Resistance 3 Preview - Boating Through Flooded Missouri

Silent Hill meets Apocalypse Now in the latest demo of this PlayStation 3 shooter.

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Insomniac Games held a community event in Hollywood earlier today to give fans a chance to see and play this year’s upcoming entries in the Resistance and Ratchet and Clank franchises. If Insomniac’s base of eager and excited fans was the star of the show, then the runner-up was definitely Resistance 3. (Sorry, Ratchet. Please don’t hit us with that wrench of yours.) Insomniac not only announced that the PlayStation-exclusive shooter will be playable in 3D and offer Move support, but the developer also showed off a new level never seen before outside of a few quick snippets from an earlier trailer.

The demo Insomniac revealed at today’s community event was a lesson in knowing when to take the pacing down a notch or two. Creative director Marcus Smith admitted that when the team was working on the first game in the series, it tended to design each level with too much of a narrow focus, making it easy to lose sight of how best to pace out the entire game. The result, according to Smith, was a string of levels where designers would fall into the trap of dialing up the action a bit too high without enough regard for what came next. (See: any Michael Bay movie.) Well, lesson learned. Smith is now confident that his team has figured out the tricky business of making sure the game moves with a nice ebb and flow--the high action you’d expect from a good first-person shooter, as well as those moments of relative downtime that tell a story with quiet scenery.

So what exactly happens during this chapter of the game? Well, it begins on a boat. It also ends on a boat. There’s generally a whole lot of boat going on here. Anyways, protagonist Joseph Capelli has sought refuge in the quiet town of Haven, Oklahoma, but the Chimeran invaders have other plans for him. He’s forced to flee the makeshift home he tried to make and head east on a road trip of sorts, and that journey will bring him across all manner of locales in a ravaged, post-invasion America. The slice of America in this particular demo is the fictional town of Wrightsburg, Missouri. Capelli and a companion of his hop on board a boat and shove off onto what appears to be an eerie, foggy little river tucked away in the woods. But soon enough, it’s revealed that this is no river--it’s a flooded town.

Wrightsburg is looking rather worse for the wear. There’s a very creepy atmosphere hanging over the city, from little things like a football stadium scoreboard peeking out of the flooded waters to more obvious bits of scenery like the corpse of a kraken sea monster you travel through like some decomposing and awful-smelling tunnel. The whole thing feels like a cross between the foggy eeriness of Silent Hill and the tense boat rides of Apocalypse Now. These quiet early moments of the demo do a terrific job of painting a picture of some horrible catastrophe that’s just gone down that leaves you wondering what’s around the corner.

Who wants… HUUUUUUGS?

To answer that question, the Chimera show up. At first, it’s just a pack of grims. Your boat is floating past a flooded motel, and just as you think the coast is clear, the camera violently abandons you to zoom in on one of the motel room doors--from which a Chimera grim has just emerged with a rather angry look on its face. Then, more and more of them pop out, climbing to the roof of the motel before leaping across the water onto your boat. Here begins the first real shootout of this level, which in typical Resistance fashion, can be played out with a number of different exotic guns packing equally exotic alternate fires. Notable design elements from the combat include the use of health packs and the return of the weapon-select wheel. Also notable--and awesome--is the way a Chimera’s head explodes when you land a headshot with your magnum.

After dealing with these grims, things are looking better for Capelli and his friend, the boat captain. But they soon have to deal with yet more grims popping out from the remains of downtown Wrightsburg--or at least the parts of it that are still above water--and they also have to deal with airborne shock drones nimbly buzzing around in the air eager to fire electricity at them. As things ramp up, you have to run around the boat more frantically dealing with Chimeran enemies coming at you from every which way. This being an on-rails sequence, you need not concern yourself with piloting the boat. You’re just trying to keep the deck clear of enemies trying to come aboard. Like alien pirates.

Then, once again, things look safe. The two survivors deal with the onslaught of enemies and make it out onto the wide-open waters of the Mississippi River. Sure, there are capsized shipping boats betraying the looming dangers of this environment, but at least they’ve freed themselves from the eeriness of Wrightsburg and all of its motel-dwelling Chimera. Then the footsteps start, and off in the foggy distance there it is: a Chimera goliath. Fans of the series will recognize that name and might even experience sympathy neck pains due to the main character’s sudden need to look up at the skyscraper-sized enemy towering above him. And as the giant splashes of river water rocket up with each footstep, you realize this thing is headed right your way.

But this isn’t a goliath you’re able to take down any time soon. It’s still early in the game, and you’ve got a basic selection of weaponry, a small boat, and an elderly friend driving it. You’re forced to hide out under a bridge, but as the goliath approaches, it’s clear this might not be the best hiding spot. The roadway above you crumbles in a shower of asphalt, rebar, steel, and whatever else it is that bridges are made of on the Mississippi. (Bridge glue? We’re not sure.) And as the rubble falls, you’re knocked out of the boat and the screen goes dark. Demo over.

