Resistance 2 Multiplayer Impressions

Resistance: Fall of Man made a big splash online thanks to its huge 40-player skirmishes. The sequel is taking that number to 60 players, and we got a look at some of the other new features at a recent Sony press event.

Resistance: Fall of Man was the best-selling PlayStation 3 launch game in Europe, so it was no surprise to see developer Insomniac make an appearance at Sony's first London PlayStation Day event. Ted Price took the stage to announce that the game would be going from 40 players to 60 players online, and also told the assembled journalists how he intends to make this experience rewarding rather than overwhelming. After wrapping up a demo on the main stage, Price was on hand to demonstrate a new level from the multiplayer game so that we could see how the game has progressed since its first outing.

Considering the possibility of 60 players in one game, Price emphasised the need to make connections between players rather than having one disparate battlefield. This idea will be conveyed with individual squads, which will not only have different objectives within games, but they'll have team rivalries that Price wants you to develop a deep hatred for. You'll be spawned close to five or six players whenever you're killed in the game, and it will be these particular opponents that you'll want to take out over and over again. We didn't get to see quite how this will work in action, given that the games we saw were much smaller in scale, but it seems certain that Insomniac wants to play up the squad tactics of sticking together and protecting each other's backs.

We got to see one skirmish map from Resistance 2 called Scotia, which appeared to have a 45-player limit at the event but will purportedly support the full 60 in the finished game. The large, open map was set in a forest environment punctuated by log cabins and machines to traffic large trees through the level. The idea of the map is to advance to control points around the level and gain control, although we also saw how you would get secondary objectives to reinforce fellow squads when they come under fire. We also saw some of the shields that you'll get in the final game, one of which bends around the front of your body as you move, and another that's bigger and flatter but that has to be deployed in a static location. Both shields have a similar visual effect to Halo 3's bubble shield, and they looked like they were fairly integral to your success online. Other weapons included a grenade that you could throw that spiked up and exploded to send spikes in every direction.

Visually, the game is looking noticeably better than its predecessor. Branches and grass swayed gently in the wind, and the player models seemed to boast greater detail and smoother animation than before. You're still awarded points for headshots in the game, and it tracks your kills, deaths, and assists much as it did before. The game also dishes out tips as it's loading, pointing out that sprinting and firing gives you away on the enemy radar.

The other big news for Resistance 2 is that myresistance.net will be receiving a major upgrade in preparation for the release of the sequel. Ted Price claims that the inspiration for the makeover came from Facebook (We hope that doesn't mean it will include a proliferation of zombie vs. pirate minigames). We hope it means better integration of friends, stats, and multimedia such as videos and photos. The bad news is that Resistance 2 still doesn't have a firm release date; the only comfort we can offer fans is that it's looking relatively polished in its current form. Expect to see more on the game as the industry gears up for key events such as E3 and the Leipzig Games Convention.

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raptor400k
raptor400k

Wait, can you play 4 player co-op game split-screen and if so can you play it both split screen and online cause I really can't wait to shoot Chimera with my trigger-happy pals in Nov.

camejodog5
camejodog5

can some one message me and tell me how many people can play on online co-op

Areeb22
Areeb22

im gonna get this right away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im gonna b number 1 on multiplaya!!!!!!! u watch??!!!: my user: thakingofbling22

worthlessdude66
worthlessdude66

this game is f***** great damn tease got me so excited

marklovesbaseba
marklovesbaseba

yeh now that u mension it didnt microsoft kinda copy resistance with the shield thing...anyway i think by the time this game comes out there are going to be a lot more ps3 owners...cant wait till this comes out...also mgs4 and haze....im gonna be broke...

Mr_Korean
Mr_Korean

This is gonna be awesome!! Except didn't the first one ALREADY have a shield grenade and Spike Grenade?

Kane04
Kane04

does the guy that wrote this even play the 1st one? we already had a spike granade and a shield granade, halo was the one that copy the shield granade, not resistance...

G0dsRightNut
G0dsRightNut

lol, fanboy.... seriously though this game is looking far better than its predecessor, resistance 1's multiplayer was obviously just thrown together, plus it got boring fast. but this one looks **** WONDERFUL!!!

JMAN320
JMAN320

Hell YEAH! GO PS3! Kick xbox's ass!

WJCJ
WJCJ

another reason to buy a PS3

DocGerbil
DocGerbil

Anyone ever play a game called Joint Operations? It had 150 player battles that were pretty awesome. It was an FPS as well. With a focus on squadplay, however, Res. 2 should be awesome. I have high hopes for Resistance 2!!

Furbyballistik
Furbyballistik

these online battles are going be be amazing! i like the idea of having task to complete..this and Gears 2 is going to be AWESOME this year!

Brightonfan_86
Brightonfan_86

60 players online, unbelievable. eat your heart out Gears of War 2!

