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Resistance 2
Resistance 2 cover art.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Insomniac Games
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer(s) Ted Price
Writer(s) Todd Fixman
Brian Hastings
Ted Price
Composer(s) Boris Salchow
Series Resistance
Engine Insomniac Engine v.2.0
Native resolution 720p
Version 1.60
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s) NA November 4, 2008[1]
JP November 13, 2008[1]
AUS November 27, 2008[1]
EU November 28, 2008[1]
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, co-op, online co-op, multiplayer, online multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: 18
CERO: 17
ESRB: M
OFLC: MA15+
PEGI: 18+
USK: 18
Media Blu-ray Disc
Input methods Gamepad

Resistance 2 is a sci-fi first person shooter video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3.[2] The game was released in North America on November 4, 2008, Japan on November 13, 2008[3], and in Europe on November 28, 2008. Resistance 2 is the sequel to the best-selling PlayStation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man.

Resistance 2 sees protagonist Nathan Hale travel to the United States in order to once again battle the Chimera, who have launched a full scale invasion of both the east and west coasts. This time out Hale is part of a special task force of soldiers called "The Sentinels", who, like him, are infected with the Chimeran virus, but keep it under control with special inhibitors and are thus able to reap the benefits but the inhibitors only last a certain time until they either get another shot or the chimera virus takes over.

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Gameplay

Resistance 2 is a single-player campaign, with the player controlling protagonist Nathan Hale. The game includes many of the weapons from Resistance: Fall of Man, as well as new weapons such as the "Marksman" and a mini gun called the "HVAP (High Velocity Armor Piercing) Wraith". The weapons are a mix of 1950s human technology and more advanced alien technology. Unlike the first game, where there was no limit on the number of weapons carried, Resistance 2 limited the player to two weapons, as well as a more limited number of grenades. Resistance 2 also does not use a health bar in the single player campaign as it did in the first, but instead it uses an automatic regenerative health system, whereby players must keep out of the line of fire in order to recover health.

Multiplayer

Resistance 2 features multiplayer in two variations. Both multiplayer modes track the player's performance, gaining experience and leading to benefits and rewards, as well as assigning the player a skill ranking.

Unlike its predecessor, Resistance 2 does not offer co-op for the single player campaign. Cooperative mode features a separate campaign mode which runs parallel to the single-player campaign. The cooperative campaign supports anything from two to eight players, taking the role of a special forces group called "Specter Team". Players are tasked with many randomized objectives around the map, while defeating hordes of Chimera in the process. The strength of the enemy forces is altered based on the number of players and their skill levels. There are three classes to choose from: Special Ops — long-distance damage dealers, who also provide ammunition; Soldiers — the "tanks" who endure the most damage; and Medics — who drain life from enemies and impart to teammates.

Competitive mode features support for up to 60 players during the Skirmish mode; which allowed for the greatest amount of players in an online Playstation 3 game at the time of release, but was last surpassed by MAG. Five games modes are available: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Core Control (Capture the Flag), Skirmish, and released via update, Meltdown. Skirmish has players getting split up into squads of five and take part in objective-based proxy-battles. Players can play as either the Humans or the Chimerans (but due to updates, the player can now be a Cloven, a Female Ranger, or a Ravager), and get to choose their weapon loadout before and during a game while respawning.

Many weapons make a return from the original, most notably the Carbine, Bullseye, Fareye, Auger, Rossmore and LAARK (although this can be only accessed through a berserk). However, the Arc Charger and Dragon did not return, and were instead replaced with the Bellock, Wraith, Splicer and Pulse Cannon. The addition of berserks is a new feature, and can only be accessed if the player reaches a required XP during a game through kills. The berserks give players an additional advantage such as a new weapon or added health but only for a short period of time.

There are a variety of campaign based maps featuring maps of different sizes (10p, 20p, 40p, 60p) with the player choosing their preference. Custom games also made a return, although unlike Resistance: Fall of Man, players cannot receive XP in custom games. The ranking system is also identical to that of Resistance: Fall of Man, with players progressing through 20 ranks with three tiers each from private up to supreme commander (making a total of 60 ranks). As some ranks are gained, players receive unlockables such as different berserks and skins.

