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Resistance 3 Review

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Graphics:

 

8.9

Gameplay:

 

9.5

Sound:

 

9.7

Control:

 

9.4

Replay Value:

 

9.0

Online Gameplay:

 

8.7

Overall Rating:       9.3

 

 

Publisher:

SCEA

Developer:

Insomniac Games

Number Of Players:

1-16

Genre:

FPS

Resistance: Fall of Man was by far the most impressive PlayStation 3 launch title in 2006 and two years later, the sequel impressed a great many critics, even if some fans of the original considered it a step backwards. Now, the third installment is here and the competition has never been stiffer. To be frank, I had my reservations. I really did. I wasn’t overly impressed by what I had seen prior to starting the campaign. But after more than a few hours of play, I knew we had another stellar effort, one that is wonderfully designed, well paced, and loaded with tremendous imagery. I love it.

The graphics are bound to generate plenty of argument and discussion. In some ways, the visual presentation truly excels: artistically speaking, this is a highly accomplished production with unbelievable environments, fantastic enemy creation and animation, and an effective atmosphere. In other ways, we don’t see the extreme level of refined detail we may find in the upcoming Battlefield 3, and Killzone 3 has it beat in a few areas, too. Overall, though, the background Insomniac paints is the primary focus throughout, and we’re always on the edge of our seats. The effects are great, too, so prepare for an engrossing adventure.

While the visuals may reside at the absolute top of the technical ladder, the sound definitely ranks among other elite titles. The soundtrack is excellent; it always fits each and every situation, and the music is often single-handedly responsible for generating a faster pulse and a greater sense of urgency. The voice acting is actually quite good as well, which was a bit of a surprise. I like some of the weapon effects more than others, but there’s no denying the crispness and distinctness of each firearm, and intense battlefields will mercilessly attack your speakers. That’s a good thing, by the way. And if you have a pair of awesome headphones…ooooh…

Yeah, Resistance 3 is a FPS. It’s a straightforward shooter; you don’t take cover, there’s no blend that includes RPG-like elements, and there isn’t anything you haven’t seen before. Now that we’ve got that out of the way: the game is awesome. It plays so well and it’s so nicely balanced throughout, that you just have to keep playing. The control is rock solid, the collision detection is some of the best I’ve ever seen, upgradeable weapons are huge bonuses, and multiple enemy types keeps you on your toes. Even the story is decent and the characters are definitely likeable.

Nathan Hale is gone but the hero from past Resistance adventures gave humanity one last gift: a cure for the Chimeran virus. His blood was very special and a talented doctor was able to create a vaccine, which meant humanity finally had a chance against the growing invasion. Unfortunately, several years later, almost 90% of the earth has succumbed and the bomb Hale set off at the end of R2…? It sent a massive energy surge through Chimeran channels and now, a wormhole is open. On top of which, the invaders are actually terraforming Earth. I won’t continue but let’s just say you need to get to New York ASAP.

Everything is so well presented. There are a few positive aspects that continue to make the experience invigorating and exciting: first, there’s the health. In most all shooters these days, you just get into cover to regain energy; there’s no real health bar and the idea of health items is “old-fashioned.” Because I’m so used to that style, I had to question Insomniac’s move but you know, it works. It works even better than the new and “better” system, in some ways. It requires you to be more cautious because ducking into cover won’t save you, and it also encourages exploration. Finding those little green health packs is kind of a thrill.

Second, the weapons. Hands-down, this is my favorite assortment of firearms I’ve seen in a shooter this generation. Every single one is useful, they all perform exactly as they should, and I continually switch between them all because it’s fun. The diverse situations and numerous enemy types also require that you experiment, which adds to the depth and strategy. In most shooters, I just settle on one or two weapons that seem to function best in most scenarios but here, I wanna keep switching because they all rock. Plus, the new upgrade system kicks ass; new secondary abilities come in very, very handy when facing down particularly tough foes.

Third, the atmosphere. You start in Haven, one of the last remaining human towns that continues to survive amidst constant threat. People live the best way they can, and you sense that it’s a gritty survival situation; it’s almost frightening because it’s so depressing. Unfortunately, this sensation gives way to more standard action-oriented backdrops, and I would’ve liked to have seen more of that heartrending devastation. Still, those action parts are also freaky, due to the amazing use of music, terrifying enemy design, and environmental effect.

