Resistance 2 Multiplayer Hands-On

We tear through the multiplayer component of Insomniac's promising first-person shooter sequel.

Sony held a media event today and let the assembled US press spend some time with a work-in-progress version of one of Resistance 2's multiplayer modes. The ensuing battle took place on the same Scotia map that was shown in the UK a few weeks ago, and it pitted us against players onsite as well as players at Insomniac's Southern California offices. Despite a fussy onsite Internet connection, which got things off to a slow start, we had an opportunity to get embroiled in some fast-paced 60-player matches.

The demo level kept the action moving along at a pretty steady clip thanks to in-game objectives that popped up as the matches progressed. The big bread-crumb trail in the multiplayer experience is the points you earn for killing enemies and for achieving the aforementioned objectives. Points can be used to unlock various bonuses, such as the mobile energy shield that we got our hands on at one point, which we could activate simply by tapping right on the D pad. The shield is purportedly one of several different power-ups you'll be able to get, although it was the only one available in the demo that we played. While having a mobile energy shield sounds cool, Insomniac has already made sure it won't be a crutch--it's just big enough that an enemy player can slide in alongside you and shoot you in the face, and it's effective only against projectiles, so headbutts and grenades are still deadly, for example.

As far as combat goes, Resistance 2 stays true to the core mechanics of the original game, so the control scheme will be familiar to veteran players. You'll have primary and secondary fire options on weapons as well as a healthy sampling of grenades to throw. When you're in motion you can try to avoid death by crouching, running, and jumping, although you'll flag yourself on the radar when you're running and shooting.

Speaking of shooting, the demo we played had four unique weapon loadouts to try, which gave us a sneak peek at some of the new firepower that you'll have at your disposal. Besides the familiar dynamic duos of the carbine and the shotgun, the auger and the bull's-eye, the sniper rifle and the shotgun, we got to try out the marksman and the minigun. The marksman is a semiautomatic battle rifle with a scope that's almost as powerful as what you might find on a sniper rifle. The minigun is just that, a power hose of bullets you can spray all over your foes. While it's slow to get going, the weapon is not to be trifled with. Better still is the minigun's secondary fire, which ups the firepower and also gives you a shield. The trade-off is that you're unable to move while using it.

The action purred along at a crazy pace because of the game's respawning system, which drops you right back in the game close to whoever killed you, helping to foster the in-game rivalries that Insomniac is hoping will be key to the whole experience. Your rivals in any multiplayer game are called out with a unique color highlight, so you can seek them out and give them the special payback love that can be delivered only by a beatdown.

As far as visuals go, the demo we played made a good first impression, but it's also not totally representative of the final game and clearly featured some placeholder art and animation. The color highlights on your foes are also being tweaked--in the demo they were bright red. Resistance 2's potential was plain for all to see, though, thanks to the large, detailed environment with a rich color palette. Most importantly, the game burned rubber in the frame-rate department. Though the game is still incomplete, R2's action is speedy and hectic, which is appreciated. The forest area, with log cabins and tons of foliage, was impressively large and offered plenty of nooks and crannies to maneuver in for maximum killing. Some areas of the map appear to be tailor-made for bottlenecks when teams are rushing to an area, but if you get creative with your energy shields and use some teamwork, the tables can be turned.

Overall we're pleased by what we played today. The game has a lot of potential, and the pace felt good. There are some minor control quirks that took us a little while to get used to, but R2 will offer the same level of customization for sensitivity that its predecessor did, so we reckon it won't be much of an issue. We're anxious to see more of the multiplayer modes and see what kind of flavors Insomniac is going to be serving up to make the game's multiplayer offering unique. Resistance 2 is slated to ship later this year for the PlayStation 3. Look for much more on the game at this year's E3 and in the coming months.

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84 comments
shaun_mcwayne
shaun_mcwayne

i agree with dimention4, why is it such a contest to see which console is best, i have both xbox and ps3 and i play the box more, the online features on xbox are way ahead of ps3. im sure gears 2 will **** slap then teabag this game till it bleeds out. also if you can afford a pc that can run gears 2 on full spec, u can easily afford and xbox and a copy of the game. one last thing why do ya all want games to be exclusive to ur consol are ya selfish, if it was up to me there would be no exclusives and in time to come there will be less and less, i mean if u made a game would u just sell it to half the gamers out there or would ya want them all to play it.

dimension4
dimension4

OMG all these coments are nothing but ps3 vs 360. stop being fanboys and talk about the game already back on topic the rival respawn system could work nice in a free for all but it might be weird in team, might scramble teams up instead of grouping them.

t3rray
t3rray

I like the 1st one i dont care about whether or not it does better than xbox 360 or wii i just want it to be as entertaining as the 1st one!

