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Red Faction: Armageddon pre-orders get Battlegrounds at GameStop, Amazon

Red Faction: Armageddon may seem like a generally mean addition to the video game industry, what with all its subterranean maneaters and appetite for destruction. In reality, it's actually quite generous -- the list of pre-order bonuses for the title is long and varied, featuring in-game freebies like the sneaky Recon uniform (Best Buy), a 24-page comic prequel to the game (Walmart) and even vouchers for a free download of Red Faction: Battlegrounds (GameStop and Amazon).

Check out the full list of who's offering what just past the jump!

GameStop
  • Free downloadable copy of Red Faction: Battlegrounds for XBLA or PSN
- Commando Pack
  • Armored Commando uniform
  • Plasma Thrower
  • Dual Laser Pistols
Best Buy

- Recon Pack
  • Recon uniform
  • Arc Welder
  • XNG-5000
Amazon.com
  • Free downloadable copy of Red Faction: Battlegrounds for XBLA or PSN
Walmart
  • Limited edition Red Faction 24-page illustrated comic book
  • A mini-strategy guide from Prima Games
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AGOURA HILLS, Calif., March 28, 2011 – Before Red Faction: Armageddon explodes onto the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC on May 31, those anxious to revisit Mars can pre-order a number of exclusive incentive items from participating retailers to immediately enhance their Armageddon experience, THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and its internal studio, Volition, Inc. announced today.

At GameStop, those who preorder Red Faction: Armageddon will receive a free downloadable copy of Red Faction: Battlegrounds arcade game on either Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, or PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, a $10 value. Players will also receive the Commando Pack that includes the armored Commando uniform and adds two new weapons to their arsenal. Players will spray an unforgiving stream of destruction with the Plasma Thrower, or slice and dice the infestation with dual Laser Pistols.

At Best Buy, players will receive the Recon Pack that includes the clandestine Recon uniform, constructed specifically for Red Faction snipers and spies. Unleash two new weapons on your foes, including the Arc Welder, which immobilizes and electrocutes clusters of enemies, and the XNG-5000, which launches devastating Nanite-filled projectiles that seek out targets and dissolve them.

At Amazon.com, players will a free downloadable copy of Red Faction: Battlegrounds arcade game on either Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, or PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. Red Faction: Battlegrounds pits four players either locally or online in a variety of game modes, including Survival, Annihilate and Flag Frenzy. Players rank up and are rewarded with a unique bonus weapon that will be playable in Red Faction: Armageddon.

At Walmart, players will receive the limited edition Red Faction 24-page illustrated comic book that follows Darius Mason as he chases down a gang of murderous bandits in a tale that takes place just before the events of Red Faction: Armageddon. The comic will also include a mini-strategy guide from Prima Games, the world's leading publisher of strategy content, for use with Red Faction: Armageddon.

Red Faction: Armageddon is scheduled to be available on May 31 in North America for a suggested retail price of $59.99. To preorder now, please visit www.redfaction.com/buy

About Red Faction: Armageddon

Half a century after the Red Faction resistance freed Mars, the red planet again becomes a battleground. Colonists struggle for survival in the underground mines after the surface is rendered uninhabitable. When Darius Mason, grandson of revolution heroes Alec Mason and Samanya, unknowingly releases a long-dormant evil, Armageddon is unleashed on Mars. As settlements are torn asunder, only Darius and the Red Faction can save mankind. The battle will take them to the core of the storm-blasted planet through ice caves and lava flows until they are face to face against the unspeakable threat. Red Faction: Armageddon expands on the critically acclaimed, best-selling franchise with new, groundbreaking challenges. You are humanity's last hope for survival.

About Red Faction: Battlegrounds

The signature destructive gameplay from Red Faction: Guerrilla comes to the downloadable arcade with Red Faction: Battlegrounds! Jump into your favorite tank or mech using your Gauss Cannons, Rocket Launchers and Singularity Bombs to destroy the competition, and environment along with it. Battle your way through treacherous Martian deserts, terraformed enclaves and more in a variety of different multiplayer modes and single player challenges. Rank up by defeating the competition and unlock new content including maps, vehicles, weapons and even items for the upcoming Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and PC game, Red Faction: Armageddon.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.