I should also mention the AI, which is more than competent. Some Chimera are just stupid and will blindly rush you, but most will flank, find cover, and tend to avoid standing out in the open. Considering their mobility, you’re forced to remain vigilant and accurate, and that’s all the more entertaining due to the aforementioned reasons. Oh, and let’s not forget those massive bosses for which this franchise is known; they’re better than ever and because they’re so bad-ass, I refuse to give anything away. Just trust me…they’ll scare the sh** out of you, and you’ll adore every second of the encounter. It’s almost a guarantee.

As for the problems, they’re mostly minor and some are more subjective than others. For instance, it drives me a little crazy that moving the camera left-to-right is always faster than moving it up and down. I have no idea why I even noticed it (others probably won’t), but it just seemed to stand out. Also, I think each weapon levels up the same way; general use allows them to advance, thereby unlocking new and valuable upgrades. But the progression is just a little vague, because you basically just keep using a weapon until it levels up and there’s no real player customization.

I also need to mention a few small technical issues. The online isn’t operating at 100% just yet and I had the campaign freeze on me once, and almost froze on me a second time. I’m not used to seeing this in PS3 exclusives, so I was surprised. Again, it might just be me (I’m not implying that all your copies will freeze up at one point or another), but I can’t ignore such events. Lastly, getting back to the online play, I’m not sure it’ll be able to stand out. It’s refreshing because it doesn’t look or feel like the popular military shooters, and it may or may not have been a good idea to lower the max number of players from 60 to 16.

It’s a lot of fun but I’m not sure fans of the genre will flock to it; they may be more willing to jump online with one of the shooters that arrive this fall. But if you want to play with a friend, definitely try the co-op because that’s ridiculous fun. I went through R2 with a buddy and I still remember it; the R3 co-op is a huge plus and you just can’t pass up the opportunity. Above all else, you can tell that Insomniac went out of their way to create a game that puts the campaign center-stage. How much longer are we going to see that with shooters? Really? We should reward this plot-driven experience if we want more of them, shouldn’t we?

Resistance 3 does almost everything right. It hits you right between the eyes from the start and never lets up. The control is tight, the variety (fueled by different enemies, upgradeable weapons, and gigantic bosses) is absolutely essential, the atmosphere has a large impact, the story and characters are compelling, and the pacing and technical style is second-to-none. The online isn’t overly impressive in my eyes, I would’ve liked a bit more control in regards to weapon customization and progression, and I also wanted to see more of humanity's plight. But as I said at the start of this review: I love this game. It’s just oodles of fun.

The Good: Great artistic style and atmosphere. Excellent soundtrack. Smooth, reliable control. Awesome weapon assortment. Plenty of overall variety. Fantastic pacing. Solid AI. Memorable boss encounters.

The Bad: Graphics aren’t extremely sharp and refined. A few technical hangups. Lack of character customization.

The Ugly: “Okay, you gotta stop climbing ladders like that. It’s just plain weird.”

9/6/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (103 posts)

PasteNuggs
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 8:39:55 PM
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Ben,
You brought the explosiveness of R3 into your review. It was very easy to tell how much you love it.

I just started. I'm on chapter 3 and yes it is awesome. It's so great firing the Bullseye again and just being back in the Resistance universe.

Also, I agree on the ladders, I mean wow, are your arms like six inches long or something and your elbows can't leave your sides.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 8:51:54 PM
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All: I'm very sorry I couldn't properly test the PlayStation Move functionality with this review; I don't have the Sharpshooter accessory and without it, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to deliver an accurate analysis.

For that information, I do encourage you to read other reviews.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:26:58 PM

silly device anyway.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:33:45 PM

It's ok with me. I'm certainly not going to play R3 with Move. Would be surprised if anyone does.

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:18:32 PM

The move by itself is fine with a nav, you don't need the sharpshooter to play fps's.

I actually really love playing this type of game with the move. It's only like using a mouse with no pad. Very immersive and easy to control. I constantly use it for mag and KZ3.

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Gordo
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:55:29 PM

I used the Move controller on a playthrough of Killzone 3. Definately a good option.

I tended to balance the Move controller on my knee so that I had a solid base and it didn't get tiring...

Do fancy the sharpshooter but can anyone say if it is comfortable for long periods?

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 9:42:08 PM
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I didn't get to pick it up today but I'll have it by this weekend! Can't wait to play Resistance again!

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 9:14:36 AM

You will not be disappointed. I am on the fourth level, and the atmosphere (as Ben noted) is second to none.

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ZettaiSeigi
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 9:52:15 PM
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Great review Ben! I haven't really played the past Resistance games, but it's good that the third installment has upped the ante when it comes to the campaign mode. If there's anything about the Resistance franchise that I find most interesting, it is the story anyway. So much that I was hoping to see a CGI movie version of it. I bet that would be epic!

