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Resistance 3: Campaign Tour and Multiplayer Report

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on May 19, 2011 // Senior Manager, Social Media

Resistance 3: Capelli

Earth’s cities lie silent. Mankind teeters on the brink of extinction. The Chimera have won. Six years after the Chimera invaded in Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 3 depicts a bleak world where the survivors have laid down their weapons and curled into seclusion to await the inevitable.

One such survivor is Joseph Capelli, last seen (spoiler!) executing series frontman Nathan Hale at the conclusion of Resistance 2. With Resistance 3’s narrative focus shifting from military might to hometown heroism, the gaunt-looking Capelli stands in stark contrast to Resistance 2’s square-jawed super soldier. Having abandoned the fight to be with his wife and child, Capelli holes up in rural Oklahoma to evade Chimeran raiders and scavenge for ever-dwindling supplies. A chance visit by xenobiologist Dr. Fyodor Malikov reveals a desperate plan to destroy the Chimera in New York City, sparking a road trip through an American heartland warped by the Chimera’s corrosive influence.

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Enemy Mine

Resistance 3’s campaign combat emphasizes hit-and-run guerrilla tactics amidst complex, nonlinear environments. I watched a scenario set on the decidedly unpleasant Mt. Pleasant, where Capelli scrambles to evade his pursuers in the woodlands of rural Pennsylvania. Mt. Pleasant’s deep blue hues and oppressive drizzle conceal unseen threats: Invisible Chimeran snipers. This sniper scenario serves as a handy demonstration of Resistance 3’s new artificial intelligence system, which grants the Chimera more predatory behavior and the ability to accept different “jobs” — offense, defense, scouting and more. The result are action sequences that play out in very different ways depending on the player’s tactics.

Mt. Pleasant’s stark atmosphere and stealthy shootouts are a radical departure from the opening act set in Haven, Oklahoma, which showcases a full Chimera assault amidst dramatic hurricane-strength winds. Later in the game, Capelli takes a slow, suspenseful boat ride down a flooded Mississippi River en route to St. Louis. A cursory examination of Resistance 3’s varied locales proves that the ever-industrious Chimera haven’t wasted any time settling into their new home. Unearthly Chimeran flora, such as explosive “blast roots,” flourish in the frigid climate produced by the Chimera’s terraforming technology. Physically, the Chimera continue to evolve with new strains such as nimble Longlegs and the hulking Brawler. The titanic arachnoid Widowmaker from Resistance: Fall of Man also makes its long-awaited return. Capelli’s journey will not be an easy one.

Tools of Destruction

Luckily, Capelli will be packing a full arsenal of human and Chimera firearms to help even the odds. To the delight of series fans, Resistance 3 will once again allow you to carry more than two weapons at a time via a quick-access weapon wheel. What’s more, those weapons are feeling weightier and deadlier than in any of the previous games. “We rebuilt all of the guns, everything from the audio effects to the feel of the iron sights,” lead designer Drew Murray says. It shows. The Carbine boasts increased damage and range but a slightly lower rate of fire; the Marksman rifle can deploy a micro-turret to provide cover fire; the Bulleye rips enemies apart with its blistering volley of projectiles. What’s more, you can unlock a series of upgrades that will improve the weapon’s effectiveness in multiple ways, from incendiary shells for the Rossmore shotgun to cluster bombs for the Magnum. You’ll earn progress toward your weapon’s next upgrade with repeated use, so it may pay to specialize.

In playing Resistance 3’s campaign, I was most struck by the detail and diversity of the environments, the power of the redesigned weapons, and the variety in game pacing. I also liked how Capelli’s hands reached out to physically interact with props, such as tugging open a stubborn door or bludgeoning an enemy during a melee struggle. I’m also curious to experience the game in 3D using PlayStation Move.

