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August 30 2008
Resistance 2 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
27/11/2008SonySonyInsomniac
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-22-60$109.95
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The Chimera are back again.
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This time though they're in America!

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Now these are next-gen graphics.
When the Playstation 3 launched the game to get was undoubtedly Resistance: Fall of Man and with some phenomenal review scores, and fantastic online gameplay, it really was a next-gen title. Two years on from that release and the sequel is approaching. Developers Insomniac have been making some big strides with the Playstation 3 hardware with the brilliant Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction showing vast improvements to the game engine. Before we get into the details let's look at the storyline in Resistance 2.

After a valiant struggle to stop the Chimera invasion in Europe, mankind must make its last stand on the shores of the United States. Resistance 2 places players in the heroic role of Sgt. Nathan Hale as he struggles against overwhelming odds to defend mankind from the unstoppable Chimera, but this time the battleground is on American soil. While wrestling with this insidious war machine, Hale must also battle the virus raging inside of his own body that threatens to transform him into the very creatures he fights against.

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What the hell?! Time to run...
Impressively the developers have realised that their first game was a bit patchy in the presentation of the narrative. This time the storyline is being told totally from the perspective of Nathan Hale. Another change is that this time he will be in charge and issuing orders rather then simply following them. Will this also affect the gameplay? We suspect so but to what extent remains unknown.

The Single Player campaign, which actually begins with the closing cinematic from the first game, see the action commence in Iceland before heading to America. The game features a new weapons arsenal to combat giant boss encounters that increase the scale of the conflict to new heights with Ted Price hinting that the new weapons may have some similarities to those found in Insomniac's first FPS, Disruptor. Another change to the gameplay this time is that the Chimera are also now airborne so that should certainly add a new element to the gameplay.

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Level and character detail is impressive.
Where Resistance 2 really hots up though is in the multi-player. While the previous game allowed up to 40-players to take part in online matches Insomniac have set new standards with up to 60 players able to take part in competitive multiplayer at a time. We don't know yet if this number may actually be too many people within a map, but Insomniac are working hard to make this an enjoyable experience for all.

That isn't even the most exciting though as Resistance 2 will include an 8-player classed based online co-op campaign mode! This isn't just a series of maps, but rather an online mode which even includes a storyline that parallels the single player campaign. The three classes include a soldier, a special ops class and a medic who can heal team mates, but has a weapon that increases in power with more kills.

Looking beyond actual gameplay unlockable content and rewards is promised and while not mentioned at all as yet we can certainly expect, as with the original title, that downloadable packs would be made available in future. Players will also be able to enjoy a new level of community support via myresistance.net, where they can view all their stats and share their in-game accomplishments with friends spanning the globe.

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Prepare to hide in long grass!
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots Resistance 2 certainly looks the part. Insomniac Games have promised the title will run in at least 1080i at 60fps which should make it quite a bit sharper then the original. But compared to the original there are so many other improvements. Lusher environments, more detailed buildings and objects, and more detail on characters and enemies. Human soldiers in the game have been given even more realism through use of motion capturing, while Chimera, being non-human, are animated by the artists.

With millions of fans around the world still playing Resistance: Fall of Man the anticipation for a bigger and better (not that the first was bad at all!) sequel in Resistance 2 is high. With a release set for November 27 here in Australia we expect plenty more details, and quite a few more surprises, to be unveiled as the release approaches.