Based on the popular PS3 series,
RESISTANCE: BURNING SKIES is created by developers Nihilistic
and successfully transports this franchise to the PS Vita. The
game takes place between Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance
2 and serves as an interesting filler to the series as you play
Tom Rilley, a New York firefighter who has found himself in a
whole world of hurt. Even though you don't play as the main
protagonist Nathan Hale, Reilly's story is still interesting and
when the Chimera steal his family, his life soon takes on a new
meaning. Given that, the story is slightly the standard run of
the mill tale with parallels between Tom Cruise's War of the
World. Nonetheless, it is fun to revisit this universe again,
provided you don't become overwhelmed with sci-fi/adventure
In terms of original gameplay,
Burning Skies is lacking anything with a major punch and
unfortunately the developers rest a little on their laurels with
this PS Vita game. It's a rather formulaic game which requires
you to get from point A to B and engage in a variety of hostiles
along the way. Fortunately the control system of Burning Skies
work well on the PS Vita, especially with the analog stick which
successfully mirrors the PS3 controls. Combat works well on the
PS Vita with all buttons mapped out correctly and the highlight
of the game are the challenging boss battles which helps break
up the repetitive combat with Chimera grunts. The cover system
works well and there's plenty of different weapons to give the
player some variety.
I do like how the developers have
used the touchscreen of the PS Vita which doesn't seem forced as
some other titles on this console. Whether it was using the
touchscreen for melee attacks or navigating your inventory, this
feature did not break the gameplay at all. It's especially
useful for customising your weapons and making human/Chimera
hybrid tools. In terms of completion, Resistance: Burning Skies
will take seasoned gamers around 7 to 8 hours to complete.
Fortunately there is a multiplayer mode available with up to 8
players that include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Survival.
Initially we had some difficulty finding other players but when
we did, it was a fun experience on the PS Vita that also
enhances the single-player campaign by awarding gamers with
Graphically, Burning Skies features
some great cutscenes that assist in moving the main story along.
The in-game graphics have this dated feel to the title that once
again lacks any real panache, especially the backgrounds.
Character models look great and are well animated that integrate
well with the gameplay. Even with the mirage of an open-world,
Burning Skies fees a tad too claustrophobic. Add in the stock
standard special effects and lighting and Burning Skies is an
above average looking game on the Vita. The soundtrack of this
game is brilliant and has this real majestic theme with a touch
of melancholy. Voice acting is professional and sound effects
enhance the overall gameplay.
In the end, Resistance: Burning Skies Review is a good first
person shooter title for the PS Vita that although won't win any
awards for originality, it still provides the player with a fun
game with decent controls. Even though it pays homage to the PS3
series, the game sits somewhere between an iOS title and the PS3
in that it's almost there. Nonetheless it's a good use of the PS
Vita controls and is definitely for fans of the Resistance
series or those gamers who want a good first person shooter.
Thankfully, no knowledge of Resistance is required to play.