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Resistance: Fall of Man

It's odd that as I find myself attacked from all sides by what appears to be every person on the planet for bad reviewing (don't leave just yet), I find myself reviewing another game in order to relax myself. This review though, will be a lot better; well I hope so as I plan to spend a hell of a lot more time doing it. Although I will not stoop down to omitting these opening paragraphs as while they have been criticised for being completely irrelevant, I rather enjoy writing them as it gets me in the mood for doing these and I like to think that it relaxes the reader (that's you!). Well I hope anyway.

Resistance: Fall of Man was one of a handful of titles to be released alongside the PS3's launch and puts the player in an alternative-history in 1951 where a possibly alien race called the Chimera appeared in Russia and have already taken over the whole of Asia and Europe, excluding Britain. It was the first game on the PS3 to sell over one million copies and has been met with generally sound scores (86 on Metacritic although, confusingly, 6/10 in the official Playstation magazine). It was developed by Insomniac, a studio most famous for their work on Ratchet and Clank.

After a brief synopsis of events you are introduced to the new protagonist in the franchise, Nathan Hale. As Sony's answer to Master Chief, he's a man with no back story, no wife back in America or anything, he's just a sergeant in the army sent to England in a 12,000 man taskforce to retrieve a weapon that could defeat the Chimera. What elevates him to super-soldier status is rather more interesting though, his entire company falls on the bad side of a spire attack and are all infected with a virus that will slowly turn them into Chimera. Hale, however, wakes up. He finds that he can now take a lot more bullets and his irises have turned yellow, amongst other things.

This story is all very well, but it takes the backseat in this game to the atmosphere, Resistance is a first person shooter with horror elements, these elements come in the form of the player constantly being put at ill ease, the best examples of this are the levels in the Chimeran conversion centre where you see the process that turns a human into a Chimera and also the tunnel levels where it is just you wandering through an underground tunnel system, crosshair darting around as you inspect every crevice for an enemy. These are done extremely well, so well in fact that on my first playthrough I put down the controller and didn't return until 3 days and one "man up" session later. The atmosphere is what prevents the game from sinking into the swamp of generic FPSs that are churned out constantly nowadays.

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Now I'm not an expert in this field, but you might want to think about shooting some time soon...

The gameplay itself is also well done, guns shoot where you point them and the recoil is present but not unbearable. There are a wide variety of weapons to choose from and all of them are completely unique and extremely imaginative, this points to the developers work with Ratchet and Clank as insane weapons were prevalent in that game as well. You begin with a simple assault rifle but soon you will acquire guns which shoot through walls or even slow down time. This variety enables a host of different play styles so although the game may be incredibly linear, you can play each level a different way. The different grenades are also worth a mention, the Chimeran hedgehog grenades fire razor sharp spikes in every direction and there are even Halo-style grenades that create a spherical shield that you can cower in. However, even with this huge variety of lethal things at your disposal, some of the enemies do take more bullets (/lazer beams) than your garden tank and it can be very frustrating when you unload a slug into a standard Chimera only to see it walk through the blast and hit you round the face with its gun.

Resistance mixes up the different ideas for health in FPS games into a health bar that is split up into four sections, if you hide behind cover you will only be able to refill the section that you are currently in. You will need to pick up sym-bacs (health packs) to replenish your health further. Personally, I applaud this system, it doesn't endorse cowering behind walls to magically regrow limbs but it also means that you are never stuck with one percent of your health before the next encounter. I'm very surprised that no other game seems to have adopted this and I'm especially shocked that they dropped it in favour of the "wait a while before magically healing" system in Resistance 2.

The locations in this game are pretty varied, they range from cities to the countryside and then to Chimeran structures, however they are made very similar due to the green/brown type of graphics that FPSs are ever so fond of. It makes some locations feel the same and doesn't give the impression that you move around all that much during the story. It is charming however as a Brit to fend off the invasion in Manchester Cathedral or in Grimsby, especially as there are a noticeable lack of games set in Britain.

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*Yawns* Ahh I'm tired

There are a large range of enemies that you will have to pleasure of taking a gun to. The most common are the hybrids, they closely resemble the human form and still use guns as their preferred method of attack, although they do have some very frightening teeth on them. Other enemies include the insect-like Crawlers that attack in giant swarms and the mystical Angels, huge, elegant, levitating monsters that control the other Chimera via. their minds. As the narrator tells you "Kill the angels and you kill the Chimera".

