My friend from work actually suggested that I played this game and lent it to me, which I truly loved since first playing it and my thanks goes to him. This game has multiplayer as well, and I do this review because I never had the chance to beat this game despite the time's I played it when I didn't have a PS3, until 2010.
Plot. In 1949, an alien race known as the Chimera have invaded the Asian and European Continents; many of the nations have fallen leaving nothing but ruins. In the following year, the Chimera have crossed the English Channel by digging tunnels linked to mainland Europe. Within days, millions are infected while most were likely killed or converted into the Chimera. The United Kingdom then lost the war. Our story begins in 1951, where American soldier Nathan Hale is on his way to England alongside a large task force to retrieve a British secret weapon that can be used to fight the Chimera. But the forces were wiped out quickly by a spire Chimeran attack, infecting every soldier with the virus, soon after landing in York. Hale becomes one of the infected, but does not fall into a coma. He then possesses great strength, speed, limited regeneration, and his irises have become gold/yellow, somehow like the Chimera. With the help of many allies, Hale continues the war effort hoping to put down the Chimeran threat.
Resistance: Fall of Man also has multiplayer mode for up to 40 players with a 4 player offline. It's functionality utilizes the same PlayStation Network ID (PSN) that users already have. In Multiplayer, players can play on various combat zones based on locations in England. The other cool thing about it is that players can also play as either a US Soldier or a Chimera, each having their strengths and weaknesses. The game also features offline modes in multiplayer.
Concept. The game's setting takes place in a time where World War II never happened and neither the wars that succeeded it such as the Cold War and the Korean War. This game takes place in a time where the main protagonist battles against an infectious alien life form known as the Chimera. Players in campaign must complete various missions while fighting for survival against the hostile alien race. If players want to take a break from campaign, they can fight against different people in multiplayer.
Design. The game was previously known as I-8 when a demo of the game was first shown in E3 2005 as a World War II-inspired, alien-infested first-person shooter. Insomniac Games, who developed the Spyro and Ratchet & Clank series' of video games, were going to be developers of the game. A new demo was shown by Sony Computer Entertainment in the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March 2006. The new demo was in real-time, demonstrating the gameplay, graphics and effects like bump mapping. Insomniac was said to "love the Blu-ray's contribution of tremendous space to gaming". The team also "loved the multiple simultaneous processor units".
Officially-renamed Resistance (Fall of Man), it was unveiled as part of Phil Harrison's "Beyond the Box" keynote address, and was fully playable on the GDC stage. Insomniac President Ted Price spoke about the benefits of PlayStation 3, the advantages of Blu-ray storage, and the reasons that his team at Insomniac decided to develop for Sony Computer Entertainment in the next generation. It was also officially revealed that Resistance would be released before the end of 2006, but no information about it being a launch title.
Controversy. The game became controversial over the use of the Manchester Cathedral, in which the members of the Church of England were outraged, which claimed it's depiction to be desecration and copyright infringement, and that was inappropriate of Sony to allow players to use guns in a city that has a gun problem. The Church made several threats against Sony, and they have also intended to make several demands of Sony, including an apology, a substantial donation, complete withdrawal of the game or modifying the segment featuring the interior of the cathedral, and financial support of Manchester groups trying to reduce gun crime in the city. I gotta tell you, some people like to talk a lot. I mean, if Manchester has a gun problem, they have to strengthen their police force.
Legacy. Resistance: Fall of Man became an instant hit upon it's release, garnering positive reviews from Gamespot, GameTrailers, IGN, G4TV's X-Play, and so on. Two years upon the game's release, Resistance 2 came out and was just as good as the first one, a year later Resistance: Retribution was released for the PSP which is set between Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2, and it is a third person shooter, just like Guerilla's Killzone: Liberation. And finally on September 6, 2011, Resistance 3 was released, and the chances of becoming a much more popular sequel were very high. Another Resistance game is expected in 11 days for the PSVita, it is titled "Resistance: Burning Skies", serving as a prequel to Resistance 2.
Rantings. Now for some of my rantings in this game are the Hardfang and Burrower. These guys have always pissed me off to my very core when playing this game in the toughest difficulty. And what quite bothers me of this game is the scarcely health items in the game at times, which can make it tough to survive while trying to eliminate the Chimera.
Good Aspects. This game has high replay value, and many good qualities. I truly liked the graphics, storyline, and gameplay. The music was actually good as well, and the sound effects too. Another cool thing about this game, is how a soldier that has become infected can survive a virus, sort of like that "Alice" character in Resident Evil movies.
Overall. For those who don't know of Resistance, buy the double pack on your local GameStop or Best Buy. Resistance: Fall of Man gets a 10 out of 10
God Bless and Play Hard Gamers!