• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
         
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

  • REGISTER
ABOUT US
Contact Us Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
BEST GAMES
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Android
FREE STUFF
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Android Competitions
GAME SALES
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Android game sales
UPDATED GAMES
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Android game updates
NEW RELEASES
New iPhone games New iPad games New Android games
MORE PG SITES
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects 2014
MORE SM SITES
AppSpy Free App Alliance 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
PARTNERS
Metacritic
GameRankings
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
GamesTracker
dx.net
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
PSP  header logo

Resistance: Retribution

For: PSP

Turning the tide

Product: Resistance: Retribution | Developer: Sony Bend | Publisher: Sony Europe | Format: PSP | Genre: Action, Shooter | Players: 1-8 | Networking: wireless (adhoc), wireless (network) | Version: US
 
Resistance: Retribution PSP, thumbnail 1
This is the cure we've been waiting for: hard-hitting action, an infectious strain of multiplayer, and a huge dose of features knock the PSP out of its release drought blues. In fact, Resistance: Retribution ranks among the best, most feature-rich portable games ever created.

The medical references, of course, come from the game's underlying alternative history meets mad sci-fi plot. The Chimera, a race of indeterminate origin, are sweeping through Europe, infecting humans with a virus that results in them transforming into various Chimera types themselves.

Kicking off the game, you lace up in the boots of James Grayson as he abandons his post in the British forces following a nervous breakdown triggered when he killed his brother inside a Chimeran conversion centre.

The rebellion is short-lived though. Grayson is hauled in for court marshal and the opportunity to redeem himself in the form of a dangerous alliance with the French resistance. Maquis agents have convinced the British of the need to assault the Chimera stronghold in Paris. He accepts the assignment and travels to mainland Europe with the first wave of forces.

Human resistance against Chimera occupation sets an epic stage for gameplay, yet one that never converts into a compelling narrative. The questionable writing revolves around a cast of characters who are either unbelievable or unlikable, and scenarios often stretch the imagination.

Grayson frequently spouts off cheesy one-liners that don't fit in with the grave tone of the intel pick-ups and diary entries, for example. And interactions between characters, in particular one involving Grayson and scientist Bouchard late in the game, are also completely out of place. Fortunately though, much of this is obscured by the glare of truly outstanding action.

From the first moments when you set foot in the ruins of Rotterdam to the final push on Paris, Resistance: Retribution is characterised by non-stop, against-all-odds action. Grayson struggles against overwhelming numbers of Chimera forces ranging from basic Hybrids to tough Auger-equipped units, and massive Titans, as well as all manner of mechanical sentries.

Rarely are there breaks in the combat; enemies crowd the screen as you make a desperate push through each fiercely contested area. Tight, enclosed corridors, and rooms flow into larger open spaces, providing diversity within the campaign's handful of levels. Each is broken up into bite-sized chunks ideal for portable play, consisting of a several confrontations or a rare boss battle.

The introduction of aim assist in the form of large brackets framing the edges of the screen enables you to engage large groups of Chimera with ease. Resistance: Retribution wisely recognises the control limitations of the portable form. As you move the camera with the face buttons, enemies appearing within the brackets are automatically targeted.

Any risk of making the game too easy, however, is countered by the greater number of foes with which you have to contend, and Grayson will succumb quickly to Chimera attack, forcing you to utilise cover and shoot wisely. In addition, aim assist doesn't allow the selection of individual targets; in other words, you're only able to shoot whatever the system targets.

As an alternative, you can press up on the PSP's directional pad to manually aim. Of course, this forgoes the benefit of instant targeting but allows for greater hit accuracy. It's a brilliant configuration because it caters to both newcomers needing a nudge and the experienced shooter capable of wrangling buttons.

The game's large and varied arsenal also creates a need for both methods. Aim assist works well with standard firearms like the .303 Storm Rifle and Chimera-inspired Razor, but firing a shot from the sniper rifle requires manual targeting. However it's rare that you're required to use a specific weapon; instead, you're encouraged to develop your own tactics around enemy weaknesses and your choice of weapon.

Finding successful strategies is crucial online where Resistance: Retribution sheds its silly storytelling for the finest multiplayer action of any portable game to date. The five modes - Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Assimilation, and Containment - support a maximum of eight players via both adhoc (local) and infrastructure (internet) networking.

Everything is unified through PlayStation Network, which ensures the streamlining of features such as player profile, statistical tracking, and voice communication.

Online matches also tap into a full reward system complete with a dozen ranks, medals, and other bonuses. This gives multiplayer enormous weight, encouraging extended play to achieve the highest ranks and adorn your profile with bronze, silver, and gold medals.

The two original modes, Assimilation and Containment, add a unique twist to multiplayer that works well with the series as well. Indeed, in many ways, Resistance: Retribution is a better multiplayer game than single player adventure.

But thankfully, this is a game that excels as a non-stop single player campaign, marred only by questionable writing, coupled with fantastic multiplayer, and wrapped in some of the best visuals to grace the handheld.

Yes, Resistance: Retribution is the dose of great gameplay the PSP has so desperately needed. Let's just hope the supplies keep coming.
 
Resistance: Retribution
Reviewer photo
Tracy Erickson | 12 March 2009
Resistance: Retribution is just what the doctor ordered - groundbreaking multiplayer, slick visuals, and an action-packed campaign make this one of the most impressive PSP games to date
 
Rate this game >> Average reader score: 
Have Your Say
Post a comment - Please log in to leave a comment
Pocket Gamer Biz     PG Login
Login with Facebook Sign in with Twitter
Show: Latest | Oldest
Joined:
May 2009
Post count:
48
careface | 20:13 - 1 June 2009
how do u play this with only one thumbstick? :S
Anonymous | 12:15 - 26 March 2009
I got the game tonight new to playing online here in Australia as its a bit hard to work it all out.I love this game so far and have finished the first few levels over the last few hours. Great work lets hope Sony keeps the titles flowing its a total game drought.
Anonymous | 02:56 - 15 March 2009
Are there any multiplayer modes that allow two people to play co-operatively (through wireless connection) against bots?
Anonymous | 12:59 - 12 March 2009
Cant wait for this! Need something to take me away from PES2009 and Lumines! I played the demo and thought it looked great. The cover system worked well, the only downside to it i thought was the voice acting and the ghosting in the opening cut scene (psp 2000).
LATEST COMMENTS
LATEST NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
VIDEO REVIEWS