Resistance 3 Updated Preview

We get off the mean streets and stalk through bushland in our latest look at Resistance 3.

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We've only seen Resistance 3 a handful of times, but at each turn, we've been shown distinctly different aspects of the game. We've experienced new enemy type the brawler, hidden from a hulking Chimera goliath under a bridge after a tense boat trip with an old friend, and this time, we got a feel for the mood developer Insomniac Games hopes to create by putting us in the shoes of the everyman.

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This chapter of Resistance 3 marked our reintroduction to Dr. Malikov as we inched our way closer to meeting him at the railway bridge. Set in Pennsylvania's Mount Pleasant, this nighttime mission removed a lot of the bravado that came with playing Nathan Hale, the supersoldier, and put us in the skin of a weakened, scared human on the brink of extinction.

The demo began with us trudging through bushland, and it wasn't long before our buddies the Chimera dropped in a handful of new foes. These new sniper hybrids pack hefty rifles and have the ability to cloak themselves, becoming invisible on the move, which gave us a huge advantage when they were still. When stationary, the laser sights on their weapons draw long red paths that are easy to follow back to their bodies. As a result, our guide would spot one and follow it back to its source and apply a liberal sprinkling of bullets. A new Chimera weapon, the Dead Eye, works like the L23 Fareye from Resistance 2 but packs a nasty alternate fire, and we didn't need to get hands-on to see its impact on targets after its requisite few seconds of charge.

Auger fans will be pleased to hear that it, as well as many of the weapons in Resistance 3, have received a new look with updated and more Chimera-y scopes. While we still struggle with what seems like the unbeatable weapon--one that can shoot through anything, as well as throw up a protective shield--we'll take any advantage we can get against the invaders.

Moving into a nearby mine to avoid the watchful eye-in-the-sky dropships circling with their spotlights, we ran into another new challenge in Resistance 3: shield drones. These little robotic nuisances lurk behind Chimera soldiers and protect them with an impenetrable force field. Seeing that indeed our rounds were ineffective, our only option was to take one of the other paths ahead of us, sprinting to flank them and taking out the drone from behind before finishing off its occupant.

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We were most surprised by the return of the weapon wheel, a radial menu accessed through the triangle button that details each of the boomsticks in your current arsenal. It's a throwback to the first game, but we were told they have been brought back into the mix to give players more flexibility and choice with their preferred style of play rather than forcing you to hunt out the appropriate tool for the job. We got a look at about seven or eight weapons, including mainstays like the shotgun and the HE .44 Magnum, as well as the bullseye and carbine in our previous demo. But we've been told to expect plenty of new additions alongside the familiar faces. Each will feature two upgrade paths: one for primary fire and one to boost its secondary function.

Because Capelli fills Hale's shoes with frail, human feet, health is no longer regenerative. Players will need to seek out health kits rather than duck behind cover and wait it out. Insomniac hopes this will bring the game a much-needed sense of urgency around forging forward rather than picking off targets at range.

Though our demo teased only a few new weapon types and the things we can use them on, our lasting memory was that of the change of pace. The move to return health packs to the game and Capelli's need to hide from searchlights rather than come out guns blazing all points toward a slower, more calculated type of gameplay. We've been impressed with what we've seen so far with Resistance 3, and we're hopeful it will elevate the series beyond simple run-and-gun action. Humanity has stumbled, but Capelli is giving us one final chance at redemption. Can we win our own war? Stay tuned for more ahead of Resistance 3's September 6 North American release exclusively on the PlayStation 3.

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Glad to hear health packs and the Rachet and Clank style weapon wheel are pack. Hopefully they keep a similar style co-op while adding the split screen co-op from 1 w/ drop in/out as well. Capelli sounds like a good guy to go with for the main story however im praying they make Parker a playable character as well.

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@PitchBlack999 Nahhhh.. Auto-regen is far less challenging. And anyways, if you get shot you don't necessarily always die.. Depends where you get struck. Medi-kits are much more realistic. And much more challenging!

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@warhawk-geeby Either one doesnt make sense does it....You get SHOT you get KILLED...So STFU and auto-regen your health :D

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@PitchBlack999 Oh wait yeah I forgot.. In a real war men miraculously heal when they hide behind cover.. My bad.