And better yet, other sites are also giving good review scores for the game. Honestly speaking, I'm quite shocked! Not because I expected the game to be bad, but I know how terrible most reviewers are.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:05:38 PM
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After the incredible scores Resistance 2 got, and going by the reservations most people had when previewing R3, I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to hold onto my Limited Edition preorder of Resistance 3.

After reading this and IGN's review of it, I am very VERY glad I held onto my preorder.

Now I just need to finish Resistance 2 and I can get started. This might take a while. :)

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:14:55 PM
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Awesome
Getting this on friday then buying snacks & beer,locking the front door,closing all the windows & blinds,turning off the lights and my phone and then i'm gonna enjoy the sh!t out of resistance 3.
Hellz yeah

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Temjin001
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:22:25 PM
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It's installing now for me. I'm excited. I also ignored the Red Box advisory that stated "This Game Requires the Move Controller To Play. Do You Accept?"
=p
Seriously, it did. And they've gotta fix that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:28:34 PM

dumbas*es

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johnld
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:09:52 AM

they didnt tell you that you needed and online pass? you know, the one you would actually need.

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Nickjcal
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 8:56:13 PM

Hey at least anyone that showed up before you was probably "oh crap I can't play it" You show up "idiots ;P"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:32:51 PM
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Lots of 9+s for this game. Good to see Resistance getting some love a-finally.

I noticed you siezed on the weapons, I think that is a major selling point for this game.

I wonder why the online for this game is busted.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:34:27 PM

No co-op.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:53:47 PM

I see there co-op but is it local co-op campaign, online co-op campaign , both or co-op similar to R2?

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:56:19 PM

Both

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:37:53 AM

I've been enjoying myself playing it. I've made it to chapter 8 of the game, which is about 2 and a half hours in.
Man, that second monkey boss fight will make you want to scream like a girl. It gets ninja-intense there.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:33:44 PM
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Can't wait for this game. Bought it off Newegg for $47.99 ( Thanks, Bikersaint) free shipping.The downside : waiting 3 days for free shipping.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:39:10 PM
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A nice review Ben. Clearly the co-op is worth every cent and I fully intend to play through with a buddy as well. Despite it's weak multiplayer I'm glad to see a great overall score for what is clearly a story-driven fps paradise.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 2:51:02 AM

Indeed. This campaign shall be shared here too!
This looks to be the coop highlight of the year so far, maybe even until SR3 arrives.

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:57:29 PM

Ah, SR3... yes, that will be some good times.

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DazeOfWar
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:52:17 PM
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Great review Ben. I picked my copy today and it's installing right now.

Funny thing is I had this preordered at GS and ended up getting my money back to buy it at K-Mart since they were giving $20 gaming coupons for future purchase with purchase of R3. They are doing the same for Dead Island too so I'll be picking that up tomorrow. Then I can get the Team Ico collection for free.

The guy at GS didn't want to give me my money back. He almost pissed me off. He's lucky I like the other employees there and he's new so he doesn't know I'm in there all the time.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:58:34 AM

K-Mart is still around? In the states? Crazy. I thought Walmart, Target and, well Walmart and Target, took over the world. =p

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johnld
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:12:21 AM

yes, kmart is still around and almost every game release comes with a 15 or 20 dollar gaming coupon and sometimes a little more incentive like a free $20 dollar game with la noire at launch. i always get my games at kmart now because of that. i preorder from gamestop, take the preorder bonus, return the game, and then buy it at kmart.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:13:46 PM
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This game looks like a blast for all you console FPS fans. I really like the style and art direction the Resistance series has used and I do intend on playing the 1st and 2nd one eventually.

I'm currently playing the new BloodRayne game and it's really fun. I suggest you give it a look Ben, its style reminds of SOTN though not nearly as amazing as that game but lets be honest it's hard to duplicate perfection.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:25:08 PM

let the PC/console thing go man

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:27:23 PM

I can't when it comes to FPS. I tried to get into KZ2 and couldn't. I've always been interested in the Resistance series but haven't checked it out yet. It's the damn controls, I can't help my personal tastes.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:58:43 PM

I don't know if you care or not but my buddy has a mouse and keyboard adaptor for the PS3 and that's all he uses for FPS when playing online. He says it works great and doesn't feel foreign to the PS3, like others he's had did. I forget the brand but I know he had a setup before this one that lagged really bad. He says this one works really well.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:05:50 AM

