, and great voice overs -- enthusiastic and believeable, well done, not the boring monotone some give us. The music is av...
The Graphics: Well, while the graphics are fairly good, they aren't anything to write home about. Sometimes they're fantastic, other times they don't seem to have been improved from the PS2 version at all. Most of the game is good though, with plenty of reallistic-looking stuff. The graphics are mainly let down by the geo-mod technology, which while being a fantastic idea and very cool, really should be complimented by better graphics. The holes you leave in walls are almost N64 quality, pointy and unreallistic.
The Sounds: Again, nothing to write home about. There are some occasional good bits (the main theme I first heard when RF2 was sponsoring Stargate SG-1, and it's fixed in my head as a fairly good tune), but the game has the music volume set quite low, and turning it up causes the game to lose quite a lot of its ambience. The gunshots and explosions sound great, as you would expect from a modern FPS. The voice effects do seem a little too rare, but when they come they are good...
THE BAD: A Little Too Short One or two glitches here and there
SUMMARY: Well, when i thought that Red Faction was coming to the good ol' cube, i thought WOW and when i got my hands on it i was even more amazed!!! The whole Goe Mod thing was a little confusing at first because it doesn't explain what it is. But all it is really means you can Blow up everything to make the levels easier to clear. It helps alot with the game and really adds to the realism of the game and the overall gameplay is absolutely amazing. If you like shoot em ups then defnately get this game!!! In my own personal opinion, alot of people will probably..no DEFNATELY disagree with me when i say that this game is better then Metroid. I think it has alot more replay value and overall gameplay!!!!