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@coloredjulez313 he was but they used hales blood as a cure for the chimaeran virus so he is human now

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I could swear that capelli was a sentinel. Now all of a sudden he's human wtf. They should've kept some of.the plot points from resistance 2 like those 2 planets from the end of resistance 2. Did they just disappear???

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Didn't like the wooden gameplay of Resistance 1 at all.

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I really liked the first game but i thought Resistance 2 was just terrible in comparison, that was the worst money I'd spent on a game when i bought Resistance 2. It's also one of the reasons that I no longer bother with console games.

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I may rent it, Resistance 2 ruined it for me... I really enjoyed the first game alot though

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@warhawk-geeby You want SO MUCH realism join the friggin military and get shot..and search for health packs

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looks good and supports Move = I'm in!!

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that is a strong boat....

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sorry not interested

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After reading that they took the coop online mode out of this game and only stuck it with 2 player coop i"m not even going to touch this pos. It proves the developers don't know a god damn thing. insted they are going with a cod clone setting. Another game trying to ride on the cod bandwagon and milk the kiddies.

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Lame. Killzone > Resistance. Resistance was only "good" when it was a launch title and had big numbers for multiplayer. It was mildly impressive, but it's been surpassed massively these days.

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@Antillio I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you didn't play the first ones...because these weapons look pretty utilitarian compared to the ones in R2. I also think these look fairly tame for a Science Fiction game. You know most people play sci-fi shooters for the awesome weapons right?

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I want it.

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@Antillio I agree with you. Guns look like they took it right out from Quake.

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While the game has athmosphere , the weapons look dumb even for a sci fi shooter.

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Resistance 3= Better FPS on PS3 ;)

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@PitchBlack999 Yeah it's always a lot more realistic when your body self-heals.. Medi-kits are waaaay better. I was gutted when they changed the healing style in the second one. Glad to see they're not following suit with every other FPS.

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Its nice to go back to FPS basics. It'd make the PC gamers cream themselves with joy...y'know if it ever got onto a PC... I wonder if they'll add Mouse and Keyboard support?

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Health Kits = EPIC PHAIL....:/

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What if games continue with their stories but branch off into other game genres, like miraculously the chimera disappear and humans need to repopulate the world again, so a strategy game is born through the world of Resistance. ?

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I hated the health kits in resistance 1 + resistance retribution

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It appears that Resistance 3 would be going to the roots of the shooter genre, when player characters do not have regenerating health but have the awesome capability of becoming walking armouries. This gives me the impression of a reset button about the gameplay designs of this title.

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music to my ears Insomniac

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Is this game support PSmove?

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looks great

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Cant wait for this one, I like Capelli and im excited to get back into Resistance. Another great exlusive that will help kill my wallet this year lol

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@Venom341 Remember that Hale was given the pure chimera strain from the ancient chimera instead of the newer strain that everyone else received.

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I'm a little confused as to why Insomniac made Capelli have a lack of regeneration. Hale and him were both exposed to the virus and survived, so shouldn't they have the same physical abilities?

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@Groove60 and I suppose a crosshair is realistic? lol but I do agree there should be a option, personally i like having the X when u hit a enemy. that way you dont just empty a clip and hope that it hits the enemy cos you would be awear if it does.

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Looks promising. Just please take out the x every time you shoot an enemy feature. Or at least have an option for it. Total immersion killer.

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looks like total fun

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epic! can't wait!

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looks amazing, but no multiplayer/co-op news? come on Resistance, I fell in love with Resistance 1's multiplayer campaign, and was saddened by the lack there of in R2, and this one feels like it should be screaming co-op campaign.

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cant wait 4 resistance 3 looks great

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Graphics looks fantastic i will buy it day one :)

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New gamespot looks pretty sick

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looks nice

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Looks nice. I am glad they brought back the wepon wheel. Or as I like to call it... THE WHEEL OF DESTRUCTION!!!!

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My PS3 has been ridiculously lonely this year because of university. I can't deny it Resistance 3 though. Going to have to pick it up in September.

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