What kind? I haven't heard good things about those kind of adapters but if your friend is not having problems with it I'd be interested in reading up on that particular one.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:23:08 AM

It's called "eagle eye". I wouldn't give anyone blind suggestions, so if you havnt heard of it theres quite a bit of YouTube demonstrations, reviews and videos. Check those out and watch a few cus everyone has a different opinion but more so because some videos show a person talking more so than a demonstration.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:50:35 AM

Well, you know, considering the PC blows ass in every possible way, LV has to try to make himself feel better every now and then. Ain't that right, buddy? ;)

Anyway, I want to try the 2D BloodRayne. I'm just not sure I'll have the time.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:33:42 AM

Hehe, a majority of my gaming time is spent on my PS3 so cut me some slack! Hell all I said was that this game looked interesting for those interested in console FPS and I even followed it up by mentioning I plan on trying out the series eventually.

HATERS! ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 9:15:02 AM

I'm no hater, okay that's not true I hate sometimes for fun.

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FlyingKickPunch
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 6:42:20 PM

Haters gonna hate! :)

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YesterdysRising
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:55:10 PM
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Nice review. I was really excited to play this today... Too bad while I wasn't home someone broke into my apartment, stole my ps3, a controller, 35 games, my bluetooth and a camera :(

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Gordo
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 11:59:31 PM

Bad luck!!!

I hope you were insured... Some people are going to get some bad karma in their next life!

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:06:28 AM

...omg! I hope you have renters insurance.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:07:39 AM

What the f***!!!! seriously that's terrible man!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:50:53 AM

Suuuuuucks.

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YesterdysRising
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:29:15 AM

Ya, I have renters insurance but it's a $500 deductible. It really sucks. I just hope they give me a decent amount of money for all my games. And I just installed a 1TB hard drive not too long ago. I'm pretty sure anything I had played since then I used cloud saving so I shouldn't have to worry about my progress and I still have my backup from before the new hard drive. I also saved my box so I have the serial number and gave it to the police and I'm gonna contact all the pawn shops around and keep an eye on Craig's List. I doubt I'll get anything back but I'd like to think there's a little hope...

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:35:58 AM

Might I ask how they broke into your apartment? The reason I ask is a friend of mine a few years ago had a similar situation. The apartment he lived in didn't use regulation deadbolts and he won a case against them in small claims court.

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YesterdysRising
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:49:29 AM

They kicked the door in. The deadbolt busted through the wood frame and part of the door frame broke off. The apartment told me they are going to put in a metal security door, cut down all the bushes around my apartment and install a motion light, even though it happened during the day. It's more than I expected them to do but I'm glad they are. And I'm gonna get one of those loud door and window alarms.

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Jed
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 2:12:00 AM

Damn, that really sucks. Best of luck to you in the future, maybe you might even find the bastard(s).

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telly
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 9:10:21 AM

Dude, that's ROUGH. I own so few things of value that if someone stole my stash of games I would just be inconsolable. Thoughts are with you, seriously. At least no one got hurt, right?

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Snorge
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 2:25:04 PM

@YesterdysRising

I have to say I REALLY feel your pain. That same thing happened to me almost 2 years ago too. I lived on the 2nd floor of an apt. They appearently climbed in my front window(Remember 2nd floor and daytime at that) and stole my PS3, all but 4 of my games, my 360 and all but 3-5 of those games some games were in a different room) TWO 32in HDtvs, my Wii and my all my controllers.

At that time I DIDNT have renters insurance (OUCH). Didnt have any PS3, 360, or Wii (mii) info saved so I lost all that too. I hurt......bad. I even had the serials and the original boxes for everything including the TVs. Police said I was ahead of the game but nothing came out of it.

Luckily someone was watching over me becuase I actually came across a broke PS3 that I fixed (That I still use to this day) Same with my 360 (I fix things for a side hustle) and my father went to a swap meet and found a working Wii for $15 (no cords or controllers but thats better than nothing) and now we have a 40in HDTV and a 60in 3D tv and couldn't be happier. So in the long run I bounced back better than ever, and Karma will indeed pay them folks back someway or another.

Best of luck to you man and thank the stars you had insurance!



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YesterdysRising
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:48:28 PM

Thanks everyone. I'm hoping to get this all sorted out. I feel like the insurance company will try to screw me over on the value of a lot of it but I guess I'll find out. I need some good luck to come my way. This is probably the worst thing that has ever happened to me. It feels weird to know someone just broke into the place that I live and feel, well, felt safe anyways. I'm thinking about just ordering a new PS3, the 320GB bundle for $300 with Infamous 2 and then selling the hard drive and putting my old 120GB in there for now until I can get another 1TB. I wish I was rich so I could replace everything, but sadly, I'm just a college student.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 11:25:28 PM

YesterdysRising,

Hate to hear that,

I remember reading once long ago of a guy who was able to track down his stolen PS3's location(like some smart phones), just by the thieves turning it on & playing it for a while.


