Resistance: Fall of Man Hands-On Update: Fighting the Good Fight

The veteran developers at Insomniac are pounding away at the Chimeran menace, and we got to check out a new build in advance of the PlayStation 3 launch.

Microsoft's mammoth Halo franchise has long held dominion over the console-bound first-person shooter fan, but Sony and developer Insomniac Games are planning an insurgency with Resistance: Fall of Man, arguably the flagship title set to accompany the PlayStation 3's launch in mid-November. We were fortunate to visit Insomniac's Burbank, California-based offices recently to get a load of Resistance running on final PlayStation 3 development hardware. Lead members from all departments of the game's massive development effort took time out of their schedules to give us a look at the game, which is looking to be one of the more solid (and prettier) shooters we've seen in some time. The team even showed us a few tidbits not already covered in our exhaustive exclusive preview a few weeks ago.

Insomniac tantalized us with spare new details on the mysterious storyline in Resistance--but only enough to make us more interested in what exactly is going on. We've known for a long while now that the game takes place on an alternate timeline where World War II never occurred because Asia and most of Europe were ravaged by a monstrous armed menace known as the Chimera. We knew you'd play as American soldier Nathan Hale, who contributes to the English resistance against the Chimeran threat. But we didn't know until recently that the game would take place in flashback form, as British Capt. Rachel Parker narrates the last recorded days of Hale's military service. And we especially didn't know that Hale would himself be infected by the Chimera, who apparently spread to other humans by way of insect hordes. But how long can Hale resist the virus? Why can he resist it? Where did he go and what did he do after the resistance lost track of him? Those are the questions that will compel you to play through to the end of what's looking like a fairly unconventional storyline, by first-person shooter standards.

The developers have apparently been slaving around the clock to beef up Resistance's already considerable visuals, as we saw in a number of instances. In a special test level set up to demonstrate dynamic death animations, for instance, we saw how the game's advanced rag-doll physics cause the enemy hybrid soldiers to be knocked back with extremely realistic results depending on exactly what part of the body they're shot in. If you're big on numbers, the devs also claimed that Resistance will feature roughly 256 times the texture detail of a typical PlayStation 2 game. Insomniac has been further enhancing the game since its successful showing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, adding more diverse animations, smarter artificial intelligence, and more lighting and special effects than were present before. It's also worth noting that the game is still planned to work at 1080p resolution, support of which is one of the PS3's big selling points in the first place.

Hale's time may be running out before a monstrous fate befalls him...but what will you do with his remaining days as a pure-blooded human being?

As a follow-up to our original look at Resistance's class-based multiplayer in our exclusive preview, we got to try out a new mode called breach. Breach is similar to the meltdown mode covered previously--the human and Chimeran sides each have their own racial abilities, and each side's base can respectively be upgraded five times to add extra defense. The big difference here is that each team's base houses a reactor, and the goal of the mode is naturally to destroy the opposing reactor to achieve victory. Insomniac is reaching all the way back to its first-person shooter experience with its PlayStation game Disruptor, and what we got to try of breach felt like quite a satisfying online-shooter mode indeed.

In addition to the hands-on opportunity with breach, we learned more about Resistance's online setup. You'll be able to increase your multiplayer rank up through 60 levels, and every three levels, a new military rank (sergeant, for instance) will be conferred on you. This will not only increase your cachet with the online set, but also grant you new player skins that will let you wear your skill on your sleeve, literally. The community features were described as "robust," as Insomniac will be supporting buddy lists, clans, and so on (within the game's own infrastructure, it was said, and not within a generalized PS3 online interface). The team-based multiplayer modes are tailored for the whopping maximum 40 players, but luckily the multiplayer maps will be able to scale down to accommodate games of 16 or even eight players. Lastly, budding Resistance junkies will be glad to know Insomniac is already planning to release downloadable content for the game later on.

