Posts tagged ‘resistance 3’

September 21, 2011

Resistance 3 is Irrestistable

I finally completed the main story of Resistance 3 on Superhuman and the story remains just as immersive as the first playthrough.  I really can’t say enough good things about the single player.  Though regrettably I missed the first two Resistance games, the third and final chapter is as accessible to me as any game I’ve played before.  The characters are believable and the story is compelling.  As the main character, Joe Capelli, you make your way from Oklahoma to New York City.  The environments are amazingly diverse and incredibly detailed.  Going through underground tunnels, waste deep in water as the ceiling rumbles and moves, debris falling into the water around you, creates an amazing amount of tension.  There is a moment when you’ll find yourself fighting for your life in a prison gladiator style while the crowd screams and boos, and this creates an experience unparalleled to me in terms of gameplay.  And lets not forget the guns.  With a swarm of aliens right around the corner, one shot with the mutator, which slings infectious disease over one of the enemies, caused him to erupt in boils.  He ran backwards towards the group writhing and screaming and finally succumbing.  All the other aliens became infected as well, and I moseyed on past as they exploded, one by one.

As I said before, when I purchased Resistance 3 I had no prior experience with the franchise.  I assumed that it would be PlayStation’s Gears of War.  Both are exclusive to their respective consoles, both are trilogies, and both involve gratuitous violence against aliens.  And they do share something huge in common, they are both amazing games.  But they are very, very different, I learned.  Resistance is pretty much a lone wolf game.  Though you may have a few friends here and there, you are not in a squad.  You are not military.  You are barely making it across the country in a savage free-for-all with invading alien forces.  It is a far more bleak world than that of Gears of War, one that is truly post apocalyptic, a game that oozes the desperation and destruction within its environment.  It is a one man against the world scenario, if not this world, then some alien world.  The mutator that I mentioned is not a fancy gun, but instead something scrapped together in a prison, its crosshairs nothing more than twine between two sticks.

But the real mainstay here is the multiplayer.  It is an unholy mix of Call of Duty’s frantic pacing, run-and-gun style of gameplay and Halo’s unique, sci-fi weapons and environments.  It’s incredibly addictive, if not horribly difficult at times, but every kill gives a unique sense of satisfaction.

Will I platinum on this game?  Not a chance,  it just looks too difficult and too time consuming.  The game really was an impulse buy for me, but one I’m glad I made.  The story alone makes this game worth it, and the multiplayer greatly extends the game’s shelf life.  But after last night, I’m putting Resistance away for a while and focusing on Dead Island.  Hopefully I can get my hands on some Gears of War 3 this weekend too and report back on that.  Otherwise, I’ll just have to save up my jones for killing aliens until Rage comes out next month.

September 9, 2011

First look at Resistance 3

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.

No joke, the hammer gets progressively bloodier as the game goes on.

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.

Come at me bro

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!