Resistance: Fall of Man


posted 2/8/2007 by Charles Husemann
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One Page Platforms: PS3
The controls in Resistance are rock solid. You have your typical control scheme with the left thumbstick moving Hale and the right thumbstick controlling where he looks and aims.   The X button allows you to jump while the triangle button allows you to interact with the environment or perform a melee attack.    The R1 and L1 buttons control the primary and secondary fire respectively. The real genius of the control scheme is that you use the R2 button to switch weapons. Pressing the R2 button brings up a radial menu with all the weapons you currently have and you just push the left thumbstick in the direction of the weapon you want to pick. It’s a great system that allows you to quickly switch weapons. A nice feature of the system is that the two main weapons you’ll use, the two assault rifles, are at the top and bottom of the tree so you know where they are at all times.
The game does use the motion control of the SIXAXIS control, if you are seized by any of the low end Chimera you have to shake the control to get them off you. Yes, it feels as tacked on as it sounds.
Graphically Resistance is a beauty. While it’s not quite at the level of Gears of War it’s still one of the best looking titles out there. The Chimera are exceedingly good looking and there’s a lot of detail to them (you can actually shoot the individual hoses off their back). 
Where the game really stands out is the level design. There are a few generic maps there are also a lot of levels that just take your breath away. Without spoiling anything there’s one level towards the end of the game where you are inside one of the Chimeran bases and you realize how huge the levels are. There are some excellent signature moments in the game that are worth going back and replaying.
Another great feature of the game is that in some of the huge firefights the game the game never slows down and never drops a frame. This is with ten to twenty enemies and friendlies on the screen the never bogs down and some of those enemies are the giant monster kind. 
You can play through the game a few times as each time you play through you the game unlocks more weapons along with some new plot details. Once you get done with the single player side there’s a decent multiplayer component to play around with. There are a nice set of modes and there’s a nice humans versus Chimera mode
There’s not a lot wrong with Resistance. Sure you don’t use all the weapons and some of them seem a bit superfluous.   Then again that’s like complaining about having too many kinds of cake for your birthday.  As I mentioned earlier the AI in the game is sometimes a little too good but that’s not a bad thing. 
Resistance: Fall of Man is a fantastic game that has some of the most creative weapons ever put into a game. The only problem is that not a lot of people are going to play this amazing game because it is only available on the PS3 and between the initial shortage of units and the sky high price of a PS3. This is a real shame as I think this was easily one of the best games of 2006.

A fantastic game with rock solid single and multiplayer action and some of the most innovative weapons ever put into a game. It's just a shame that you need a PS3 to play it.

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