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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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+ Dago314 on May 19th, 2011 at 9:09 am said:

When is the Playstation Store going to be Available.


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+ TOOHIZZY334 on May 19th, 2011 at 9:11 am said:

I know your reading this Sony !! And daaam u and the ps store lol how dare u not answer to us at a time like this u should all b ashamed ! U got hacked by a kid and now they’re playing mind games with u guyys ! It only does nothing hahaha


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+ Link01 on May 19th, 2011 at 9:11 am said:

I definitely can’t wait. I just hope that if Plus people get a demo, it’s in 3D with Move support. I seriously want to try it out.


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+ games_james on May 19th, 2011 at 9:22 am said:

@13 are u stupid? Why is it not up it shouldn’t take this long for the store to be up the network has to be harder to get up and running wtf I don’t care about any other blog entry’s toll they updae an estimate of when the store will be back up or why the hell it’s taking so long don’t get me wrong I’m happy as hell that the network is up but it shouldn’t takethis long for the store to be up c’mon Sony I’ve told everyone I know ur better than Microsoft by a long shot and ur making me a liar I just want an update explaining what is the deal


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+ nygiantsfan1675 on May 19th, 2011 at 9:33 am said:

Is there any chance you guys could have a preview or details on cod black ops for the new map pack for call of the dead for the zombie mode?


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+ subbed on May 19th, 2011 at 9:36 am said:

Other that the water effects it looks pretty good.


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+ CrAZyRaD on May 19th, 2011 at 9:38 am said:

Loved the first two games, can’t wait for the third.

I have a question on the co-op, so there is no secondary campaign like R2 but a co-op campaign more like the original R:FoM where 2 players can play through the main campaign? If so, it’s both exciting and disappointing. I enjoyed the co-op in both R:FoM and R2 and was hoping both would be implemented in 3.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 4:20 pm said:

    Yep, it’s more like R: FoM but it supports both online and splitscreen play. I’m hoping to try that out soon, so I’ll report details as I get them.


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+ WastelandDan on May 19th, 2011 at 9:45 am said:

Man I am stoked!! This game looks amazing, I am not a big shooter fan any more but I am getting this game. Hands down this this title has fought its way onto my most wanted top 3 PS3games.

1. Skyrim
2. Twisted Metal
3. Resistance3


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+ BEASTXJASON on May 19th, 2011 at 9:49 am said:

Resistance 3’s eight-on-eight multiplayer mode ” That killed it for me. The big numbers is what made the previous a blast. This is now a rental for me. Your not cod so dont try to be. We want massive battles, not to have to run around looking for 8 people to kill. Ultimate fail.


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+ Ethereal on May 19th, 2011 at 9:57 am said:

So everyone complains about the online games not being up. Then when Sony restores it, all you can do is whine about the store not being up. Wow, it just never ends. ANYWAYS, back to what this post is about. Can’t wait, been sold since the first video!


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+ DarkRaven00 on May 19th, 2011 at 10:02 am said:

Didn’t your mother tell you if you have nothing nice to say about someone then shut you mouth GY_NASTY Sony will put the playstation store up when it’s up to dat I can wait on thing on the store just as long as i can talk to my friends and play online.


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+ DarkRaven00 on May 19th, 2011 at 10:06 am said:

SONY awesome keep up the great work can’t wait to see what games sony will bring to us.


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+ mmpmobois on May 19th, 2011 at 10:14 am said:

I cant wait to try this….I hope theres a demo, more so hope the controls are kinda cod like :) Looks great too !


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+ TallCrowe on May 19th, 2011 at 10:24 am said:

I like the gritty look. Nice atmosphere. I will be a purchaser of this game.


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+ J-ToWne421 on May 19th, 2011 at 10:28 am said:

GIVE ME MY STUFF BACK SONY….. NO NEW GAMES TILL U RETURN WHAT YOU TOOK


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+ hush404 on May 19th, 2011 at 10:35 am said:

Wow… R3 really jumped up teh visuals over the other titles. From the gameplay I’ve seen, I am anticipating more frantic combat (something R2 lacked) which should bring the series some praise.


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+ Spacerac on May 19th, 2011 at 10:37 am said:

I still have to start and finish the first Resistance.


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+ rustymike2 on May 19th, 2011 at 10:43 am said:

What about this? We have to get info from other sites?

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/34739/Sony_Tells_Dev_Partners_PlayStation_Store_To_Return_May_24.php


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+ excaliber45 on May 19th, 2011 at 10:48 am said:

Btw: Those Chimeran Dropships remind me of the Helghast Dropships :D


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+ zech678 on May 19th, 2011 at 10:49 am said:

resistance3 going be great game alltime ps3 exclusive


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+ Battlepope190 on May 19th, 2011 at 11:04 am said:

Well damn, this just sounds all kinds of AWESOME!


