Note: This review covers the single-player campaign only.
Nostalgia is a double-edged sword. I have countless happy memories of favourite games from my childhood, but hindsight isn’t always 20/20. There’s nothing worse than revisiting a classic only to discover it isn’t nearly as good as you remembered.
Reviews tend to fall victim to a game’s launch hype, for better or for worse. In the case of Skyrim, all Bethesda really needed to do was release a slightly improved rehash of Oblivion and it was always going to be heralded as one of the greatest games of all time. On the other hand, Modern Warfare 3 needed to be (and wasn’t) drastically different from previous CoD offerings or else be inevitably doomed to overly harsh fanboy criticism. Try as we might, it’s exceedingly difficult to judge a game simply for what it is, rather than how it lives up to its expectations.
To that end, my current modus operandi is to never buy a game at launch. Ignoring how much money it saves me, I can affor...
Insomniac are mostly known for their two bestselling plat formers that changed the play station forever, of course I mean Ratchet & Clank and Spyro. Resistance is Insomniac’s first attempt at making a game in the FPS genre and I must say, they’ve done a good job…
It’s set after World War 2 in December 1949 and onwards. Russia and Europe have been swept over by the unstoppable power of the Chimera, creatures believed to be part of a Russian experiment but then later revealed as a ruthless alien race. They advance on Europe and swallow it whole until all is left is Great Britain. The Chimera have managed to cross the channel and are wreaking havoc in England. The Brits are doing all they can through skirmishes and other means of small scale warfare but it’s not working. The U.S send aid to the Brits, aid meaning troops. You assume the role of one of these American soldiers, Sgt. Nathan Hale. Little is known about Hale and most of the time he remains silent which means you can never rea...
THE GOOD: - The graphics and visuals in Resistance: Fall of Man are stunning, to say the very least. It utilizes the PS3s hardware very effectively in this way. - The sound effects and music featured in the game aren't annoying and don't seem to get old. Everything fits and sounds as you would imagine it to ((other than the sound it makes when you hit corpses. That's just strange)). - Replay value is quite high for it. There are three original difficulties, and you can unlock a fourth if you beat the hard mode. After beating the game once, you unlock new weapons and some online content. Plus, it keeps track of how many times you've beaten the game; that's a good way to build bragging rights.
THE BAD: - If you're just picking up this game, expect to be behind by quite a bit in your online gaming. The people there have been playing since the launch of the game and tend to be relentless. You're almost required to play hundreds of unranked games before tapping into the ranked ones, u...
Good for even casual FPS players (I don't like FPS games myself much, but this is good)
Plenty of online modes and maps.
Weapons are pretty cool
Enemy characters are fairly well designed, and varied (aside from the cannon fodder Chimera)
Some replayability in main game, with the new weapons, and ability to unlock certain content.
Still a bit pricy for a game (though worth the money)
No Online Co-Op
Bloody Glitchers in Multiplayer (hopefully fixed soon/eventually)
Occasionally being disconnected from the PSN in the middle of a game.
SUMMARY: Initial Comments
Well, I got this game used at EB, for about $59.99 Plus tax (Canadian funds of course). I got it because I heard it was pretty good, and it looked interesting. I don't like FPS games that much, not since Goldeneye 64 and Perfect Dark 64 anyhow. I should say its pretty fun, certainly worth the money IMO.
Think back to the launch of the PS2, can you remember the launch titles? Well there was Fantavision, a game about firework displays. Bouncer, an overhyped game which still looks crap now. There was Tekken Tag and GT3, probably the only decent games at launch. Then soon after that there was Shadow Of Memories, a game about timetravel. Yet even though the line up was crap in terms of quality and graphics (apart from GT3) we for some reason thought the world of these game. We thought the graphics were amazing. However stick Shadow Of Memories in your PS2 today and you'll be cringing at the graphics.
So going by the logic that launch titles don't show the best of the console (compare a PS2 game from today with a PS2 game from back at launch) just take a look at the graphics in Resistence and just imagine what the PS3 will be able to achieve in a year or 2. Both Resistance and Motorstorm just scratch the surface as to what the PS3 can achieve. This i...
THE GOOD: -Gameplay, easy to pick up but deep enough for FPS vets -Level design, simply incredible. -Graphics, while not pushing the PS3's boundaries, they are really good. -Single player, pretty good length for a FPS, and a cool alternate reality of WWII storyline. -Weapons are very unique and fit a variety of play styles -Online. I have never been much into online gaming, but this one has sucked me in head first. No Lag, EVER, no framerate drops EVER. Very fast paced too, no pointlessly wondering around trying to find someone to kill, maps are scaled up or down based on the number of players in the game which keeps a great balance. -Matchmaking for Ranked Games: very easy to find a game and get started ranking up, scanning is very fast. -XP: gaining experience in a FPS? Awesome. Unlock new character outfits to use online. -Medals/Ribbons: keep track of your best stats, and wear em on your chest proudly. -Sound: turn it up, you'll want to hear that grenade go off behind your couch. -Co-Op: Fu...
SUMMARY: Plot: Resistance: Fall of Man takes place in a grim alternate reality in which World War II never happened, yet something possibly even worse happened instead. As political tensions run high in the middle of the 20th century, a monstrous race of horrifying creatures suddenly shows up and starts killing everyone. Initially presumed to be a Russian biological weapon, this fiendish species is known as the Chimera. It quickly overwhelms Asia and most of Europe before it focuses attention on the United Kingdom. In the game, you play as a no-nonsense American soldier named Nathan Hale, who is sent in to reinforce the UK's defenses. A brush with death early on gives Hale a unique perspective of his foe and, before long, he's lone-wolfing it against the worst that the Chimera has to offer. As Hale, you'll blast your way through the devastated streets of England and also find yourself deep...
THE GOOD: - No frame rate drops... EVER - The whole game is very smooth - Great weapon selection - All the weapons are unique and each serves a special purpose - 40 player online with NO lag - Pretty good graphics, though not the PS3's max potential - Great controls - Easy to pick up and play - Great Storyline - Pretty long for a First Person shooter - The sound effects are GREAT - Great replay value - Not too hard, not too easy
THE BAD: - Nearly no Sixaxis support - Hard and complicated joining buddies in online games - Graphics could be better. They're MUCH better than just about every other game that's currently out, but they could be better.
SUMMARY: This game is AMAZING, and a must-have for FPS fans. The controls were great and the game was very easy to just pick up and play. The sound effects are jaw-dropping at times.
There is a pretty diverse selection of weapons, from the Auger, which can shoot through barriers and gets stronger for every barrier the round goes through, to the Bullseye, which...