The premire feature of the game was its 'GeoMod' technology which allowed the player to destroy the geometry, to effect in the game. For example, instead of opening a door, a player could blast through the rock surrounding the door.
Red Faction came out of the ashes of the cancelled Descent 4 project that Volition had been working on. Many ideas that was originally for Descent 4 can be found in Red Faction, for example, Red Faction's 'GeoMod' graphics engine was supposed to be used in Descent 4, and the main characer, Parker, was borrowed from Descent 4 as well. Many Descent fans consider Red Faction as Decent 4 even though the storyline and the game is totally different from the three Descent games.
The sequel Red Faction II was released for PS2 in October 2002, and then PC, XBox and GameCube. It takes place on Mars.