Resistance 2 Review
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Date of North American Release: November 4, 2008
Date of European Release: November 28, 2008
Date of Asian Release: November 13, 2008
In Resistance 2, you fight the Chimera as Nathan Hale, who is immune to the Chimera virus, also known as a sentinel. This game starts off right where the first one ended, an extended version of the last cinematic of the first game is the first cinematic in this one. Hale is brought to Iceland where he is shot down and ends up on the ground trying to fight his way through.
Resistance 2 is a first person shooter. Its selling point was its 60 player online games and their online cooperative campaign. They followed through with their promises and did a good job with it.
Resistance 2 is a fairly linear first person shooter. You really enter the action quick as the tutorial takes about 5 minutes and during it, you feel like you are in the center of the action.
The game is extremely large in scale, in the San Francisco level, there are chimera ships that are constantly moving, you can actually watch them for a few hours, and there is no loop to their arrival. Many of the levels have a final boss that is massive in size compared to any other enemy you see in the game. Unfortunately, most of the boss fights are more along the lines of puzzles instead of action. It has its ups and downs, but one major down is that the difficulty in the boss fights doesn’t change in the harder difficulty settings so the boss fights are actually one of the easier parts of the game in the harder difficulties.
Other than the boss fights, the game succeeds in every way. The AI is incredible, the common soldier (hybrids) will do anything you expect a typical soldier to do on a real life battlefield; they take cover, keep you behind yours, use their numbers, and cover each other effectively. The game is action packed all the way through to the end.
In this story, Nathan Hale is the leader of his squad of four sentinels (including him). He travels to many landmark cities mixed in with some random towns that all exist in the United States. In this story, you are trying to kill what is essentially a form of Chimera, but its confusing and I would rather not get into that, long story short, there is a clear antagonist in this game.
There is a lot of opportunity for a sequel to this game because the story leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The story will likely not be a major force in making you continue the single player campaign but it is still a great story.
This game shines brightest in the online sections. There are two ways to play online in this game. First is competitive, second is co-op. The competitive mode is amazing; it has sixty player battles in all game modes. You really feel like you are making a big impact on the battle, especially when you are doing well. This game has the traditional capture the flag and deathmatch modes, but where it brings in the originality is in skirmish mode.
In skirmish, you are assigned to a squad and you have a rival squad, you are fighting over control points with your squad against your rival squad, when there is another squad that needs help, that is your next objective. Skirmish is nice because it keeps the battle moving constantly and doesn’t allow for people to camp in their favorite sniping spot.
The cooperative mode in this game raises the bar extremely high. The enemies spawn based on number of players present and performance. If you do well at one point during a match, the game will throw more enemies at you later; this can also be based on level and number of players. In cooperative, there are three classes, the soldier, whose main weapon is the wraith, they are meant to provide cover and dish out damage at close range, the spec-ops, whose main weapon is the marksman, they are meant to provide the team with ammo and dish out damage to the distant enemies, and the medic, whose main weapon in the phoenix, they are meant to heal their teammates as there is no regenerating health in co-op. Overall it works really well and the classes are balanced.
The graphics in this game are decent. Everything seems to have some form of a shine on it, it might just be the art style used in the game but it really doesn’t work out too well in some places, for example, there are some textures that are supposed to look a little bit rusty or cement like, neither rust nor cement shine.
The only other problem is the water, the water in this game looks amazing until you watch it move; the water never breaks its surface tension, which makes for a very strange effect, its almost like they used the water ripples slowed down and zoomed in for their research, but then forgot to zoom out and speed it up in the game.
As mentioned before, this game is massive in scale; the largest enemy in the game is taller than many buildings in Chicago. The smallest being the size of your thumb but there are an un-countable amount of them on-screen.
Gameplay: 9/10 Brilliant
Singleplayer: 8/10 Great
Multiplayer: 10/10 Flawless
Technical: 8/10 Great
Overall: 9.5/10 Brilliant
Resistance 2 is a very good game and I recommend it to anyone who likes first person shooters. This game is considered to be the best game on the PS3 so far.You will get at least 100 hours play out of this game if you are going for the platinum trophy.
This game set the bar for online games for me and others. You will definitely enjoy this game from start to finish. It is a great game to follow its predecessor. At this point, all that people want is another resistance game. All we can do is hope that the rumors are true.