Aven9186
Aven9186

An awesome game that will shut up any Xbox fan boy.

mike12431
mike12431

Honestly, resistance 1 sucked. Now I believe that this will be a great game, Resistance 2 looks a lot better than resistance 1.

xialon
xialon

Fall of Man was a great game. Resistance 2 just needs to tweak some game play and make the graphics much nicer. I can't wait for this one.

xMADxDOGx
xMADxDOGx

again a masterpeace that will own xbox for ever :)

muzza93
muzza93

Can't wait to get this, killzone 2, MGS4, GT5, and LittleBigPlanet, Killzone 1 is my fav. game of all time.

merseylax
merseylax

i hope in the full game their will be a chimera campain they rule humans are crap thats why im half dolphin

givemehazeNOW
givemehazeNOW

The only reason I got a ps3 is cos I knew that everything on 360 will come 2 PC sooner or later. That was two years ago... now Gears of War is on PC, oblivion is on ps3, Bioshock is a-comin' too... and now games like MGS4, killzone 2 and this are a-makin' their way onto ps3. Good god, does ps3 already have better exclusives? BTW Halo 3 is now officially third most popular on xbox live, behind GTA4 and CoD4. Why the **** would I buy a console and pay 100 bux Aus to play halo and gears online when Gears is free on PC and halo is nowhere near as good as CoD4? Face it xboxers Microsoft is ripping you off.

silvertenchu
silvertenchu

actually all the games in 360 like Gear of war 2 etc etc will be coming ouy on thePC anyway so what is the point of buying 360? better still get a PS3 that you cant play any games thought the PC right! just tell me which amazing game in any PS console that PC have!

Dawson82
Dawson82

the first 1 was ok,but you buy these games for online play,best online game until cod4 came out,this is gonna be class,unluky 360,keep tryin

Kevdog1976
Kevdog1976

Death to all Chimera! Resistance 2 will be amazing and not disappoint! Long Live Sony!

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Yo Dragonfist101, you got a good point there. The PS3 has not only this, but also KillZone 2 and the utterly awesome MGS4, followed next year by God of War 3. Meanwhile the 360 has gears 2, which will invariably be available to anyone with a PC some months after the "exclusive" release on 360.

GunbladeDrifter
GunbladeDrifter

I wasnt sure what Insomniac meant but objectives in multiplayer after reading this I get a full understanding. Sounds like a great idea reminiscent of COD4 and gives you something to do than just shooting. Insomniac is one of the few companies that I can say always delivers when they make games.

dragonfist101
dragonfist101

IT LOOKS LIKE A REALLY GOOD GAME.. AND IT SHOULD BE A GOOD GAME CUZ THE XBOX360 GOT GEARS OF WAR , GEARS OF WAR 2 COMING OUT FOR THE 360.BUT TUT THE PS3 GOT THIS 1 COMIN OUT FOR IT'S SELF...LOL

dutch777
dutch777

let's hope it is a step up from the first one!!!

gocanes222
gocanes222

I'm getting it! I also said that about Haze(which I pre-ordered and haven't even picked up yet) which is because I'm scared it'll suck out of control. May I'll got later today

ukxxboi
ukxxboi

completed 1st on all difficulties enjoyed playing it thro altho multiplayer go boring after awhile, how ever like the add ons that they hav paced in R2's multiplyer ...nuttin like a good "beat down" awsome screens...cant wait

JMAN320
JMAN320

Got to get this and MGS4!

foxhunter10
foxhunter10

I cant play Resistance 1!!! now the 2!!! T_T Tooo quick are releasing the games!!!

unleasher123
unleasher123

The release of Resistance 2 will hit top sales as soon as it comes out and thanks to my new creditcard i just pre-ordered it! cant ait to get it!! and cipherace2008 the same thing happened to me after playing it a few times...

cipherace2008
cipherace2008

Resistance 2 is going to be the best FPS game of 2008 no doubt, plus right now i had to send my PS3 to Sony for my currupted hardrive to get fixed...thanks to stupid grand theft auto 4. (since i first bought that game my system started freezing alot!!!)

smithsmith07
smithsmith07

Resistance is by far the greatest launch title for the PS3 and still one of their strongest games out. I can only hope they take the multiplayer to the level that their campaign mode will be. Nathan Hale is the ultimate hustler.

