"Resistance: Fall of Man" was great as a single-player
experience. Good action, great weapons, nasty bad guys, fun
story. I played through it a second time recently, and I have
to say, for the $20 I spent on it, the value was through the roof.
"Resistance 2" does very, very little to improve upon the
original single-player game, but that's okay, because that was
already a good product. Your man Nathan Hale shows up two
years after the events of the first game still feeling the effects
of the alien impregnation he suffered, and as a result, he spends
the entire sequel slowly becoming one of the evil bastards he has
sworn to wipe off the face of the earth. Jumping back into the
fray against the evil Chimera, Hale once again slaughters all
manners of bad guys with many of the same weapons he used last time,
plus a couple of new ones, like a chain gun, an alien sniper rifle
and a pulse cannon for extra-large business.
Really, the single-player game changes almost nothing from the
first game other than new locations to blow shit up; save for a mechanic that switches to the now-in-vogue
"only two weapons at a time" format (a change from the first game,
which let you carry as many weapons as you could find), "Resistance
2" is just the first game with slightly better graphics, sounds and
enemy AI. It also feels slightly longer than the first game,
which gives you about a dozen hours of action.
The major change to this sequel is the multiplayer.
Although I did not give the first game much of a run online, I did
give it a run in the sequel...and, damn, this is cool stuff.
60 (SIXTY) people can play against each other at one time, meaning
that killing is never far from your location. Like many other
online games these days, the format is set up around a career mode
that allows you to earn experience points to level up your online
"character", to give you access to better weapons and player perks
as long as you like blowing hours of time online. (Kids love
that these days, as it allows them to talk to real people less and
less as these games get better and better.) Now, is
"Resistance 2" online better than, say,
"Halo 3" or
"Call of Duty 4"? Uhh, no. And, not even close.
But, it's still an addition that makes for good times as a PS3
owner, and some of the maps offer nice vantage points for all play
styles (the shotgun guy, the sniper guy, the
sneak-up-with-a-rifle-butt guy). And, you can also play on
co-op maps with 8 total players in a class-based system that has
medics and soldiers, as well as the ammo pack guy, harkening back to
your days loving
"Return to Castle Wolfenstein."
If you are a PS3 owner itching to pull the trigger, "Resistance
2" fits the bill, but there are so many deals now to get the first
game for cheap that it is definitely worth buying both games.
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience