However, if you think the first game was hard, just wait until you play this one. It's much tougher, especially in the Hardest difficulty. This game does not takes place in Europe but in the good old US of A. Now before this is said and done it's time to review this game so that I may teach you how to tame the beast, that is Resistance 2 once and for all.
Plot. After destroying the Chimera tower in London in 1951, Nathan Hale is extracted by the SRPA (Special Research Projects Administration) in a VTOL aircraft. Upon the arrival at the SRPA base in Iceland, they find it under attack by the Chimeran forces. Their VTOL is shot down by a Chimera Goliath and only Hale and Major Richard Blake of the SRPA survive. As the two make their way to safety, they encounter and unknowingly unleash Daedalus, an incredibly powerful Chimeran creature that is apparently controlling the Chimera Army. Hale and Blake find Russian scientist Fyodor Malikov who has been working with the SRPA investigating the Chimeran virus, and are able to safely extract him to America before the Chimera overrun the base. Two years later, the United States of America is invaded by the Chimera, and so Hale along with a select few soldiers fight to free the country, unfortunately, Hale is becoming what he hates most....a Chimera.
Multiplayer. Multiplayer is where you play against friends, family and other players from around the world online. It has two variations; Both multiplayer modes track the player's performance, gaining experience and leading to benefits and rewards, as well as assigning the player a skill ranking. Competitive mode features support for up to 60 players during the Skirmish mode; which allowed for the greatest amount of players in an online PlayStation 3 game at the time of release, but was last surpassed by MAG. Five games modes are available: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Core Control (Capture the Flag), Skirmish, and released via update, Meltdown. Skirmish has players getting split up into squads of five and take part in objective-based proxy-battles. Players can play as either the Humans or the Chimerans (but due to updates, the player can now be a Cloven, a Female Ranger, or a Ravager), and get to choose their weapon loadout before and during a game while respawning
Concept. Players can choose to play in Single Player campaign to start where Resistance: Fall of Man left off, where you get to fight against the Chimera in various missions, and also against even more nastier and gigantic bosses. At the end, you finally reach the main antagonist of the game Daedalus himself. You can also play in co-op mode, where you and other player different missions. To take a break from Single Player, you can also play against other players in multiplayer mode.
Design and Development. The graphics are far more enhanced than in the previous game. The engine for the game was an Insomniac Engine 2.0, which made the game look really cool. Game's development started with the beta phase announced by Insomniac in October 2008. The Public Beta was available from October 24 to October 29. It included three multiplayer maps - San Francisco, Orick (California), and Chicago - and could be played in the 8-player co-op campaign and the 60-player online multiplayer.
Sound and Music. The music theme is more darker and morbid than in the first game, and sound effects were very well made. I just really loved the roars of huge Chimera bosses, and the voice of Daedalus was totally evil sounding, that it made you feel controlled and hypnotized by it. The death music was way better than the death theme from Resistance: Fall of Man, because it sounded like if you were actually killed.
Rantings. Enemies I truly hated the most were the Chameleons. These guys were extremely unpredictable and with one hit from them you were already dead. And I hated the Chimera monsters that were hatching into hundreds of larvae, and they were a pain to kill them all. Ammo can still be very scarce at times and you have to change to other weapons. My hatred for the Chimeras with Augers continues up until this day. In this game, you are outgunned, outnumbered and in the hardest difficulty, you will not survive.
Good Aspects. This game is way better than it's predecessor, and what made it even more interesting is that automatically recovering energy instead of manually doing so searching for those health items in the first game is what makes it like a typical FPS game. The replay value on a scale of 1 to 10 is a 9, which is moderately high. If you liked this game, then you will LOVE Resistance 3 and the Vita game, Burning Skies.
Overall. My final score for Resistance 2 is a 9 out of 10.