Every console launch needs a tent pole title, the game that shows off what the system can do in terms of game play and graphics. For the PLAYSTATION 3, that title is Resistance: Fall of Man from Insomniac Games. Not only is the game expected to carry the load for Sony but the title also had the distinct honor of debuting against Gears of War, Microsoft's second generation alien shooter that hit store shelves the week before, so it’s got that going for it as well.
The game takes place during an alternate history World War II era Europe where and you take on the role of Nathan Hale, an American GI sent to help free Great Britain from the clutches of the Chimera. WWII never happened as the Chimera disrupted the region before Hitler could get things going. The Chimera are an alien race of unknown origin that seems to have started Russia but have spread across Europe and now into the UK. The fun thing with the Chimera is that they capture humans and then mutate them into new Chimera so death is the better option than being captured right? Well unfortunately for you Mr. Hale gets captured early on in the game but is interrupted during the conversion process saving him from becoming a full Chimera This gives you some of the benefits of being a Chimera (like speed and regenerating health) without the disadvantages of o. If the plot sounds a bit familiar then you've probably played Quake IV, or any other genre piece which has used a similar plot construct.
While the components of the plot are not the most original, the overall plotline is excellent. The story is told as a flashback from the perspective of one of the British resistance fighters that Hale saves early on in the game. As you progress through the game you’ll work your way from the English country side to the heart of London and along the way you’ll get to pilot a few vehicles and kill wave after wave of Chimera.
Chimera come in a few different shapes and sizes as you have everything from unarmed drones that grab and gnaw on you to flying behemoths that shoot spikes at you. The Chimera AI is rock solid as they will attempt to flank you and work in groups to come at you from multiple directions. They also respond intelligently (almost too intelligently) to when you pick them off at range with a sniper rifle.
The game is also a return to the old days of the one man killing machine as you fight alone for most of the game. It’s a nice change up from games like Gears of War and Call of Duty 3 where you’re working with a group of people. There are portions of the game where you do have a few comrades in arms to work with but that majority of the game is spent by yourself. Is that a bad thing? Not really as the AI of your co-horts isn’t that good as they tend to wander into your field of fire and tend to die quicker than teens who just had sex in a horror movie. The game does support two player co-op over split screen which is an OK addition but will disappoint those who have been spoiled by Gears of War amazing co-op over Xbox Live.
Since you are riding solo for most of the game, the folks at Insomniac have provided you with a huge arsenal to help you dispatch Chimera. Whereas the gimmick behind Gears of War was the cover system, in Resistance you have a wide selection of weapons at your disposal. There is a rifle that allows you to shoot through walls, a rocket launcher that allows you to direct its missile after firing, two standard rifles, a shotgun, sniper rifle, and a chaingun that doubles as a sentry gun. In addition to the primary weapons you have a variety of grenades at your disposal. Besides your standard grenade there is the Hedgehog, a fragmentation grenade that fires out a set of sharp spikes when it lands. My personal favorite is the Fuel Air grenade which spits out a cloud of gas and then ignites creating a localized fireball that roasts any Chimera near it.
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