TGS 2008: Resistance 2 Updated Hands-On

We get 10 great minutes with Insomniac's upcoming alternate history shooter on the floor of TGS.

TOKYO--While there's much to be said about Japanese efficiency, the fact that floor officials are so stringent with the game demo time limits means our demo of Resistance 2 was far shorter than we would have liked. Ten minutes to check out as much as possible of Insomniac's follow-up to the debut PlayStation 3 game? That seems almost cruel. Nonetheless, we made the most of our allotted 600 seconds and enjoyed every one of them.

The TGS demo started off deep in a redwood forest, with a pack of soldiers piled into the back of cargo truck, rolling along in a caravan. Sensing something afoot in the forest surrounding them, your character calls a caravan halt and hops out of the trailer with his heavily armed buddies. After a few tense seconds of scanning the forest around them, can you guess what happens next? If you guessed the world erupting in a hail of explosions and gunfire, then give yourself a firm slap on the back because that's exactly what happened.

With the caravan under attack and your buddies falling around you, the level opens up in what best could be described as a scene from Saving Private Ryan if that movie were set in a redwood forest and featured alien horrors instead of Nazi gun emplacements. Chimera soldiers were crawling all over the place, and it took us a few tries even to get out of the first area. The already tense atmosphere created by the whizzing bullets was magnified by a smoky haze of destruction from the ambush, and we had to rely on the sound of the enemies approaching as much as the game's visuals in order to succeed.

After blasting our way out of a rather linear line of wreckage, we took a detour into the forest where the world seemed to open up a bit. Of course that added freedom came at a price--first and foremost was the fact that the bad guys could sneak up on us from any direction. This wasn't such a big deal with the small, circular flying probes that came in a bunch and went down pretty easily, but when it came to the chimera badass that was able to cloak itself like something out a Predator movie, it was a completely different story.

With the cloaked enemies, sound plays an incredibly important role in this portion of the game. You can see them coming until they're almost upon you but you can't hear them coming--especially the evil-sounding growl they make just before attacking. We were able to fend off a couple of the evil invisible buggers but, in addition to special powers, these guys work in groups and three proved to be too much for us. And just as we were about to dive back into the woods for another go-round with the chimeras...our demo time was ended.

We've seen in previous previews that Resistance will be bringing a lot to its multiplayer game, and based on today's all-too-brief demo, it seems like Insomniac will have plenty of tense surprises in store for us with the game's single-player experience. Look for more on Resistance 2 in the coming weeks as we lead up to the game's November release.

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justin01
justin01

Can't wait for this game! And I still need to get Dead Space and Fallout 3, and then finally Killzone 2 in Feb hell yea!

grimskunkMGS4
grimskunkMGS4

well guys i got the game early on OCT 30th and all i can say is this game is amazing and it will old up to all your expectations. Game has intense visuals the gameplay is by far superior then the last one. and co op of the game makes it even more worth it. get it on released date, DAMN GET A PS3 FOR THIS. PS KILLZONE 2 is gonna be more intense :P BTW resistance 2 9.5/10 it deserves it

prespa
prespa

Bring it on Chimera

ArchadianEmpire
ArchadianEmpire

I think this is going to be a good game although I am getting Fallout 3 over this. Seems like a better choice. Feel free to give me a thumbs down little fan boys.

BlackAnalSex
BlackAnalSex

Dear CHIMERA, bring it on f..uckers. i cant wait to blow yo ugly hybrid a..ss back to chimera hell.

Sonic7777777
Sonic7777777

Well I think we all know what to expect. A great game for sure. I wish it wasn't so gorry thought. Like limbs everywhere and stuff. Just some blood and stuff's good enough. Sheesh.

zonark7
zonark7

resistance 2 and killzone 2 are both looking like amazing upcoming first person shooters, i cant wait

xLordOblivionx
xLordOblivionx

Your all forgetting MGS4, that's definitely taking goty.

godzilla696969
godzilla696969

man dead space will take game of the year if this dosent but gears 2 might because theres so many fanboys

PS3man2893
PS3man2893

Fallout 3.. Are you kidding that game looks like crap compared to resistance 2!

FloSSiE_RuLz
FloSSiE_RuLz

This game $ihts on most others... Except maybe COD4... Can't wait...

bombfanatic
bombfanatic

its looks so amazing that i want time to speed up to nov. 4th

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

I dont have faith in Killzone 2 but Resistance 2 looks promising.

allotheabove123
allotheabove123

this next year from now is gonna be awesome 4 games 2008 resistance 2 call of duty 5 left 4 dead midniht club la ........ 2009 killzone 2 (maybe) halo 3 recon call of duty 6

buccaneers445
buccaneers445

im spendin my cashmoneys on this, bioshock, lbp, and pop

xialon
xialon

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FrodoZHobbit
FrodoZHobbit

Yeah because Dead Space got a 10 like MGS4 or a 9.5 like Little Big Planet. Plus we havn't even seen reviews for Gears 2 or Resistance 2. Dead Space got an 8.7.