Now being that this game is set in England, you can expect a wide array of terrible English accents and stereotypical language. The narrator may as well be so well-spoken and up herself that she is honourably accepted into the royal family, similarly the shouts of "Bloody Hell!" should be replaced by ones of "Fookin' 'eck, y' see tha'?". Granted this does not have too much of an effect as your fellow soldiers are usually killed off fairly quickly but it is still irksome.

When the game was first released, the graphics were amazing. Although most surfaces are covered with a film of brown and green they still look very nice and everything (especially the Chimera) is incredibly detailed. Today, the graphics hold up fairly well but it is not nearly bright or colourful enough to be considered pretty nowadays. They did up the ante in Resistance 2 as that game was fucking gorgeous but that is a review for another day.

If you handed me Resistance and told me that it was a mash up of a horror game and a FPS I would hand it right back to you, but now I have to say that it fully satisfies both departments. Though the game is not perfect it is definitely up there and is a nice change from the stamped-out FPSs that we are bombarded with these days; with the variety of guns and enemies, the great health system and a lack of bullshit motivation apart from "just do it!". It's refreshing.


Feedback and all that jazz is welcome

Well, you don't discuss music but everything is mentioned and fleshed out. This is a descent review. That's about it, a descent read.

Also, the link to Peekaboo isn't working or maybe you just didn't put it in.

Well now, it seems we've posted reviews simultaneously. *glares at challenger*

This is a good review, as all of yours are, but it felt rushed. Abundant grammatical errors (get someone to proofread it maybe?) such as run ons and misspelled words.

Other than that, it's a very enjoyable read, and the paragraph about the accents certainly made me laugh.

SniperWolf427:
Well now, it seems we've posted reviews simultaneously. *glares at challenger*

This is a good review, as all of yours are, but it felt rushed. Abundant grammatical errors (get someone to proofread it maybe?) such as run ons and misspelled words.

Other than that, it's a very enjoyable read, and the paragraph about the accents certainly made me laugh.

SavingPrincess deserves glaring as well! Does it feel rushed? Oh dear, I did spend quite a bit more time then I usually do on this. I'll go through the review and tidy bits up now.

Stranger of Sorts:

SniperWolf427:
Well now, it seems we've posted reviews simultaneously. *glares at challenger*

This is a good review, as all of yours are, but it felt rushed. Abundant grammatical errors (get someone to proofread it maybe?) such as run ons and misspelled words.

Other than that, it's a very enjoyable read, and the paragraph about the accents certainly made me laugh.

SavingPrincess deserves glaring as well! Does it feel rushed? Oh dear, I did spend quite a bit more time then I usually do on this. I'll go through the review and tidy bits up now.

I would glare at him, but I don't really like him. I don't want to give his review any sort of bump at all.

Your review said what I was thinking :) I enjoyed reading it and I agree with your final rating. Good job!

Cleril:
Well, you don't discuss music but everything is mentioned and fleshed out. This is a descent review. That's about it, a descent read.

Also, the link to Peekaboo isn't working or maybe you just didn't put it in.

"The incident" seems to be missing a link, oh no! Haha thanks for dropping by, I guess my thoughts on the music would be pretty nonchalant since it didn't grab my attention at all. That's pretty universal to most games apart from LBP.

Stranger of Sorts:

Cleril:
Well, you don't discuss music but everything is mentioned and fleshed out. This is a descent review. That's about it, a descent read.

Also, the link to Peekaboo isn't working or maybe you just didn't put it in.

"The incident" seems to be missing a link, oh no! Haha thanks for dropping by, I guess my thoughts on the music would be pretty nonchalant since it didn't grab my attention at all. That's pretty universal to most games apart from LBP.

It's not an incident. Really I can be sympathetic when needed but seriously, get over the incident. If the review was so terrible than why would the download numbers go up? So you had negative comments, oh well. You can't come to terms with it by pretending it never happened. This is not only disrespectful to me but to you. All that hard work you put into making the review is now nil and you essentially are insulting my game by not putting it on the list just because it has a few bad posts on the topic. It's not like one mistake ever ruins a person. Even then, the review isn't an incident or a mistake.

To sum it up, get over it, put the link in there, and no, this is not the way to handle it.

SniperWolf427:

I would glare at him, but I don't really like him. I don't want to give his review any sort of bump at all.