Plot

After destroying the Central Chimera Tower in London in 1951, Nathan Hale is extracted by Black Ops soldiers in a VTOL aircraft, and is sedated. When they arrive at the Special Research Projects Administration (SRPA) "Igloo" Base in Iceland, they find it under attack by Chimera forces. Their VTOL is shot down by a Chimera Goliath and only Hale and Major Richard Blake of the SRPA survive. As the two make their way to safety, they encounter and unknowingly unleash Daedalus, an incredibly powerful Chimeran creature that is apparently controlling the Chimera, but it escapes before they can stop it. Hale and Blake find the Russian scientist Fyodor Malikov who has been working with the SRPA investigating the Chimeran virus, and are able to safely extract him to America after Hale uses a missile launcher to destroy a Goliath, just before the Chimera overrun the base. Hale is introduced to the Sentinels, others like Hale who have been exposed to the Chimeran virus, giving them superhuman strength and regenerative abilities, but take regular injections of an inhibitor to prevent them from fully succumbing to its effects. Over the next two years, Hale is promoted to Lieutenant and becomes a part of the Sentinel force in charge of Echo Squad in the place of the KIA Lt. Hank Leavitt (Revealed in Intel during the Cooperative campaign) - comprising Sergeant Ben Warner, Specialist Aaron Hawthorne and Corporal Joseph Capelli - and put on the same regimen of inhibitors to prevent the virus from changing him further.

The Chimeran invasion of the United States.

On May 15, 1953 the Chimera launch a full-scale invasion of the United States, attacking the country from both the east and west. Hale, Malikov, and most of the other SRPA soldiers escape from the destruction of their base at SRPA 3 in San Francisco after Hale kills a Chimeran sea monster, referred to as a Kraken as the Chimera lay waste to the city. Pursuing a damaged Chimera battleship to Orick, California, they manage to board the battleship and destroy it from the inside via explosive charges. Unfortunately, following their escape, they are shot down and crash near Twin Falls, Idaho which lies on the Liberty Defense Perimeter. Hale and other Sentinels successfully reactivate two defensive towers to repel the Chimera fleet, which was about to breach the perimeter, after Hale knocks a giant leaper-like Chimera known as "The Mother Spinner" off one of the towers, sending it falling to its doom. Hale refuses to return to base for his Inhibitor Treatment, disregarding the fact that he is long overdue, and instead takes a black ops squad to 'Station Genesis' in Bryce Canyon, Utah in order to extract Malikov from the base before a Chimera attack force wipes out SRPA troops there. Hale is able to successfully retrieve Malikov from the base but not before encountering Daedalus again. Malikov explains to Hale that Daedalus used to be a human known as Private Jordan Adam Sheppard who, along with Hale, was part of "Project Abraham", a military program designed to try to create Chimera-human hybrids such as the Cloven. Sheppard was part of Malikov's tests, one of the two (the other being Hale himself) who were injected with pure Chimeran DNA to actually survive. Unlike Hale, who had the DNA go into submission until his re-infection in York re-activated it, Sheppard's injection mutated his body into the barely human form of Daedalus, and gave him knowledge of the Chimera's origins and goals, and the ability to control their armies.

After recovering Malikov, Hale and Echo Squad go to Chicago, against the orders of command, in order to deactivate one of several activated Chimera towers that are slowly powering up, since these towers are key to the Chimera's plans for Earth. After a vicious battle through the city, in which Hale kills a 300 ft tall Chimeran monster, known as the "Leviathan", Malikov is able to deactivate it, only to find the tower reactivated immediately afterwards remotely by Daedalus from Iceland, and the only way to shut them down is to travel there. The Sentinels and the other SRPA soldiers launch an assault against the Iceland Tower (Holar Tower map in multiplayer), but find it to be a trap, with many of the forces being lost. However, Hale and Echo Squad are able to enter the tower, only to find Daedalus waiting for them. During their time in the tower Warner and Hawthorne are killed by Daedalus and Hale is stabbed in the stomach by Daedalus and passes out from his injuries. Corporal Capelli finds his body and saves his life: Hale wakes up from a medically-induced coma in a field camp in Cocodrie, Louisiana and finds that it is six weeks later; the Chimera have overrun the American defenses, killing over 80 million people, and forcing the 3 million remaining survivors to America's last stronghold in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Even worse, Hale also discovers that because he went so long without the inhibitor, his body had succumbed to the virus, and he has only 3 hours, at most, before it fully consumes him; Capelli, the only remaining Sentinel other than Hale asks Hale if he's going to make his last few hours count. (It is revealed that Dr. Malikov killed himself afterwards with a morphine overdose, which is read in his journal, since he had no wish to be judged for his work and failure to stop the Chimera's impending victory). Hale decides to use this time to take part in an attack on the majority of the Chimera fleet currently hovering above the Gulf of Mexico around the Chicxulub Crater on the Yucatan Peninsula, waiting for some unknown purpose. Hale and Capelli are able to recover a nuclear warhead and deliver it onto Daedalus' flagship, but Major Richard Blake and his squad, who are taking the warhead to the ship's central reactor are killed, and it is taken by Chimeran forces and brought to Daedalus. Hale makes his own way to Daedalus and kills him; though upon touching its corpse, Hale is suddenly overwhelmed by strong psychokinetic abilities. After re-activating the bomb, Hale narrowly escapes with Capelli: the resulting explosion destroys the Chimeran fleet and a pulse similar to an EMP forces Hale's ship to crash land.