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+ D34DL1N3R on May 19th, 2011 at 11:10 am said:

Another “A+” PS3 exclusive. It’s stuff like this that is going to make people say “Damn, I wish I hadn’t traded in my PS3 for a 360.”.


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+ korgon117 on May 19th, 2011 at 11:10 am said:

Just curious, why does it seem like a lot of people didn’t like R2? R2 is to this day the best FPS I have ever played. Yes I’ve played others but none even come close to as good as R2. About my only two complaints were that the wraith was a bit overpowered in the multiplayer, and the visuals were not quite up to snuff in multiplayer. But other than those two things I thought it was borderline the perfect shooter. The campaign was actually worth playing unlike most fps games these days, the co-op was like a FPS/RPG combo that takes true teamwork on Superhuman, and the multiplayer was fast, frantic, mostly very well balanced, and extremely satisfying. Anyway just curious because I thought it rocked my socks off.


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+ jaisaqui on May 19th, 2011 at 11:12 am said:

One month with a PSP go and no games yet… Without PSN Store this sucks a lot.


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+ eyesofreality03 on May 19th, 2011 at 11:12 am said:

for those crying about the store not being up, SHUT UP ALREADY. we have service back isn’t that enough for now? ON TOPIC though….the weaponry does in fact look more threatening than in 2. is there any word on small customizations to ammo or even the weapons themselves? if not in the single player than in the multiplayer? i’m really diggin how this title is shaping up, Fall of man was my 1st ps3 game at launch so this is a welcomed title to me. Keep up the good work guys!


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+ I_NEED_MINES on May 19th, 2011 at 11:16 am said:

I with the guy who inquired about Co-Op. Will the game have 4 or 2 player Co-Op, if any?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 4:21 pm said:

    Two-player campaign co-op, both online and splitscreen


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+ TheGuardianFID on May 19th, 2011 at 11:43 am said:

We have a winner!!! 8)


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+ OVERDOSE665 on May 19th, 2011 at 11:44 am said:

@I_NEED_MINES From what i have read about the game they will be having 2-player offline co-op but you still would have want and find out for ur self. I still own the pre-order RFoM,and Collecters R2 this is going to be sweet


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+ Airwalkinman17 on May 19th, 2011 at 11:52 am said:

This game is lookin Incredible
Thanks for the update Sid :D

I have a legit question/suggestion:

Will there be an ability to revive a teammate when they die?
Kinda like KZ3. I love having the ability to get a second chance (unless I get headshot) after I die.
I tried some other MP fps lately that didn’t have that feature and it felt less exciting. That would be a great feature to implement for Resistance 3. Lemme know :D


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    + Sid Shuman on May 19th, 2011 at 4:22 pm said:

    Good question — not that I saw in competitive multiplayer, but I don’t know yet about co-op (it’s still tucked away deep inside Insomniac Games). As soon as I play co-op, I will report back with details!


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+ doodooshorts on May 19th, 2011 at 11:56 am said:

According to a leaked document reported by gamesutra the store will be up on Tuesday the 24th.


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+ doodooshorts on May 19th, 2011 at 11:58 am said:

But for some reason playstation doesn’t want us to know???? kinda shady!


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+ Airwalkinman17 on May 19th, 2011 at 12:00 pm said:

@72

Yeah R2 was awesome!
The thing was though that Resistance 1 was a very different title. When I booted up R2 I instantly noticed that there was no Split screen campaign option. Instant Buzz Kill! There I was with my wife ready to play and “BOOM” no two player story option. Then there was no weapon wheel. And finally the worst part was that from a level design stand point there was too many parts where I was being chased or felt like I was being pushed forward in the level. I love semi-linear games (they’re usually more interesting and have better narrative), but it took the approach of not letting me explore as I went. But overall, I still ended up loving up (almost plat’d-darn you KillingMachine Trophy!), yet feeling very let down because of the lack of split screen. What can I say? I love playing with somebody next to me sometimes.


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+ BEASTXJASON on May 19th, 2011 at 12:02 pm said:

@73 yeah I imported the monster hunter 3 psp and game and cant get on because I cant download adhoc. Also cant redeem any online pass’s so I feel your pain. You think when spending $$$$ it would work as advertised. This has been down for far to long.


