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Submitted by T1Publishing 1321d ago | opinion piece

The Death of Sony's Resistance Highlights What's Wrong with the FPS Genre

Thirteen1 - The Resistance has ended; not with a bang, but with a whimper.

It seems the rather inglorious final chapter has been written for Insomniac’s FPS series following a double whammy of announcements; Insomniac giving up the reins back in January, and Sony announcing that there are “No definitive plans” to continue the legacy a few days ago. So why did this series get born, live and die so quickly? Thirteen1 believes the answers lie not just within the contents of the discs, but in the state of the industry as a whole. (Industry, PS3, Resistance 2, Resistance 3, Resistance: Burning Skies, Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance: The Trilogy, Sony)

extermin8or  +   1322d ago
If it has died out and doesn't return it's a crying shame because tbh resistance 1,2 (yes 2) and 3 are brilliant games, granted 2 went of the track and changed the style abit too much; if all 3 had been more like 1 story and gameplay wise it would've been a bigger success I think but still it deserved better than this and I'm still pissed off at insomniac for just giving up especially when there were still several plot points they left unanswered :@
dark-hollow  +   1321d ago
FoM started the series pretty well, it had tons of potential and sorta of had it unique identity between all those cookie cutter FPS games.

after that, instead of building upon what should've been one of the greatest FPS franchises this generation, they went after the cod crowd and screw it up with the second game.
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killerhog  +   1321d ago
How the hell did they go after the cod crowd in the second game? Resistance 2 is still 99% more barebones than any cod game. I swear, I hate the people who blindly be hating on R2. I mean, if you wanna get technical, what cod game has 60 players match offs? Balance guns (except the cheaters that ruin the balance with modded controllers)? Insomniac did a very good job at implementing abilities, that involved actually getting kills, but not only that, most of the abilities involve YOU having to go out in the battlefield for it to be effective. There's barely to no glitches, servers are stable etc.. R3 is what sold out 100% to the cod crowd like socom 4, literally (that's including bad frame rate, lag and 16 players).

I played r1 and r2 from day 1 and still play them both till this day. I completely dominated in both but enjoyed r2 the most. I can easily say who ever is hating on r2 is doing it blindly.

Most of the hate on r2 is because of the missing weapon wheel (that added nothing to the gameplay), and the fact that you couldn't spam weapons like the laark so easily like in r1. I come to realize, that the people hating on r2 is because they actually had to earn their kills and if they ran out of ammo, they had to kill their opponents for ammo or a new weapon to use(which is what I love most about r2).

To me, the reason people are hating on r2 is because it was more balance than r1, which makes me think it's the "punks" that are *crying*.
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Trebius51  +   1321d ago
All 3 games were great in my opinion. 3 was my favorite for sure.

Article was an interesting read. Shame that negativity is the only thing people see cause the happy customers dont bother to post the positives, mostly ppl who are negative post their opinions on the web constantly.
DeadlyFire  +   1321d ago
Well its not like Resistance 4 won't come at some point. Even if its not from Insomniac its still likely to be developed by someone under Sony's helm. Its a decent series. Has some flaws and whatnot, but what doesn't. I personally liked the first game's playstyle better than 2 and 3. Still lots of room for a new developer to take over the series or Insomniac coming back to it one day.
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KingofGambling  +   1321d ago
I wouldn't say the Resistance franchise is dead or anything.
I think Sony is saving up Resistance 4 for the PS4 and I also believe Sony would convince Insomniac to develop the game since they've established a great relation since the early Playstation days.
extermin8or  +   1321d ago
I reckon insomniac will make a ps4 exclusive for around launch no idea if it'll be resistance I'd bet on a new IP again or Ratchet and Clank which tends to do quite well; but yes I agree resistance 4 will happen and there's a good chance insomniac are convinced/paid to make it I reckon; which I hope happens just so they can tie off all their lose ends as far as the storyline is concerned (hales "this is just the beginning" last boss in retribution saying "they are all coming" etc)
sly-Famous  +   1321d ago
Resistance is dead? this first I hear of it.
dericb11  +   1321d ago
Cause on the internet one guy really thinks he speaks for millions lol.
Summons75  +   1321d ago
What's wrong with FPS genre? It's over saturated, really isn't that complicated
DeadlyFire  +   1321d ago
Maybe a little, but mostly due to developers replicating what they see makes someone else money instead of innovating a game with its own playstyle.
r21  +   1321d ago
i hope they dont let it die, it has such a unique setting and universe. i really wanna know about the Chimeras more, didnt reveal much in R3 sadly :C
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Sainox16  +   1321d ago
Resistance fall of man is the only reason I bought a PS3 because of how Badass the storyline looked after that it was all downhill imo.
Cajun Chicken  +   1321d ago
It's evident that Insomniac never really had a clear vision what Resistance was, probably the most confused IP Sony have ever owned as sequel after sequel changed the key game mechanics. Shame because it was a great concept and don't get me wrong, the games were fun.

But as soon as Insomniac called it quits, I accepted. Insomniac had a much more clearer vision for the Ratchet series.
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Skateboard  +   1321d ago
I don't like the title. Where is the proof ? Sony said for now they aren't doing anything Resistance. It isn't suppose to be a yearly title like Madden or COD.
gnothe1  +   1321d ago
the game fucking sucked...point blank didnt sell because it was rubbish an it got worse with each an every guys can try an sell that game as a great game all you like but it stunk...the game play an the graphics...the ONLY reason RFOM sold decent is because it was the only decent game to play on the PS3 at that more games came out Resistance became less an less appealing....THE GAME STUNK
Panzerkanzler  +   1321d ago
First, I own a ps3 and love it. But I've never understood the love for the resistance-games. They looked ok, played ok but for me they were totally forgettable experiences and I had to yawn my way though the campaign. The game just never clicked with me.
neutralgamer19  +   1321d ago
I might be one of the minority but i loveddddddd Res 3 including the online. The SP was one of the best ive ever played and the online portion to me was good. And yes i have the other titles.

What draws many to the Res franchise are the cool weapons that other games dont really have. I love all the weapons in the Res franchise. I also enjoyed the story and the art direction of the aliens (Chimera are my fav looking enemies in the Sony universe).
dubt72  +   1321d ago
Just like Killzone, this series has no soul, it just felt empty.
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vividi  +   1321d ago
maybe I am in the minority but I really love the Resistance series, all of them including the vita one, my favorite is 3
smashcrashbash  +   1321d ago
Yeah as usual it is always Sony's games that prove what is wrong with a genre. All the mindless FPSs developers crap out every year are not the problem. Resistance is of course the highlight of what is wrong with all FPSs. Just like Uncharted highlights how linear games have gotten not Skyward Sword and Killzone highlighted how bad FPSs stories are not Bulletstorm and Last of Us highlights how violent games have gotten not the new Tomb Raider.Resistance was a great series that did not deserve all the crap it got through out the years of it's existence. It wasn't any more linear then any othe FPS, it had a better story then most FPSs, cool weapons, scary enemies and it played very well. It wasn't as if it was broken or had bad aiming or was too easy or had the same kind of enemy over and over again. The 'it had no soul' and 'it just didn't click' are very stupid excuses so stop saying them.

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