Should you resist this third instalment?
Nathan Hale is dead, shot in the head by the new leading character Joseph Capelli. The story picks up 4 years after the events of Resistance 2 and humanity has discovered a cure for the Chimera virus so no-one else will get it, but they’ve lost the war and are just trying to stay alive. Once Joseph’s town of Haven is attacked, his wife convinces him to go with a Doctor Malikov to New York to shut down a tower that is slowly freezing the planet. It’s a tale with a more personal tale than the military style that the series has been known for, so it works well but it doesn’t quite have the same impact.
Resistance 3 handles like its predecessors with you shooting through hordes of Chimera forces to reach New York, stopping off at a number of locations and meeting people along the way. The series has been famous for its many different weapons and Resistance 3 is no different, returning with old weapons like the Auger which can shoot through walls to new ones that can deploy lasers which will pull targets inwards like a black hole. There’s a good variety in the weapons and each has a secondary function.
The campaign has some great moments, although some players will feel that they’ve seen it all before. It lasts roughly 8 hours, although there are reasons to go back for a second playthrough like collectables and using cheats which make the experience more enjoyable. There’s also a co-op mode for those that wish to take on the Chimera together, although the game doesn’t quite hold up as well visually via split-screen. There is Move support included, which is a nice touch…but I personally prefer the standard control method.
Multiplayer is limited to Team Deathmatch, Chain Reaction, Deathmatch, Breach, and Capture the Flag. These are good modes and the maps are nicely varied, but it’s not quite as good as it could have been. It doesn’t stand up to the likes of COD, but it’s not bad in any regard.
Visuals are great for the most part, although it doesn’t look quite as good as the likes of Killzone. Character design is nicely detailed and the Chimera look as vicious as ever, while the framerate is steady for the most part. Voice-acting is decent and the soundtrack is a combination of military and emotional sounds that match the atmosphere of the game.
Resistance 3 is a great game, although not as memorable as the last game. But it has some great ideas and the weapons are wonderful to blast the Chimera away. The campaign is solid and although the multiplayer isn’t as good as it could have been, its still a blast. Give into the resistance once more…