Old game is old, blah blah blah, but it’s new to me, dammit! Since I’ve gotten into shooters, I’ve really wanted to sample a bit of everything. I also wanted to see first-hand what Colin Moriarty loves so much about it.
I’ll say one thing: the story is what makes the game. Yes, the idea of people getting infected and becoming zombie-like is nothing new. Halo pretty much started that route with shooters, and then Gears of War 3 took it, and I could go on forever with other examples. But what makes the story of Resistance so unique is that it is historically based. In fact, it takes a cue from something that was suspected post-WWII. The Chimera were born from Russian labs while they were developing a secret weapon after World War II, which is actually something that both FDR and Winston Churchill believed was going on. They were convinced–and most likely with good reason–that Stalin was developing a bio-weapon that would help the USSR take over the world. In the world of Resistance, it kind of did, but not in the way Stalin envisioned.
And that’s kind of where the fun stopped for me. The gameplay was standard fare, with nothing earth-shatteringly new, but I had to remind myself that this was a very early PS3 title. Of course I’m going to see things that have already been done. However, I didn’t like some of the horror elements that were thrown in. It reminded me a lot of the first Gears of War game, and I was not a fan of little monsters jumping out of dark corners when everything is quiet.
I also didn’t really like the main character, Nathan Hale. I get that he’s infected and is therefore a bit tormented, but he was so boring. Rarely talked. Compared to Hale, Master Chief is the king of eloquence. Cartwright is constantly talking to him when they team up, so why couldn’t Hale offer some returning banter? Or what about the woman lieutenant whom I cannot remember her name? He never once responded to anything she said, and she yammered at him more than Cortana from Halo. I need a little more from my main characters.
But am I going to continue with Resistance 2? Yeah, I am. I have this thing about seeing things through–how else did I finish Twilight series (and I’m not proud of it)–and well, I have the game. Plus, I’m going to need something actiony and shooty to play while working on Final Fantasy XIII-2. But yeah, I can’t recommend it to anyone else. So far, the Xbox reigns when it comes to exclusive shooters.