PlayStation 3 has a fantastic launch line-up of games. So it is against stiff competition that Insomniac Games has decided to throw off their established and much-loved Ratchet & Clank series and try something new. Has the risk been worth it? Can Insomniac deliver a gritty first person shooter (FPS) to please all? You bet your pasty mutant hide they can!
In an alternate 20th Century, a mysterious, technologically advanced and down right evil race known as the Chimera has swept across Europe. With Russia and the European continent falling quickly, only Britain is able to take a stand... and we aren't doing well.
On the brink of annihilation, the good ole yoo ess of ay steps up to the plate to bail our limey behinds out of the fire once more (although in this reality this is the Second World War). Enter US Army Ranger, Sgt Nathan Hale; shaven headed and with a temperament to match, Hale is our last best hope for victory. As luck would have it, Nathan is the only person able to fend off the Chimeran virus, and rather than incapacitate him, it makes him stronger. This could be the edge the allies need.
As the first next generation game from Insomniac, Resistance has a lot to live up to; the genius Ratchet and Clank series casts a long shadow. As one of only two PS3 first person shooters at launch, it has even more to bear on its olive drab shoulders. But Insomniac has done us, and PS3, proud with a benchmark title against which all comers will be measured.
The green and unpleasant land
Starting in the North of England, you are presented with a corrupted version of 1950's Britain. Once sleepy, country villages have become barricaded burnt out battlegrounds, infested with all-manner on inhuman threats. As you move south toward London and the centre of the Chimeran threat, the rolling countryside is pockmarked with craters and threatening inhuman installations. The once bustling cities are all but swamped by dark technology, growing over existing architecture like a dark taint.
The Chimeran influence continues in to the human resistance, as bizarre high tech (for the fifties) vehicles such as the Kingfisher VTOL aircraft (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) have been hot house designed and built in a desperate need to meet the threat head on. Weapons have likewise evolved with a grenade launching assault rifle as your default weapon and an array of Chimeran firepower available that'd make Rambo blush.
As you'd expect from the people behind Ratchet and Clank, the weaponry in Resistance isn't simply bigger and better every time you upgrade - creativity is key. In addition to the human arsenal you'll be wielding, you'll get your hands on the Bullseye battle rifle which can 'tag' and opponent so subsequent shots home in. The Auger rifle fire shots than 'drill' through solid objects to reach their target, each obstacle actually adding to the lethal power of each round. There are also Hedgehog grenades that fire deadly spines in all directions, and a rocket launcher whose projectiles can turn on a sixpence. This is just a glimpse in to Resistance's armoury, but it should be enough to tell you the weaponry here isn't predictable in any way.
We will fight them on the beaches
Predictable is also something you can't accuse the Chimera of being. Advanced artificial intelligence means all but the lowliest of Chimeran creatures will use cover, flanking and squad tactics to bring you down. On the rare occasion you're supported by the plucky, British resistance, they too will use their virtual brains to dodge enemy fire and give you the firepower support you desperately need to bring down the threat.
You'll also need some extra armour on your side to take down some of the bigger creatures and you'll find a packed garage to draw from. As well as the light, fast and deadly 4x4, the Lynx, you'll also find yourself in the driving seat of the massive Sabertooth tank. Turning the Chimeran weapons on them you'll also be laying down some devastation in the crab-like Stalker mech armed with an autocannon and missiles.
Of course, being mankind's last hope is far more enjoyable when you can share the responsibility with a friend, and Resistance offers an invasion force of multiplayer options. Offline, you can take on the Chimeran threat with a buddy thanks to the split-screen co-operative mode, and you can also take each other on in a myriad off four-player split-screen 'versus' modes.
Drawing on the power of PlayStation®Network, you can head online and take on battles featuring up to 40, yes, 40 players from around the world. Step into the fray as a human or Chimeran fighter each with their own strengths and weaknesses, across six thrilling modes. Choose from the tactical Breach, the nail biting Conversion, Meltdown, Team Deathmatch, Deathmatch and the self-descriptive Capture the Flag. The online warzone never looked so attractive.
As the first, original, FPS on PlayStation 3 (Call of Duty is an existing series), Resistance has attracted a lot of attention from the fans hungry to exercise their crosshairs. Thankfully, Insomniac has worked its magic once again and delivered some astonishing gameplay, thrilling story and eye-watering graphics. Resistance is futile - succumb and help stop the Fall of Man.