I'm not sure if he had some special program installed or not, but maybe you can call Sony with your stolen PS3's serial number & PSN Id, & maybe they can send you any info when it gets turned on & played again.
It's worth a shot to try.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:57:48 AM
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Btw, I should add that if you're playing the game, don't get discouraged by the somewhat annoying and repetitive part in the mines. It's at about the 4 or 5-hour mark.

Everything before and after that is very special. Still, the Leapers remain the cheesiest and most frustrating enemies of all time.

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johnld
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:07:05 AM
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Game Informer gave this game a 7 and decided to label it not worthy of AAA status, the whole series and not just this game by the way. actual review is a bit retarded. i'm actually glad that i refuse the subscription at gamestop all the time. maybe nextime i'll tell them F*** that sorry excuse of a magazine, gamestop and Game informer does go hand in hand screwing with gamers.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:37:55 AM

I strongly suggest you stop going to that god forsaken place.

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leatherface
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 2:09:14 AM

Down with the Gamestopo!

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Fox hounder
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 2:18:44 AM

Game informer giving Resistance 3 a 7.0 is somewhat surprising to me. After reading some of their reviews, i found them not to be a very critical group of people.

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Bloodysilence19
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 4:13:44 AM

well that fact he started off in his review saying "Unfortunately, they’re not enough to keep the game from being a decidedly average shooter, and the most disappointing entry in the series." Also stated whats in Resistance 3 mp has already been there done that attitude pretty much lost my respect for game informer. I'm sure Gi will give Mw3 a 9 or higher though cod has the same feeling of been there done that as well. Now i hate to see what the review for UC3 will be cause if its the same attitude of resistance 3 review GI will lose lots of respect.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:15:07 AM

I suppose if a critic wants to focus more on the multiplayer, they can say it's not AAA status. GameSpot, for example, which didn't give a bad review (8.5).

But I simply don't give as much weight to the multiplayer in a shooter where the campaign is clearly the focus.

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johnld
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 3:29:02 PM

i dont go to gameinformer for anything, i just noticed it when i was looking around the web.

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Jed
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 2:08:19 AM
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Sweet. I'm so excited to see all the great reviews for this game, (yours especially Ben). I would have had the game last night at midnight, but I'm moving soon and money is a little tight. However, gamely just shipped it today and I'm almost positive I will be keeping it from them. It's a pretty cheap way to buy games if I might add.

I'm so ready to RESIST!!!

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Turbey
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 2:18:20 AM
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Here`s hoping that R3 doesn`t have a gold trophy for killing 10 000 people online!

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gustave154
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 4:39:32 AM

don't worry lol there isn't one =)

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gustave154
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 4:38:46 AM
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great review got the game and completed the campaign in one sitting. great twist at the last act.

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AshT
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 4:56:20 AM
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Great review Ben, definately getting it.

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___________
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 5:21:33 AM
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predictable.
im really surprised though that GI, GG and AUG gave this a 7,6.5 and 6 respectively.
especially GG they were massive fans of resistance 2!
oh well, looks like the impossible has happened.
insomniac have finally made a bad game!
DNF finally came out, LA Noire finally came out, diablo 3 is coming out, and now this.
....... i thought the end of the world was not suppose to be till next year!

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 9:55:01 AM

Hahaha. Thanks for making my day. I needed a good laugh.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:59:38 AM

Mr________ has posted his usual flame-bait I see.

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BIGRED15
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:00:21 PM

@ maxpontiac
Yea that's nothing new

Obviously this game isn't that bad been seeing as the sensible critics gave rave reviews so jokes on u pal.

Insomniac? Bad game? I'm laughing so much it hurts.

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johnld
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 3:30:50 PM

the impossible hasnt happened yet, you still dont come out with intelligent, at least understandable thoughts.

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Lairfan
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 5:48:50 PM

How the hell can you group LA Noire with DNF? That completely invalidates whatever you're trying to say right there. And, on top of that, far more people gave R3 incredibly positive reviews than negative ones. Those 3 you listed are the only bad reviews I've seen for the game so far.

Could ya please stop flamebaiting blankey? Its getting annoying trying to inject sense into you.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 11:32:43 PM

Mr. Zero Credibility (aka __________) strikes once again!

