As one of Sony's flagship games and the first first-person-shooter on PS3, Resistance has a lot resting on it's muscular next-gen shoulders. With Gears Of War in the shops, and Halo 3 panting down its neck, anything less than a masterpiece is going to look...well, futile. Fortunately, Resistance delivers, big time.
Rather than choosing between the two favourite shooter set ups- WWII or alien invasion - Resistance simply cobbles both together, slinging you in a war against a fanged horde of aliens infesting 1950's England. Insomniac nick whatever they like from both sub-genres, so there are cheeky nods to Medal Of Honor (chirpy British snipers tutting at the aliens) side by side with a Halo-like health bar, and some ridiculous alien weaponry. There are traditional WWII weapons (the M1 Carbine, the shotgun) that are a decent alternative to vicious future weapons (the Bullseye, and the wall penetrating Auger). And, of course, there's a slick mix of classic shooter elements and new stuff (the sniper rifle that slows down time for instance).
What really sets Resistance apart from the usual FPS is it's set-pieces. Though you're basically fighting the same five or six enemies throughout the entire game, they're intelligent enough - and come at you in enough different ways - to keep you on your toes until the end. One minute, you might be fighting hybrids up close, in a set of buildings, necessitating canny use of the shotgun - the next you'll be taking them down at range, where their spray firing guns are less effective, but are much more difficult to hit. The first couple of times you see the face hugger-style leapers they swarm at you down corridors, but eventually they'll crawl across walls, burst out of fleshy egg sacs and land right on your face. There's a pleasing mix of super-hard bits with stress relieving easy bits against crap enemies. This is all helped by an excellent balance of weapons for different situations: R:FoM's from the same people who brought us Ratchet & Clank, so it's no surprise that there are some very interesting selections.The gentlemens choice is the Bullseye, which relys on spraying enemies from the safety of cover, less sportsman like is the Auger, which can fire through walls, but most satisfying is the air fuel grenade, which sets a room alite with burning gas in seconds, very nasty.
So all in all, a very satisfying game.
Graphics: 8/10 Sound: 9/10 Gameplay: 9/10 Lifespan: 8/10
I wrote it back in May. :)
What do you think?
Could have gone more in depth about several of the aspects such as sound (sound effects , music etc.) and visuals. (graphics , art style , any frame rate issues etc) but all in all, good review.
Shoulden't the overall be 8.5/10, since there are two nines and two eights?