I had so much fun with this game.If only all FPSs were as entertaining as this one (and gorgeous to look at)!
Resistance 3 Review
Tightly balanced action and a superb array of guns make Resistance 3 a blast.
- Excellent arsenal
- Grim and gorgeous environmental design
- Challenging campaign encourages improvisation
- Intriguing interplay of weapons and abilities in online multiplayer.
- Uneven campaign pacing
- No matchmaking for cooperative online play.
Things do not look good for humanity in alternate-history 1950s America. Despite your heroic efforts as Nathan Hale in Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2, the vicious Chimeran hordes have overrun the nation, and Resistance 3's campaign once again paints a stirring picture of an all-but-complete invasion. Developer Insomniac Games has proven its ability to deliver invigorating and challenging action, and it does so again here in an exciting campaign that boasts one of the most diverse and deadly arsenals around. You can play the whole affair cooperatively with another player online or off, which is a welcome addition, though it's a shame that the fantastic class-based co-op from Resistance 2 does not make a return. Fortunately, the competitive multiplayer doles out intense firefights and intriguing rewards aplenty, and it's fun to combine your unique arsenal with potent abilities to wreak havoc on your fellow humans. Resistance 3's strengths far outweigh its shortcomings, making it another great entry in this sci-fi shooter franchise.
If you finished the Resistance 2 campaign, then you're bound to remember a guy named Joseph Capelli. After getting dishonorably discharged from the military, Joe gets married, has a kid, and settles down in a lengthy network of tunnels underneath a bombed-out suburban neighborhood. Our protagonist's home is one of a few hidden communities that you encounter throughout the campaign, and they are all thoughtful and evocative glimpses of how humans might cling together in the midst of a catastrophe. Joe isn't what you'd call a strong leading man, but throughout the campaign, you meet some interesting characters who add some welcome flavor to Joe's bland personality. Supporting characters also comment on your battlefield prowess in a way that enhances the context (Joe was an actual soldier, they are civilians) and makes you feel like a force to be reckoned with. The environments add a lot of character as well. From Joe's dusty Oklahoma outpost and the foggy Mississippi River to an infested mountain village, each location is richly detailed and artfully rendered, creating an engrossing sense of place and mood.
Though everywhere you go is visually interesting, there are some abrupt leaps and odd detours that can make the campaign feel disjointed at times. Still, it moves along at a good clip. Small skirmishes build up to large firefights, which lead to some big boss encounters that draw on the franchise's knack for using a large sense of scale to create dramatic encounters. Enemies often explode in bloody chunks or lose limbs when killed, and taking down towering foes is very satisfying, though Resistance 3 doesn't go as big as its predecessor. You can complete the campaign in as few as six hours, and unfortunately, the pace falters toward the end, leaving you with a conclusion that is less climactic than you might expect. Though the ending isn't very satisfying, playing the entire campaign is, thanks largely to Resistance 3's tightly tuned action.
Your enemies are aggressive, numerous, and varied, so you must read the battlefield and maneuver smartly. Popping out from cover and shooting might be effective in a small-scale battle, but enemies that leap behind you, rapidly swarm you, or shoot right through your cover force you to adapt your tactics or die. You face a lot of foes, and ammunition isn't exactly plentiful, so you need to leverage your entire arsenal to survive. Fortunately, the guns of Resistance 3 are some of the best in the business. Tried-and-true favorites like the bullseye, auger, and magnum return early on, but as you progress, you get some new treats that can freeze, electrocute, and even mutate your enemies. Each weapon has a secondary fire that can be as simple as a grenade launcher or as sinister as a swirling electric vortex of death. Furthermore, every gun levels up as you use it, making it deadlier and sometimes granting auxiliary bonuses, like incendiary ammunition or a better scope. There is no limit to how many weapons you can carry with you, and Resistance 3 forces you to put them all to work. It's not uncommon to exhaust your ammunition for multiple weapons during an intense firefight, so you either have to make do with a less-than-optimal firearm or scavenge the battlefield under enemy fire in hopes of finding an ammo cache.
To deal with these diverse enemies, you must stretch your arsenal to the limits, and this creates an engaging sense of improvisation. This feeling is augmented by the fact that your health does not regenerate automatically. Health pickups are fairly plentiful, but there are still many times when the Chimera are bearing down on you and you are low on health, ammo, or both. The tension this creates makes blasting your way through the campaign all the more thrilling, though if you're taking a friend along for the ride, you should consider upping the difficulty level. Whether online or split-screen, having another gun by your side makes things a bit easier and creates some slack in the otherwise taut action. There is no cooperative matchmaking, however, so you have to find your own companion, and alas, the addictive eight-player cooperative mode from Resistance 2 is nowhere to be found. Campaign co-op is a welcome addition, however, especially when the campaign is as thrilling as it is here.
Hope it returns to the fair, yet very challenging difficulty of Resistance 1 and makes a biiiiiiiiig biiig bow around the unfair, frustrating and from insane developers coming difficulty level of Resistance 2
Have not play resistance series b4, should i buy the 3 games collection ? ( i mean, is 2006, 2008 & 2011 game == )
@PCXboxSony U should.its cheap and the first and third entries are great, fun shooters.never played number 2 myself.
I was expecting more from this game. The ending was horrible. First and the second part were better. Also too short.
I haven't played this game as of yet, but my neighbor let me borrow his so I will definitely try it out right now. I will be back later to tell you what I think of it.
The PS3 Resistance franchise is probably my favorite one. That's why it's sad for me to say Resistance 3 is a huge disappointment. I own the 1st 2 Resistance PS3 games, rented this last edition. Maybe if it gets down to $20 or less I'll pick it up to run through it again; however, I'm not so sure. The problem for me is I'm a campaign player so a game has to be more than just a decent 1st person shooter to get into it. There are many mediocre games out there that can be fun to mash buttons on for a while. Resistance 3's plot line with Sgt Hale in the 1st 2 installments was really interesting. After killing off Sgt Hale they need to replace him with someone as good or better. They didn't. Capelli was nothing more than a side-kick in Resistance 2 and adding a wife and kid to the script briefly in the beginning to build sympathy is cliche. If you don't care about plots but just edge of your seat 1st person shooter button mashing, the previous installments are funner. The boss fights in Resistance 3 are nothing to write home about. They've altered the targeting system which, IMHO, isn't as good as the earlier games. On the plus side, they've added interesting twists to the weapons which get upgraded as you slaughter more Chimera with them. You'll need the upgrades as the stock battles are, IMHO, harder than many games.
@stampmeister why not include a spoiler alert if you're going to ruin the games?
@stampmeister storywise yes R3 wasnt as good. but damn the gameplay was especially with the weapon wheels and tougher enemies. also with health we need to play more strategically.
@Rakshee yeah it is. R1 is abit dated but its still fun to play and it has a good story. R2 has better gameplay but it kinda took a more CoD approach, just abit. it was still really fun to play through and the online is decent. R3 has a really good campain but the story isnt strong. plus i think it has great multiplayer. so yeah you should pick these games up imo
Playing through the campaign now. It's totally awesome. May not get around to multiplayer as I've got several other games, including FF XIII and XIII-2 I gotta play.
just bought this gamne for 12 bucks at the pawn shop. is it worth dropping a extra 10 to play online?