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Resistance 2 Review (PS3)

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Resistance 2 (PS3)

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The Bottom Line

Resistance 2 is the shooter of the year for PlayStation 3 owners, and possibly all console junkies. Fast, big, beautiful, and fun the followup to Resistance: Fall of Man not only picks up where the other game left off, it takes it to a whole other level. In spite of a forgettable story, there are memorable moments galore thanks to epic boss fights and superb level design.
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Pros

  • Epic scale really makes the enimies feel truly terrifying
  • 60 player death-matches and 8 player co-op with zero lag is an impressive and fun feat
  • Incredible weapons and excellent level design keep the game fun and moving
  • Lots of unlockables for those who like to treasure hunt
  • Environments are varied and interesting, Twin Falls Idaho and Bryce Canyon will never be the same

Cons

  • Story is mediocre, the characters, and their mythology, could use more work
  • Story really unfolds in unlockable files that are strewn too randomly about the levels

Description

  • Graphics: 5 Great looking environments, scary looking enemies, and pretty special effects, what more could one ask for?
  • Sound: 4.5 Solid music and effects, but it's the eerie radio broadcasts that put it over the top
  • Control: 4 Responsive and intuitive controls, but you can hear the distant cry of PC gamers yearning for a mouse and keyboard
  • Difficulty: 2 I started it up on the hardest available difficulty and never really felt pushed, it should've been tougher
  • Gameplay: 5 It's a solid genre and this game does everything it's supposed to to deliver an engaging/fun experience
  • Multiplayer: 5 It's nearly impossible to beat the 60 player competitive and 8 player co-op experience
  • Online: 5 Thanks to no fees and an excellent service it's easy to find games and get running quickly
  • Replayability: 4 I don't know how often you will play the single player campaign, but the multiplayer is a hobby in itself
  • All scores are out of 5 Final score is not an average of the individual score
  • Rated: Mature Dark and violent, this game is not for those easily spooked

Guide Review - Resistance 2 Review (PS3)

Resistance 2 is a serious shooter. From its excellent single/co-op missions to the incredible battles online, this is a game that is focused on being an excellent console shooter. PC players are right, that playing a shooter on the PlayStation 3 is not the same as on a PC, and games like Half-Life evidence that perfectly. So what makes Resistance 2 great? It's the kind of shooter that is meant to be be played on a console, and it's one of the best.

Technologically, the game is a stunner. Resistance 2's massive 60 player online battles simply cannot be done with other games, not only is it not an option, but the software simply couldn't handle it. Resistance 2 does, and seemingly with ease. Additionally, the game is picture perfect. The epic backgrounds and giant baddies make you really feel part of a larger war. Indoor and outdoor environments are detailed, varied and interesting. You get to fight in new and interesting rural and urban locales, and you can expect something new around most every corner.

While Resistance 2 is an excellent single player game, its true strength lies in its numbers, and to be frank, playing it with seven other people against the Chimeran horde is a blast. With players taking on different roles and being able to upgrade depending on how well they did on a level, it's the perfect combination of competition and cooperation.

There are a lot of great games on the PS3 this holiday season, and Resistance 2 is certainly one of the ones not to be missed. With so many ways to play the game, so much of it, and all of it so good, you will more than get your money's worth out of the game.

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