Just shy of the year anniversary of the original Resistance instalment, Resistance: Retribution is now at hand.
- Amusing dialogue, clean and crisp graphics, intuitive controls
- Repetitive gameplay, recycled enemies and weapons
Catering to a portable game console and still keeping Resistance fans happy is a tall order, but at the end of the day Resistance: Retribution pulls off these difficult tasks with flying colours.
Price$ 59.95 (AUD)
Just shy of the year anniversary of the original Resistance instalment, Resistance: Retribution is now at hand. SCEA Bend has taken over the Resistance franchise for the time being to give you a portable third-person experience of alternate history 1951, attempting to bridge the gap between Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2.
The High Road to Revenge
Nothing else matters to newly appointed Maquis mercenary James Grayson other than killing Chimera with extreme prejudice. I can't blame the soldier, however: losing his brother at a Chimeran conversion facility and ending up in jail on false grounds is enough to make any man go mad, much less trigger-happy. Grayson's only concern is to add to the 27 razed conversion facilities he has already blown the hell out of and up the Chimera body count. Throughout the game you work with the mysterious Maquis faction to do just that.
Bend keeps it safe by pitting you against an array of Chimera which are mostly recycled from previous Resistance instalments. The most annoying Chimera, the Boilers, are unfortunately back in all their thick-skinned, "ugly as shite" glory. Their thick skin makes killing them a somewhat of a pain and when they get in close proximity of the player their heads explode, dealing out a good portion of damage and ire.
To further the game's plot, you receive both a narration of Grayson's story via various characters as well as a diary entry from the man himself that appears during loading screens. The crafty placement almost forces you to read it, helping fill in the blanks as to what is going on both in the game and in our tortured protagonist's head.
Shoot, Reload, Repeat
Most of the actions you need to complete are automated for you. Aim assist is back from retirement and the non-replenishing life bar is brings back the need for health packs. If you are more adept to firing free-hand and don't take kindly to the game's auto-aim system, pressing up on the D-pad quickly frees you from locking on to enemies. Taking cover is an automated action as well and makes duels with Chimera a joy. Veterans to shooters and casual gamers alike will be pleased at the happy medium Retribution finds. Checkpoints are placed immaculately throughout each level creating an incredibly user-friendly environment never forcing you to begrudgingly repeat levels from beginning to end.
A lot of the weapons are recycled from Fall of Man and Resistance 2 — which isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially considering that the L206 LAARK, Light Anti-Armor Rocket is back in action. Having second thoughts about a shot you made with the LAARK? No problem! Pressing the L button pauses the launched rocket mid-air and enables you to select a new target. After you press L, pressing the R button detonates the rocket instantly and pressing L again sends the rocket back on its merry little way.
But, alas — with the good there is always the bad. After long hours spent playing the game, environments begin to blend together in the monotony of the gameplay. Overall, the surroundings lack specific qualities that set them apart from each other. Each mission seems so much like the last. For example, you generally start with a team, get separated from them at some point by falling into a large hole, and singlehandedly take down a Chimeran facility. As I droned on I had only one objective in mind and that was uncovering the story that began to suck me in.
All in all, Retribution may be an acquired taste to those new to the franchise, but there's no argument — this is a must-own title for fans of the first two instalments
Join the newsletter!
Ballistix Sport AT
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Apple iMac Pro
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Toys for Boys
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
ESET Smart Security Premium
Tivoli PAL BT
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
ESET Internet Security
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Technology is revolutionising the way we do things and that includes in the kitchen where a wealth of must-have gadgets and appliances are the making life easier for home cooks.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Brilliant but not quite a breakthrough
- 2 HP Omen 15 (2018): Full, in-depth review
- 3 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 4 Moto G6 review: A solid mid-tier effort with few compromises
- 5 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
Latest News Articles
- Epic Games cuts the once-loved 'Infinity Blade' series from the App Store
- Resident Evil 2 Hands On Preview
- Support for AUD finally comes to Steam (with a catch)
- Intel Extreme Masters Sydney returns for the third consecutive year in 2019
- Inaugural Australian Games Awards to be held on December 19
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Oppo R17 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Google Pixel 3 XL review: Ghost in the machine
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies