Insomniac’s first game of 2011 has hit store shelves and is the complete package for any gamer. Resistance 3 features a strong single-layer campaign, Co-op play and a robust multiplayer experience. In contrast to their earlier Ratchet & clank and even to earlier Resistance games, Resistance 3 is a bleak & depressing game that makes you think that Earth is on its last days.
The story of Resistance 3 takes place 4 years since the end of Resistance 2 where then series protagonist Nathan Hale was shot dead on the main Chimeran battleship by Resistance 3 protagonist Joseph Capelli. Capelli was dishonorable discharged from the US Army for the killing of Hale and has since moved to Haven, Oklahoma with his young son and wife. In the time between the end of Resistance 2 and the beginning of Resistance 3, the Chimera has conquered the earth with 90% of humanity either dead or turned into hybrids. Resistance 3 begins with Capelli and his family in hiding when Dr. Fyodor Malikov shows up and says that there is a way to close the massive wormhole in New York City and potentially turn the tide against the Chimera. The story for Resistance 3 is well done and gives a depth of feeling that this is the last chance humanity has of surviving.
The graphics are well done in that they are not just eye-candy but also change and improve the story of Resistance. For example, in early levels of the game there is a lot of brown in the art design to give a bleak outlook. Another strong point to the graphics is how it varies in that you will not be playing in the same environment from start it to end.
The primary strength of any Résistance game is in its gameplay and weapons selection and Insomniac does not disappoint in either category. Old veterans of the series like the Auger make their return and now weapons will level and become more powerful when you use them. New weapons include the Atomizer that shoots out a ball of electricity and there is also the Mutator that causes hideous boils to form on your enemy and turns them into a living landmine. The action for Resistance 3 is fast paced and gives plenty of variety. With old enemy like the Steelheads making their return, you will also have to the Brawler that can fire air-fuel grenades at will. The spin-wheel from Fall of Man returns so you can hold more weapons than you were allowed to in Resistance 2. Capelli is quicker and more agility than hale and he is also more durable but this comes with a payoff in that there will be no regenerative health. Instead you must play carefully and be on the lookout for health kits. The action is diverse enough to keep you in your seat from beginning to end.
Resistance 3 also marks the return of Co-Op mode. Co-Op mode will allow players to play the campaign together via split screen or online. This does come with the tradeoff of the having the 8-player multiplayer campaign from Resistance 2 being removed. The multiplayer combat of Resistance 3 is set for 16 players. Even though this is shrinkage from the 60 players of Resistance 2 it allows for more close combat and frantic firefights.
Resistance 3 is a must buy for anyone with an interest in shooters and has a PS3. With a solid 10-hour campaign and addictive multiplayer, Resistance 3 should keep you busy for a long while.