Resistance 2 News for PS3

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Hardcore Resistance fans believe PS3 exclusive first-person shooter Resistance 2 "was a failure", according to developer Insomniac.

That's the stark admission from senior community manager James Stevenson, who told VideoGamer.com in a wide-ranging interview that long term fan feedback "weighed" on him.

Resistance 2, released in November 2008, managed impressive review scores. Tom gave it an 8/10 in his review, calling it "a solid FPS, with moments of brilliance and some top notch multiplayer modes". At the time of writing, the game's sitting pretty on an 87 Metacritic score.

For Insomniac, however, negative fan feedback suggested Resistance 2 didn't turn out as good as the US developer had hoped.

"Resistance 2 got better reviews than Resistance 1," said Stevenson. "But the long term fan feedback from that game weighed on me.

"The hardcore fans of Resistance 1 were maybe a little bit disappointed. Those folks consistently expressing that - especially GAF [NeoGAF] - it was like your dog turned on you," Stevenson explained.

"That's the feeling of it. You had this dog that loved you. You loved the dog, too, but they expressed all this affection for you. And then suddenly the dog bites your hand and it's that feeling of, ooh, ow, that really hurts.

"The critics loved Resistance 2. Some people didn't like it, but for the most part… And the Metacritic's higher than Resistance 1. So we got better reviews than Resistance 1, but the overall opinion of it is that it was a failure by fans, that Resistance 2 was a failure, because maybe the expectations were so high for it.

"But that weights on you more. We talk to journalists a lot but we deal with our fans every day - and when they are disappointed… Reviewers are playing lots of games. They're supposed to be critical.

"But the people who put their money down on our game, want to see our game be good and want to invest months of their time into our game, spend months of their time leading up to our game watching videos, reading about it, sending us questions, listening to our podcasts, investing hours and hours and being excited for our game, if they're disappointed then it hurts more than some reviewer being pissy about a game and giving it a seven, well, okay, whatever. I can move on from that. I can ignore that. But fans that are genuinely disappointed are a lot harder to cope with."

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Interloper@ renegade

Resistance was my favorite PS3 game, and I was as excited for the sequel as I think I ever have been for a game. I finally got it, popped it in, and realized...

It wasn't a sequel. It was an entirely different game sharing a few bad guys and a title. I've never been so pissed off and disappointed.

In a move of galling hubris, Insomniac took a giant chunk of what made the original interesting and different and chucked it out. What's worse, you could tell they did so out of some cowardly, lame attempt to appease critics.

"How come the game's not colorful? It's all grey and stuff. This sucks."

Boom. No more of the cool faded-color motif of the original. Instead, we get the same damned graphics every other friggin' game has. Genius.

"How come Hale can carry around, like, a dozen guns at once? That's not realistic. That sucks."

Boom. You get to carry, like, one gun. And there's no longer any cool progression as you get better and better guns over the course of the game. No awesome second-replay unlocking of bigger, badder, weirde4r guns. Instead, you use whatever's on the ground near you. Just like practically every other shooter in the universe. Genius.

"How come if the chimera regenerate, you don't just regenerate all the way? Those yellow vials are like healing potions. ANd this isn't a fantasy game. So that's stupid."

Boom. Now we get the same ()*&%*(& "hide and you gradually heal up" system every other game in the universe has. Yawn. Morons.

I would've happily paid $50 for a game that didn't change a single thing -- for, basically, a map pack that gave me the same quantity of levels and gameplay time as the original. You wouldn't even have to throw in any new guns (though I obviously would enjoy it if they did). But no. I get a game that's exactly what retarded reviewers who play so many shooters that any departure from the norm serves as a hassle for them rather than a breath of fresh air want: Gener-o-shooter set in the interesting mileu of Resistance 1.

I can't even begin to describe how pissed off and disappointed I was and continue to be, all this time later. Insomniac betrayed me with this game. If it hadn't been a Christmas gift, and if I hadn't therefore tried to pretend to like it lest I disappoint my wife, I would've returned it and demanded my money back. When you do a sequel, your fans deserve, at the very least, a game that has SOMETHING to do with the original.

What the hell is wrong with the people at Insomniac? What the hell is wrong with the reviewers who voted the milquetoast generic sequel *higher* than the brilliant, engaging original? Is it really so much to ask that we find some reviewers somewhere who play the game like regular players -- y'know, for fun -- and base their reviews accordingly, rather than basing their reviews on powering through the game because it's just one of 7 (or 70) they have to review this month?
Posted 02:09 on 23 June 2010
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kentuckyfried

I'll definitely check out 3, but it'll be with alot more reluctance and less enthusiasm.