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___________
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 9:57:45 AM

oh the hipocracy!
do me a favour folks, if your not going to add something to the conversation then dont post at all!
last time i checked thats the textbook definition of troll.
O, and just think about it for a second.
what do DNF, LA Noire and diablo 3 have in common?
hell, i even freaking wrote it!
learn to read everything, not just the parts you want.
my lord, the reading comprehension skills of people here never ceases to amaze me!


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Excelsior1
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 5:27:41 AM
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this is a pleasent surprise but i do note that it has a metascore of 83. call it a conspiracy or what but no ps3 exclusive can seem to crack that elite 9 rated metascore this year. you can dismiss metacritic but ea has commented several times on the importance of making a 9 rated game to get the sales a game deserves. the metascore is deemed so important that the metascore is cited in many contracts developers sign and it affects how much they get paid.

i think this a very good game and is much improved over the last game that i did not like that much, this might be the first fps i have actually had an emotional reaction to in terms of story.

i also think the multiplayer benefited from lowering the player count. the mp in r2 was a hectic mess and was poorly set up. the mp in this game is by no means stellar, but it is pretty good.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 6:02:38 AM

A metascore of 80+ means the game is *excellent*. There's always a handful of reviews who are far off and pull the average down. R3 is currently at 84% and if that's where it ends then I'd say they should be very, very pleased.

So far in 2011 on *any* platform (handhelds/pc/consoles) there's only 7 titles that's got a metascore of 90+, two of them being PS exclusives: LBP2 and MLB 11. So that conspiracy is hardly backed by facts. Actually the PS3 is doing pretty good this year - we got every reason to be pleased :)

(Source: Gamerankings com)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:18:30 AM

Let me know what Xbox 360 exclusive has cracked the 90 barrier at Metacritic. Or for that matter, what Wii game. And by the way, as Beamboom said, LittleBigPlanet 2 and MLB 11: The Show hold a 92 average Metacritic score.

You also need to understand the concept of statistical outliers. Any source that scores significantly differently than others is tossed out in statistical comparisons; Game Informer and a few other sources wouldn't count. They're the ones bringing the average way down, which isn't indicative of the overall reception.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:55:06 AM

Actually I was looking into that Ben, but since I am not 100% sure what titles are exclusives on those other platforms I didn't comment on that.

But there seem to be one wii exclusive (Xenoblade Chronicles) this year breaking the 90 barrier.

If we widen the scope to last 12 months the 90+ increases to 15 with one of them being a xbox exclusive (Halo: Reach) and that's it, the rest are multiplats (in addition to the mentioned titles of course).


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Excelsior1
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 7:57:48 AM
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@beamboom

thanks for info. i can now dismiss my ps3 exclusive conspiracy theory. i agree that 80+ games are usually excellent. i guess 90+ games would be considered elite. i forgot about lbp2 but i could of swore i remembered it getting lower review scores than the first game.

i was hoping r3 might crack the 90+ metascore since i've read claims there is a strong correlation between 90+ rated game and sales. this game is a rare example of a fps with quality sp experince. that's somewhat a dying breed this gen. btw it is way more satisfying than kz3's sp campign. it deserves some sales.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 8:33:16 AM

You are right in that the meta of LBP2 were lower, but still above 90. :)
LBP 95%, LBP2 92%.

And I both expect and hope I will find R3 to be better than kz3, cause kz was a downer. Far too linear...!


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bigrailer19
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 9:51:42 AM

Most all FPS games are linear. They are most all on rails. I don't think it's fair to say that about one but not the others.

Unless of course we are talking about a game like borderlands which is a different breed of course.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:34:05 AM

You are of course right Big, cause most games in general are quite linear - not just fps.
But I can't recall that I have ever played a fps as railed as kz3. Seriously. I probably have, but they are long forgotten.

To use two other fps I've beat this year as comparison: Both Fear 3 and Crysis 2 felt way, waaaay less railed than kz3. They are not even in the same railleague (cool word!): Much larger maps and a lot more exploration - there are no exploration at all to speak of in kz3.

One can of course argue that there are only one main path through the maps in those games too, but the experience is completely different.
Killzone was a pure shooting gallery, while in both Crysis and Fear I spent a lot of time just enjoying and exploring the maps. I love that :)

There are two quotes from Bens review that made me convinced I will rate this game much higher than kz3: "the R3 co-op is a huge plus" and "it also encourages exploration". SOLD! :)

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SolidFantasy
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 8:46:16 AM
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Yet another AAA exclusive to add to the collection. The only thing that can put a KZ3 exclusive out of it's place is another exclusive.
Wish I had the $$ to snag this one. I missed having boss fights in KZ3.

