Excerpt: If I had to list a number of development studios that make the best PSP titles, Sony Bend would undoubtedly be around the top of that list. These are the guys who took the smoldering ashes of the Syphon Filter series and summoned a phoenix from them. The Oregon-based studio recently accepted a different challenge - to craft a handheld installment of the Resistance series.
Excerpt: I don’t know about you but my PSP has been gathering dust pretty much since Secret Agent Clank came out last June. There wasn’t much to be cheerful about this past holiday season but Sony is committed to putting an end to that drought. The New Year has already seen the release of LocoRoco 2 and MLB 09: The Show, with a sequel to one of my favorite PSP games, Patapon, waiting to Pata-pata-pata-PON its way back into the hearts of gamers.
Summary: With “as good as it gets” controls, repetitive gameplay, and a barebones story,
doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from better games on the PSP. You certainly can’t call the action “bad,” and the weapons in particular are a lot of fun to use, but it just all comes off as fairly average. All in all,
is a decent shooter, but it’s hard to recommend it to anyone other than hardcore fans of the series.
Conclusion: Concept: This side story features a strong narrative, exciting run-and-gun gameplay, and a complete multiplayer experience. Is it as good as the console series? Absolutely
Graphics: No expenses were spared in the CG cutscenes, character models, or environments, making it one of the PSP's graphical darlings
Sound: Character banter is constant, and the energetic score blends perfectly with the frantic firefights
Playability: A hassle-free experience that makes good use of...
Violent, portable third-person shooter for adults only.
Common Sense Media
20 September 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this is violent third-person shooter meant for adults only. The protagonist uses a large arsenal of weapons to kill enemies, including assault rifles, rocket launchers, grenades and shotguns. Foes spew blood after getting shot, while one particular creature's head explodes after attacks. There are scenes with partial nudity. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.
Excerpt: One year ago the PSP received God of War: Chains of Olympus, arguably the best action game to grace Sony's handheld to date. It worked because it managed to bring to the PSP the series' trademark spectacular visuals and fluid controls. Now it's the turn of the newer PlayStation blockbuster series Resistance. With two PS3 games in the bag and a loyal fanbase, is Resistance Retribution the handheld shooter you've been waiting for? Well, it is and it isn't.
Excerpt: Listen up, game designers – I may not speak for everyone, but as a whole, gamers are sick to death of the badass, wise-cracking anti-hero. Let's face it; the concept gained popularity in the 80's which, if you're keeping track, is coming up on thirty years ago… I'd wager that some of the folks who end up reading this weren't even born yet!
Summary: Retribution protagonist James Grayson is a talkative and brash counter to the solemn Nathan Hale. I have no problem with this change; it's Grayson's need for 1990s-style health packs and bland pop-up-and-shoot gameplay that brings this title down. Thankfully high production values, mech sequences, and plenty of large-scale boss battles help even things out. If you own Resistance 2, definitely use it to ''infect'' your PSP and earn regenerative health and a sweet magnum.
Excerpt: Late in Resistance: Retribution, you’re tasked with trying to evac a scientist researching a vaccine that could prevent Chimera from infecting humans. Pinned down inside a fortress in Luxembourg, a fellow military officer (Rachel Parker, last seen in Fall of Man) asks you to lay down some covering fire while she fiddles with an old radio.