I quite like the guy, he's got a nice style. But then again, if we kill him it would help out our reviews enormously...

Cleril:
[quote="Stranger of Sorts" post="326.189272.5859327"]

It's not an incident. Really I can be sympathetic when needed but seriously, get over the incident. If the review was so terrible than why would the download numbers go up? So you had negative comments, oh well. You can't come to terms with it by pretending it never happened. This is not only disrespectful to me but to you. All that hard work you put into making the review is now nil and you essentially are insulting my game by not putting it on the list just because it has a few bad posts on the topic. It's not like one mistake ever ruins a person. Even then, the review isn't an incident or a mistake.

To sum it up, get over it, put the link in there, and no, this is not the way to handle it.

Haha you've got it wrong completely. Link will be put there shortly (I was distracted by MSN) but it is The Incident because I think that sounds cool. I'm really not too fussed about the bad feedback I got now because I see it as something of a wake up thing.

Sorry for any offence.

Stranger of Sorts:

SniperWolf427:

I would glare at him, but I don't really like him. I don't want to give his review any sort of bump at all.

I quite like the guy, he's got a nice style. But then again, if we kill him it would help out our reviews enormously...

I dunno. He writes reviews like he fucking knows he's right. And that just bugs me. Sure, it can have entertainment value, but it usually just ends up becoming annoying.

Ehh.. I shouldn't be talking about another person's writings. Yeah, I'll stop now.

SniperWolf427:

Stranger of Sorts:

SniperWolf427:

I would glare at him, but I don't really like him. I don't want to give his review any sort of bump at all.

I quite like the guy, he's got a nice style. But then again, if we kill him it would help out our reviews enormously...

I dunno. He writes reviews like he fucking knows he's right. And that just bugs me. Sure, it can have entertainment value, but it usually just ends up becoming annoying.

Ehh.. I shouldn't be talking about another person's writings. Yeah, I'll stop now.

By all means carry on, I'm enjoying the little bump in views I get with each comment. So... anything else? :p

Stranger of Sorts:

Cleril:
[quote="Stranger of Sorts" post="326.189272.5859327"]

It's not an incident. Really I can be sympathetic when needed but seriously, get over the incident. If the review was so terrible than why would the download numbers go up? So you had negative comments, oh well. You can't come to terms with it by pretending it never happened. This is not only disrespectful to me but to you. All that hard work you put into making the review is now nil and you essentially are insulting my game by not putting it on the list just because it has a few bad posts on the topic. It's not like one mistake ever ruins a person. Even then, the review isn't an incident or a mistake.

To sum it up, get over it, put the link in there, and no, this is not the way to handle it.

Haha you've got it wrong completely. Link will be put there shortly (I was distracted by MSN) but it is The Incident because I think that sounds cool. I'm really not too fussed about the bad feedback I got now because I see it as something of a wake up thing.

Sorry for any offense.

Okay then, thanks I guess, just rubbed me the wrong way at the time.

Good review there stranger, few little mistakes, again. I know it is nit-picky and I'm sure you don't want to hear me say this again, but it does take a bit away from the review. I don't even mean grammar, I'm terrible at grammar and so it doesn't bug me as much as "he feare it" or "he watch as it happened" small things that take away from the read itself. The review itself was good, just if you are going to spend more time on the review (which I could feel a little) take that extra read through to peruse each word. Just my two cents, regardless again good review, can't wait for more.

BTW: typing my review for

in a bit once I get the finishing touches done on my outline for it (yeah I spend TOO much time on this I think...). So if you're not asleep by the time I get it written and hopefully edited for grammar I'd love to have you read it. It won't go up till Tuesday probably though so no rush.

darth jacen:
Good review there stranger, few little mistakes, again. I know it is nit-picky and I'm sure you don't want to hear me say this again, but it does take a bit away from the review. I don't even mean grammar, I'm terrible at grammar and so it doesn't bug me as much as "he feare it" or "he watch as it happened" small things that take away from the read itself. The review itself was good, just if you are going to spend more time on the review (which I could feel a little) take that extra read through to peruse each word. Just my two cents, regardless again good review, can't wait for more.

BTW: typing my review for

in a bit once I get the finishing touches done on my outline for it (yeah I spend TOO much time on this I think...). So if you're not asleep by the time I get it written and hopefully edited for grammar I'd love to have you read it. It won't go up till Tuesday probably though so no rush.