Resistance 3: Fort Lamy Action DoppelgangerResistance 3: Fort Lamy Action Arena Battle

Survival of the Fittest

Resistance 3’s eight-on-eight multiplayer mode extends the battle to an international stage, with human and Chimera teams battling in exotic locales from Columbia to The Republic of Chad in Africa. I played several rounds of team deathmatch (the final game will include objective-based modes as well) and found that the intimate maps and frenzied yet strategic shootouts lean closer to the feel of the original game. Character progression and customization have been supercharged with abilities that can turn the tables during a heated match. Support abilities such as Ammo Beacon and Lightning Shield will aid your teammates, while tactical abilities such as Dash and Doppelganger can help you outmaneuver opponents. You can also select a personal attribute and combat attribute to further customize your dream multiplayer warrior, whether that means giving birth to vicious Leapers upon death or simply boasting better hip-fire accuracy. And because Resistance 3 doesn’t lock players into cookie-cutter multiplayer classes, custom hybrid characters (sniper-medic, anybody?) are absolutely viable choices. Killstreak bonuses provide extra incentive, dishing out rewards such as high-powered grenade launchers for the humans and optical camouflage for the Chimera.

Resistance 3’s multiplayer beta will go live on PS3 later this year (though if you bought a specially marked copy of SOCOM 4, you’re already ahead of the game). Have questions about the new guerrilla-style combat, the upgraded arsenal or the feel of the controls? Leave them in the comments and I’ll add more details.

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+ dlhdav7 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:07 am said:

this game sucks


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+ Neven on May 19th, 2011 at 7:13 am said:

This game keeps sounding better and better and I can’t wait to give it a try. Love the box art, as well.


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+ card1157 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:13 am said:

Any updates on playstation store?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 9:25 am said:

    Not yet, we’ll share details as soon as we have them.


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+ s740397 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:14 am said:

@1 Then who cares? Looks pretty epic to me


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+ mluvag on May 19th, 2011 at 7:15 am said:

This game looks awesome.


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+ Bolikos3 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:15 am said:

wasssuuuuuuuuup


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+ kokodragon on May 19th, 2011 at 7:15 am said:

First and i can,t wait till it comes out!


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+ mluvag on May 19th, 2011 at 7:18 am said:

@1 Didnt your mom ever tell you, if you dont have something good to say about a game before its even released dont say anything at all until you have played it.


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+ Vinland_Krauser on May 19th, 2011 at 7:18 am said:

“Tools of Destruction”
Nice one.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 9:26 am said:

    ^_^


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+ kokodragon on May 19th, 2011 at 7:26 am said:

nvm ,dang pc glitched on me and didnt show comments


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+ shadow_rose88 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:27 am said:

played the first two games and loved them. can’t wait for this one, possibly the only shoot i’m good at lol xP xD
but inFamous 2 is coming out in a few weeks, are there any updates on that at all?

also an update on the store would be nice please and thank you


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+ Busca-Cabezas on May 19th, 2011 at 7:33 am said:

Hmmm… I am now looking forward to playing this game. Viva la resistance!! ^_^


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+ Berae on May 19th, 2011 at 7:35 am said:

@3 card1157

Are you stupid? Dont you think they will post something when the store will be back?….

As for this post its about Resistance 3. and it looks awesome.


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+ GTAPLATT on May 19th, 2011 at 7:35 am said:

POOP DOLLAR


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+ Hellman on May 19th, 2011 at 7:39 am said:

I’m glad you all decided to go with perfect recipe in multiplayer by having 16 players online. That amount of players is the perfect balance online and I believe it’ll be a huge pay off for you guys. Keep up the good work! I’ll be looking forward to the beta to experience the game first hand.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 4:01 pm said:

    Based on what I played, fans of Resistance: FoM will love the multiplayer side. But the weapons feel deadlier, and there’s a whole grab bag of special abilities to throw a monkey wrench into your opponent’s plans :)


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+ ItaChu on May 19th, 2011 at 7:41 am said:

Playstation Store please :( I need to download Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood DLC :(


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+ Butters360 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:43 am said:

I’m really attached to the story of Resistance so I can’t wait for A Hole in the Sky to release. Thanks for the details Sid. The Resistance 3 video is amazeballs!


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+ Busca-Cabezas on May 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am said:

Wow! Those are some HUGE n technologically advanced weapons y’all got there! Sweet! Woot Woot!! :D


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+ jonny2010 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:47 am said:

looks great cant wait!!!