We also got a look at Resistance's cooperative two-player mode, which works in a by-the-numbers fashion but is nevertheless a welcome addition in a time when many developers sadly neglect co-op entirely. In essence, two people will be able to play through the entire story campaign side by side in split-screen mode, with unique character models and no apparent sacrifice in terms of visual fidelity or performance that we could notice. This is the same game you'll play by yourself, although the number of enemies and their strength will naturally be tailored to make the two-player experience more difficult. You'll be able to respawn after 30 seconds when you die, although if the other player is still standing, he or she can head over to your corpse and administer aid to bring you back more quickly.

Can Resistance live up to its considerable expectations? Insomniac is burning the midnight oil in a valiant effort to make sure that it does.

Finally, we got to try out a previously unseen level set in a sort of cannery where the Chimera had set up a birthing facility for hybrid soldiers. We don't know by what process exactly the beasts create these unpleasant-looking foot soldiers, but we can say they were certainly bent on protecting them, as they met our trespass with a ridiculous amount of defense. This was a more confined indoor level, in contrast to some of the action we've seen in wider battlefields in past demos, which hopefully indicates that Resistance's single-player game will be varied and interesting from start to finish, though we'll of course have to wait for the final game to make that determination.

In the meantime, from what we've seen of Resistance so far, we'd say Insomniac isn't exactly reinventing the wheel here; it's just making a really nice-looking, exceptionally feature-packed wheel. The single-player game recalls the hard-hitting style of action you'd see in games like Call of Duty, but with sci-fi flavoring and cryptic storytelling, and the multiplayer seems to offer enough modes and diversity to keep fans of Halo and its ilk busy for quite a while. Resistance will be one of the most-watched games at the PS3's release, and we'll bring you more on the game from the upcoming Tokyo Game Show and beyond in advance of that looming November date.

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166 comments
sam0guyver
sam0guyver

this game rules one of the best shooters ever

ptarp
ptarp

Just on a visual front: the character models look good, but the environments don't even touch Gears of War. Visuals aside GoW has pushed the bar in gameplay to a place where I don't see Resistance competing based on what I've heard. I'd be surprised if anyone considers this game a "Killer App" a year from now....unlike GoW which has already proven itself to be an exceptional game.

trackmanep233
trackmanep233

IGN says this game is a killer app, they also said Gears of War is a killer app. the only difference here is that PS3 players get the killer app from day one, 360 Players had to wait an entire year to get a killer app. does anyone get my point??

oxymoron1331
oxymoron1331

Looks pretty good but the game play does look a lot like call of duty but with aliens. 40 players is pretty impressive but how often will you ever get to play with that many? There is only going to be around 500,000 ps3s at launch and not everyone is going to have this game or even the online hooked up. So doesn't it seem a bit much?

Tungsten88
Tungsten88

Nicely said drewcal58, this game looks like every other shooter that has been released for the past half-decade. The graphics are great, but there just isn't much new here. Go look at Gears or Wii for something revolutionary.

james24_03
james24_03

i like how everyone keeps saying halo sucks in a discussion about a different game.....the fact that EVERY SINGLE GAME is compared to it just means it has to be great or atleast extremely popular right? or maybe im just crazy....

JPappas
JPappas

i have 6 words and 4 stars....... THIS GAME MAKES HALO LOOK LIKE ****

not-e-n-e
not-e-n-e

This game looks amazing. Personally i hate using a mouse, so PC shooters aren't for me. Halo was good, so was Halo 2 but the only thing I really liked about them was the multiplayer and you can have that in alot of games now (I borrowed an xbox just to play through the story, so dont cry and whine and tell me how good it was). A lot of my friends have Xbox's and when Halo2 came out the only thing they were excited (as far as I could tell) about was the fact that you could wield 2 guns! What else can they do with the series? Maybe with halo three you can use 3 guns! hahahahahaha I'm very glad that this game is on PS3 as because I will be getting one on launch. The story and gameplay look great from what I can see. The graphics, although probably not the best out of the launch titles, look superb. As for the multilplayer... 40 players sounds great, talk about a slaughter house.

