Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Monday, January 1, 2007

Graphics: 9.50
Sound: 10.00
Gameplay: 10.00
Environs: 9.50
Replays: 10.00
Gamelength: 10.00

Resistance is futile. Or is it?

Resistance: Fall of Man is an excellent first person shooter. The premise is a what if scenario of WWII, and the game is extremely effective in the delivery of the plot. After each level is finished, you’re treated with a cinematic containing absolutely stunning visuals. There are various in-game cutscenes as well, which are almost as amazing as the cinematics themselves. In fact, the introduction to the game goes from being a cinematic to an in-game cutscene and transitions from the cutscene into actual gameplay in the blink of an eye. It’s incredible to say the least. The graphics for the entire game are amazing. They’re sharp, crisp, clean, a little drab due to the locations and clothing, but amazing nonetheless. From the bloodspray to the enemies and the environments, everything is done extremely well. Insomniac Games has done an incredible job with this FPS.

The sound is absolutely incredible as well. The explosions are hearty and powerful, and the grunts, screams, voices are all done extremely well. The sound is so effective, because when you hear the enemy’s grunts/howls/etc. behind you it honestly feels like the enemy is right behind you. When you turn around, they might not be there, but you can rest assured that they’re there somewhere. The sound of each weapon is unique, and there’s just something extremely satisfying about a 44mm grenade going off and hearing it as well as seeing it. As you play through the game, your fellow troops will fight beside you from time to time, and if they’re off in the distance battling Chimera, you’ll hear the gunshots but they will sound far away. The music matches the settings and battles amazingly well. During a battle, the music will change and you’ll know you’re in a firefight. When all enemies have been destroyed, the music will play a definitive tone letting you know that your work is done, for now. Your work is never truly over, until the end.

The gameplay is done extremely well. Both the single player and co-op modes are delivered in almost the same way. In single player (hereby refered to as campaign) when you want to switch your weapon you hold (by default control setup) R2, and a list of your current weapons pops up, freezing the action while you decide which weapon to use. In co-op, switching your weapon does not freeze the action, allowing you to play with a friend without killing your concentration. In co-op, enemies are in areas where they wouldn’t be in campaign, and there seem to be more enemies than in campaign. This is good, because it helps balance the difficulty, The replay value for this game is awesome, not only because you can replay any level you like after beating it, but also because of what happens when you beat the game. What is it? You’ll have to beat the game to find out. Also incorporated is Insomniac’s Skill Point system (the one from the Ratchet and Clank series). Getting skill points unlocks concept art and multiplayer goodies, and also helps you become a better player of the game. The latter is especially true, as some of the skill points involve the player doing things that will serve them in future battles, such as blowing up several leapers with 1 grenade, or using the bullseye’s secondary fire before using it’s primary fire. These are only 2 skill points out of many, and getting them all will involve a lot of hard work. Throughout the game the player will come across Intel. Intel is needed to get a set of skill points, but it also serves to deepen the story of Resistance, providing you with information as seen from the eyes of soldiers who where there before you. The gameplay is extremely solid, and will probably set the bar for future FPS’ on the PS3.

All in all, Resistance: Fall of Man, is an amazing game, and is most definitely worth a buy. If you like a challange, a great plot, and just want to kick some ass, get Resistance: Fall of Man.

Overall Rating: 10.00

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