Resistance 2 screenshot
Resistance 2 screenshot

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 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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thompo555@ rbevanx

Try trigernomitery (Spelling?)
Posted 10:33 on 25 October 2009
rbevanx's Avatar


I wish I never started reading the comments for this story. Bloody algebra in maths is more interesting than this argument lol
Posted 10:21 on 25 October 2009
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thompo555@ CizzlesDrunk

Ill translate
Nope im bisty = You will own me

@ everything u guys just garb jelly = You may 'pwn' but you still suck compared to my awesomeness.

as 4 KZ2 its ok, MW1 & 2 great, R2 trash, RFoM #1 = EVERYTHING APPART FROM RFoM SUUUCKS!!! NOOOOOBS!!!

Thankfully i know noobish :p
Posted 10:19 on 25 October 2009
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I just took 5min to look through the screenshots and the video clips that are associated with this game. What a LIE, please show real screenshots and video capture from the final game. You'll see that the quality is at least 60% less of that from which is being shown. Maybe I didn't explains spell it out from my previous post but Resistance 2 = PS2 looking 480i loooking poor game.
Posted 04:16 on 25 October 2009


JS, Loved R:FoM. Played it for 18 months straight. Lobby was/is the best of all online games. IMO R2 failed due to lobby issues. Please start from there on R3. No other game had/has matched the R:FoM lobby. My friends and I STILL play that game. I also miss my friends from IG. Say hi to Daulton, Vlad, TAG, and JSD.
Posted 00:09 on 25 October 2009
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I really don't get it. I thought the game was innovative in the way that the action was completely non-stop but not overwhealming. At the edge of too frantic but to me this was a masterly accomplishment. I love the weapons and how they feel. I love the new more colorful look. I normally trade games as soon as I finish them but I wanted to hold onto this. Especially for the co-op multiplayer that you can play forever. I've only played a couple other games that have achieved this level of pacing. Thoroughly enjoyed every moment almost... Of all the games that get 9/10 automatically it seems, this one definitely deserves that. I liked it way better than Killzone 2, in fact 2/3 the way through Killzone 2, I just stopped and said "is this fun?, not really" the guns felt truly amazing but there was something dull and repetitive about it.
Posted 23:46 on 24 October 2009
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nope im bisty @ everything u guys just garb jelly.... as 4 KZ2 its ok, MW1 & 2 great, R2 trash, RFoM #1
Posted 22:41 on 24 October 2009
stitchjones696's Avatar


Resistance 2 had very poor graphics in my opinion. I remember when the game started, I thought it was running at 480 resolution. The fire and anything colored red looked like total crap. I checked and rechecked my video settings several times. I then put in a different game to check if it looked okay. Then when I put R2 back in and played it for about an hour, I felt totally jilted by the reviews I read where they said that R2 looked and played better then the original. I brought the game back the next day and fought until I got a refund. I will not buy another Resistance game.
Posted 22:40 on 24 October 2009
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@cizzlesdrunk lmao RFOM the best shooter on the PS3 look up killzone2 cod4 and R2 (because you obviously haven't played it) , come on where have you come from and what makes you think RFOM is the best.also you talk as though you speak for the entire 'hardcore' Resistance fan base i know lots of people enjoyed R2 that played the original religiously, also the co op was great and if you dont think so you are a deluded tard.And finally you get into skills, are you 10 "i can play a video game better than you so you suck and im awesome" lmao grow up.
Posted 21:44 on 24 October 2009
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thompo555@ CizzlesDrunk

Ok, get your ass on Socom/MGO/UC2 Multi and 1v1 me.. we'll see who has skills.
Posted 21:21 on 24 October 2009
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trust me, if R3 turns out as horrible as R2, no self respecting gamer would ever buy an Insomniac game again... RFoM still the best shooter for the PS3... and if u dont think so its because u have no skillz
Posted 21:15 on 24 October 2009
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thompo555@ Mr_Ninjutsu

assuming you TU me? Thanks :D
Posted 20:06 on 24 October 2009
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Why F are people thumbing down the people who think R2 is good? Get a *****ing life you tards. Hate people like that.
Posted 20:00 on 24 October 2009
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thompo555@ CizzlesDrunk

I asked a question and you call me a scrub? Go back under your rock.. Obviously where you been living to get the idea 'R1 is better' stuck in your head..
Posted 19:48 on 24 October 2009
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Posted 19:22 on 24 October 2009

Game Stats

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