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Resistance 3 Review
Resistance 3 (PS3)
Member Name: Pinpoint87
Resistance 3 (PS3)
Date: 27/01/12, updated on 27/01/12 (21 review reads)
Advantages: Fun shooter, with excellent co-op
Disadvantages: Average story
I will preface this review by stating I've never played any of the Resistance games prior to the fourth offering (I'm including Retribution for the PSP). So I went into Insomniac Games post - apocalyptic shooter with mild trepidation - you see, while the Resistance series has a fairly healthy reputation among the gaming community, I was under the impression that many fans were largely underwhelmed by Resistance 2 - especially online. Also, promotion for Resistance 3 was lacklustre, especially considering the sheer number of Triple-A titles that came out around the same time.
Resistance 3 as a purchase naturally took a backseat so I could invest my time in Skyrim, Uncharted 3 and Arkham City. Hell, even Ico and the Shadow of the Colossus HD collection took prominence when I decided which games to play over the Christmas period. But, a new year means new beginnings and thus Resistance 3 finally took centre stage. The game opens with protagonist Joseph Capelli being dishonourably discharged from the SRPA and setting up a home in Haven, Oklahoma protecting his family and what's left of the community, all the while the Chimera are rapidly wiping out the global human population.
However, it doesn't take long for Capelli to be convinced to leave his wife and son behind and along with Dr. Malikov, attempt to overturn the balance of power by closing a worm-hole in New York and therefore severely weakening the Chimeran forces. The story is largely nonsensical and doesn't really do anything that makes you think, it does however have one thing in abundance - and that's heart. It's a trait sorely lacking in modern shooters, but the PS3 exclusive has tons of it, you really do feel for Capelli by the end of the game. Resistance 3 also has incredible atmosphere at times. Its greatest moments are somewhat akin to a Half-Life game - which is a huge compliment. There are massive amounts of variation in each act, from the human occupied prisons to the 'Devil' infested mineshafts to the icy cold New York. Each location feels different, and that's not mentioning the enemies.
The game largely handles excellently with only a few minor niggles here and there. There's plenty of variety in the arsenal. The Bullseye for example has secondary fire, which when successfully used means you can 'tag' an enemy and then hit the target even when you're not aiming at it. One of the new guns to Resistance 3 is The Mutator. A successful hit transforms the enemy into a combustible land mine, which when shot explodes any nearby foes. The great thing about the firepower and its variety - is that every gun comes in useful at some point in the game. The single player campaign is one of the best for a shooter in this generation. Brilliant transitions from one area to a next with brilliant gunplay allow the game to really flourish.
Campaign co-op is also worth a mention. I played the game from beginning to end with a buddy, which is available either locally or online, and is one of the best co-op experiences to be found in any game for the PS3. Due to the campaign's strengths it really lends itself well to dual play. With the game's length coming in at around the 10 hour mark, there is rarely a dull moment to be had, although the prison scene where you wield a sledgehammer to kill the inmates feels out of place somewhat. One gripe with the co-op is how the second player is pointless story wise. It's funny how 'John' is the unsung hero all the while Joseph Capelli gets all the plaudits. This did actually get amusing after a while as we would cry out during cut-scenes "What about John?" as people thanked Joe for his Chimera killing spree. It would have been nice if they tweaked the co-op story slightly to accommodate a second person.
And finally online multiplayer - it's good, just not great. It's pretty much every multiplayer online shooter out there just with Resistance guns (which isn't a bad thing admittedly). It seems stable enough in terms of connection and I never noticed any lag, but there isn't really a big community and some games can be hard to come across. Again, I never played Resistance 2, but player count has been scaled back from 60 to 16. Unsurprising, but I can see why this would be a disappointment to some. The standard weapon upgrades as you level up are here, as are kill-streaks which are actually pretty cool on this game. Things like Auger shields come in handy, and help it differentiate itself from other shooters. Multiplayer is worth a try, just don't expect anything groundbreaking.
Resistance 3 is a great game, reports say that sales have been average, and that's disappointing. The single player and co-op are excellent and are well worth the purchase alone, and with a solid multiplayer to back it up, it's a shame more aren't willing to give perhaps Insomniac's last console Resistance a try (There is Resistance: Burning Skies on the horizon for Vita fans though). With not so many big hitters on the way in the next six months, and for its cheap price, (retailing for around £20 pretty much everywhere) it's more than worth your time and money.
Summary: An underappreciated gem.
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