Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 26

So I am sure that many of you have probably heard of Resistance: Burning Skies. There was a remarkable amount of hype generated when it came out. Indeed, it was the first FPS available for the new console. It was one of the first games I bought for my Vita, because I was itching to get my hands on an FPS.

the player taking on the Abomination

How did it measure up?
It was a fun game. While it lasted. While many would think that a Resistance title would provide a long time of entertainment, Burning Skies' singleplayer was quite short. There was no replay value other than going in to find intel scattered throughout the level, or Grey Tech upgrades (but you finished the game already, so why do you need those?). Still, the developers put some effort into graphical detail. It was, by no means, comparable at all to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, but it set a reasonable standard. Shadows in particular were a bit dodgy. Plus, there were no ragdoll effects. Seriously? Plus, the trophies were so easy to earn, it's possible to earn all the trophies and get Platinum by playing through the campaign once and playing one round of multiplayer. No motivation there.

a good old deathmatch is always fun.

However, multiplayer was fun and engaging, as the trailer promises. I was addicted to multiplayer, and I found myself constantly drawn to it. Very little lag (unless your internet sucks) and it's fun to kill n00bs with knives and shotguns, although it's a little unfair to them. But who cares? Tension keeps you on your feet in case the guy suddenly becomes good and destroys you. Unfortunately, even multiplayer had its limits. Once you reach the maximum level cap (40), leveling up no longer means anything to you, and does not drive you anymore. However, you can still earn XP to upgrade your weapons with Grey Tech upgrades, but it would have been nice if your time doing singleplayer influenced multiplayer SOMEHOW. Unfortunately not. And once you have purchased all of the upgrades possible? There's nothing else to do. Unless you have lots of friends that own Vitas also, then you can compare scores and compete to have the highest score.

In all, not bad. Not too great either. I'm done with the game, at least for now. Thumbs up for more First Person Shooters to come in the future, because they definitely belong on the Vita. Dibs on Black Ops: Declassified.

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