Resistance: Fall of Man Review
Resistance: Fall of Man is a First Person shooter developed by developer Insomniac games. This game is a departure from the usual type of game Insomniac is known for, such as Ratchet & Clank and Spyro the Dragon, but Insomniac managed to pull an 180 and bring a pure gem to the Playstation 3.
Resistance takes place in an alternate reality world where the Russian revolution and World War II never happened. The Chimera were first found in Russia (probably the reason there wasn’t a revolution) and by 1950 they spread all across Europe. The Chimera use a virus to comatose humans and then transforms them into Chimera. The game takes place after the fall of England with Americans entering to help the English drive back the Chimera. You play as Nathan Hale, an American sergeant who just entered the fight. After the first level of the game you get infected with the Chimeran virus, however the virus acts differently in Hale, giving him some abilities that the chimera possess but staying human. The rest of the game is Hale fighting the Chimera throughout England.
Insomniac, for being great story tellers and awesome with dialog, have done a pretty “eh” job with telling the story. The story is told from the perspective of a British Captain named Rachel Parker, even though you are playing as Nathan Hale. This makes cutscenes be more of what information that she knows rather than in the perspective of Hale, who is experiencing it. Hale barely has any lines in the game as well. I’m not saying the story is bad but they could have done better (This issue is being addressed in the Squeal). With all of that said, it does help to tie the story together.
The gameplay is a general fps set up. You point, you shoot, they die, or you die. But that’s how every shooter is, it’s other things that make the gameplay stand out. For Resistance, it’s the weapons. There are a variety of human and Chimeran weapons you use throughout. Taking from the Ratchet and Clank series, some of these weapons are just insane. The Chimeran machine gun has an alternate fire that fires a homing beacon that makes all the bullets fly to that spot. There is also a weapon that can shoot through walls, dual pistol like weapons that aim at different enemies, a lightning gun and much more. Unlike most FPSs you can hold every weapon you find. This makes it easy to have the right weapon at the right time because when choosing a weapon the game is paused so you don’t have to frantically search and worry about getting killed. This is a problem within multiplayer however.
The online multiplayer for Resistance is extremely well done. There are plenty of ribbons and medals to earn. As you increase in rank you will be given more customization options to distinguish yourself from other players. Each rank has three levels to show players some form of progress. Multiplayer is fun and intense and never gets old with the variety of maps and modes to play in & more are being released.
The only problem with multiplayer is that the weapon select system used in single player is also used in multiplayer. This is a problem because when your trying to switch weapons quickly, holding down R2 (the bring up weapons menu button) and moving the right analog to get to the right weapon while dodging fire is very hard to do. Most likely you’ll stick to one weapon until you die because of the difficulty of switching. There is also a quick switch but it tends to either, not do anything, bring up the menu, or work.
The game looks great, even a year after its release its still a great looking game. The graphics are gritty and bring a war torn world to life. The textures are smooth and there isn’t a screen tare or frame rate issue at anytime. That said the characters models could be more detailed, but it was basically the first game for the system, what do you want?
The game has great music and solid voice acting. The sound effects are well done in classic Insomniac style and weapons sound distinctive.
Resistance: Fall of Man is an excellent game that was a good starting point for the Playstation 3. For a year old game it still has a lot of life in it. It’s the premiere FPS exclusive on the Ps3, the only thing that will top it would be Killzone 2 and Resistance 2. Action fans will love this game and online enthusiasts will be happy for a very long time.