We let our imagination get the better of us with Resistance 3's multiplayer customization system.
If you were a fan of the delightful class-based co-op in Resistance 2, then you were likely a little heartbroken to learn that Insomniac wouldn't be bringing that mode over to Resistance 3. Well, don't get too carried away with all that sorrow. If there's one thing we've learned from the Resistance 3 beta, it's that there's still plenty of room to carve out your own personalized role on the battlefield. Between a wildly varied selection of weaponry and four different ability slots--all of which can be upgraded to achieve new functions--there's a lot of room for customization and finely tuned character builds in Resistance 3. To give you an idea, here are a few of the "classes" we've been toying around with in the beta:
The Parasitic Medic
In contrast to the story campaign, Resistance 3's competitive multiplayer uses regenerating health. So you can't really be a medic in the traditional sense, but you can try! Here's how: Slot in the bubble shield ability, which pops up a yellow half-sphere that prevents any bullets from entering, giving you a temporary safe zone to regenerate some lost health. But it doesn't only work on you--any teammates inside can use it as well. So feel free to run around the map looking for teammates in danger, throw down a bubble shield at their feet, and shout, "You're safe now, little buddy!" Then, go ahead and make sure you've got the leaper corpse ability equipped, which makes it so that when you die, friendly parasites burst from your dead body to further defend your teammates. Because at the end of the day, isn't being a medic all about sacrifice? Yes. Yes, it is.
The All-Seeing Eye
Resistance 3's collection of active and passive abilities isn't all about increasing your firepower. If you want, you can focus purely on intel gathering. Start by using the spotter ability, which flashes the screen with Terminator-esque red scan lines that automatically highlight every enemy you encounter in a bright red outline. Specifically, a bright red outline that your entire team can see. Then, combine this with the tracker ability, which allows you to see glowing footprints on the ground from any enemy who's recently passed through there. With these two in effect, you can put a serious damper on the other team's ability to hide out and camp. Plus you can pretend you have cyborg vision, so that's pretty cool too. (Note: these two abilities are paired up in one of the stock loadouts, but try mixing and matching them with different weapons for added entertainment once you've unlocked custom loadouts.)
If there's one thing better than setting traps in a multiplayer shooter, it's setting traps that turn your enemies into zombies that run off and do your evil bidding. Which you can do in Resistance 3! Start with the decoy ability, which essentially pops up a hologram version of yourself to lure in unsuspecting enemies. Then, run off into a hiding spot and wait for enemies to approach this decoy. With any luck, you'll have fooled them into going for a melee attack, granting you the opportunity to fire off enough rounds from your mutator gun. When upgraded, this thing basically turns enemies into exploding zombies that run off and detonate themselves in a group of their teammates. Yes, please!
The Guy Who Just Likes Fire
Our favorite weapon in the beta might just be the upgraded Rossmore shotgun. You start out with a plain shotgun that has a concussion grenade for its alternate fire, but when you spend upgrade points to level up your weapon, you'll be able to fire incendiary buckshot and an incendiary grenade by the third and final upgrade tier. It takes a while to get there, but once you do, it's an absolute blast. We can't express in words how entertaining it is to turn a corner, stumble into a group of enemies, and use the alt-fire to set them all ablaze in a moment of twitch-reflex glory. To really go on a pyromaniac rampage, combine this gun with an upgraded ammo beacon ability so that any time you use up the single alt-fire ammo you start with, you can easily refill it on the fly.
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Damn, I don't have the beta and I want to play it. I find it very frustrating when developers decide to have closed betas or exclusive demos, where you have to buy something in order to get it.
@kangaox Have to say I agree with you. I'm a huge Killzone 2 and 3 fan, likely my favourite shooters this generation alongside Bad Company 2 and Fall Of Man. The Resistance 3 BETA has taken me by surprise, it's superb. It has good visuals, a good variety of guns, good mechanics and it's one of the most balanced shooters I've played in a long time. There's been a lot of hype regarding MW3 and BF3 but I have to say Resistance 3 could be the dark horse this year. Activision and Infinity Ward only wish CoD was this good.
It is a first person shooter like COD, but it is not like COD. Then again all games have certain similarities within the same genre - you get a gun, you point a gun, you shoot a gun. There are countless games that follow this scenario.
where does every1 c CoD in this it looks nthing like it at all, I swear some of you ppl's eyes are blind.
