This is an average FPS title to hold you over until a better shooter comes along. The whole package feels sort of cheap at first, but it gets better as you go along.
You play a firefighter in the midst of an alien invasion. Riley doesn't express any surprise about this happening. He just takes a gun and starts shooting aliens like it's a normal occurrence. You meet a compatriot, Ellie, who also expresses no surprise about the invasion. She basically says, "Okay, you're a good shot, let's go."
The graphics are not great especially after playing Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The characters' mouths don't move when they talk, which is really poor for a modern game. The textures could have been a lot better.
The guns handle fine except for the pointless, shoe-horned touch controls. It makes no sense that you have to take your hands away from the analog sticks just to do an alt-fire or throw a grenade. It takes away from the flow of the gunfights. I found myself not bothering with the alt-fire modes and I got through most of the game without them. The wall-penetrating gun from the console Resistance games is here and it's still pretty entertaining to use.
There's a cliched story about the husband trying to find his wife and kid, and some freedom fighting throughout the US, but other than that, there's not much. It's a shame because the voice acting is pretty good and there was potential for a better game. The soundtrack is surprisingly touching, which would have helped for a better emotional impact if there had been a good story or actual characterization.
I got every trophy except the multiplayer one which requires an online pass. There were six chapters at about an 1.5 hours each. I never bought the pass, so I can't comment on the MP. I was able to get all single player trophies in one playthrough.
posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Sep 11, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
I didn't know what to expect going into this game. Resistance 3 is one of my favorite first-person shooters of all time and got critically acclaimed reviews, so I was surprised when this game was given horrible reviews by most professionals. This is definitely not up to the standards of it's console counterpart, but then neither is Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Neither is Resident Evil: Revelations or Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. I don't see what the massive problem is, there's no more of a difference between this and Resistance: Fall of Man then there is between GTA 4 and GTA: Chinatown Wars. The story is weak and the touch controls take a minute to get used to, but besides that I have no complaints with this game. It works great for the first FPS on a handheld.