I don't spend anytime on mine at all, just type it up on the spot. I'm that sexy!

CakeDragon:
Your review said what I was thinking :) I enjoyed reading it and I agree with your final rating. Good job!

It's the best kind of rating. Yes out of Ten is 7-9 on the number scale. Other scores include "Meh out of Ten" and "OMG out of Ten"

Stranger of Sorts:

CakeDragon:
Your review said what I was thinking :) I enjoyed reading it and I agree with your final rating. Good job!

It's the best kind of rating. Yes out of Ten is 7-9 on the number scale. Other scores include "Meh out of Ten" and "OMG out of Ten"

Hahaha..! Like it :D

darth jacen:
Good review there stranger, few little mistakes, again. I know it is nit-picky and I'm sure you don't want to hear me say this again, but it does take a bit away from the review. I don't even mean grammar, I'm terrible at grammar and so it doesn't bug me as much as "he feare it" or "he watch as it happened" small things that take away from the read itself. The review itself was good, just if you are going to spend more time on the review (which I could feel a little) take that extra read through to peruse each word. Just my two cents, regardless again good review, can't wait for more.

BTW: typing my review for

in a bit once I get the finishing touches done on my outline for it (yeah I spend TOO much time on this I think...). So if you're not asleep by the time I get it written and hopefully edited for grammar I'd love to have you read it. It won't go up till Tuesday probably though so no rush.

Woah, missed out your comment there in the flood of conversations I was having. The grammar things have been brought up but I can't seem to find any looking through it, possibly because when I write I type words as someone would speak them so local colloquialisms will pop-up. If you still want me to read through your review I'd be more than happy to do it.

Stranger of Sorts:
Snip

I don't mean grammar, I just mean like putting the "d" on a verb like moved, which was missing a few times ;)

And I would love to have you read it...only problem is I got lazy and didn't even start it yet haha. I'll start it in a few hours so it will probably be done later...I hope

darth jacen:

Stranger of Sorts:
Snip

I don't mean grammar, I just mean like putting the "d" on a verb like moved, which was missing a few times ;)

And I would love to have you read it...only problem is I got lazy and didn't even start it yet haha. I'll start it in a few hours so it will probably be done later...I hope

I went through it and found a few of them, I've probably missed some out though. I look forward to it.

I like your last three four paragraphs, more personality. Then other people hate that becuase it isn't professional or some bullshit.

I liked your review and i will be certainly reading more in the future.I had the same feelings about the game and i think many over look it. One thing to ask though do you usually only review single player?

Demons_Bane:
I liked your review and i will be certainly reading more in the future.I had the same feelings about the game and i think many over look it. One thing to ask though do you usually only review single player?

No but I felt that the multiplayer in this game was thrown in at the last minute. Although I have to admit, 40 man sniper lobbies were always quite fun. When I get round to doing Resistance 2 they'll be a chunk of that on multiplayer as I spent quite some time on it. 8 man co-op was awesome

dmase:
I like your last three four paragraphs, more personality. Then other people hate that becuase it isn't professional or some bullshit.

I actually wrote the last 4 paragraphs a day after I wrote the beginning so that may explain it. I was trying to be more serious but I must have relaxed into what I usually do.

Stranger of Sorts:

Demons_Bane:
I liked your review and i will be certainly reading more in the future.I had the same feelings about the game and i think many over look it. One thing to ask though do you usually only review single player?

No but I felt that the multiplayer in this game was thrown in at the last minute. Although I have to admit, 40 man sniper lobbies were always quite fun. When I get round to doing Resistance 2 they'll be a chunk of that on multiplayer as I spent quite some time on it. 8 man co-op was awesome

Oh man i wont lie to you i spent so much time playing 8 man co-op i kinda missed out on a lot of work i had to do.When exactly are you taking reference from playing the multiplayer?? Is it recent because if there are still people playing it then it would be awesome if you informed me.When i played its multiplayer it was quite refreshing and balanced at the time :D

Demons_Bane:

Stranger of Sorts:

Demons_Bane:
I liked your review and i will be certainly reading more in the future.I had the same feelings about the game and i think many over look it. One thing to ask though do you usually only review single player?