jets78
jets78

dead space should be first on every bodies list. game of the year over gears 2 and resistance 2

Joser15
Joser15

this game looks like it will b intense!!!! so gonna buy it wen ps3 is fixed

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

looks to be a huge improvement over the first one :)

devil-neva-cry
devil-neva-cry

THIS IS SO UNFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 GAME (MGS4) COMES OUT OVER THE SUMMER AND NOW THER ARE SO MANY I HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN GAMES I MEAN FAR CRY, LEGENDARY, END WAR,R2, AND IM SURE IM FORGETTING A FEW............ WHO NEW UNFAIRNESS CUD LOOK SO GOOD THOUGH!

sub-raid
sub-raid

no it's not like killzone not at all killzone is better ! killzone is the best it way be our chance for another 10/10 on ps3

snake2215449
snake2215449

This game is gonna be amazing like Killzone 2.

Edam101
Edam101

From what i have seen it looks good, but compared to something like Killzone 2 or even Farcry 2 i just don't think it has the firepower to keep up. Its one of them difficult decisions where I would like to get it but seeing im getting farcry 2 and eventually Killzone 2, i dunno weather to spend another £50 on another shooter that may not live up to its hype or the level of the other 2 games.

Nathan-Hale
Nathan-Hale

When i played resistance 1 i played online for 8 months till i got introduced to warhawk, but now and then i play online still. But when i saw the graphics im like wow... they seriously stunk and i when and played the R&C Future TOD i was like what the hell? How did resistance have such bad graphics and R&c was like at the top. Then i found out that it was rushed for the launch date. But Insomniac is really top notch on games with graphics especially their Ratchet And Clank serious witch looks freaking amazing right now. And this game is looking better. Cant wait to buy this!!!

mastiffchild
mastiffchild

I'm really ,looking forward to this. I felt the first game(though still a good game)was visually hobbled because of the rush to have it available for PS3 launch. Insomniac have sinnce been right on the ball with both R&C releases looking amazing with great graphics and cool lighting effects and R2 should bring a higher level to this series. Gears2 is one of the only360 games that I'm gonmna really miss out on(most of the others go to PC anyway)so, by the looks of it so far, this might well make up for it. It seems a huge jump in scale and presentation and options from the first game.

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

Wow the graphics is a major update... the lighting and shadowing, motion capture... Even the story telling is through Hale's perspective... The weapons are innovative... This will be awesome... it might be the 'Halo' of PS3... Or even better... November... i'll wait patiently...

caponord720
caponord720

Cant wait for this one! Loved the first and this looks to be a great sequel!

thefaunaofwar
thefaunaofwar

I wonder how this will do up against Killzone 2???

herviross_2
herviross_2

The first one was spectacular, and the second one looks a whole lot better. Graphics and gameplay seem to have improved substantially and this game is shaping up to be a killer FPS game.

kobebryantyanic
kobebryantyanic

Nice, i will beat the 1st game again just the day before this one get released. I've played a lot of major fps, and in my opinion, resistance was one of the best i've ever played. This year is clearly the best year for gaming, gta4, mgs4, resistance2, bioshock, lbp, socom, fallout3, farcry2, prince of persia, call of duty waw, What more can i say? And next year kicks off with killzone 2 in feb, and re5 just a month after that. I'm lovin it.

tiamat555
tiamat555

Ahhhhh!!!!. Just sold my PS2 today and this game is definitely on my list. But I have a few hard choices to make. LBP, Deadspace,Fallout 3, Valkria Chronicles, Saints Row 2Motorstorm 2. Sigh.

SPYDER0416
SPYDER0416

I hope the appeal for this game last as long as Cod4's seems to be lasting. Me and a lot of my friends don't even play the first one anymore. This game has an s-load of extra stuff though, so I'll be playing it alot.

Dernholm
Dernholm

I don't usually say that a game will be good before it's released. Because, hey you never know, the developers might screw something up. But this game, it will get a 9 in score at least, I'm sure of it.

flyfishfacture
flyfishfacture

it is veay good! i must buy , after we are go to PSN!

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

I played the first one, enjoyed it... and seeing that the sequel has improved graphics and lightning... It's gonna be beautiful... And the gigantic chimeras are cool... I'm expecting using more bizarre weapons in this one...

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

I played the first one, enjoyed it... and seeing that the sequel has improved graphics and lightning... It's gonna be beautiful... And the gigantic chimeras are cool... I'm expecting using more bizarre weapons in this one...

spartantec1
spartantec1

This game is gonna rock! a def must have ps3 title!

eeStewart
eeStewart

"it looks better than Brother in Arms: Hells Highway!" Now that isn't too hard, ...

HaRdNiPs
HaRdNiPs

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wnng3
wnng3

@warbmxjohn: no prob Oh you have got to check it out though... I was absolutely floored by it I dare say it looks better than Brother in Arms: Hells Highway!

wallywallas
wallywallas

Cant wait to get a PS3. Mine's in the "shop", so i'll probably get it back in time for R2 and Midnight Club LA. If i have any money left, anyways. :(