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+ jeffsmither on May 19th, 2011 at 7:48 am said:

Whats keeping you guys from putting up the Playstation Store?
Anyway, Is this still going to be first-person shooter, because some the pics look like 3rd person.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 4:08 pm said:

    As for the Store, stay tuned. Resistance 3 is a first-person shooter!


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+ Craazy on May 19th, 2011 at 7:49 am said:

Will I be able to play it at E3?


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+ SGTNARD on May 19th, 2011 at 7:49 am said:

Looks alright…


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+ dpk5e7 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:55 am said:

Yeah, so when is the Store coming online?


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+ DarkRaven00 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:55 am said:

If yu don’t got nothing nice to say about people or games keep your mouth shut be nice to people and this games awesome.


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+ DarkRaven00 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:56 am said:

May 31 My friesd said.


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+ Rioter72 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:57 am said:

@1 Stop trollin you piece of crap, if you don’t like this game, then there’s something seriously wrong with you. I can’t wait for this game to come out along with inFamous 2. EPIC!!!


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+ Gpz1100 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:58 am said:

No thanks. Insomniac ruined the first game by messing with the gun physics a year after the game had been online. Then in the second, they ruined the multiplayer completely. I won’t buy the third.

And people have the right to ask about the store/network! Talking about upcoming games on a network that isn’t completely up, strikes me as stupid. Gimmie an update on the store and we’ll discuss this game when I can get the Dlc for the game i’m playing now!


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+ seminole8252 on May 19th, 2011 at 7:58 am said:

The game is cool and all that but the more important matter is when the rest of the PSN will be back up i’ve games that was purchased before the outage and SOCOM 4 and Mortal Kombat that waited along time for and cant even redeem the bonus content of those games Please sony get PSN store up asap


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+ Gpz1100 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:00 am said:

WOW


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+ JoeDuke4 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:00 am said:

SP looks like its going to be great fun and a return to form; going to be playing coop with my brother. Mp looks like fun aswell, but with all the perks/killstreaks I just don’t think it will be balanced, but I guess that’s just not what the general public want in multiplayer these days.

Is MP RFOM’ server lists and options, or R2’s matchmaking and limited options?


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+ whitwhit on May 19th, 2011 at 8:01 am said:

Hey Sid I got a couple of questions?

1.Will this game be playable at E3?
3. Are you going to E3?


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+ Hexfix93 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:04 am said:

Bullets on the last 2 games were like nerf bullets in look and feel, it felt so fake.

I’m not buying another game from this company.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 9:27 am said:

    I noticed that the weaponry felt much, much more “dangerous” in R3, so I think you’ll be pleased. Check out the demo this summer and let us know what you think.


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+ Zinacef on May 19th, 2011 at 8:05 am said:

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Resistance series. The only one I haven’t played is the one on the PSP. In fact, I got a PS3 because of the first one. When I saw that game, I knew that I had to go out and buy a PS3 and haven’t regretted the decision since.
Two questions – 1. when is the beta going to be available for the US, and 2. what are the details on getting in on the beta?


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+ Christian399 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:05 am said:

Omg, Sid WKC 2 info already. Another shooter, great. Won’t be playing this as they killed off the main character when they should have just kept him (with his powers, would have been more interesting).


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+ GY_NASTY on May 19th, 2011 at 8:06 am said:

Dear Sony YOU Suck. Your still updating games, and e dont care. Ya’ll are idiots. Turn the PSSTORE back up and quit lying to us. Answer are damn questions.!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 4:09 pm said:

    The Store is coming back, but stay tuned for details.


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+ BloodiedWraith on May 19th, 2011 at 8:07 am said:

I can’t wait to play this with the PS Move Sharpshooter and my 3D TV, but I have just one question that I need an answer to. Will it have either local or online co-op campaign like the first Resistance? That was hands down my favorite feature of Resistance: Fall of Man, and then you took it away in Resistance 2. Please tell me you brought it back…


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+ Hexfix93 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:11 am said:

Ok, watched the video, man, it does look much better.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 4:10 pm said:

    The visuals and gameplay are a huge leap over R2! What R3 questions would you most like answered?


