My fingers were twitching as the Mountain Dew flowed through my veins, the TV as loud as it could go, beating a prisoner to death with a sledgehammer. My buddy laughed and said “This may be the goriest thing I have ever seen!” I grinned and had to agree. Resistance 3 is quite simply one of the most violent video games I have ever played. And I like it.
I hadn’t been able to put down Deus Ex and so Resistance 3 had sat within its wrapper for the past few days. But a friend of mine came over to play some video games, and seeing as I had recently sold back Black Ops and Mortal Kombat , I decided to give the local Co-Op a go. Now, I’m all about the story in a video game, but I know that playing with friends will turn the session more into a Mystery Science Theater adventure than anything serious. So I figured we’d make a run through the game and just test out the dynamics and weapons, and I go back on single player to actually see what the hell is going on. That being said, Resistance 3 is addicting and insanely fun. By the time I sat down my controller at 2:30am, my eyes probably hadn’t blinked in hours.
We proceeded to watch as the protagonist took his daughter’s mitten in his hand, to remember her by. We wondered aloud why that baby didn’t pick up a gun and help the cause. Was the mitten explosive? If not, why is our time being wasted on this. Swimming in the sea of sarcasm and sardonic insults, we picked up our guns and went to work. The cool thing about Resistance 3 is that the more you use a certain weapon, the more it levels up. Leveling up a weapon can give you bonuses from the mundane, like a scope, to the insane, like remote mine revolver ammo or biological weapons of mass mutation. I couldn’t help but remember the recent Supreme Court Case Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association in which the court said that violence in video games is protected speech just like any other form of art. Well, if violence can be considered art, then Resistance is the Mona Lisa, if the Mona Lisa was armed to the teeth.
The atmosphere of the game is intense and wonderfully detailed and I can only imagine the story might be pretty good too. We played for about six hours and had traveled from Oklahoma to New York, and so were able to see a great variety of environments and situations. Never in the game did anything seem tedious, and the different confrontations with the aliens, and sometimes humans, meant that tactics had to be changed on a dime and attacks reconsidered. This all helped to ensure we made good use of every weapon in our arsenal. Which is a good thing too, because no less than ten times did we remark on how damn original the weapons in this game were. Though I do have to add that, in a moment of desperation, nothing is as satisfying as a good old shotgun blast at close range. Especially since they don’t have death animations. They’ll just explode.
We didn’t beat the game last night, and I’m gonna go ahead and shelve it again until I’m done with Deus Ex. Its nothing against Resistance 3, I’m just so drawn into the story of Deus Ex that I have to see it to completion. Once that’s done, I’ll head back to Resistance and actually take it seriously, to check out the story and attempt to beat it on the hardest level. A more detailed review to come!