Sony Resistance 2
Resistance 2 is a game all about numbers.
- Enjoyable online play, plenty of unlockable equipment, tight controls, intoxicatingly powerful weapons
- Uneven graphics and production values, cookie-cutter online stages, frustrating trial-and-error campaign challenges, skimpy storytelling
Bigger, badder and better than the first, Resistance 2 improves upon the formula set by its predecessor in almost every way. Unfortunately, a handful of minor issues, such as less than stellar graphics, keep this game from reaching the high bar set by competing titles like Call of Duty 4 and Gears of War 2. Still, with its interesting single-player campaign and robust online component, Resistance 2 has plenty to offer any PS3 owner looking for a quick and easy shooter fix.
Price$ 109.95 (AUD)
Competitive mode is the third and final dimension of Resistance 2, and it supports a whopping 60 players for massive-scale online battles. The mode types are split between standard team deathmatch and capture-the-flag scenarios, with a new Skirmish mode that splits both teams into small squads to accomplish a series of simple objectives. If you enjoyed Halo 3 or Unreal Tournament 3, the sci-fi weapons and gameplay types in Resistance 2's competitive mode will probably appeal to you. Aside from the unusually large player counts and the objective-driven Skirmish mode, Resistance 2's competitive play hits all the marks you'd expect from a modern online shooter, save for drivable vehicles. One welcome touch is a focus on instant gratification. Because you earn experience points by inflicting damage on enemy players, you can earn new guns and abilities without scoring a single kill. Finally, in an impressive technical achievement, Resistance 2's networking code appears to be rock solid across the board, serving up consistently lag-free matches at the advertised 60-player count.
Doing the Math
Playing a game as big and ambitious as Resistance 2 is inspiring: Insomniac Games is clearly pushing the envelope with the game's "all-in-one" approach. On the flip side, the game's sheer size and scale works against it in a few important ways. Take the graphics, for example, which are vibrant and pleasing but lack the hi-def "oomph" we take for granted in cutting-edge showstoppers such as Gears of War 2 and Call of Duty 4. Resistance 2 skews more closely to Halo 3's visual style, with its emphasis on bigger and brighter, but less realistic looking, environments. These visual weaknesses are amplified in the online cooperative and competitive modes, resulting in stiff-looking characters and flat lighting effects, which suggests that the studio strained to balance the game's huge size with technological and logistical limitations. The result is a (mostly) happy medium, and a game that looks good in some places and a little iffy in others.
The most important challenge to creating a game as enormous and multi-layered as Resistance 2, though, is keeping the gameplay unique and meaningful. Luckily, Insomniac Games largely delivers on this goal -- each of the three modes is genuinely worth playing. And if you don't like one of them, chances are good that one of the others will hook you. Taken individually, none of the three modes delivers on its full potential, but taken as a whole, the trio makes for a powerful package and offers a tremendous dollars-to-gameplay ratio. Resistance 2 represents one heck of a bargain and is definitely 2008's answer to the feature-packed Half-Life 2: The Orange Box.
Piece de Resistance?
Resistance 2 doesn't represent a true revolution, but it could spark the beginning of one. By treating the game as a suite of diverse, interconnected micro-worlds rather than one or two monolithic play modes, Insomniac Games has created an online shooter with community at its heart. And while the results here aren't always as polished and as gorgeous as you might hope, this is a good game that could signal even better things to come. If you're a PlayStation 3 owner, Resistance 2 is a solid choice to get your shooter fix.
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