Out on a spree
It's not long before Joe takes up the fight once more, though. In the briefest, thinnest of setups, resident Resistance boffin Doctor Fyodor Malikov convinces Joe to accompany him to New York and attempt to close a wormhole, thus dealing a crippling blow to the Chimera. As far as exposition goes, it's all the narrative offered as pretext for your killing spree through the occupied states of Oklahoma, Missouri, Pennsylvania and finally New York.
It's a journey bearing stark similarities to Half Life 2, and not just because of the ever-looming wormhole in the distance. A boat ride along the Mississippi brings to mind HL2's hovercraft section, albeit one on rails. Then there's the trip to Resistance 3's own Ravenholm, a night-time mission through a rickety old mining town overrun with feral Chimera and leapers, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Zombies and Head Crabs.
If that's not homage enough, before finally arriving in New York, there's even time to take a quick trip around a crumbling prison à la Nova Prospekt. Although here, at least, Resistance 3 provides some novelty in the form of a new enemy, the Wardens, a vicious group of survivalists who don't take kindly to outsiders.
There's nothing wrong in re-treading Half Life 2's pathways, of course. It is, after all, one of the greatest FPS campaigns ever made. And, to be fair, Resistance 3 carries just enough uniqueness in its setting, enemies and weapons to temper the ever-present déjà vu.
As in the first two games, enemy AI is suspect. But the brute-force scripting – in which the Chimera either stand their ground or rush suicidally towards you – coupled with intricate and robust level design means that while comparing unfavourably with other top-tier shooters, the questionable AI never detracts from the pulsating gunplay.
Despite the game being an overall anticlimax – nowhere more so than in its flaccid last chapter – Resistance 3's weaponry ensures the series ends with a enjoyable bang. Gone is Resistance 2's two-weapon limit in favour of a return to Fall of Man's full arsenal. It's a good choice for a series which has always promoted bombastic, sandbox gunplay over a traditional 'A-enemy vulnerable to B-weapon' formula. Thanks to generous ammo caches, you're rarely without the full complement of boomsticks to toy with, from series' stalwarts, the long-range Deadeye and wall-penetrating Auger, to the surprisingly efficient High Explosive Revolver and the Atomizer, with its secondary-fire gravity well.
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not modern warfare 3 -20%
Very atmospheric and _I_ like the story line _so_far_
Really enjoying this game
I have played both previous games, RFOM I prefered to R2, I like the weapon wheel and the narration.
The weapons are great fun and all different.
I am still on the main campaign not to spoil but after the New York shoot ups.
Haven't yet tried multiplayer as still on main campaign (also trying to get to level 45 on Killzone 3).
You really feel for Joe as you cross the country, You like the people you meet even if they are a bit cocky (yes Charlie Tent).
As to all the other FPS this year - the average person doesn't buy every game, didn't bother with Crysis 2 due to Killzone, Homefront looked poor, Bulletstorm was same time as KZ, also a lot of us do not jump on the CoD bandwagon.
This is an Insomniac game, they generally make very good games.
Controls pretty well with Move.
Personally for the Single Player it would be in the 80s, as to its most similar competitor (PS3 FPS so Killzone).
Controls KZ3 better
Story R3 better
Characters R3 better
Guns both are good Deadeye > VC32, STA52 > Carbine, as to pistol Magnum HE44 wins. Silly weapons R3 has it licked with the Atomiser, but KZ3 has jet packs and Exos.
Campaign length R3 10 hours so far, did KZ3 in about 6.
Graphics KZ3 but R3 are not bad at all.
Acting - similar not quite Uncharted standard.
As before my personal feeling is mid 80s, I prefer the SP to Killzone3 but have not yet done the multiplayer.
A nice touch is levelling the weapons through use, all are different rates, still on 2 with Rossmore despite lots more kills than the level 3 wildfire or Bullseye.
If you like story driven FPS buy it
Resistance 2 has been out for two and a half years. You probably don't want us to tell you that Darth Vader is Luke's father either. Or that Jesus gets nailed to a cross but comes back to life after three days. Oops.
pah, BF3 PC will be the best FPS this year, and next... back to 64 players, with jets and tanks etc. i cant wait! hopefully its not just bc3 with 64 players as BC2 was a bit of car crash IMO
i must admit i did enjoy kz3 with the sharpshooter & PSMove. its a nice bit of immersion playing with an actual gun :)
but FPS is still PC territory really.