Resistance 2

Resistance 2 Review for PS3

On: PS3

Sequel to Insomniac Games' alien invasion FPS.

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8Out of 10
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Resistance 2 is a solid FPS but it's flawed in number of key areas
Resistance 2 is a solid FPS but it's flawed in number of key areas

Resistance 2 is a solid FPS but it's flawed in number of key areas

Insomniac is an incredibly talented development studio, responsible for one of the PS3's best games in the form of Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, but developing the PS3's premier FPS is something else entirely. With the console war more heated than ever before certain games are held up as talismans - a reason to buy one console over another - and Sony simply hasn't had an FPS to compete with the might of Microsoft's Halo. It tried first with Killzone on the PS2 and failed, and now Resistance flies the flag for the PS3. Although the original game proved to be a stellar launch title, is the sequel the system seller FPS Sony needs?

This sequel picks up where the last game ended, with hero Nathan Hale an exhausted, almost beaten figure of a man. The alien race known as the Chimera, which focussed its assault on the UK in the first game, is this time attacking the East and West coast of the US, so it's up to you as Hale and a special Sentinel task force to stop them. Things are hard enough, but Hale is also always having to contend with the Chimeran virus that gradually takes hold of him throughout the campaign. Once again the alternate reality history means that the world in the 1950s is very different to how it actually was, with more advanced weapons and technology at your disposal.

One of the key differences to the original is the diversity of the campaign levels, with Hale being taken to all manner of locations, from run down cities to swamps and alien space ships. This has allowed Insomniac to move away from the many hues of brown that more or less defined the original. Diversity is good, but Resistance 2 struggles to tie everything together, with the campaign feeling quite disjointed. The storyline in the original failed to make too much of an impact on us, mainly due to the lead character's lack of likeability. Insomniac has worked on making Hale a more rounded character (who actually speaks this time), but even after two games we struggled to feel a connection to him as the hero.

This doesn't stop the core first-person gameplay being solid and from time to time quite exhilarating. The majority of fun stems from the weapons you'll get access to, with many old favourites returning (the homing bullet Bullseye and through wall shooting Auger being two of the best) alongside a load of excellent newcomers. Your own play style will determine which you prefer, but at times it's incredibly hard to decide which two you want to carry - sadly Insomniac has adopted a Halo-style two weapon approach. Our favourites of the newcomers include the superb Marksman, a long-range battle rifle; a brilliant Magnum revolver that allows you to detonate bullets on secondary fire; and the Wraith gattling gun, complete with shield on secondary fire. Top these off with some brilliant grenades and you've got an arsenal every FPS would be jealous of. Insomniac has always excelled at creating brilliant weapons and Resistance 2 is no exception.

Visually it's all over the place, with certain levels looking great and others rather poor.

Visually it's all over the place, with certain levels looking great and others rather poor.

This is all well and good, but good weapons need great levels and enemies, or they're useless. Resistance 2 has a bit of both, but isn't nearly consistent enough to take it into classic status. Enemies come thick and fast, are big and small, and generally behave intelligently - although from time to time they seem intent on killing you instead of the many team mates that stand in between. A few of of the large battles are great, but there are too many generic levels that could have come from any FPS of the last five years, and a number of cheap kill enemies that really serve no purpose other than to inject some unfair difficulty.

One new enemy, the Predator-like Chameleon, comes at you cloaked and makes the screen shake due to its heavy footsteps. This could have made for some brilliantly tense gameplay, with one or more of these beasts hunting you down, but what you get is a few moments where a handful come at you in turn, with you either shooting them dead in half a second or you being instantly killed. It's essentially a great enemy (although not exactly original), completely wasted. A water-based beast is equally strange, in that it will instantly kill you if you get near it, but you can't kill it. Even if you pump bullets into it while stood on dry land, just feet from it, it won't die.

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safc

this game is alright but it is not as good as any other shooter game ive played on, i didnt get resistance 1 but ive herd its better than R2. so if i had a choice to get my money back for the game i would do it.
Posted 09:40 on 11 February 2009
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Triggerhappytel@ El-Dev

I've just read this, and have to say I think it's a pretty good review. I enjoyed the game but did think some people had overrated it a little - personally, I thought the single-player was probably worth a 7, and when combined with the multiplayer modes a score of 8/10 is pretty fair.

