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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developed By: Insomniac Games
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Players: 1 (16 Versus/ 2 Co-op)
Rated: M for Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language)
Release Date: September 6, 2011
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Written By: Marcus Prunty

October 12, 2011 - When you on the losing end of a war that has lasted for several years, your outlook on life starts to slowly sour and depression will begin to set in. No hope for the future for you or your family will sometimes lead you to make the sacrifices that you would not normally be willing to do. Insomniac Games has always done a great job of tackling the human factor and giving the player the ability to connect with the story and feel the desperation that the characters are experiencing. There is a sense of loss and hopelessness in the future of not only your life but in humanity in general.

Enter Joseph Capelli the main character in Resistance 3 who is living in a little bunker underground in Haven, Oklahoma with his wife and infant son and a handful of other survivors. The Chimera are overrunning the planet, Earth is starting to look completely lost in this war. Resistance 3 takes place 4 years after Resistance 2 and things have definitely not gotten better. The Chimera is in the process of changing the planet to resemble their homeworld, which is covered in ice. In addition, a wormhole has opened up over New York that is sure to spell doom for humanity. Dr. Malikov makes his return as he attempts to persuade Joseph; our reluctant hero, to escort him to NY to stop the wormhole and save the planet.

Being the true family man that he is, Joseph says he does not want to leave his family with the world the way it is. He is needed to be there to protect and look after him. However, once he sees how truly bleak it is beginning to look he changes his mind because he wants his son to have a future. His son Jack; that you will see throughout the game, reminds him of why he is risking everything and you can feel his sorrow and emotion in these moments. Rarely does a shooter attempt to convey these emotions. Normally it is just about the mission, shooting, killing, and finishing the various objectives. Resistance balances all of these different aspects well.

Another thing that Resistance 3 balances very well is the weapons; the guns are what make a shooter truly great. Inspired by one of their other franchise series, Insomniac Games gives Resistance 3 the Ratchet & Clank experience with the over the top weaponry. One of these weapons is the Mutator, which when you shoot a Chimera, causes them to cover with boils and explode. When you watch this happen, it just looks so cool you want to keep doing it repeatedly. One of my favorite weapons makes its return - the Auger - which is the Chimeraís weapon. It gives you the ability to shoot through objects as well as throw up a shield to protect you from gunfire. I used this weapon so much that I was usually always mad when it ran out of ammo. The Bullseye also makes its return as another surefire weapon that you will use repeatedly. Insomniac Games this time around has an automatic level up attached to how often you use the weapons. In addition, when they level up they get a new upgrade like explosive rounds, tagging enemies. Switching in between different weapons is easy with the weapon wheel. All the weapons feel powerful and do damage to buildings as well as to the Chimera. The controls are responsive, so that when you are playing you do not feel like you are being screwed over because you pressed the button to shoot or run and threes some kind of lag or delay.

The gameplay is full of many large scale battles where the bosses take up most of the screen; these battles are intense as each of these bosses have weaknesses the game give you hints as to go about defeating them. Paying attention to the battle will result in not dying as many times as I did LOL. Insomniac did a good job of sprinkling these large battles throughout the game, in between escort missions and retrieval missions. This keeps you guessing to what is around the corner and keeps the intensity ramped up. All these large-scale battles plus the emotional aspects in the story keeps this level of intensity.

While most will venture into Resistance 3 with a DualShock 3 controller; utilizing the PlayStation Move motion controller alongside the Navigation controller, will net a solid experience as well. Insomniac Games is yet another developer who incorporated Move support into their game, allowing gamers another way to experience the action within the game. Couple the motion controls with the Sharpshooter attachment, and you feel like you are right in the middle of the action. It took a bit to get use to the motion controls, but once I did, I was mowing down chimera like a pro. 3D support is also included within Resistance 3. The experience in 3D is very pleasant and immersive. If you own a 3D TV, you owe it to yourself to experience everything Resistance 3 has to offer in a whole new dimension.

When you have a shooter, you usually have a multiplayer and Insomniac Games did not slouch on the multiplayer aspect of the game. Sixteen players are allowed to play at a time, which provides a nice eight on eight experiences. The world that you play in within the multiplayer is the same destroyed ruined place that the story takes place in. The teams are broken down into Chimera versus Humans. After each match, you switch teams so if you were the Chimera first time around, the next time all the teams respawn, you will become a human. I found this out the hard way when I was playing the beta prior to the release of the game. I kept trying to kill the Chimera before I finally realized I was the Chimera. There is a new perk system where you get abilities, when you go to options you can change your Loadout to Survivor and or Infected. The thing that I liked about having the survivor loadout is the doppelganger special ability. You press the right arrow on the d-pad and an exact clone of yourself pops out and runs alongside you shooting so the enemy cannot tell which one is you and 9 times out of 10 they will shoot the wrong one, allowing you to get the kill. You can even make the doppelganger standstill, and when the enemy goes to melee kill it, it explodes killing them.

The other option is Infected and gives you a different set of weapons - the bullís-eye gun which is one of my favorite guns to use, as well as hedgehog grenade which is cool - but the best feature I liked was the Lightning shield. The beauty of the Lightning shield is that you cannot be melee killed because the shield will shock the enemy as soon as they try to attack you. You also get the spotter ability, which puts up a red screen that allows you to see the enemies, which comes in handy. I must also say that the lightning shield as well as the doppelganger is not things that you can equip the whole match. They have a timer on them as the energy will drain from them then u lose it for a minute or so till it recharges then you can use it again. Going on kill streaks offer perks as well, like the Auger for a minute or so which will let you shoot your opponents through walls. Leveling up also gives you some nice rewards so when you go to play stick with it and you will be rewarded greatly. There are many different modes to pick from Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Deathmatch Small mode, War Games Mode, Breach Mode, and Chain Reaction mode. In addition, on top of all these modes Insomniac throws in a 2-player co-op mode.

The single player campaign is great, it is emotional and in depth. The desperation that Joseph is feeling as well as the intensity of the firefights is felt as you play. The sound design of the game is top notch and you get a sense of accomplishment as you hear the Chimera scream out upon being shot to death. The graphics for the game are well done as well. Insomniac put a lot of time and effort into making the Earth a total wasteland being overrun by the horde, which is the Chimera. The single player campaign will take you around 10-12 hours to complete but once you do that, you have several different modes for the multiplayer. This will add lots of hours to the gameplay that you may well play this game for months. The many different options weapon wise, gameplay wise creates a total encompassing game. If you have been a fan of the franchise, this game is necessary play. If you are always wanted to play one of these games jump in on this one you will get enough of a back-story as you play that you will not feel lost in the franchise. One of the best-looking shooters on the PS3 if you have not played it you should and soon. Help Joseph save the planet from the Chimera horde.


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