An above average first person shooter from
the PlayStation 3 arrives on the PSP in Resistance: Retribution that
successfully manages to capture the uniqueness of its big brother,
ensures for an almost flawless gaming experience and adds something new
to the genre.
Even though the PS3
version featured a variety of tweaks and challenges in terms of
gameplay and control, the developers have managed to successfully create a new
game on the PSP that's still firmly set in the Resistance universe. In
essence, the game is a third person shooter that plays remarkable well
on this great little console.
Game: A third person
action-adventure game created specifically for PSP that bridges
Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2.
storyline set against the battle to retake the European continent,
follows a single soldier’s grim determination to avenge his fallen
Bend Studio’s third generation PSP engine that allows for more
enemies on screen, more detailed characters with higher resolution
bitmaps and specular highlights, and a memory buffer system that
allows for larger and more detailed worlds.
Targeting System: Advanced third person targeting system designed
specifically for the PSP.
checkpoint system makes the title ideal for small bursts of gameplay
perfect for the on-the-go gamer.
include favorites from Resistance: Fall of Man like the Auger,
Carbine, and LAARK, as well as new weapons based on hybrid
Alien/Human technology – including the BM001 Razor and the Longbow
1S-1K “One shot, one kill” sniper rifle.
Enemies: Over 10
different types of enemies, including Chimera from Resistance 2 and
Resistance: Fall of Man – including the Titan, Slipskull, Hybrids
and Leapers – and all new enemies like the Hag and Cloven.
eight player multiplayer gameplay with five game modes including
Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Containment and Assimilation
available via ad-hoc and infrastructure.
Franchise: Web based franchise that ties into the Resistance
franchise web portal.
The game is set weeks after Resistance:
Fall of Man and follows the story of former British Marin, James Grayson
that after a person tragedy, sets his sights on the absolutely
destruction of the Chimera. Although it's a war that he cannot win,
Grayson eventually joins the European resistance, the Maquis and from
there, hell is about to be unleashed on these alien invaders. Clichéd?
Yes! Engaging? Definitely. The story of Resistance: Retribution is
classic sci-fi that of course goes hand in hand with this genre and
features some great supporting cast to liven things up.
Control wise, Retribution works extremely
well on the PSP with the analog stick used for movement, the face
buttons to aim, shoulder buttons to fire and the D-pad for interactivity
with the gaming environment. Although the aiming does take a little
getting use to, thankfully the developers have an aim assist included in
the title which makes things rather fun and could be considered an
automatic targeting system at times. The best part of this system is
that you are not just locked onto one enemy and changing between foes is
as simple as pushing a button.
The AI of the game is at times on the
difficult side, however if you use your weapons wisely, this will assist
in defeating them, especially the boss levels which are worth the entry
price into this addictive third person shooter. You have two attacks,
primary and secondary that is matched with a variety of futuristic
weapons. To keep the game fair, not all guns can be used with the auto
targeting system of the game which means weapons such as rocket
launchers need some manual input.
At times, it feels like Serious Sam with
the amount of enemies in the gaming environment and best of all, nothing
seems too forced or contrived in the gaming world which only just adds
to the atmosphere when the enemies are pouring in. Thankfully you can
use the gaming environment for a cover system and my only gripe is the
lack of a "anywhere" save, although checkpoints are common. Without
spoiling the game, there are also some great areas that is not just
reliant on a third person shooter view. Think BIG and WATER!
Like the PS3 version, the PlayStation
Portable game supports a great online mode that allows you to challenge
up to seven other players in a variety of different modes that include
Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flat, Free for All, Containment and
Assimilation. Add in a ranking system, clan support and even a chat
ability and its easy to see why so many people are playing this title
online. It's as good as the single-player mode, only with live players.
If your PSP is connected to the PlayStation portable, your main
character James Grayson becomes infected by Nathan Hale from the PS3
which is kind of quirky as you take on his abilities from the other game.
You can even play Retribution with your PS3 controller that
is quite fun, provided you have it connected your system to the TV as
it's note quite the same on the small PSP screen.
Graphically, this is probably one of the
best titles we have seen on the PSP for a long time with detailed gaming
environments, great character design and a plethora of special effects.
Add in a kickass soundtrack and realistic soundtracks and it's time to
listen to this game with headphones to truly enjoy the atmosphere of
this world gone wrong.
At the end of the day, Resistance:
Retribution nicely compliments the PS3 version of the game with sturdy
gameplay, a great storyline and an endless amount of nasties for you to send
into the ether. The control system may take some players time getting
use to but once you have mastered the controls, you'll be hoping that
Sony release another game for the PSP. Fun from start to finish and
proves that the PSP is long from dead. Long live the Resistance! Long
live the PSP!