drewcal58
drewcal58

The game looks like garbage to me, I think everyone will getting annoyed of that guy who won't shut up. Too slow paced as well for this kind of action. Maybe a over done killzone. And what's the deal with 40 player multiplayer? Useless. I'm a first person shooter fan and this feels like it's been done before. Shooters on the PC are the best, and Halo on the 360 is the best. Sony doesn't have that killer fps yet, will they ever?

archeon_1
archeon_1

I agree with Tebbit... Halo is a bit over-rated, but then again if you think about it its to gaming like the beatles are to music... like what gamer hasn't heard of Halo. I think this game and Halo will be like the rolling stones and the beatles, always being compared to one another. But I think this'll end up being a great game.. not like killzone (the monkeys) which was supposedly the Halo follow-up for the PS2... But yeah this game looks pretty sweet

supergamer918
supergamer918

Oh wow... looks real nice! Can anyone help me play videos? My media player when i watch a video is just black and doesn't buffer... i really want to watch the movies in Resistance: Fall of Man. And Halo is so overrated

CrazyAss415
CrazyAss415

What Halo kicked ASS, thats why everyone keeps bringing it up in comparisons! You never hear about new games being compared to SOCOM (or pick another PS2 game)

Tebbit
Tebbit

I always felt that Halo was a tad overrated, I mean it is certainly a solid game, the mechanics are all there, and the story is cool, but I never found it wow, w00t OMFG pwn3d u n00b, ya know? Anyway, I think Insomniac has a good track record, and from what Iv'e seen so far, Resistance looks like a far more interesting experience, compared to the fun, but in the end paint-by-numbers game that halo is. (plz dont hurt me).

Latinbro1
Latinbro1

hopefully this game will follow through with all the hype going into it and not be a flop like oh i don't know! killzone?

UberCoolCamel
UberCoolCamel

quake wars is the spiritual succesor wolfenstien enemy terrortories

mattbelshaw
mattbelshaw

gnarles barkley crazy.. lol see guys if ur gunr dissagree with some one do in it an ice way liek this dude.. right ok please explain to me how quake wars isnt a first person shooter ??? i just dont think thers a place for these kind of run and gun one man army no tacticts shooters any more they realy dont appeal to me in any way.. i mean have you seen some of the videos where your allies are just like running aroundright next to the chimera and not even killing each other its just poor, and the way u can just pop grenades off in like a second its like an update of an outdated type of game... just my opinion, if reviews are good ill probly get it but right now im not convinced

Babomza
Babomza

dude quake wars is not a FPS

Residentevil893
Residentevil893

Mattbelshaw, you are F*** crazy. this game is looking better and better, the more material they start to show. This game looks way better than quake wars or bioshock. (Yet not a Halo kill, due to Halo Wars.) Man Matt, your Gnarls Barkley crazy!

mattminer
mattminer

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mattbelshaw
mattbelshaw

this games starting to look worse and worse the more material they release of it.... only fps that are doing nething interesting now are Bioshok and quake wars. end of story

Tribalice
Tribalice

JAJAJAJAJJAJAJAJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thats a good one JAJAJJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Halo the best FPS of all time JAJAJAJAJAJJAJAJAJJAJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you're so funny

betamon
betamon

I don't know, but Halo still looks to be a better game--both in graphics and gameplay. It's still on top as the #1 FPS of all time! W00t!! yeah!! Oh, and I'm just joking, by the way....just a joke....no reason to get angry... *slowly backing away, now*

Quiet_Hill
Quiet_Hill

ZosoFan Game looks like fun, too bad alot of games look funner ... funner is not a word

ZosoFan
ZosoFan

Game looks like fun, too bad alot of games look funner :P

7HR1LL3R
7HR1LL3R

I'll believe it when I see it. PS3 has some great titles in th upcoming future, and I hope to see more of them like this. (If they're shooters, of course). The only problem with the launch titles is the fact that most of them are sequels or liscensed already. That's why Resistance will shine--because it's original.