No but I felt that the multiplayer in this game was thrown in at the last minute. Although I have to admit, 40 man sniper lobbies were always quite fun. When I get round to doing Resistance 2 they'll be a chunk of that on multiplayer as I spent quite some time on it. 8 man co-op was awesome

Oh man i wont lie to you i spent so much time playing 8 man co-op i kinda missed out on a lot of work i had to do.When exactly are you taking reference from playing the multiplayer?? Is it recent because if there are still people playing it then it would be awesome if you informed me.When i played its multiplayer it was quite refreshing and balanced at the time :D

I got this game at a time when I wasn't really into multiplayer at all. The purchase of Call of Duty 4 and an ethernet cable soon changed that. I went back to Resistance to see what the multiplayer was like but I saw it as overshadowed at the time so didn't spent too much time on it.

Resistance 2 was different though, I got to level 30 with the Recon (I think that's what that class is called). The amount of damage you dished out with headshots after buying one of the upgrades was insane. Got all the co-op trophies and everything.

Something else I have realised I missed out in the review, that would be Intel. The backstory about the Cloven in that was gripping.

Stranger of Sorts:

Demons_Bane:

Stranger of Sorts:

Demons_Bane:
I liked your review and i will be certainly reading more in the future.I had the same feelings about the game and i think many over look it. One thing to ask though do you usually only review single player?

No but I felt that the multiplayer in this game was thrown in at the last minute. Although I have to admit, 40 man sniper lobbies were always quite fun. When I get round to doing Resistance 2 they'll be a chunk of that on multiplayer as I spent quite some time on it. 8 man co-op was awesome

Oh man i wont lie to you i spent so much time playing 8 man co-op i kinda missed out on a lot of work i had to do.When exactly are you taking reference from playing the multiplayer?? Is it recent because if there are still people playing it then it would be awesome if you informed me.When i played its multiplayer it was quite refreshing and balanced at the time :D

I got this game at a time when I wasn't really into multiplayer at all. The purchase of Call of Duty 4 and an ethernet cable soon changed that. I went back to Resistance to see what the multiplayer was like but I saw it as overshadowed at the time so didn't spent too much time on it.

Resistance 2 was different though, I got to level 30 with the Recon (I think that's what that class is called). The amount of damage you dished out with headshots after buying one of the upgrades was insane. Got all the co-op trophies and everything.

Something else I have realised I missed out in the review, that would be Intel. The backstory about the Cloven in that was gripping.

Personally i always found that when constructing a critical analysis of something the author must dictate the game fairly then scrutinize the content how he or she feels fit. Always remembering to keep the story telling in their analysis to a minimum just a piece of advice.

Demons_Bane:

Personally i always found that when constructing a critical analysis of something the author must dictate the game fairly then scrutinize the content how he or she feels fit. Always remembering to keep the story telling in their analysis to a minimum just a piece of advice.

What's that in relevance to? This review?

Yes, you said that you forgot to add about the clover backstory but i was just wondering if maybe adding that would be a little too much. Don't worry anyway i am prone to senseless rambling.

Demons_Bane:
Yes, you said that you forgot to add about the clover backstory but i was just wondering if maybe adding that would be a little too much. Don't worry anyway i am prone to senseless rambling.

No it's cool, it would only be a passing mention that there is an element of story to it.

A quick mention of the multiplayer wouldn't have gone to waste. It's one of few games that I actually LOVED the multiplayer in, and with the variety of weapons, match types and maps, I'd say it's better than Modern Warfare by a long shot.

EDIT:

Stranger of Sorts:
...No but I felt that the multiplayer in this game was thrown in at the last minute...

I understand that since it didn't bring a whole lot of new concepts to the game it could feel tacked on, but the multitude of weapons is a far better selling point than perks and assorted bullshit like that. It's just naturally well suited for online multiplayer, and that goes pretty damn far.

Resistance has horror parts?
Eh... that's a bit of a stretch. I'd say it's incredibly tense (huge damn gaps between checkpoints + not always having enough ammo + persistent enemies), but not horror. And this is coming from someone who thinks all remotely scary games are scary :P

I loved Resistance: FoM's blend of Half Life 2, Call of Duty, and Halo, though. Resistance 2 shaved away the Half Life 2, which made the game feel like just another "Me-too" shooter. I stuck it out for all 12-15 hours of the original game and couldn't be bothered to finish the admittedly gorgeous sequel that was only 8-9 hours. I got to the last level, groaned at the forced linearity and the removal of my beloved weapon wheel from the original, and just lost the will to play.

Still pumped for the end of the trilogy.

 

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