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Resistance: Retribution – See Multiplayer in Action

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar Posted by on Feb 25, 2009 // Sr. Social Media Manager

Pretty good week for the PSP, huh?

But before you’ll get your hands on LittleBigPlanet for PSP, or Assassin’s Creed, or MotorStorm: Arctic Edge… this is one of the games that’s going to be keeping you busy – Resistance: Retribution.

We’ve talked about PSP Connect, Infected Mode, and the storyline of R:R – but multiplayer is the mode you’ll be coming back to time and again. On Monday night, SCEA and Bend Studios invited gaming media to go hands-on with R:R’s multiplayer modes for the first time, and I chatted with Lead Multiplayer Engineer Darren Chisum. Lots of gameplay video inside:

Here’s a bit more info on the various multiplayer modes:

  • Team Deathmatch: Eliminate the players on the opposing team. The team with the highest score wins.
  • Capture The Flag: Grab the opposing team’s flag and deliver it to your base to score the capture. You flag is required at your base to score.
  • Containment: Capture coolant nodes to overheat and destroy the opposing teams reactor. Controlling both coolant nodes increases the overheat time
  • Assimilation: The Cloven must eliminate the Maquis forces and assimilate them to their team. The last Maquis to be eliminated ends the round. The player with the highest individual score wins.
  • Free For All: All players are out for themselves. Eliminate the opposition and the player with the highest score wins.

Also, check out IGN’s coverage of the event here. Note: Greg Miller never played me head to head, or he’d not be so smug!

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+ St_Chilango on February 25th, 2009 at 12:07 am said:

i played the demo and was really impressed. definite buy for me!


+ fischer5001 on February 25th, 2009 at 12:15 am said:

i wonder if u can use the ps3 remote to play R:R online?

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on February 25th, 2009 at 12:17 am said:

    I asked about that and you can\’t – for good reason. It\’d be really unbalanced for those who aren\’t using a SIXAXIS/DualShock 3 vs those that are.


+ fischer5001 on February 25th, 2009 at 12:19 am said:

i love the demo i would really love to buy the game and to buy the new psp 3000 but still dont have the money but at least i have psp 1000 and 2000.


+ Johnnieabraham on February 25th, 2009 at 12:34 am said:

EARLY POST. Shouldn’t you be asleep?


+ Johnnieabraham on February 25th, 2009 at 12:35 am said:

Edit: Not that I’m complaining. Make this a 24/7/365 blog! :P


+ AceOfSpades725 on February 25th, 2009 at 12:47 am said:

wow this has multiplayer? sounds great! thanks for the info Jeff!


+ safil on February 25th, 2009 at 12:49 am said:

i was thinking the same thing, can’t believe your still up posting. i guess that means its gonna be a late start tomorrow morning, or rather this morning. either way, insomnia rules!!! and so does resistance. can’t wait to purchase…
by the way, jeff, when are we gonna be able to launch games from HOME? sorry to be a little off topic but, since your up anyway, maybe you could find it in your heart to reply to my comment? i could rearrange the question so that it is resistance oriented. like, when will we be able to launch to resistance from HOME or for that matter any game from HOME. I know about the warhawk addition this week but, i think its just strategizing/planning and not game launching, at least not yet. any info…


+ BigRich55 on February 25th, 2009 at 12:49 am said:



+ SpiritThief on February 25th, 2009 at 12:53 am said:

There is still nothing about Resistance 2?

Did like everyone totally forget about Resistance 2.


+ safil on February 25th, 2009 at 12:55 am said:

it got lost in the fall line-up shuffle. awesome game, underrated!!!!


+ spleendingo on February 25th, 2009 at 12:58 am said:

Ahahaha! Loved the IGN video. Why did you not play him head to head Jeff? I smell fear.

Or bacon.

Either way. Looks awesome. :)


+ remanutd5 on February 25th, 2009 at 1:13 am said:

im getting it day1 , jeff where is the motorstorm arctic edge debut trailer on the psp???


+ LukaX23 on February 25th, 2009 at 1:19 am said:

Way to smack that PlayStation logo above the info on the bottom right of the screen! :P

PS: @ Jeff

Why can’t we just have special matchmaking for those who are using a DS3/SIXAXIS?


+ tearsofash on February 25th, 2009 at 1:43 am said:

How does the game look on a PSP-3000? Any of that dreaded ghosting?


+ GameFace_06 on February 25th, 2009 at 1:55 am said:

Looking Good!!


+ ThreeLeggedFreak on February 25th, 2009 at 1:58 am said:

Looks great, PSP is coming back to live, since the PSP doesn’t have a unified trophy system, they should start adding some in game trophies like the ones Uncharted on PS3 had. Also Buddy List on PSP.


+ asop89 on February 25th, 2009 at 2:28 am said:

Excellent feature for this great game! & the PSP line up is really great this year, now the PSP should also get an Uncharted game too!


+ muzzar69 on February 25th, 2009 at 2:46 am said:

i wish they had the capture the flag online mode in resistance 2.
online in resistance 2 gets repetetive realy fast, all the modes are almost the same.
any chance of new modes being added?


+ Ivan_Krazy on February 25th, 2009 at 4:30 am said:

mmm…. kool. But I don’t use my PSP anymore :(


+ Vengeful-Chaos on February 25th, 2009 at 5:01 am said:

OoOo assimilation sounds like fun to bad they didn’t have a mode like that in the console versions.

Also maybe we should have a Jeff vs Greg Miller off? You can do it Jeff make us proud!


+ halfsane2000 on February 25th, 2009 at 5:27 am said:

lol was that a little cameo from Greg Miller of IGN.