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telly
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 9:08:32 AM
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Sounds like my kind of game! Earlier Resistance titles had such a terrific sense of pacing and atmosphere and it sounds like this one continues the tradition. I also LOVED those enormous bosses from earlier games, so glad I'll have a few more of those to wreck this time around. Will pick this one up sooner or later.

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:24:11 AM
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Well you had to go and do it. I was going to hold off on this one (at least for a few months) because I'm picking up some other games later this month, but I read your review and went out and bought the game. So far its awesome! I tried R:Fall of Man and I couldnt get into it. I dunno if it was because it was a 5 year old game, but this game is awesome! Sucks I didn't get to play the other 2 games but I feel like this story (so far) is pretty stand alone (considering its a new character and takes place 4 years later). Great review! I'm hoping to take it online pretty soon.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:46:00 AM

I can see the first Resistance showing its age a little. It was amazing when it first came out but if you only recently tried it, well...I understand. :)

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 1:33:18 PM

haha yea, it didn't age well, unfortunately. But I'm loving the variety of weapons the series is known for! I've been missing out

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johnld
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 3:33:40 PM

the thing i remember the most on resistance 1 was when the church got pissed that insomniac put their church in the game all broken.

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Robochic
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:29:02 AM
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Amazing review Ben thanks :)
I want to play it but bills first then games, I really want the sharpshooter cause I need a reason to use the motion controller more often besides Eyepet lol

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Snorge
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 3:47:31 PM

Yo, try the game without the sharpshooter...i did that will Killzone and now I cant go back!

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 11:46:13 PM

Robochic,

Just an FYI,
I just found this new Move gun that actually flex's.

And at $29.99, it's $10 cheaper than the Sharpshooter.

http://www.flex-fire.com/

Sorry, money's too tight right now & I can't get it(I do want it though), so I can't say how good it actually is


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Chamoru_Warrior
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 11:06:07 AM
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Ben you've said in the past you don't like to bother with analysis that sites like Digital Foundry, Beyond3D and Lens of Truth put forth when concerning graphics but I strongly feel they tend to shed good light in situations like the walking graphical contradiction that is Resistance 3. For example, you pointed out how R3 doesn't look as sharp or refined as Killzone 3 or Battlefield 3 despite having on par if not slightly better effects and environmental beauty as the aforementioned two. Well yeah, that has a lot to do with the fact that R3's native resolution is that of the Ratchet and Clank games 960x704 but very nicely upscaled to 1280x720 with proper frame buffer so not much sharpness is sacrificed. KZ3 is natively 1280x720 and BF3 on consoles is 1280x704, thus giving the more refined look.

All this being said, Resistance 3 is one of the very best looking fps games I've ever seen this generation of consoles. It may only be sub-HD, but this was done with good purpose. R3 is using many advanced shading and shadow effects, SS ambient occlusion, environmental manipulation and destruction effects in real time that are on par with nvidia PHysx effects you see in demanding high end PC games. So it's no wonder they had to cut the native resolution for the sake of performance. Current gen consoles may be powerful in their own right but they are still only equal to outdated gaming PCs when it comes to their graphical limitations.

Having top notch special effects and graphical versatility all the while supporting online co-op campaign and motion control came at the cost of native resolution (as compared to Resistance 2's 1280x704 native resolution but zero motion controls, no co-op main campaign and inferior graphical effects) and that's something I can live with. While the difference is there, it pales in comparison to what matters most. Resistance 3, as you so astutely put it, is "oodles of fun."

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 11:54:32 AM

Why do I need the help of other sites when I do the graphical analysis by myself? As you note, I'm basically just saying what they're saying. ;)

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 9:06:08 PM

The graphics are very good, even being rendered at a lower res. The volume of effects and processes going on are layered on top of each other so thickly. It's very evident the drop in resolution was a calculated effort by Insomniac. Unfortunately, seeing that resolution is a very identifiable element of graphical design, it seems to gather the most attention as it's effect are very evident to many. But after observing what I have in R3, the game just could'nt look as moody as it does right now if it didn't run at a lower res. I think the trade off was worth it, making for a more stylized and visually distinguished looking game. I honestly think this is the best FPS game released this year. In more ways than one it stands out to me as a more significant and more engaging experience than either KZ3 or Crysis 2.

