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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Woffls's Avatar


James Stevenson, that's neoGAF for you. Make an excellent game and people will find a way to hate it, make it below expectations and it's the disappointment of the decade. If you want a reliable representation of anything, do not go to neoGAF.
Posted 19:38 on 23 October 2009
mikejosh1978's Avatar


agree with dudester on the narration but i would also like to say as good as the online was & currently still is its just a big boring slog 30 ranks each on co-op choice & competitive when half would have been sufficient.
Posted 18:18 on 23 October 2009
vrc's Avatar


Sad, but true. I loved the game, but compared to the first it was somewhat of a failure.

Actually, in a morbid way, I am really happy that this statement finally came out; before now, there'd been no real acknowledgment of the almost unanimous disappointment expressed all over the internet. At least we have some hope that Resistance 3 will revert back to the series' roots.
Posted 18:14 on 23 October 2009
dudester's Avatar


Bring back Narration to give a proper direction of the story and get their asses back in Europe for the next one.

Bring back the weapon wheel and make the main campaign co-opable as well the separate multiplayer co-op.

Yes I have ideas and I damn sure want them implemented.
Posted 18:09 on 23 October 2009


The game was good, But I did lose a lot of the awesome!

I loved the British narrator that worked so well! But she was gone in the second game, i also wish they would of stayed in the UK longer ^^
Posted 18:06 on 23 October 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 28/11/2008
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 2,028 390
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