Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3) – Review

Fall of Man - CoverBeing one of the few console-exclusive games for the release of the Playstation 3, Resistance: Fall of Man, created by Insomniac Games, was heralded as one of the top titles for the system. While the game graphical flexes the muscle of the new console, the game itself falls flat, providing a somewhat above average FPS game with a few interesting weapons and online play, but really not breaking any new gameplay foundations, particularly in light of other recent titles for other systems. Continue reading

Resistance – Fall of Man (PS3) ~5hr

Ok, I’m starting to like this game a bit better, but it still has, as best as I can call it, timing problems.

The story is somewhat engaging – imaging that instead of the Axis starting WWII, that instead some alien parasite took over Russia and much of Eastern Europe, converting humans into their own foot soldiers and trying to take over the rest of the world.   This leads to an interesting mix of architecture of traditional English (UK) cities and alien architecture.

The good: Insomniac Games, known for the weapon-happy Ratchet and Clank series, take just enough of their weapon innovations into R:FoM to make it more than just a normal FPS.  There’s a standard automatic rifle and sniper gun, but when you start getting the alien guns things get interesting.  The first one is called a Bullseye, and while it’s main mode is a more powerful machine gun, it’s secondary lets you fire a tracer, such that, like Zerg’s weapon in the Fifth Element, makes all bullets you fire go to that target until it’s down.  Then there’s the Auger, which allows you to shoot through walls and objects, with the bullet gaining more power the more stuff it passes through.  Add in the Hedgehog grenade (which shoot out high velocity needles when it explodes) and some explodable objects about the levels, and combats just a step above the usual FPS.  The environments are all pretty good too.

The bad: Timing, not so much within the game, but when this game came out relative to a lot of other titles.  The plot details and a lot of the alien architecture feel like Half-Life 2, and battles against alien invaders is done more recently in Gears of War.  While you can use cover and the like, it’s still done much better in games like Gears and Call of Duty 3.   And because the only innovation is really the unique weapons, there’s no much else there after you strip these away.

I know I’m somewhere between a 1/3rd and halfway through the game, so hopefully there’s going to be more weapons and the like, but right now, it’s unfortunate that this game’s release was in the middle of a whole bunch of other games that feel just like it.

PS3 Day 1 – Initial Impressions

Got my PS3 without major incident and set up without major problems. The short USB cord was somewhat of a problem, but it was helpful I had a USB hub as well as a keyboard for entry of all the details for the PS network.

So I had basically the only 3 ‘unique’ games to the PS3 that (to mean) were interesting:

Resistance: Fall of Man – An FPS set in the time frame of WWII, but with a sci-fi bent. The combination of traditional weapons with the sci-fi ones (such as one that you can shoot a tracter shot at a foe, which causes all bullets to home in on that target until it’s down). However, given that Call of Duty 3 and Gears of War just came out, it’s hard to see how unique this game is.

Genji – Days of the Blade – A third-person sword-wielding action game, something like Omishua. Interesting so far, hoping that you get combos later or the like. But nothing seemingly inspired yet.

Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom – Like Genji, though more based on an RPG-type setting from the PSP games. Again, nothing inspired yet, maybe to make up for the lack of a good Japanese RPG-type game for launch.

I also tried a few PS2 games without problems. It’s nice that you can shut down from the controller as well as quit out a game and change games without having to shut down all the way. The interface is nicely like the PSP one, so there’s consistancy there.

I guess I’m excited to get it, though it will only be nicer once I can get my PS1/PS2 games there as to replace my PS2 completely, but maybe I’m also still excited about the Wii (which will be here Monday, but I do have my games for that).