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Chamoru_Warrior
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 11:32:11 AM
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Really don't know what people find wrong with the Shapshooter in this and KZ3. I only play KZ3 and this with the Sharpshooter and it's fantastic. I find playing my fav fps games with it far more immersive and wish more fps titles supported it. Anyone quick to put it down so heavily hasn't spent enough hands on time with it, tweaking the settings and calibration for the better. Sure, for a lazy gamer maybe getting just the perfect positioning of the PS Eye, proper distance from Eye, proper lighting, proper calibration and finding the right slider settings might sound laborious, but I find it easy as cake. My slider settings are vertical and horizontal deadzones all the way to the left (minimum), crosshair sensitivity about 70%, turnspeed near maxed or maxed. Once you have the right settings, warm up with it a bit and get down the right algorhythm you're going to be sucked right into the action.

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Snorge
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 3:54:27 PM

I completely agree....for everyone who dismisses the Move and/or the sharpshooter havent tried it for themselves or just didnt have the right settings. As I stated before, this is the legit console version of a mouse with FPSs. Love it!

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JackDillinger89
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:18:09 PM
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I had R3 crash once on me too in single player but only once. The online dont feel as solid as the beta (Framerate wise and lag etc.) but the graphics are a bit more polished since it. Good review Mr Dutka. The multiplayer is a bit copied from reach and cod but the more i play it the more it pulls me in. As long as im having fun with R3 thats all that matters. With the huge selections of games and exclusive for ps3 this coming months my ps3 is going to work overtime and my pockets are gonna get thinner.

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lupus
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 12:39:42 PM
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i got a sharpshooter and move for sale i never use it its just boring :( .... i hoped it was more fun but i prefer the controller.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 2:26:29 PM
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Wooow... Now this is a good fps. And excellent coop game. If you like both then this is a *must* buy. Really. Go get it.

For me personally this is the first time I can honestly say that I think non ps3 owners are missing out on something unique. This is GOOD stuff. A great achievement by Insomniac.

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Bandit1
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 3:27:36 PM
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Good review Ben, I'm loving this game. The mechanics feel good, the environments are incredible, and the game is filled with suspense. Insomniac nailed it.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 3:29:50 PM
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have yet to play some co op but i am looking forward to it. the guns feel so damn good to get kills with, especially the atomizer and the mutator

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Lairfan
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 5:58:16 PM
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Brilliant review Mr. Dutka. I pretty much agree with everything you've said. And this is easily my favorite shooter of the year so far. Its just so damn fun, the atmosphere is immersively depressing/creepy, and the story is really good to boot. This is exactly what I wanted from this game, and oh man did I get it.

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BigD0207
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 10:54:26 PM
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Excellent review Ben. I am really enjoying Resistance 3's story so far, I have not played the multiplayer yet. In my opinion this is the best Resistance in the trilogy. I am enjoying the different weapons selection and it is hard to decide which weapon to use at any given time and I like how Insomniac incorporated the level up of each of the weapons. And I agree on the suspenseful environment and music. Insomniac did an excellent job on this game.

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XmnMetal
Friday, September 09, 2011 @ 2:55:10 AM
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Resistance 3 is amazing!

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bobbyb
Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 12:04:48 PM
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Wow this game is just bad! No other way to put it. Completely generic campaign, lack luster graphics, full of bugs, completely unpolished, multiplayer is a complete joke and no one is playing it! This is just one huge piece of garbage. On a up note I hear it's not selling for crap and the series is going to die. Nice job Insomniac, keep up the good work!

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individual11
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 7:08:33 PM
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I preface this by saying that I love Resistance One and Two. I was REALLY looking forward to Resistance 3. I was hopeful the story might be resolved; that we would find out where the Chimera came from, what the wormhole was, who the enemies of the Chimera were, etc. Instead I got a story more full of holes than swiss cheese. Starting out with drumming Capelli out of the Corps for doing what he should have done and had to do??? Capelli was a badass in Resistance2, here he is a skinny wuss. The AI is so bad, that I have seen better in PS1 titles. And other than the graphics, that is what this feels like, a 90's PS1 title. Has frickin Insomniac ever heard of SAVE POINTS?????? Halo from 2001 has them and here they cannot figure out when you defeat a section of aliens that if you are killed in the next section that you don't want to watch the same damn 60 second cut scene and then have to start the section over? Pathetic.

What a horrid finish to a fantastic series. I am seriously considering never buying Insomniac titles again; I am so angry about wasting 60 dollars on this absolute piece of garbage. Sony you need to reign in your developers and get ahold of this. What a sad, wasted effort.

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