Resistance: Fall of Man Reader Review
A few years back I faced a simple choice: convert to Islam and get married or don't get married. It wasn't a choice that I HAD to make and certainly not one my partner was forcing me to make, but if our relationship was to move to the next logical step, it needed to be done (lest we incur the wrath of far too many people for stubborn principles to be concerned with).
I duly agreed (what with being a disciple of the path of least resistance) but thought it prudent to at least research said faith and have a good idea of what I was getting myself into. Well, between you and me, my only true religion is gaming, and this is the closest analogy I can find in my 'real' life to moving from 360 to PS3.
Yes it's late, yes it's pricey, but it IS the newest thing we can get our hands on and IMHO it's the best. And don't start: how can you review Resistance without (to some degree) reviewing the platform? It's the inevitable dead-weight that any launch title has hanging round its neck.
Three months ago I was 360 through and through: addicted to Gamerscore, in love with HD, a Live enthusiast - the full shebang. Sure, the Wii cast a couple of cursory doubts in my direction, but nothing to make me want to actually buy one (sorry Nintendo, but I'd like to see a VISUAL benefit from the last-gen on top of the other wares you're peddling).
And then the PS3 launched�
I swore I wasn't going to get one, but being the sucker for technology that I am, I did. Why? Why sell the 360? Seeing as you asked: better and faster dashboard, Internet access, Linux, Blu-ray, no v-sync issues, the 'eastern' flavour, the best PS2 titles available (didn't have one), MUCH better build quality, near silent running, motion-activated gaming still rooted in a sensible and traditional format, stunning graphics, built in wireless, compatibility with 3rd party headsets, mice and keyboards, free (and good!) online, HDMI etc�
And so to its protégée: Resistance
'That it merely aped almost all of the things wrong with this creatively moribund genre is alarming� (EGamer 6/10)
Forgive me for sounding full of it, but I refuse to review this game, period. You've already heard anything I can say..
I'm not challenging the fact that this genre is 'creatively moribund' (definition: nearly dead, having lost all sense of purpose or vitality, becoming obsolete) but, for argument's sake, I'd like you (but particularly reviewers) to think about the following: perfection (definition: the quality of something that is as good or suitable as it can possibly be).
Could it be, that whilst reviewers have become somewhat jaded with FPS (and fair play to them) that deriding them for being clichéd is, in it's own way, a big, fat, cliché? Perhaps they're 'moribund' because they've already reached a damned fine solution to a design problem?
Either you're not with me on this, or you are. Either you agree with EG's 6 or you're going with my 9. Either you rate a piece of entertainment on its degree of originality or you rate it on its ability to entertain.
And therein lays the rub: IMHO humans who perpetually seek more human ingenuity (or at the very least seek it on a bi-monthly basis) are on a hiding to nothing. Yes, we're great, but after 3000 years we're perhaps pushing as great as we're ever going to be.
In short: Resistance (on Hard) butters my atheist muffin.
P.S. Don't tell the wife I'm a Buddhist
9 / 10