At first, Chimeras appeared in Russia, then, they expanded, they conquered Europe in a matter of months and were starting to invade Britain when the US goverment decided to send help. You, the player, will control the US sergeant Nathan Hale, a baldy guy whose team is wiped in the first mission of the game.
Your first encounter with the Chimeras is not a happy one, and you will notice that this game doesnt go for the easy kills. In fact, most Chimeras take more shots than you would imagine to kill, making the game more strategic in some sections.
Resistance also mixes features from previous FPS games and some new ones. You will see the power of the PS3 with this game, not from the hand of graphics, which for a launch game are more than fabulous, but from the hand of events. You will see lots of stuff going on, and lots of details too. If this is your first Next-Gen game, you will be amazed by most of the stuff, especially the glass effect of the windows, the way they break mostly.
The weapons in Resistance at first seem generic, you have the usual rifle, the shotgun, the sniper and the rocket launcher, but the innovation, and in what I would say a very good idea, comes from the Chimeras weapons. Humans use the weapons we all know, but the Chimeras have all the candy. From the basic Bullseye to the complex Auger.
Resistance campaign will take you more or less 12-15 hours to complete, more if you take into consideration that in some of the last levels you will be dying more often too. But, Insomniac added some extra stuff. As you progress through the game you will be able to unlock skill points, this skill points could be related to Microsofts Achievements too. The Skill points will unlock extra stuff, as skins for the online mode, artworks, movies and more. But skills is not the only thing you can unlock, once that you finish the campaign, either in Solo or Co-op, you will unlock even more weapons, some of them involve new gameplay techniques as the Divider. Also, another bonus when finishing the game is the option to play the game on harder difficulties, beign the hardest Superhuman, which is a real challenge.
One of the most amazing stuff in the game, is the feeling you get of being overpowered by the Chimeras all the time. You kill wave after wave after wave of Chimeras, yet they still come. Insomniac managed to create a great war atmosphere in Resistance. You will feel fear of advancing, you will feel that sometimes there is no way to continue, that you´ve reached your limit, specially when you get to the later parts of the game, and you are counting every shot making sure that whatever comes next wont kill you.
An important thing to take notice of, is that if you are going to be playing the game in cooperative, make sure that you will be able to work as a team. The cooperative is offline only, I will later talk about the online features. Now, when playing in cooperative, you will notice that everything in the enemies is different, the enemies are stronger and the ammo is running out fast. This is due to the fact that Insomniac decided to increase the level of difficulty here, meaning that if you played this in Normal on cooperative, it will equal Hard on Solo.
The effects of the game are amazing, from a great soundtrack that increases the atmosphere at certain moments to a great use of sound effects. Now, the game is more like Resident Evil 4 here, and most of the time you will miss the soundtrack due to the heavy SE sounds going on. But it all builds and its amazing. Also, you will notice some things too, one of the features touted by Sony PR all the time about Cell will be noticed here. Hedgehog grenades, which are some of the best weapon in gaming hystory. If you fire one, you will see how each of the spikes detach from it as a nail grenade. And you can use it even when you see more than 10 enemies on the screen, with clouds of dust flying, firing all over the place and allied soldier fighting back with no slow down at all. In fact, you will never notice slow downs in the game which is a real nice improvement over past gens.
Now, as for the online portion of the game, you will see that you have many
modes, from classics as Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch to new ones, as Conversion and Meltdown. The online is really well done, though its missing elements from services as XBL, though they can be solved by a future patch, right now there is a new map pack, and the second one is coming soon.
The most important feature of online comes from the lack of lag. Even if you have a slow internet connection, I mean something greater than 256 kb.
Now, whats the most interesting feature while playing online is the feature to level up. Yes, as if you were playing an RPG. You will win points from every time you kill someone, and with them you will level up, you will also be able to see your development over the time, though if you are a first comer, and you are not interested in creating a fake account to practice, then you will have some really bad stats to begin with.
The last feature that we could remark about online, is the fact that you can customize your avatar. An avatar is the character that other sees. You can unlock extra stuff by finishing the main campaign, by obtaining a certain amount of skill points, by completing different difficulties.
But online wouldnt be complete without some other stuff. You will be able to use a headset, you will have a system to find a ranked match for yourself, you only have to specify if you want a deathmatch, team deathmatch of an objective based game. You will also have a list of unranked games, which unlicke ranked games that are hosted by Sony/ Insomniac, the unranked games are hosted by normal people.
There is an option to play the online mode offline, for up to 4 players, but the lack of bots and the size of the maps dont help it much, unless you have 4 controllers.
All in all, Resistance is a great title, with lots of content to keep anyone happy for a long time. The game also sports great gameplay, that will make you come back time after time. Though the story could have been developed a little bit better, and given more information about some elements about the back story, it was a great experience, specially if you are going to play it in cooperative.