+ jazzyrider on February 25th, 2009 at 5:37 am said:

Will trophies ever be available for PSP? It would be cool to see this in the new Resistance:Retribution game.


+ jimmy903 on February 25th, 2009 at 5:38 am said:

R:R multiplayer, icing on the cake baby, icing on the cake!


+ Nynja on February 25th, 2009 at 5:43 am said:

This game just does not get me excited at all. Resistance was a fun shooter, but not really all that great.


+ Jody1990 on February 25th, 2009 at 5:51 am said:

@ Jeff

Then please do something about those custom “mouse controllers” on the PS3. Those guys are really ruining the online First Person Shooters. I’m talking about that FragFX controller, it’s really lame.


+ Gunwing on February 25th, 2009 at 6:11 am said:

Looks and sounds great Sony! I hope you guys give other developers on the PSP full Access to Sony Bends new PSP Engine so all PSP games can look this good, and play this good online! ST:RS was a game that had and still dose have online stats, and rewards for both SP and MP it’s nice to see other PSP games picking up the idea.

Also we need more info on Rock Band Unplugged and MotoStorm Arctic Edge!


+ Jeigh on February 25th, 2009 at 6:21 am said:

Do you feel the love, Jeff? Everyone’s worried about your sleeping habits. I’ll add to that: are you eating all of your vegetables and getting 30 minutes of outdoor-time everyday? Don’t roll your eyes young man! :P


+ SmogItUp on February 25th, 2009 at 6:23 am said:

Slant 6 desperately needs help. They are gasping for air


+ lakaiHIGH on February 25th, 2009 at 6:36 am said:

this is a day one buy for me! the entire resistance series holds a special place in my heart and i cannot wait to play this one. there is just sooo many features to pass this one up. on a side note i think more developers should follow suit and do this with more PSP games. any games that have a big brother on the PS3 should offer some kind of connectivity, and i think games would only benefit from being playable with the dualshock 3. make it happen guys!



+ CBas92 on February 25th, 2009 at 6:39 am said:

It’s pretty funny how R:R has better and more game modes then R2. Assimilation in R2 would be so much fun


+ Capt-Fury- on February 25th, 2009 at 6:47 am said:

hey Jeff, any info on when the US will get the ad-hoc party feature?

Phantasy Star will be here soon…It would be nice to have it by then.


+ Vengeful-Chaos on February 25th, 2009 at 6:47 am said:

Jeff can you do some kind of rumor control or tell us what’s up about the PSP2 not having a UMD drive, honestly I know the UMD format isn’t widely supported but would SOny actually screw over everyone who’s bought a umd game? link

Honestly I know I can still play on a slim if it were to ever happen but for those of use who would want to upgrade would be pretty much [DELETED].


+ ajpfeif on February 25th, 2009 at 6:50 am said:

Already got it pre-ordered from Amazon.
Didnt get the code for my demo though =(
Oh well….


+ I_am_rushin on February 25th, 2009 at 6:54 am said:

I have a question. Since there will be stat tracking on the website, does this mean R:R will use your PSN I.D. to play online?


+ Thrasher20 on February 25th, 2009 at 7:10 am said:

I love Resistance. Too bad that I can’t play Resistance Retribution because of my malfunctioned PSP :(

Anyone want to donate to me? Haha


+ PullusPardusUS on February 25th, 2009 at 7:11 am said:

the multiplayer is going to be awesome since its simillar to Syphon Filter : Combat Ops =]


+ omnilaw on February 25th, 2009 at 7:15 am said:

Will this game be made available for download ?


+ Rival_31 on February 25th, 2009 at 7:32 am said:

buy for me!
I loved syphon filter
I would enjoy this a lot!


+ guitain on February 25th, 2009 at 7:33 am said:

Hmm… I might consider buying a PSP again, after my first one finally gave up and destroyed it’s Power-Button… I still haven’t finished MGS:PO, or played God of War: CoO… And now this and LBP? … *sigh* Wish I wasn’t going to Roskilde Festival, so I could justify a PSP-3000 buy…


+ reson8er on February 25th, 2009 at 7:36 am said:

Looking good!


+ Ftwrthtx on February 25th, 2009 at 7:37 am said:

Another game I have pre-ordered!

Great interview BTW


+ KazeEternal on February 25th, 2009 at 7:53 am said:

Certainly hope there are more big games being announced this year. While I am getting R:R I have to say I’m not looking forward to the others.

Anyway good to hear Bend is really pushing to make this game a real console game on the go with all the integration and online play.

I’m assuming this supports infrastructure mode and headset support? I hope thats the case may finally have a reason to get a headset. Infrastructure is a must.


+ Ramage on February 25th, 2009 at 8:04 am said:

PSP trophies?


+ Moosehole on February 25th, 2009 at 8:22 am said:

Awesome thanks for bringing this info! I preordered R:R last week. Can’t wait to finally play it.


+ Gringo234 on February 25th, 2009 at 8:32 am said:

Sounds good but you forgot to ask if they’ll be any medals and ribbons to unlock while playing.


+ GameOverGreggy on February 25th, 2009 at 8:43 am said:


Jeff couldn’t beat me on my worst Retribution day. Anytime, Rubenstein.



+ GamerMoney on February 25th, 2009 at 8:56 am said:

dat 1 purchase…lol get som sleep jeff…or drink coffee or energy drinks and get cafienated


+ jedi_webslinger on February 25th, 2009 at 8:59 am said:

This game looks great! Count me for a day 1 purchase!


+ JPMCH on February 25th, 2009 at 9:34 am said:



+ mailman27 on February 25th, 2009 at 9:34 am said:

This looks great. I’ve already exhausted my gaming budget for the next month, but it looks like I’ll have to make an exception for this…

Now if I could only pry my PSP away from my wife!

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