Red Faction: Armageddon is a science fiction third-person action game set on Mars in the year 2170. Gameplay focuses on using fully destructible environments and modifiable tools to defeat enemies. Featured tools include the Magnet Gun, which draws two objects towards each other; the Nano-Forge, which allows players to rebuilt destroyed objects; and the LEO exo suit, which allows players to destroy structures. Players take the role of Darius Mason, the grandson of protagonists of Red Faction: Guerrilla, who must restore his reputation and save the colonists of Mars after accidentally awakening a hostile Martian race. Red Faction: Armageddon, unlike Red Faction: Guerrilla, will focus on a more linear narrative instead of sandbox play.