Resistance: Retribution Review
- Posted March 17th, 2009 at 23:22 EDT by
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On a handheld that hasn’t had many must-own titles lately, Resistance: Retribution is an enthralling experience that portable gamers shouldn't pass up.
- The aim-assist, which has been improved on from past Sony Bend titles
- The well-developed character of James Grayson
- The stellar replay value
- The lack of true challenge until late in the game
Resistance: Retribution is the latest third-person shooter from Sony Bend, known primarily for its Syphon Filter titles on the PlayStation Portable. Announced last year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony Bend and Insomniac Games worked closely together in order to develop a title that helped gamers understand what went on in Europe between Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2. This was a time period of much doubt and uncertainty as the Chimera were driven back by Nathan Hale, yet in some odd turn of events managed to strengthen their forces in order to bring the war to North America. Retribution is a successful bridge between the two games.
Taking place roughly two weeks after the conclusion of Fall of Man, gamers take on the role of James Grayson, who vows he will destroy every known Chimeran conversion center. Grayson is thoroughly well rounded and not just some British badass who feels the need to take out the invaders. No, he has motivation; he has a driving ambition and reason behind his feelings. After all, who wouldn’t feel the need for vengeance after being forced to put a bullet in your own brother’s head?
Grayson’s tale is an unfortunate one. Grayson, a highly ranked British Marine, walks into the wrong conversion center at the wrong time. While removing a Chimera who was performing the conversion process, he and his squadmates quickly find out the man on the table is Grayson’s brother. Rather than deny the inevitable, Grayson is forced to take care of his brother with one pull of the trigger, which not only shatters his brother’s skull, but Grayson’s mind as well. From that point forward, our boy James is no longer the same man. Abandoning his squad, Grayson seeks out other conversion centers, blowing them up one by one until his eventual arrest. He sits in a jail, working out, waiting for his turn to come in the form of an execution.
With the arrival of the French Resistance (who knew?) named the Maquis, Grayson is absolved of his past crimes in order to help them fight against the Chimera in hopes of delivering a serum that could prevent further Chimeran conversions. The Maquis – led by Raine Bouchard – gives Grayson orders with little respect, but Grayson has his own gameplan, and he executes commands in his own style. This is where Grayson sets himself apart from other prominent figures on the PlayStation Portable. One of our favorite moments comes when Bouchard asks Grayson not to blow up a conversion center, which he conveniently 'forgets,' sending the thing into oblivion. It's small acts like this that help give Grayson his own defining qualities. He’s not the quiet protagonist that’s going to doggedly take orders and trudge along; instead, he’s going to swear, kill, and do things his own way, and that’s why we love him.
The gameplay mechanics that Sony Bend has included within Resistance: Retribution feel comfortable if you’ve played one of their Syphon Filter titles for the PSP. The developers utilize the same control mapping: analog-controlled movement with face buttons designated for aiming around. The R shoulder button fires and the L shoulder changes your firing mode between primary and secondary fire. The D-Pad is also thrown into the mix and each direction offers a different result; for example, pushing right or holding right will either let you scroll through your weapons or bring up your weapon wheel. This system – albeit not perfect – is a great way for making up for the lack of a right analog stick.
Sony Bend has made a lot of improvements within Retribution that fix the annoyances that some gamers found within the studio's similar Syphon Filter titles. Take the cover system, for instance. In Syphon Filter, PSP owners had to struggle with taking cover, pushing a new button to lean out or in, lining up your shot and then shooting or they could just use the standard cover fire. In Retribution, however, Grayson will duck behind cover automatically and with a press of the R button he’ll peak out to shoot at enemies locked in on his crosshairs. This subtle change has allowed the game to become very user accessible and friendly to the casual crowd.
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- 7:33pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
I will have to pick this up.
- 7:47pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
- 7:50pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
french Resistance? man now im iffy about this
- 7:57pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
RESISTANCE 3 PLEASE!!!!
- 7:59pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
its awesome, getz it nouwz!!!!1
- 8:16pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
I really want to get a PSP. There are alot of games I want and this is one of them. Great review.
- 8:32pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
I wonder if James will be the main character of R3.
- 9:21pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
I love the French references I keep reading in the review of this game tehehe
- 9:31pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
damn man i need a psp now
- 9:40pm EDT - March 17th, 2009
the french? they're usually the first ones to surrender.
- 12:16am EDT - March 18th, 2009
This game is awsome just watch the gametrailers review if you not sure
- 4:44am EDT - March 18th, 2009
2 reasons to own a PSP
1; G.O.W CHAINS OF OLYMPUS
- 5:48am EDT - March 18th, 2009
I love the resistance on ps3, and do have psp. so more likely I be buying this game for my psp. I did downloads the demo version for psp, and I had to say the controls is different than it is on ps3. It take use to from ps3 version. I not going to down talk this game because of the control, the graphics did look good on psp, so I'm glad for that.
- 7:04am EDT - March 18th, 2009
Actually the French Resistance makes sense:
- 7:14am EDT - March 18th, 2009
This is the greatest game I have played snice God of War for PSP!
Worth every 40 bucks!!
Great game!I hope they do make another one for both PSP & PS3!
Anyone who read this and the others comments...really worth getting it!
- 7:21am EDT - March 18th, 2009
it took WAY too long for good games to come out on the psp, i lost interest along time ago. Now im waiting for psp2 :)
lordAlucard | sympozium_666
- 7:35am EDT - March 18th, 2009
Reasons to own an freakin sweet PSP 1. Resistance 2. Downloadable games (no 4GB MSD your experience is screwed) 3. Its an multimedia god on the go!!
- 7:43am EDT - March 18th, 2009
I want Grayson's jacket
- 9:54am EDT - March 18th, 2009
Finaly a great exclusive game for the PSP!
- 1:00pm EDT - March 18th, 2009
Anyone know if you HAVE TO be in infected mode to play with a dual shock 3? (My PSPs creen is a bit annoying)
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