It's cool, we were gonna build a new bridge anyways. No, you're not being a total jerk at all, GOLIATH.

We’ll admit that we were rather impressed with Insomniac’s showing of Resistance 3 today. This boat demo was a nice change of pace from the level shown to the press last month, a frenetic action sequence set in the windswept streets of Haven, Oklahoma, as the Chimera begin their assault on Capelli’s newfound home. Of course, a big indicator of the game’s quality will be how it feels in your hands, and unfortunately, this was a strictly hands-off demo. But it certainly succeeded in getting us excited to try it out for ourselves. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to do that soon. In the meantime, you can expect to see Resistance 3 out this September.

Discussion

165 comments
BenFireFox
BenFireFox

me being a fan of both released parts but ! I hope they will make mutiplayer especially the split-screen coop-multiplayer again like in part 1 for me the disign of coop multiplayer in part2 was way worser then in 1 but im looking forward for this one

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I've been waiting far too long for Res3. Alot of people didn't care for the others, and I never knew why I loved them.

LoveSack
LoveSack

never really like resistance 1 and 2, but this looks pretty impressive. definitely gonna give it a shot.

MUFC4LiF3KiiD
MUFC4LiF3KiiD

just nother reason for me to have a ps3 rather then a 360!

nima_metal90
nima_metal90

i wish nathan was alive some how but anyway i'm goin2buy this game surely resistance3 we are waitin4 u :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D/*R*\:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

eliebaz
eliebaz

Glad not to have a 360 :P

eliebaz
eliebaz

1 & 2 were amazing lets see if they'll keep it up :) glad to see the story didn't end with Hale, however only improvement i hope they make from 2 is that they introduce co-op campaign similar to the first game, resistance's 2 co-op was fun but id prefer to beat the campain with my brother than fighting over the controller its more fun being on the same team than against each other :P

flyinknee91
flyinknee91

I think what I love most about Resistance 3, is that it seems as though the developers listened to what the players had to say. I love that Insomniac recognizes that there were some flaws with Resistance 2, and that they're doing what they can to fix them. I'm so excited for this game.

dangerdoom73
dangerdoom73

This sht looks scary as a hell!, But at the same time cool !! :D

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

could be interresting to play it with move contrtols, as i just can't play shooters with normal ps controller. But It would be great to see more move games and not only exkluisves games. Games like Bulletstorm or Crysis 2 or any other shooters guess i would think about buying them for ps3 instead of playing it on pc.

termadoyle
termadoyle

Looks sweet. The single player portions of Resistance games are getting better and better with each game.

KCKING23
KCKING23

can we play in my hometown kansas city?

RambutanHead
RambutanHead

I don't care how much this game gets on gamespot; I am a fan, and I gettin' this on day one. Just like all the Dynasty Warriors games XD

MuShuuzzz
MuShuuzzz

havent played it for a while but resistance 2 was great g870-

g870-
g870-

and is resistance2 nice game

g870-
g870-

is ther someone playing resistance 2

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Alex_09 PS3 gamers won't get Halo and don't want Halo. It's Microsofts crown and glory, if they lost Halo they wouldn't have alot left now. I also doubt it would sell well on the PS3 platform. PS3 gamers wanted Mass Effect and want Gears Of War and Left 4 Dead; I don't know anyone who wants Halo. Multiplatforms quality on either system depend on the developers knowlege on PS3 coding which is vastly different to PC or 360. More times then not they try to port a 360 game to PS3 in the same way they would from 360 to PC, hence why some of them run poorly. Square Enix and all the Sony exclusive developpers have shown games can run flawlessly on the system, if only all developers weren't so focused on money but more on doing it right. On the subject of Crysis 2, the PS3 version has 1-4 less frames per second but unlike the 360 version there is no screen is alot better then the other. It's irrelevant what the fans say about exclusives, fact is, exclusives sell systems (PS2 and Wii demonstrate this as did the 360 when it launched). Microsoft don't own the Gears IP, Epic can do what they like with it. Next generation I can see Gears on a Sony platform happening PC's not getting much love because the market is so small compared to the console market, multiplatform sales on PC are abysmal compared to it's console brethren.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

@MasterDZ0522 Im fed up with COD type of games. Its basicly the same crap all over again wraped up in a new look. I might give the next Modern Warfare game a chanse but other then that no. And i do enjoy Halo Reach. But i just ment the whole end of the world crap is so overplayed and so abused in so many ways just so the media can make some money and take advantage of peopel just to make a profit for them selfs. Its that part im sick and tierd of. Just like the new mortal combat game thay are makin. Thay are pumpin out DLC befor the game is out to "violently force themselfs on your wallet" to take advantage of the hardcore fans just to make money. You even have to download the finish moves to that game.