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

This is going to be frantic on a whole new level. 60 players? IN.SANE!

ddashboy242
ddashboy242

Resistance 2 GOTY 2008!!! Gear of War 2 who????????? :lol:

senjutsu
senjutsu

I suppose the 1st resistance will drop it's price then. I hope for "greatest hits" to pop soon. I'd buy resistance 1 at 19$ anytime, but not for 60$. I have too much games to buy.

muzza93
muzza93

"Both shields have a similar visual effect to Halo 3's bubble shield" How the hell would we know halo is only on xbox and this is only PS3, if we are reading this we have a PS3 not xbox, "Other weapons included a grenade that you could throw that spiked up and exploded to send spikes in every direction". Its called Hedgehog grenade, and its not a new weapon, this guy has not even played the first resistance, every gamespot writer is xbox 360 players

Xomonuchi
Xomonuchi

@ Revolu7i9n : it is to lose for my country , not to give

Revolu7i9n
Revolu7i9n

the endings gonna be like Hale doing some sort of suicide demolition of the Chimera HQ. "I only regret that I have but one life to give my country." -Real Quote by Nathan Hale when he is hung they have put that quote in there somewhere.

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

It's a Hedgehog grenade. But oh well, no release date we'll still be waiting.

wars45
wars45

loved the 1 one the 2 will be better and its called a heghog bome and it will be ace

GlassDominion
GlassDominion

i like how under game details gamespot lists "64 players online" but this article clearly says 60. gamespot needs to step their coverage up a few notches. reviews trickle in, takes them forever to review big games, they have wrong information all over the place, and all their journalists sound like they have no clue what they are talking about.

smeags11
smeags11

" Other weapons included a grenade that you could throw that spiked up and exploded to send spikes in every direction." Lol its like they never noticed hedgehogs were in the first one

thekodaman
thekodaman

I like how they're going to be fleshing out the story a lot more, particularly with respect to Nathan Hale who was pretty much a mute protagonist last time round.

jim25jim
jim25jim

Lawl. Who is this joker? "a grenade that you could throw that spiked up and exploded to send spikes in every direction." Uhh, it's called a hedgehog grenade. "The game also dishes out tips as it's loading, pointing out that sprinting and firing gives you away on the enemy radar." Lol, they had those ridiculously obvious tips in the first game as well. This is supposed to be gaming news. Background information is helpful, but redundancy is not.

Jaziel
Jaziel

@longhorn7 I was thinking exactly the same thing. Resistance had the shields on the first game way before Halo copied it. one from the Auger and the bubble one that you could deploy around your enemies to make their weapons backfire against them. Why is it that no one wants to give Sony and their games the credit they deserve. Regardless this game is gonna kick ass. Can't wait for it. Hate that Killzone 2 got delayed till Feb next year.

longhorn7
longhorn7

Um, is it just me or did he just give Halo 3 credit for 2 things that it copied off of the first Resistance? Are we sure this guy is actually a journalist and some retard didn't just hack into GS's database?

killbot11222
killbot11222

when i get my ps3 i will get this game it looks **** awsome.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

The first game was decent, not amazing but certainly worth playing. I enjoyed it will definitely be buying the sequel.

fishnpeas1
fishnpeas1

I just thought Resistance had a solid, fun offline mode, which is what I spent my time on, and I still play it now after completing it when I fancy a quick blast of something. The online is good, but not its biggest draw for me. Hopefully the story mode won't suffer because of time being spent on the online.

pepsiboy987
pepsiboy987

60 players ?? woah!! im looking further to it ...... i m excited to play it but i got no ps3:(

padejace
padejace

60 is a big risk (maps need to be adapted, network etc ...). We already see that in HALO 3 (which undeniably a very populated game online), you have sometimes trouble to find a match in the "Big Team Social" playlist (and it is far less than 60 players).... I don't know ...

GlassDominion
GlassDominion

"Other weapons included a grenade that you could throw that spiked up and exploded to send spikes in every direction." you mean the hedgehog grenades from the first game? either this guy has no clue wtf he is talking about, or he sucks at describing this new weapon.

Kolonel_Karnage
Kolonel_Karnage

Loved the first one but when I moved on to Xbox 360 it lost me.

MofoOnCrack
MofoOnCrack

pharos, the first resistance not just had spike grenades b4 halo 3, but also had its own version of a bubble shield which u get to use wen u beat the game. nd this is a 60 players online for a console which is exciting and new for those who don't game on the pc like myself.

bigboynow0785
bigboynow0785

Go resistance my first next gen outing. Slightly disappointing but thanks to Ratchet and Clank I have renewed faith in Insomniac.

minoumaster
minoumaster

resistance 2 look good but i have no ps3

Ad-2cool4u
Ad-2cool4u

pharos, maybe some of the things in R2 will be similar to other games, but it'll be combining the best elements of some great games. Oh and Resistance came up with the "Spike Grenade" first: The Hedgehog ;)

lowkey254
lowkey254

I'm excited... maybe not excited enough... I need to be more excited than I was at my previous level of excitement... I'm REALLY excited.

Aka_Oni
Aka_Oni

I can't wait for the second Resistance to come out. I've seen some screen shots and the game looks sick besides I know it's gonna be a fun ride. Oh and FYI the spike grenades was in the first game.

Desgardios
Desgardios

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X_CAPCOM_X
X_CAPCOM_X

Pharos has to mention 3 different games to try and out-do Resistance 2. Noob.

Darkclaw007
Darkclaw007

This sounds very promising. The first game was amazing, and not even necessarily for the single player game (which was sort of average). It was the multiplayer online experience that kept me coming back for more, and I hope we see the same sort of party / lobby system we saw in the 1st game. Please give us more at E3!