I just finished it right before Uncharted 2, and I gotta say...after nearly a 1 year wait before completing the game, I feel like I shouldn't have even bothered. R2's single player campaign was terrible.

I loved the customizable controls but that's about it. I really didn't like:

(1) removal of the weapon wheel - that's what made the first so much fun. This isn't COD4, after all
(2) Nearly complete lack of character development - I couldn't give a s*** about Nathan Hale or his team, or any other person in this story.
(3) Weak story/confusing plot progression/incohesive narrative
(4) Stupid, depressing ending
(5) Lame QTE-like moments to survive; these really killed the momentum of the game

I can't say that Resistance 1 was written that much better, but it stayed together with Parker narrating. R2 lost something along the way (outside of the wheel).
Posted 03:01 on 27 October 2009
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jakeistheman

nope just commenting on your comments dudester, an as for you rbevanx it was more like reading a short summary online imo.If you want to end this let me have that last word :p .
Posted 00:54 on 27 October 2009
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dudester

Just to point out Lucas is awesome and benitez is a genius not everything turns out as we expect it too.

As for Jake I made my points clear I thought earlier in the discussion? if you would like me to clarify them then please let me know.
Posted 21:56 on 25 October 2009
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rbevanx@ jakeistheman

Is this a never ending argument

"well if you didn't find it entertaining why read it you have already said you think its a stupid argument so why continue this you have essentially created another stupid argument after i ended the other."

So if I read the first page of a novel, I know by that one page it's gonna be rubbish. Great thinking there

"how was i supposed to know you were dyslexic if i knew i would've spaced."

No that was my personal fault but re-reading my post that came out wrong (sorry), it's just hard to read your post that way.

"And finally (again) about the middle part of my third post i tried to explain that most people probably saw the way the argument was going and how i couldn't understand why you kept reading."

No it started fine and I expected people to ignore the silly comments but that didn't happen, hence my comment.
Posted 19:17 on 25 October 2009
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jakeistheman

i didn't even notice the TD

well if you didn't find it entertaining why read it you have already said you think its a stupid argument so why continue this you have essentially created another stupid argument after i ended the other.

how was i supposed to know you were dyslexic if i knew i would've spaced.

And finally (again) about the middle part of my third post i tried to explain that most people probably saw the way the argument was going and how i couldn't understand why you kept reading.
Posted 19:11 on 25 October 2009
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rbevanx@ jakeistheman

Just for the record I didn't TD you, and I didn't find it entertaining.
I also found your post quite hard to read, as there were no spaces between your sentances and I'm dyslexic which dosen't help tbh.
And I assume I "didn't read that part or you didn't see it that way".
Posted 18:43 on 25 October 2009
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jakeistheman

Thats fine if you find it entertaining but if thats true why did you post this"I wish I never started reading the comments for this story. Bloody algebra in maths is more interesting than this argument lol".next, so you reply for the sake of replying?and finally,As i recall i explained why you might see the way it was going, i guess you either didn't read that part or you didn't see it that way.
Posted 18:35 on 25 October 2009
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rbevanx

Do I need the intellect of a ten year old to find it entertaing then?

"if you feel its a stupid conversation why post in it"
Becuase I read it and there was a reply button for me to reply and would only take seconds to comment back, like this reply back to you.

"why read it i presume you could see the way it was going"
I can't predict the future.
Posted 14:23 on 25 October 2009
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jakeistheman

thank you for translating thompo.And to rbevanx/dudster this conversation isn't really a conversation i decided to jump back in because of a person who apparently lives in a RFOM cocoon and felt it necessary to post his deluded feelings toward R2,if you feel its a stupid conversation why post in it second why read it i presume you could see the way it was going *cizzles starts going on a R2 rant thompo intervenes i jump in trying to shut cizzles up he retaliates with nooblish* i didn't expect any one to care that im having a argument with a person who has the intellect of a ten year old on an internet fourm, why do you.
Posted 13:29 on 25 October 2009
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rbevanx@ dudester

Poor Liverpool fan

Co-owners + Benitez= No hope to win the title.
Posted 10:49 on 25 October 2009
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dudester

I prefer beer Bevan and football so looks like happy days for me today off to pub in a while and theres a good time today only bad point is the probable result.
Posted 10:47 on 25 October 2009
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rbevanx@ dudester

Which do you prefer....Thevenin or Nortons theorem?
Posted 10:43 on 25 October 2009
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thompo555@ dudester

Not much to discuss though..
Posted 10:40 on 25 October 2009
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dudester

I'll translate one is not amused by the juvenile behaviour by some members of the establishment. One would rather discuss Pythagoras theorem with a professor.

:p
Posted 10:37 on 25 October 2009

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Release Date: 28/11/2008
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
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