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+ JoeDuke4 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:11 am said:

There is one suggestion I want to make. Its about the one-sided dialogue from Malakov. It just sounds bad that he’s constantly talking to himself and obvious things too. Maybe have natural dialogue between Joe and Malakov to point out important things to the player instead of the current one sided talking to.

Other than that looks great!


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+ Gpz1100 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:12 am said:

Ps Store will be up May 24th! according to a new article in Gamasutra.


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+ onslaughtree on May 19th, 2011 at 8:15 am said:

This is another one of my favorite games..I think the multiplayer for Resistance 2 was awesome, and hope the also do a good job with R3…I sooooo love to story of the crimera..good stuff


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+ Trieloth on May 19th, 2011 at 8:26 am said:

Oh wow this looks freaking awesome. Me and a bunch of my friends cant wait for this to come out!! Thanks for the video and keep up the good work.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 4:14 pm said:

    Thanks much! Be sure to let us know if you have specific questions for Resistance 3 so we can try to get them for you!


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+ ElChingon2588 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:29 am said:

Looks Awesome! Any word on the beta?


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+ hondadude4life on May 19th, 2011 at 8:30 am said:

SONY YOU NEED TO DO A UPDATE ON THE PSS SO THAT WE CAN SEE THAT YOU ARE READING OUR COMMENTS OR EVEN JUST SAY ” WE ARE WORKING ON IT”, THAT WILL SHOW US THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON IT, INSTEAD OF NOT SAYING ZIP ABOUT IT. SONY YOU ARE ACTING LIKE YOU DONT HEAR US AND DON’T EVEN CARE. HEAR IS WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS, THE HACKER(S) THAT DONE THIS STUFF IS STILL LINKED UP WITH SONY AND SONY IS AFRAID IF THEY START UP THE PSS AND WHEN SOMEONE BUYS CONTENT THEY WONT (SONY) GET THE MONEY BECAUSE THE HACKER(S) WILL BLOCK IT OR STEAL THE PAYMENT.

SONY JUST SHOW US THAT YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT THE HECK IS EVEN GOING ON BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT GOING ON WITH YOUR ON PPS.


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+ korgon117 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:44 am said:

Alright enough of the crying about the PS store not being up, Sony said it will all be up and good by May 31st, so stop crying about it!

On topic, Resistance 3 looks amazing! While I still think the cover art is a little lame, the game itself is what matters most! Loved the original and thought the second one blew the original away! Also have the PSP one which is a great game as well.

And this is one question I really want answered: Are PS Plus members going to be able to participate in the R3 beta? I really hope so because I didn’t want Socom 4 just for a beta. Anyway I would really appreciate it! If not that would be a disappointment but I would get over it. lol


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+ ItaChu on May 19th, 2011 at 8:46 am said:

TURN THE STORE BACK ON I CANT TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!


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+ PHATTY5 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:54 am said:

The new shotgun and pistol weapons looked sweet. The rest of the seemed a little underwhelming to me. Oh well, I’m sure I’m still gonna’ love it!


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+ MarinoBrea on May 19th, 2011 at 8:56 am said:

Everytime I see that trailer I cringe at the horrible voice acting…BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY : that guy narrating every single thing that happens -and with such an unrealistic delivery amidst the killing-, WHERE IS HE? IS HE ACTUALLY THERE? IS HE EVEN ATTACKED? he talks like he’s right behind your ear and he’s supposedly driving the boat . Wow, it seems like a major mess-up! (and did I mention the horrible voice acting)… how about quiet Joseph? Fighting for his life like a mute? didn’t you guys learn anything from Nathan Drake?

Joseph doesn’t even speak when things are calm and peaceful…is the whole game gonna be like this? Dreadful…


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+ vojtik666 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:56 am said:

looks good but PlayStation Store !!!


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+ RicAn6483 on May 19th, 2011 at 8:57 am said:

#1 is mad that mommy won’t let him play violent games. And who says a game is stupid when they’ve never played it?


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+ nygiantsfan1675 on May 19th, 2011 at 9:03 am said:

This like a really good game….might look into getting this game


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