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+ Blkant on May 19th, 2011 at 12:17 pm said:

Well, I highly doubt it can live up to R:FoM, but at least its actually looking to redeem itself from R2. This wasn’t even going to be on my radar until I started seeing some of the latest pictures, and saw a more sepia toned R:FoM like tone/setting.

I am extremely skeptical but at the same time hopeful. What I wouldn’t do for a TRUE sequel to R:FoM.


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+ Falandrias on May 19th, 2011 at 1:02 pm said:

i heard playstation store should be back up on the 24th so PLEASE STOP ASKING


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+ J-ToWne421 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:03 pm said:

STILL BLOGING ABOUT GAMES THAT ARE NEW AND CANT EVEN GET MAP PACKS BACK I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER GAME FROM SONY AGAIN…. ADVERTISING NEW STUFF ON BLOG AND CANT EVEN GIVE US BACK OUR PURCHASED CONTENT BLOG ABOUT HOW MAKING MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN RETURNING WHAT WE HAVE BOUGHT ALREADY SHAME ON SONY


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+ ASTRO_fro25 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:04 pm said:

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+ J-ToWne421 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET BACK WHAT I ALREADY OWN????????????????????????????????????


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+ J-ToWne421 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:10 pm said:

SERIOUSLY IM NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS PROBLEM IF YOU CANT RETURN WHAT WE OWN SEND US A CHECK FOR IT DAMN… TIRED OF READING ABOUT NEW GAMES AND CANT EVEN PLAY THE ONES I HAVE BOUGHT


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+ J-ToWne421 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:10 pm said:

YOU WANT ME TO STOP POSTING RETURN WHATS MINE….


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+ J-ToWne421 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:13 pm said:

CANT EVEN GIVE US A DATE FOR RETURNING OUR MERCHANDISE BUT CANT STOP BLOGGING ABOUT NEW GAMES.. ASHAMED TO BE PART OF SONY….


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+ eyehate666 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:15 pm said:

Ive had my eye on R3 since the first time i heard about it. I loved the first 2, but got into them too late to enjoy properly. I wont make the same mistake a 3rd time!


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+ TJCALi on May 19th, 2011 at 1:29 pm said:

i like what i see going to get 2 on gamefly now


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+ shadow_rose88 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:33 pm said:

@J-ToWne421 what merchandise are you talking about? the only things people haven’t been able to get is our MK code and a few things that came out during the outage. just as long as the codes don’t expire before they can get the store up then everything should be ok, stop yelling whining and crying. if the rumor mill is correct then it should be up next week sometime


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+ DarkRaven00 on May 19th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

Dam J-ToWne421 give it a rest I bought thing from the playstation network that I can’t get to but I know sony will get the playstation store up and runing again so we can have are stuff back I love for the playstation network to come back on now but it’s not like that software and programs take time to maintain and up date the system sony doing there better to get it up for us so we can used the playstation store so sony do a great job for us on this okay.


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+ Alyyse on May 19th, 2011 at 1:59 pm said:

looks awsome cant wait to get my hands on it


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+ DJVera on May 19th, 2011 at 2:01 pm said:

@92 voice of reason.

just have one thing to say….thanks for bringing back the weapon wheel. cant wait to get this title


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+ DarkRaven00 on May 19th, 2011 at 2:08 pm said:

And I have watch this PSN Blog for some time now and how some peoply keep whining and crying about this stop it and go on about your day stop whining about this if yu stop thanking about this the fasted the psn store will be up again.


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+ Thane_of_Fife on May 19th, 2011 at 2:28 pm said:

84 J-ToWne421
First of all i just wish the store was back on so all the kids can get out of this blog web and stop crying about their store problems. Crap the blog was never like this filled with kids crying, If you didn’t know they aren’t advertising, the blog was meant for games but then the PSN outage happened so they stopped posting blogs on games for three weeks, and so i’m extremely happy they started again. What you need is patience, Sony got hacked, like crap they aren’t gonna release anything until it’s fully secured, you kids need to understand that, it’s like you mom letting you go play soccer even though your knee broke. Same thing here, they aren’t gonna release anything until it’s fixed also kids they said it’ll be up by May 31st so be patience and stop crying and whining. Boy can ignorance be annoying.

Anyways other then that , this game is looking sick, have both the games before can’t wait for this, along with All for one, huge insomniac fan here.

Also Sid, i need to interview you or Jeff, if that’s okay. The interview would be based on your career as a journalist, if you guys accept.


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+ noahhrocks on May 19th, 2011 at 2:30 pm said:

Resistance Is a great game!

but is there going to be any new Resistance games for The psp go?

i already playes resistance retribution and i like this franchise but i only have a psp -_-


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