One of the PS3's launch game titles returns
again in another exciting first person shooter experience that is set in
an alternate universe gone mad. In the original game, the Russians were
involved in nefarious genetically engineered experiments with alien
influences that had huge repercussions on the world. This experiment
created the Chimera which caused mankind to be infected and become flesh
Fortunately for mankind
Lt. Nathan Hale came to the rescue and once again it's time for gamers
to save the last remnants of mankind, thanks to developers Insomniac
Studios who have truly created a unique and well-deserved sequel.
Although this disease spread across Europe like a plague, the UK and the
US were unscathed and unfortunately or fortunately for Hale, he was being hunted by his
own country as he was infected by the Chimera but had somehow
managed to control the change. The developers have also ensured that the
gaming environments are quite diverse, whether your walking through a
town invaded by the Chimera or boarding a Chimera vessel with its strain
technology is quite impressive.
The sequel begins where
the first game concluded with Hale given a choice, he could either come
peacefully or by force and this is where the title begins, albeit two
years later. With Hale in custody, his government believes that they can
find a cure for this virus at the SRPA, a secret medical centre.
would have it, something goes wrong and when they SRPA becomes breached,
it's up to Hale to once again liberate, destroy and perhaps save
humanity. Seeing San Francisco overrun by Chimera ships is like watching
War of the Worlds and really draws you into this engaging storyline.
Although in its essence,
the game is a first person shooter, the single-player mode is quite
linear as you generally need to travel from point A to B as you engage
in a variety of pre-existing and new enemies.
The controls of the game
are rather good on the new Sony DualShock controller and gamers of all
abilities should have no difficulty in mastering the controls. Walking
through a town invaded by the Chimera is quite eerie at times as you
just don't know when a pod may explode and a flesh eating zombie pops
out which is where the game excels through it's Half-Life type scares
For average gamers, it
will take the player around 10 - 12 hours to successfully complete,
however there is an engaging multiplayer which adds to the replay value
of the title and at times, feels like Call of Duty thanks to the
leveling of your character. There are a variety of online modes from
Deathmatch to team Deathmatch and my favourite, core control which is
like capture the flag.
The AI in the game is
generally quite good, although there are some times where you wonder
just what on earth they are doing. Of course, the AI doesn't compete
with a real player, however Insomniac have still done a good job of
this in the single-player mode.
Graphically, the title
is quite impressive on the PlayStation 3 with high resolution textures
and some impressive gaming environments. Seeing the huge Chimera
creatures walk through the gaming environment is quite spectacular and as
mentioned, it's like playing a key role in War of the Worlds. The
special effects and graphic detail is pure eye candy and all the
characters move with a real-world grace or otherworldly grace such as
those infected by the Chimera.
There is just so much
going on at once, it's quite an impressive gaming experience and best of
all, the frame rate generally remains quite high. Match that with a
great soundtrack and realistic sound effects plus some over the top
voice acting and Resistance 2 is a very polished game from start to
Resistance 2 is definitely an enjoyable first person shooter experience
on the PS3 with detailed graphics, sturdy gameplay and a great storyline
that is at times like the survival horror genre. Definitely a must have
for fans of the original title or for those wanting a very immersing
first person shooter experience.