Release Date: September 6, 2011
MPAA Rating: Mature
Having very few friends, I hadn’t really been impressed by the recent wave of video games that feature co-op or multiplayer gameplay features. If it were more popular, I thought, maybe I would like them. But despite all the multiplayer action I usually have, you could also have a single PS3 controller. Twenty-five years ago I could have managed by grabbing two Atari joysticks and playing solo, but games like Stink They do not match current offerings in terms of challenge or complexity. Also, I was in diapers and didn’t know exactly what my feet were.
However, my opinion changed when I picked up a copy of Resistance 3, which was released late last year. Being a fan of the first one, I finally got down to buying this new entry in the alternate history series. The co-op aspect didn’t even cross my mind at first as I was completely enthralled by the stunning graphics and engaging gameplay. One of the strongest aspects of the Resistance The series has been the fusion of historical elements (namely WWII) with science fiction (aliens who will rip your head off if you get too close, for example), and this one was no different. From fighting aliens under a barely standing St. Louis arch to an intense battle in the middle of a war-torn Times Square, Resistance 3 utilize real-life locations to boost the feeling that the stakes are high, as if you could look out the window and see the buildings around you filled with explosions.
After finishing the campaign, I immediately started with a second play, but in the main menu the co-op option somehow caught my attention and I wondered how different it would be to play with a partner. The prospect of saving the world again seemed so much more appealing with someone covering for me. So, I dusted off my second controller and invited a friend to play.
The cooperative mode is, in terms of story, exactly the same as the single player mode. But what a world of difference. Together, my friend and I were yelling at each other to take down the alien snipers, whimpering our way through abandoned train stations infested with creatures that looked like freshly dressed for display in a butcher shop, and then quietly frightened (by for second time) when the game’s stellar graphics would show us just how intense the PlayStation 3 can get. One particular scene involving floating upstream on the Mississippi River and getting trapped under a collapsing bridge was particularly impressive, and when the thing collapsed, we both looked like we were sitting in front of a summer blockbuster.
Resistance 3 is from Insomniac Games, the same studio that produces the Ratchet & Clank series, and its influence can be seen especially in the weapons that the game makes available. Various weapons (such as Bullseye and Auger) from the previous two games reappear, but are complemented by new weapons such as the Mutator, which produces explosive green pustules on enemies and turns them into walking time bombs. Additionally, the Cryogun gives a nice little reverse to the flamethrower that is often played by shooting a blast of ice at enemies and allowing you to rip them apart with a melee hit or the weapon’s alternate firing mode, a heartwarming blast that is freezes. enemies to pieces.
Overall, the game itself is very impressive. It’s a great title to add to your PS3 collection, especially if you’re a first-person shooter or a sci-fi / horror fan. But even general action gamers will probably find something here to enjoy. And while I was skeptical of cooperative games beforehand, the multiplayer aspect of Resistance 3 It turned out to be quite fun. I am looking forward to trying more games with a cooperative element. Now all I need is for Slackers to sell people to come play video games with me.