Alex_09
Alex_09

@MEDzZ3RO Actually PS3 players will never get Halo, Gears, or the original, and much better, Dead Rising. Not to mention most multiplatform games on ps3 are inferior to 360 versions, which really is lame, although there have been a couple exceptions over the years(Dead Space 2 only because of the extraction wii game, Dragon Age looked slightly better but still terrible, and Crysis 2). Maybe if we stopped acting like fanboys when it comes to exclusives these console makers would finally realize they would be better off allowing developers to release games for all consoles including PC.

valcrist09
valcrist09

i love this series but damn i am getting sick of FPS's ......

MasterDZ0522
MasterDZ0522

@01-cannon-mpc what would you rather see? call of duty, the same story every time, being played over again. how about HALO?

MasterDZ0522
MasterDZ0522

Suddenly, September just got farther away...

ppg4all
ppg4all

corney screen captions/comments

Eclipse-015
Eclipse-015

cool, hopefully it will be better than the 1st two

ck02623
ck02623

September is a long way away.

McGuirex3
McGuirex3

Man I got to get going a play-(through) i.e. finsh R2 and RR on PSP for that matter! Anyway looking forward to this game big-time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

@andreperezpalha PSX came before Gamecube. I also had a Gamecube and their controls are not like the 360 either

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@3116porter Wouldn't know, lol. PS3 over here is usually £195-£250 but my local HMV has been doing the 160 gigs at £160. Xbox 360 inbetween £160 and £200 aswell.

3116porter
3116porter

@MEDzZ3RO meh yea i guess so. though PS3 in america is about $300 and Xbox360 is only $150

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@3116porter It's not that expensive, £20. After 1 year cost is no different. PS3s are selling at £160 in HMV, that's as cheap as the 360 now. I don't get Halos hype, I played it and thought it was inferior to Call Of Duty, Battlefield and Killzone. Halo 2 was good because it was still ahead of its competitors, now I feel they've slipped behind and it's just the Halo brand carrying it forwards.The gameplay felt old fashioned to me?, game modes were good though.

3116porter
3116porter

@MEDzZ3RO only one year for $60 just to use a friggin $40 controller meh not worth it. the PS3 is better though but more expensive. and xbox has halo so YAYA

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@3116porter And Xbox has lost almost all of its exclusives, what are you going to do? Mass Effect 2, Dead Rising, Bioshock, Bayonetta,Valve, Bungie..etc.. all have gone multiplatform. On top of that Epic own the Gears Of War ip and can make it multiplatform if they choose to. This wouldn't be a big issue if exclusives didn't shift systems (PS2 and Wii demonstarte they do). With an XCM battle cross adapter which costs no more then live would for 1 year and you can use an actual 360 controller for all PS3 games.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@andreperezpalha Buy an XCM battle cross adapter. It will let you use a 360 controller on PS3.

nevershoutnevea
nevershoutnevea

i always know thats gamespot hates PS3..their hate is obvious ..im not a ps3 fan cos i have all consoles cos i love videogames..but come on gamespot give us a break

X-7
X-7

I loved the original. but R2 sucked ...

awheaten
awheaten

Watch, Game(xbox)Spot, IGN and G4 will give this game somewhere between 7.0 to 7.5. Damn shame...

A1pha0mega
A1pha0mega

I think Insomniac Games have been playing too much Homefront!

3116porter
3116porter

@Psychokillaz in a game a controller can make all the difference. Xbox 360 was cheaper and though PS3 clearly had more exclusives, better graphics, and free internet i did not like the place where the analog sticks were placed. as a video game nerd that was a deal breaker for me. so i got an xbox 360 though, don't get me wrong PS3 is better. but i am still a loyal xbox fan

hondustar37
hondustar37

SOCOM will take up time, then Killzone, nothing against Resistance, its juss sumptin about dat game dat I cant seem to understand...I think im goin insane!!!!!!

andreperezpalha
andreperezpalha

@Psychokillaz How you can use the controls of one system on the other? I have both consoles and I like the PS3 games, but as I started playing on Gamecube, the XBOX 360 control is better for me. If this is possible, I would like very much to know.

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

@3116porter lol so you bought a junk 360 because you do not like PS3 controls? PS3 controls came first and everyone was used to them. 360 controls are junk I hate that big crap controller! Also you can use a 360 controller on a PS3 or vice versa fyi

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Im so damn tierd of all this end of the world bs and aliens this aliens that. Its overplayed and im just relay tierd of hearing that. Even movies latly have bin end of the world one way or another.