bosslit
bosslit

outdplay I'm not an English major yes my spelling is crap but the the comment of spelling should refer to your spelling of your name (outdplay) nice! real original and yes I'm dyslexic and I was high when I wrote this but I don't owe you an explanation and yes my major is object oriented programming specializing in video game development. "multi-tier client server database driven dynamic web applications uses object oriented programming." nice term for an interactive web page I'm out of your league sunny boy or should I say (Sony boy) hahahaha object oriented is a vast term In computer science, object-oriented programming is a computer programming paradigm. Many programming languages support object-oriented programming. Object-oriented programming in part strongly emphasizing modularity in software. but what ever. I was referring to the game it self and how its no different then any other game in my eyes I've been playing games for 17 years that means I got my first game when you got your first breath enough said. now go tell your friends how you got out played miss. outdplay

Mvxc
Mvxc

interesting storyline. Indeed. And awsome graphics too. and um bosslit, i dont know about you, but wii sucks ps3 is better with the graphics engine and the controller. HAWAII KICKS SERIOUS BUTTHOLe

Mvxc
Mvxc

interseting stroyline.... indeed. ill probably get this game when i have enough money. Ps3 is now cheaper. You guys should read. Now go get a job at MICkey D's.

SOLIDUS_SNAKE
SOLIDUS_SNAKE

this looks amazing. defiantly gonna get it nov 17

outdplay
outdplay

Hey Bosslit. Your grasp of the english language is horrible. It's which not witch (unless you are talking about the one that rides a broom), Taking not takeing, asses not ass's (this is funny since you are trying to refer to others who are not in the computer science field that don't know the term object oriented just like you wouldn't know a nuclear physics term). Kind of ironic you call them dumb asses but spell asses wrong. By the way, object oriented programming isn't specific to video games nor is it specific to any other type of programming i.e. multi-tier client server database driven dynamic web applications uses object oriented programming. What college do you attend??? Devry?

bosslit
bosslit

it is me or dose this just look like a Half Life 2 clone. yeah....ps3 not really impressing me...the eyetoy game with the 2 chicks they showed @ E3 seems like a kool ideal, and not that I dont have the money for it witch I dont, but $600 for that just isn't my bag . I'm takeing object oriented programming in college, for the dumb ass's that means(makeing video games) we'er learning, a different way of makeing games and not that same old same old. yes I love my 360, and psp but WII looks way mor fun. but if the psp and ps2 games are any indication of what games are going to be like on the ps3 and they are I dont want one yes there is a few good games on both but not enough for my money. JUST SAYING WHATS ON MY MIND huh...WHAT! GET OFF MY BACK! MIND YA BUSINESS

rl_41
rl_41

game looks awsome... could easily be console selling, imo

Turisman4
Turisman4

First of all, I don't think they're going to add a camera that'll show MC's head in the final game. Back to this, this is just looking absoulutely crazy-fantastic so far. I'd like to see it on an actual HD screen, because I don't think the little streaming windows will provide the same experience. It's also got a cool storyline, to boot.

STARS_Splinter
STARS_Splinter

er, yeah, the HAlo 3 shots are all entirely in-engine. Watch the making of stuff on Xbox live for proof. Anyway, back to this game. Yeah, it looks like it could be good. interesting setting.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

This game is shaping up! It looks cool.

DannyV1023
DannyV1023

"msim DannyV1023 said "here " -------------Master Chief looks way better" concerning the character model. sorry but if you believe that that is an in game image of halo 3 then you would have to admit that the killzone 2 footage was real...i'm guessing thats not going to happen. " I'm going to keep this post because the joke will be on you come november 07. Bungie doesnt create false hype, that's Sony's job

