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Resistance 3 Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Insomniac
Pub: SCE
Release: September 6, 2011
Players: 1-16
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
Joe Capelli Strikes Back
by Joshua Wirtanen

There are some commonly recurring elements popping up in the video game world today: first-person perspective, mid-twentieth century weaponry, desolate 1950s landscapes, and alien invasions, just to name a few. Most of the major video game hits of the past few years include at least one of the items on this list. The Resistance series contains every one of these, yet the pieces blend in a unique way that makes it all seem fresh and interesting. So, when actual gameplay was shown in the Resistance 3 trailer at the 2010 VGAs, we were pretty excited about it.

If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that the series is evolving.

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Resistance 2 may have been considered a commercial success, but hardcore fans felt somewhat let down by it. The good news is that the developers are listening to the fans, and the third installment should address many of the major concerns. From what is known so far, it definitely looks like Resistance 3 is going to take a lot of what was great in the first two games and ditch a lot of what didn't work so well.

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One of the biggest disappointments about Resistance 2 was that it lacked the weapon wheel from the first game. Instead, players were only allowed to carry two weapons at a time. Which was kind of lame. The gamers complained, and, as they say, the squeaky weapon wheel gets the grease. It's now official: the weapon wheel will be back in Resistance 3.

Speaking of weapons, the setting of Resistance 3 is a war-torn world in decay, and weapons are a lot harder to come by. Survivors must get creative in order to keep themselves armed. So grenades will be hand-made, not military grade. Expect to be hurling soup cans filled with gunpowder and nails at your enemies. And the guns you've grown to love from the first two games will have a more salvaged, beat-up aesthetic, as well as custom modifications.

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Of course, the customization of these weapons means there will be upgrades this time around. As you score kills with a weapon, you will earn points that you can use to purchase upgrades for it. So basically, the more you use a weapon, the better it will become.

A brand new weapon called the Mutator has been added to the mix as well. It sounds like it's pretty much a shotgun with a can of some sort of infectious slime attached to the side, so you can spray the Chimera with a disorienting mess of goo. Sounds like fun to me.

Multiplayer versus mode will be back, but very few details about this feature have been revealed so far. To date, there is no official word on the maximum amount of players that can participate in a match. Will Resistance 3 include the epic, sixty-player battles that were found in Resistance 2? We don't know for sure, but it is speculated that this is not likely. What we do know is that these battles will take place all over the world in locations that are referenced, though not actually visited, in the single-player campaign. It sounds like the characters in the campaign will talk about battles in other parts of the world, while in multiplayer mode, you'll get to actually fight in these battles. This means versus mode will actually take place within the lore of the game, offering a more immersive multiplayer experience.

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And co-op will be back as well, in both online and split-screen flavors. Unlike the chaotic eight-player mash-up in Resistance 2, co-op mode only supports two players, with the second player taking the role of John Harper.

The plot seems incredibly intriguing. Four years have passed since Resistance 2, and the Chimera have won the war. The gritty-voiced Joseph Capelli is something of a family man now, with a wife and a son. He becomes ill and must seek out Dr. Malikov, which sends him on a journey across whatever is left of the United States. It sounds like he ends up in New York City, where he is given a chance to deliver one last blow to the Chimera.

Official screenshots have been slowly trickling to the public, and the ones we've seen are breathtaking. The world of Resistance 3 is gritty, decayed, and excruciatingly detailed. The Chimera are as ugly, withered, and richly-textured as ever. This is a game that promises to please your eyeballs. Or make them bleed. Or both at the same time.

Whether Resistance 2's cliffhanger ending left you starving for the next chapter in the storyline or its gameplay flaws made you long for an experience closer to Fall of Man, Resistance 3 is a title to look forward to. If it can deliver on all its promises, it definitely has a shot at being the best in the series.

By Joshua Wirtanen
CCC Freelance Writer


Game Features:

  • Journey as mankind's last hope, Joseph Capelli, across a devastated America, making your way from Haven, Oklahoma to New York City.
  • Resistance 3 returns with a fully loaded arsenal of innovative weapons, including classics like the Bullseye, Auger, Rossmore, and Marksman, and increase the firepower of each with a new weapon upgrade system. With the return of the fan-favorite weapon wheel, players now have access to the entire sandbox of weaponry, giving them strategic choices for any situation they encounter.
  • Engage smarter and more agile Chimeran enemies - due to Insomniac's new awareness and cinematic traversal technology that gives the Chimera the ability to traverse any environment to reach you: nowhere is safe. Newly evolved Chimeran species - such as the powerful, leaping Longlegs - are larger and more deadly than ever.
  • Two-player online and local/split-screen co-op gameplay allows players to team up with a friend during Capelli's journey to New York.
  • A new, more focused, progression-based multiplayer experience builds on Insomniac's multiplayer pedigree, while allowing players to take part in the global resistance by battling in locations set around the globe.


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