Resistance 3

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher:  Sony Computer Entertainment

When I started playing this game, I thought I knew what to expect, the first game in the series was a pretty boring game, whereas the sequel improved on this by changing up the formula and why fix what isn't broken... right?

Well, Insomniac decided to ignore logic and tried to fix things that didn't need fixing, that in itself is somewhat unexpected, but the real surprise here is that it worked, Resistance 3 is without a doubt in my mind, the best game in the series.

The Health system was once again revamped, this time to, are you ready for this? A Medpack based system, yes, good ol' honest-to-god medpacks, it's been years since a game did this and I didn't even know how much I missed it until I started playing the game, but the changes don't end there, you have a new main character and you know what? I REMEMBER HIS NAME!

Yes, for the first time in a resistance game, I cared enough to remember the main character's name, the plot was mediocre, but the setting and characters were interesting, I especially loved the prison level, an old penal institution that was taken over by its prisoners and would send out parties to hunt other humans for food, this is a great concept and I'm surprised that the Gears of War series never really took advantage of it.

Another interesting addition are the upgradeable weapons, each time you damage an enemy with a specific gun you get experience points which will eventually strengthen your weapon, sure in the real world it'd be the opposite, but who cares? I was having too much fun with the campaign to care.
Other changes involve the total lack of boss fights, I consider this to be a blessing in disguise given how lame they were in the previous game.

Graphically this is easily the best looking game in the bunch, not that it's a hard feat to accomplish, but it is the first title in the series which I can honestly say that it looks good... really good even, not the best looking game on the PS3, but it's certainly in the top tier.

If you never cared for this series (and honestly, who could blame you?) you might want to try this final entry in the series, you just might be pleasantly surprised.

Warning: This game uses an online pass, meaning that if you buy a used copy you might find yourself locked out of the multiplayer portions.

- Great singleplayer campaign
- Interesting setting, characters and locations
- Upgradeable weapons are pretty neat
- Health system is based on medpacks, god I missed those
- This time around I actually cared enough to remember the main character's name!
- Multiplayer will be locked from you if you buy a used copy. What kind of bull*censored* is that?
- Differences in gameplay might alienate fans of the previous two games

Final Grade: A-

Our cover here is pretty boring, it's a depiction of a Chimerian skull on a red background, the game also has an inner boxart which is actually the one 'm showing in the picture, it looks just like the regular boxart, but without the dozens of annoying logos cluttering it up.

Inside you'll find a manual with a boring cover and of course, the game.

As boring as the manual looks, this time it actually has some background information, hallelujah! Granted it's not a whole lot of information and... the manual is pretty small... and a lot of it is just legal information, but in the end it still made for an interesting read and in this day when collector's editions are all the rage this is the best I can hope for.

Overall, all three of the covers are boring, but at least the manual is pretty decent

Packaging Grade: B-

1 comment:

  1. I've heard good things about this series. Never enough to buy them though.