--E-J--
--E-J--

Damn this sux I live in Canada so there will only b 40,000 ps3's at launch and I have the money for the ps3 and resistance, the only problem is gettin a ps3.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Yes, using a game console controller took me a long time to learn. It took me several months (a year?) to be able to work the two-thumbstick controller correctly in Halo, but even though there was frustration with it, I still enjoyed it. I still have problems with it in which the use of the left trigger & left thumbstick together doesn't seem to work well for me. Probably in another year or two I'll be more familiar with it, assuming they still use these with the Xbox/PS game systems. But I can certainly see how one could become frustrated with Halo & give up on it early. It's simply one of those things you have to recognize & work on for awhile, as opposed to giving up & calling it a crap game. However, once you understand it, I think it'll be easier to transition to other fps games & similar controllers. Thanks, JM

trip187
trip187

Played the demo at E3...(i love saying that) it was visually solid and the controls were decent. I was surpised by the intensity of the enemy. You could not run and gun, as they will flank you and mow you down. This article didnt mention anything on the new weapons, one of which is remeniscent of the film "Fifth Element" in that you can fire a module and all subsequent shots will head in that direction. Gears of War will be amazing (already pre-ordered) and Halo 3 will be great too...but PS3 needs its own shooter to brand itself with, and this game will be worthy of that title.

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

Team work in Halo 2 takes plenty brain power. Learning how to out smart the people with power weapons and vehicles isn't exactly just point and shoot either. I think the people that complain about Halo got their a$$e$ kicked online and gave up or the controls were just too hard. PC FPS this and that and blah blah blah. I play console and pc games and i'll tell ya that using a controller takes a hell of alot more skill then puting a cursor over some dudes head. I also gotta say that Sticky Grenades are one of the coolest weapons in any game. If you have ever seen a great sticky montage then you know what i'm talking about. Not many things are more satisfying then a Hail Mary over the Midship bridge sticking to someone's face, balls or butt in mid jump or run. Yes there are fps's as good or better then halo but it surely isn't a simple minded run and gun when you play with the big boys. It's very well balanced and intense.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Actually I'm pretty excited about Sony's effort. I only bought an Xbox last year so I could play Halo & compete with colleagues at work. However, I got the Xbox online support as well & have had a lot of fun with Halo, despite all the cheating, language, & racism. I hope that Insomniac's network servers will have some better anti-cheating tools in place. I think the game sounds like a lot of fun & I'm looking forward to playing it. Frankly, a 3-cpu teraflop, blu-ray, bluetooth, HD support, 100% backwards compatibility to PS2/PS1 games, among other things I'm guessing, has really struck a chord in me. I think that the commitment Sony is putting into this system is warrant enough for me to make the switch & buy one when it comes out. I just hope it won't be totally sold out when it's released! The other advantage is that you get more foreign game support as well as american games. I never saw very good manga-style games come out for the xbox as I did for the ps2. I'll just say it now, I don't hate the Xbox or Halo, I'm just looking at the big picture at what I'm getting for my money. The 360 has been out for almost a year now & it hasn't really proven itself in the market with the quality of games that have come out on it so far. Perhaps I'll get a 360 later on or simply wait for the PC-version of a 360 game to come out. We'll get better gaming systems through this kind of cut-throat competition that Sony & Softy are doing. Thanks, JM

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

So here is a funny fact...why are people coming here to say things like "ill stick to my 360", and "I only plan to buy a 360" so if you are not in the PS3 wagon WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE? Probably saying a bunch of BS like our friend AnubanUT2 that by simple saying that HL2 sucks because it has puzzles clearly demonstrate that he HAS NO BRAINS and is nothing more than a sore looser fanboy even probably has Masterchiefs pyjamas, every PC gamer AROUND the world knows that Halo is overrated, might have been a good console FPS but is nothing more than another generic shoot everything on site..plus throw a grenade FPS that has been done more than a million times but since it was the ONLY (its a FACT) thing that saved the original xbox people say now its God

