Quite why the Resistance series has wallowed in the ground between triple-A and also-ran is a mystery. Developer Insomniac has created some brilliant PlayStation 3 exclusives with the Ratchet and Clank series, yet its FPS franchise has never managed to hit the high notes reached by genre leaders. 2008's second game failed to build on a strong PS3 launch title, with its unique co-op mode being its saving grace. Almost three years on the series is back, and Insomniac has finally managed to create a shooter that lives up to the studio's pedigree.

Spoiler time! Resistance 2 ends with main man and all-round hero Nathan Hale being shot dead after he can no longer fight against the Chimeran virus that's infected him. You wouldn't want to be the guy who ended the life of mankind's potential saviour, but you're going to have to step into his shoes in Resistance 3. The star this time around is Joe Capelli, Echo Team squad member from Resistance 2, and a man who will do anything for the safety of his wife and child.

Thus the story of Resistance 3 is laid out. The wormhole created by the Chimera in New York must be closed if mankind has any chance of surviving, so Capelli sets off with a comrade to try and end the alien invasion once and for all. It's the kind of heroic story you only find in fiction, but Joe is a significantly more likeable character than Hale ever was, with his family ties back home occasionally pulling at heartstrings through some emotive cutscenes and dialogue.

Where Insomniac has really upped its game is in level design, objective variety and set-pieces. Much of the previous game was a slog, with only a couple of stand-out moments. Resistance 3 is peppered with brilliant and visually dazzling sequences that join together exciting minute-to-minute gunplay. The game also makes use of the classic, but somewhat dated, health pack system, which means no regenerating health by simply hiding in cover for a few moments. This makes for a completely different experience than what we're used to in the FPS genre these days, with the search for glowing health vials often being frenzied and nerve-racking as the Chimera hunt you down.

Large open areas reminiscent of those seen in the Halo series are mixed with tighter environments, while lazy on-rails sequences don't feature at all, with levels on a boat and train serving as interesting diversions instead. Capelli's journey to New York really is quite the adventure, even managing to include a neat little Mad Max Thunderdome-style conflict along the way.

Resistance 3 screenshot

The Chimera never felt like particularly memorable enemies before, failing to get into my head like the now classic Covenant foes from Halo did. Yet, in this third entry in the series the enemy has been given a new lease of life that transforms them into a true menace and nightmare. Encounters are almost always against large numbers, and their AI is good enough to put up a strong fight.

Things get really interesting when the larger guys turn up, while the flying nasties must be tackled in an entirely different way. Throw in enemies who are buffed by overhead drones, sniping nuisances, zombie-like horrors, pus-filled exploding monstrosities and the odd boss-like creature and you're left entirely satisfied. In the Resistance storyline the aliens have switched from using humans to create Chimeran hybrids to simply slaughtering them and Insomniac has managed to convey their murderous intentions very well.

These combat situations wouldn't be nearly as fun if it wasn't for the huge arsenal of multi-purpose weapons. The Resistance series has always had this excellent trick up its sleeve, but it has never been handled as well as it is here. As well as weapons having a secondary fire mode (none of which come across as gimmicky or pointless), they can all be levelled up through use, unlocking new abilities that help you out in the latter stages of the game.

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Gollum_85

Just picked this up on sale, can't wait to get stuck in!
Posted 20:24 on 03 January 2012
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Man i'm actually really excited for this game, I completely forgot it came out today. I feel ashamed :(
Posted 18:10 on 08 September 2011
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Roland_D11

I picked it up today and I still haven't played it. It is still busy downloading the 1.01 patch, which is a whopping 656 mb. Does anyone know what they patched in this? And was the review code already version 1.01?
Posted 17:29 on 08 September 2011
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TomPearson

It's rather good. The guns are just great.
Posted 08:27 on 07 September 2011
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scaz2244

after reading this review i will be defiantly picking up at some point later this year. great review tom
Posted 01:55 on 07 September 2011
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rickystaines

Awesome review, Tom :)
I wasn't a fan of the original titles, but will definitely give this one a look :)
Posted 21:03 on 06 September 2011
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Chaza_snake@ Neon-Soldier32

as i dont intend to buy the game but have finished both 1 and 2 ive just watched the final 10 mins on a website, and i can tell you it does wrap up, no cliffhangers this time round, will be interesting to see how resistance vita story fits with the rest of the games story line
Posted 21:01 on 06 September 2011
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Chaza_snake@ Neon-Soldier32

i totally agree, i thought this was ganna be a 7 or 8, but im glad it got a 9, insomniac are a great developer and i do love the weapons, bring on overstrike :D
Posted 12:22 on 06 September 2011
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pblive

Another game to pick up then.
Posted 12:02 on 06 September 2011
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Wido

I like the Resistance games on PS3. FOM was decent and I echo the others on Resistance 2 being underrated. Certainly won't forget the Resistance 2 game night on here, and I think I will get this game before the year is out. Looks like my PS3 is going to be used for gaming this year! Uncharted 3 & Resistance 3, shall be a cracker.
Posted 11:52 on 06 September 2011
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ Ghost_Dog

Got to agree with you on that one Ghost Dog! A very underrated game indeed and i'm seriously surprised this got a 9!
Posted 11:26 on 06 September 2011
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dudester

just ordered now as well, I love the setting and feel of the world resistance creates so was just hoping r3 could justify getting it on release and it sounds like it does.
Posted 10:33 on 06 September 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

Very surprised that this got a 9 although I am quite happy that it did. I'll go and pre order this now. Is the health system that bad? Because it seemed like a minor issue.

I was looking forward to Resistance 2 like almost no other game before it. I got it, at about 12 PM and I'd finished it by 10 and fitted in some online play. Boy did I have the biggest headache!

One question though, with rumors that this may be the last Resistance game on consoles, does the story wrap up, or leave you on a cliffhanger?
Posted 08:38 on 06 September 2011
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Ghost_Dog

I loved Resistance 2. Always thought it was underrated.

This review has just got me really excited for this now.
Posted 08:23 on 06 September 2011

Game Stats

Resistance 3
9
Out of 10
Resistance 3
  • A huge visual leap for the series
  • Thrilling gameplay
  • Brilliant weapons
  • Health packs might be problematic for some
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Release Date: 09/09/2011
Platform: PS3
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: SCEE
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
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