I like this game a lot and do intend on getting it soon, but some people just need to relax. No score is definitive; play it for yourself.
Posted 13:42 on 21 January 2009
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rico_rico

it will never and ever be as good as gears of war 2
Posted 13:27 on 21 January 2009
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How can u compare this to Halo??? Halo was only ever good because of it's ability to go online with 4 people on 1 console. I was jealous of the Xbox for having gears 2, but now that ive taken a look at res2, Ive gone from being jealous of Xbox owners to feeling sorry for them.
Posted 18:07 on 29 November 2008
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I thought you may have been a little over the top about the bad points, but its I agree wth everything. I think you maybe should have said more about the multiplayer, but still, perfect review really.
Posted 12:07 on 29 November 2008
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As soon as I watched the final cut-scene of this game in the single player campaign all I could think was damn, I can't wait for Resistance 3! Multiplayer is so addictive. It's just such a damn shame that it has become so fashionable to hate on the PS3.
Posted 06:03 on 29 November 2008
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Wow i can't believe this game got and 8 i don't own a PS3 and i haven't played R1 or R2 but just by looking at the game and seeing the preview on TV i would give it a 9 and i have heard nothing but positive things bout it but i have no plans on switchin to PS3 and Resistance when i have GOW2 and Xbox 360
Posted 06:10 on 28 November 2008
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Wido

I shall be getting Resistance 2 but after christmas say boxing day.

But the people who are moaning about the score at the end, and being a '8' is plain stupid and need to grow up. If the reviewer has reviewed the game at 8 then its got a 8 no question about it, if you want it to be a 9 or 10 then keep that thought in your head not blasting the reviewer as of not meeting your expectations.

Lack of respect.
Posted 09:16 on 26 November 2008
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Raimond

not a good review
Posted 01:17 on 24 November 2008
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RecoN

HammersUK hit the nail on the head. Well said mate. I got this game and am not dissapointed with it. Its better than the first. Beat the first game, playing the secound and well happy so far nuff said.
Posted 08:34 on 18 November 2008
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ProjectPat

Hell you don't even have the game at all. If you do I can record the match on my capture card, add me fanboy. KaiserSosate

You have some excuse, I mean I would say this is a sh*tty game if I played it on easy and couldn't keep up with the multiplayer. Gears 2 and Resistance 2 are not in the same setting. Gears is somwhere in the future, Resistance 2 is in the past. Both have aliens except the Chimera's are infecting others and killing while the Locusts are just killing off the entire planet to make it theirs again. Resistance came out in NOV 14 2006 while Gears came out in November 9, 2006. You fail at bringing the comparison in here. If anything both games are copies of past games. To Summarize both games are good if anything if you have both consoles you should get these games. Both Multiplayer games will last you for a long time, resistance 2's multiplayer will not disappoint nor will the 8 player co-op that has no lag. Karlius you try to compare both games because your biased opinions and fanboyism gets in the way of your ignorance.
Posted 22:16 on 12 November 2008
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Karlius

I love the people who comment before playing a game for me 8 is being generous. The first game was rubbish. The second not a lot better.
I have said before this game just ain't going anywhere. MGS4 got a 9 here as it doesn't play as well as others but is solid. Hence the 9.
LBP I believe should be a 10 too its awesome but saying that there are some ultra floors in the control/movement system maybe this is why it got a 9 here did seem to irritate.

To Summarise Sorry guys this game just isn't good. The reason I compare this to GOW2 as its a similar SETTING not GENRE I appologise if i confused. The atmosphere is nil compared to GEARS2. If i was to compare it on genre to HALO 3 it would fall even further short of the mark.
Posted 13:53 on 12 November 2008
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Oke, its true, this site is an Xbotsite. Keep up the good work, xbots love this kind of rubbish reviews....Let me think...GoW2 scores a 10??
I look at sites like gamespot for reviews, not on crappy sites like this, this site is a joke.
Posted 13:02 on 12 November 2008
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JediKnight

Beat the first one...getting the second one...that simple.
Posted 05:47 on 12 November 2008
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Kiroquai

While I am at it, it has also occurred to me that Resistance was developed in California.
Posted 15:12 on 11 November 2008

Game Stats

Resistance 2
8
Out of 10
Resistance 2
  • Excellent multiplayer
  • Some superb weapons
  • Visually inconsistent
  • Campaign varies wildly in quality
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Release Date: 28/11/2008
Platform: PS3
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
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