Interesting setting and fun weapons ultimately save this shooter from falling into mediocrity
Posted by Alex V (SpectralShock) on Dec 27, 2009 - 4:02pm EST (Dec 27, 2009 16:02)
Resistance: Fall of Man (often called Resistance or abbreviated to RFoM) is a PS3 exclusive first person shooter from the developer Insomniac Games, better known for their work on another PS3 exclusive series, Ratchet and Clank. Resistance was Insomniac’s first attempt at an FPS title, and it was a very hotly anticipated game since its announcement. Set in an alternate version of the 1950’s, the game follows the actions of the player as Nathan Hale, a member of the USA Army Rangers sent to the UK to battle an unknown threat that has taken over Europe. The Sci-Fi nature of the game shines in every aspect, from the story and characters down to the enemies and weapons you get to use. It is an often engaging and fun shooter that places you in a lot of interesting and engaging situations. The game is linear and action packed, and there are very few gameplay elements other than shooting aliens and pushing buttons to open doors. Non the less, it is an above average title that’s worth checking out if you are looking for a shooter with a fun selection of weapons and an interesting story with a good share of twists.
The story of Resistance is told in retrospect by a member of the British Forces and her experiences with a US Ranger Nathan Hale (the player). It is an interesting take on story telling that is rarely found in games and is more prominent in cinema. The backstory of the game is based on a sudden alien invasion of Earth that begins in early 1950s. The aliens, called the “Chimera”, began in deep Russia and have then quickly taken over the rest of the continent, destroying everything in their path and turning any survivors into their own soldiers using the “Chimeran virus”. It is assumed then that the virus was of extra-terrestrial origin, but once it arrived on Earth it simply infected all living population – so you are fighting transformed humans rather than actual aliens from space. After completely covering the continent, the virus has somehow crossed the waters into England, where the British had a great opportunity to prepare for what was coming. The defenses did not hold though, and British were quickly pushed back inland until becoming almost completely surrounded. At this point a distress signal was sent to the USA, an a few elite squads were sent to help out defeat an “uncategorized enemy”. The player, as Nathan Hale, is one of those soldiers sent into the unknown British lands. Upon landing, your squad is soon attacked by virus-carrying bugs. Amazingly, you are the sole survivor and you have been infected with the virus, but you are able to survive the infection. You now possess increased metabolism, increased strength and limited health regeneration, and your pupils have become gold/yellow, somewhat like the Chimera. This does not stop you from continuing on, and you seem to experience very little side effects from the infection. Your comrades, however, increasingly take note of your behavior and are cautions around you. As you continue your battle against the invasion, you visit various important locations believed to be the centers of the alien production and source of power. Due to your new abilities, any squads you travel with are quickly killed off while you keep advancing towards the objectives. Towards the end of the game, things become more interesting as your infection starts to develop and all kinds of consequences come into play. However, the further you advance the less teammates you meet until eventually you are alone, clearing hoards of enemies by yourself. Without giving away anything, the game has definite clues that another chapter in the series will come.