@jasonzilla11 yeah mate, its a HUGE rip off of CoD. Last week when I was playin CoD again I keep getting owned by a bloke with an Auger shooting me thru walls... and ppl kept putting tags on me and killing me from around cover with a bullseye. They are COD speciality guns them... Dont think you could have failed more with your comment, mate! Congratz
This is goin to blow KZ 3 away, anyone who say otherwise is a blind ignorant fool. I dont hate KZ3, I bought the Helghast Ed. But the MP of that was utterly horrendous. Why? Not enough time spent on making it! Least IG TOLD Sony they wanted an extra 10-12 months of Dev to make a better, tighter game. Sure I will miss the bloved 8 man co-op mode. But since it doesnt fit into the story theres a good continuity for it not being there! So R3; best Sci-fi shooter of the year, and BF3 is lookin to take the modern title. Different games so I cant say which will be better. COnsidering in a modern shooter every group of guns basically does the same thing... This there is a unique range to change the game up contantly!
i actualy bought the socom 4 with the beta access but you know what? after these videos i think i'll pass ;)
@MEDzZ3RO I could maybe see BF3 being hyped, but for you too say that Skrim is all hype is a little looney. Elder Scrolls doesn't need hype, it is hype. And if there's one game all year that deserves major hype and can live up too the hype, Skrim would be it.
I hope the multiplayer has split screen online and offline, becasie that would be the only thing to bring me back to the series, I felt that number two was just too disappointing, ecspecially multiplayer wise
I dun get how people can relate this game to CoD...CoD doesn't have aliens, zombie turning guns, nor a shogun with incendiary ammo. The only thing similar is the fact that they have killstreaks which aren't even that overpowered compared to CoD nuke* cough *.
@kittygus xp can also stand for eXPerience. Both the 'X' and 'P' are present in experience. Although I do agree with your comment, it is always a good idea to look for alternatives.
It just looks like another Call of Duty! I swear, People are just taking ideas from bigger games, and Call of Duty is starting to fall! It's ridiculous! What happened to innovation? Originality?
And let's not forget the new God of War HD collection and Shadow of the Colossus and Ico HD Collection!!!! Niiiiiiice!!!! OH AND THE VITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a trip! What a solid series! With this, UC3, Twisted Metal, and Racthet & Clank: All For One, it makes me ecstatic to be a PS3 owner and fan! (Yeah, I didn't forget the multiconsole games such as Batman: AC, Skyrim, BFBC3, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and Dead Island.) ;)
I don't believe this. Instead of creating their own style, these guys are falling into the same pit as Crysis 2. Instead of trying to refine their respective MP experiences. Them lower the player count and make everything like CoD just to sell more copies. Where did all of the innovation go in this friggin industry?
Whenever he gets a kill it says +100 xp points. SInce XP stands for experience points wouldn't that be " +100 Experience Points Points"
They may not bring the online co op back but they did say they would bring a certain story line co op, or playbale co op missions, anyways this looks great and I think lowering the count will definitely help, 60 players was awesome and all, but i never felt like i was accomplishing much, usually killing someone only to find another guy picking me off after barely surviving my last encounter and the squad system was flawed. Hope they bring as many guns to the table as resistance 1 did.
@sflowers539 There is online and offline co op but it's only 2 player and campaign orientated. The 60 people fights was a nice gimmick but it didn't really work, you just found yourself running around in a group of ten until you find the enemy team, you killed what you could before dying and repeated. I always felt Resistance 2 was at its best in the smaller 5v5 or 10v10 games. Based on the beta I'd say you're money would be well spent on Resistance 3 rather then CoD.
Man, I hope this turns out well. I would love to see and awesome R3 multiplayer experience this year so I don't have to buy COD again but they are taking major risks with no co-op and no more 60 people fights.
@abbasreza Depends what you're into, personally I've prioritized this and Dark Souls first, followed by BF3. I may buy Skyrim and Uncharted at a later date but they're not games I'm particularly looking forward to this year, they're all hype. @sbdoherty It's the beta, there aren't that many people that have it, that's why. That's also why it may be prone to freezing, it should be patched when the full game releases. I've been on the beta a good week or so and I can safely say it's better then the multiplayer in previous entries. It's up there with the best in the business. That's largely because the game feels balanced, for every ability there's a counter ability, there's not really one overpowered gun like there was in previous games *cough* Wraith *cough*. Happily the Wraith does return but it's a level 9 Berserk making the power boost justifiable; just go around the back and they're still vulnerable.
@abbasreza Skyrim. Buy Skyrim. This is just another FPS and the next Drake game will be out in probably 2 years or less. Elder Scrolls doesn't show it's face too often anymore.
damn this looks good. Now im really having trouble over which game to buy, this, Uncharted 3 or Skyrim T_T