GrimBee
GrimBee

I dont think Halo was overrated. It provided a nice gaming experience which was unrivalled for consoles in its time. Its no wonder people think of it so fondly, when ever did the ps2 bring multiplayer deathmatches so greatly to your friends and your livingroom? THIS is why Halo has been a "king" of console FPS. forget the story, forget the graphics, its the gameplay mechanics and gameplay aspects which made people play it. What? You thought people just injected themselves with commercialism to play it for countless hours online? You think like 6 million people did this because M$ told them to? People WANTED halo, played halo and loved halo. Me, i dont see how it interests ME because im a lone wolf who sometimes plays games with his wife. I have halo 2, i havent completed either game, but i played multiplayer split screen with my friends.. and its pretty fun. I also like time splitters future perfect, as a 1 player game it kinda sucked towards the middle (lack of fresh ideas i think) but as a multiplayer? its great! Nice choice of cool weapons etc, smooth gameplay and funny characters. Halo 2 has some awesome multiplayer maps and its cool to drive vehicles and stuff. BLACK was a good console fps, but it was like more of the same all the time. Half Life 2 is overrated AS A GAME, but its engine was the showcase here, and its the only game which really shows that engine off, so i praise that. There isnt a heck of a lot of shooting to be had with half life 2, but the things it did for its time.. was something that other fps games didnt. FarCry was an OK game, its expansive envorinments really told all other fps games to kick themselves in the butt. And the feeling of wandering around etc was really great. Doom 3 offered an unrivaled graphics engine at the time (it STILL looks freaking awesome IMO) and it sticked to the formula, which worked. I like DOOM 3, but as a multiplayer game? halo 2 is much better. You can never beat Quake 3 for multiplayer though, custom maps, custom weapons custom models.. you dont need a neef of a system to run it.. Quake 3 started all this off. Doom created a need to go into environments and kill stuff in 3d, but quake made those characters 3d and quake 3 made us all sit up and wander what the heck "lag" meant. All this HALO bashing etc is only making you out to sound like a sony or M$ fanboy. FPS remains god on the pc. And the BEST SO FAR fps gaming experience for a console is to be had on the xbox (its got halo, halo 2, farcry, half life 2, doom 3), and now with the 360 with the upcoming Halo 3 (if it really nails the multiplayer aspects, i can see it doing no wrong at all), gears of war (even though its 3rd person with first person engine) and with current games like prey already graphically similar to the ps3s ONLY fps game... I just hate it when sony fanboys come in here and say stuff like this is the best fps game, its gonna beat halo.. etc etc. Its not about beating, its about playing. If this game looks like crap, but plays like a beast on acid.. im up for it with no question at all. But to me, this game offers nothing but a generic fps experience. I would hapily dig out goldeneye in no time. And in fact, ive played goldeneye far more than halo and half life 2 put together. So yeah, all this stuff about "ps3 game better than 360 game name etc" is a load of crap. I can see how gears of war seems better than this game, but only to prove a point that xbox 360 games are good, if not better looking than this game. The main fps im looking forward 2 (if you know anything about fps) is half life 2 episode 2, and crysis. THOSE games are going to be king of fps. Console fps? its definately not going to be this game. Maybe if sony released their console at a £199.99 price it would be worth it, but that $600 price really makes you wonder just How DIFFERENT ps3 games are going to be, so far, nothing is different. The 360 seems to offer more. That is my point. This looks to be like a good game though, end of, its not going to define or change anything like the other fps games have.

terminato99r
terminato99r

halo1&2 were overrated, the gameplay was crap and they look like crap compared to hl2 or farcry.. over 7m sold heh? only in US i guess

AnubanUT2
AnubanUT2

Bah ... Gears of Wars is going to CRUSH this game and don't even mention this going up against Halo 3 ... whatever happened to KillZone 2? I thought that was the real Halo slayer. And one more thing ... HL2 is so overrated and actually not that enjoyable to play in lots of parts ... unlike Halo and Halo 2. I played through HL2 once and that is all I plan on (yuck! Too many damn puzzles and not enough cool weapons ... the grav gun is sooo overrated imo) .... Halo 2 I played through several times ... Halo 3 three times. And to mkreku ... who says YOU have to continue to play FPS games? Find something else YOU like ... as for the rest of us obviously we are NOT tired of FPS games as long as they are good and solid shooters.