SephirothDude88
SephirothDude88

ok i love Resistance and ill be buying Resistance 2. the hectic gameplay reminds me of Red Faction 2 Multiplayer on Speed. thats what makes it so enjoyable for me. as for Haze, i think all of you need to re-evaluate that game. it seriously looks like another solid FPS for the PS3 if not the 2nd best FPS for the PS3.

Ares360
Ares360

The Haze demo was ok but seeing that, that was from E3 2007 now the game looks better then ever and with 24 multiplayer and skills never before done by any game, Haze takes the prize for most of the summer until Resistance 2 and Killzone 2. I have high hopes for Haze and for haters it was a demo done a year ago so get over it. Killzone 2 and Resistance 2 are a must get and Resistance is released 11/5/08 in stores and Killzone 2/24/09, but if you can't get $64 for another game trade some games in or get a job, that's it problem solved.

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

killzone 2 = must buy / resistance 2 = must buy / haze = dissappointment...

kaven_rulz
kaven_rulz

nice,another great reason to buy a ps3 hahahahahahah,but im not a fanboy.i take whichever games that r best

goobert2
goobert2

killzone=Buy/Rent Resistance=Buy/Rent Haze=Rent

Magatsu23
Magatsu23

i´m probably getting this, and Killzone in 2009. didn´t like the haze demo that much.

Fat_Boy_PT
Fat_Boy_PT

R2 FTW! Insomniac rules so much!

raverrozza
raverrozza

i was dissappointed by tha haze demo too. a little bit of a non event for me. wont be getting it unless reviews say otherwise.

Dan2002sk8er
Dan2002sk8er

Get this not Haze, the Haze demo is fun but nothing special I would say a definite rental, The story on Haze seems cool but Nathan Hale would kill all of these losers even when they are juiced up on Nectar. to answer a question below Insomniac disappointed me when they took the Multiplayer out of Ratchet and Clank.

is0lati0n
is0lati0n

@JBjazzbo - Get Haze... This game doesn't come out 'til late this year...

DesertClawX2X
DesertClawX2X

For some reason, I could some Gears 2 fans come here and try to bash on Resistance 2. I'm stoked for R2, but sadly, I don't have a PS3....

kewoto
kewoto

yeah have "Chimara infection" where everyone starts as a human then one person out of the blue turns into a Chimara than who ever he kills becomes a Chimara and all the human whould have to work as a team to not become infected and than when everyone is infected everyone becomes human again and that process countinues.

GooglesMan
GooglesMan

I hope they add a "Zombie Mod" like mode (from CS) to this. Possibly "Chimara infection"... With 60 players, it would be the $417!

dewd4
dewd4

JBjazzbo Haze is out in May and Resistance 2 - Q4 2008 How about get both or can you not afford that much in the space of 5-6months:P

HeroOfCows
HeroOfCows

@JBjazzbo/ Definitely this, and not Haze, if you're getting one. It will be much, much better.

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

should i get this or haze? i can't choose...

mnia786
mnia786

Looks awesome, cant wait for it. Packing a mini gun and blasting on fools with up to 60 player on a map, sweet. Hope they add duck and cover and maybe even blind fire? Its shaping up to be one hell of a good game and personally, I don't think Insomniac have ever disappointed (well to me anyway). Hope they allow more players on cap the flag or more places to defend/attack from. And airstrikes would just totally own!

wars45
wars45

woooooo the 1 one was ace and i still goonline on it evey now and then but the 2 will rock

Beaglesniffer
Beaglesniffer

good luck staying alive with 60 ppl on a map lol

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

Insomniac looks to be making yet another great game. when have they ever dissapointed us? 60 players online will be awsome, I cant wait to try it out.

naraku2099
naraku2099

@ leke: "Variety is the spice of life." Why would you want to be limited to two weapons? It's a video game. It's meant to be entertaining and fun, and I think many people would agree when I say nobody's gonna miss that being realistic when you have some awesome weapons to choose from.

naraku2099
naraku2099

@ Jshaw71: You couldn't be more wrong. There are 2 story modes, single player and co-operative offline or online story modes. There just aren't too awfully many details known about the offline yet so what are they supposed to say that they haven't already?

tlow0678
tlow0678

@soulfulDAGGER You realize those walkers were seen in the first one. The first one was made before Universe at War. So yeah. They did not copy. *sigh* I hate ignorant posters.