After Capelli regained consciousness, he notices that Hale is missing. Heading outside he sees that the sky has turned red with a number of destroyed planet-like spheres clearly visible in space with Hale looking in awe at them. Hale recalls Daedalus' words: "Can you hear them? They are calling to us...It's beautiful!" finishing with, "This is just the beginning." Capelli sees that Hale has nearly become fully engulfed by the virus and solemnly, in contrast to his disrespectful attitude previously towards Hale, replies "Forgive me, sir. It was an honor," then shoots Hale at point blank range in the head, seemingly killing him.

Development

Beta phase

Insomniac announced they were running a Public Beta in October 2008. One of the ways to give consumers access to the beta involved a pre-order program through GameStop. Gamers who reserved their copy from GameStop received a card that contained a beta registration code. Once registered through the official site, the beta voucher was emailed to the address provided. Users could then download and install their beta from the PlayStation Store. The Public Beta was available from October 24 to October 29. It included three multiplayer maps - San Francisco, Orick (California), and Chicago - and could be played in the 8-player co-op campaign and the 60-player online multiplayer.

Characters

Nathan Hale

The main character in both Resistance games has been Nathan Hale, a soldier originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Before the events of the games, Hale had been involved in an accident during a live fire exercise that led to serious injury to himself. The accident was blamed on faulty munitions. After being rehabilitated both physically and mentally, Hale returned to active duty. His commanding officers often granted him high-risk missions because of his excellence as a soldier, but concerns were constantly raised about his psychological well-being. Hale volunteered along with Jordan Shepard (who later became Daedalus) in a military project, known as Project Abraham. Outwardly the project was supposed to be experiments to find a cure for the European Influenza epidemic, but it was really testing a vaccine against the Chimeran virus. Hale was the only test subject to survive and therefore developed a limited immunity to the virus. During the events of the first Resistance game, Hale is infected with the Chimeran virus, but is not completely transformed by it. He gains certain aspects of the Chimera, such as yellow eyes and increased strength, but still remains in control of his mental state. In the begininng of Resistance 2 Hale is teamed with others who are semi-resistant to the virus and is tasked with helping to lead the fight to save the United States from the Chimera. Throughout Resistance 2 Hale becomes increasingly Chimera-like until the very end of the game where it is implied that he has fully converted. He is shot by Corporal Capelli.,,

Chimera

Because of the multiple strains of Chimera, their physical appearance can vary widely based on the original host of the virus. Generally they have six bright yellow eyes and beige to brown skin. They also possess extreme speed and strength, as well as regeneration abilities due to their super fast metabolism, roughly 12 times that of a human. This element does have a downside, as the Chimera are known to easily overheat, sometimes fatally: therefore their ideal habitat is in extremely cold environments. To combat this the Chimera are fitted out with cooling systems that are fused to their backs just after they are converted in Chimeran Conversion centres.

Most Chimera start out life as human beings, but are converted in a 4 stage conversion process. First, humans become infected by the Chimeran Virus by Chimeran bug-like creatures known as Crawlers. These bugs come out of Chimeran spires (specially adapted missiles that unleash thousands of Crawlers upon impact)- Chimera can infect entire cities in minutes with multiple spire attacks. After infection with the virus, the humans fall into a coma, and they are then carried to conversion centres by Chimera known as Carriers (creatures that resemble huge airborne jellyfish), where humans are then wrapped in cocoons where the Chimeran virus changes them from the inside out. The resultant Chimera that emerges from the cocoon is dependant on the strain and strength of the virus: the lowest form of Chimera are the Hybrids, the ones that closely resemble humans and fulfill the basic role of footsoldiers in the Chimeran army, which have the shortest gestation period, being converted and birthed in a matter of hours, while other, larger Chimera take months to create, and are made of multiple human bodies. The final stage is the birthing chamber, where Chimera are taken out of their cocoons, and then have their cooling aparatus fused to their bodies. In Resistance 2 the conversion center process is not used and the cocoons are made on the spot by bug-like Chimeran creatures called Spinners (since the events of Resistance: Retribution have made Crawlers and Carriers redundant). The Chimeran technology is vastly superior to human technology, with weapons that are able to sophistically home in on enemies, even going so far as pass through walls. The Chimera are also capable of building and equipping artificially intelligent robots to assist them in their attack on humans such as Stalkers or Goliaths. The true origins of Chimera remain a mystery: for example, Chimera do not build most of their buildings, but simply excavate them from the country side, as seen in Somerset where Hale and Cartwright find a Chimeran tower being excavated.

New elements of the Chimera introduced in Resistance 2 feature 'spinners' which supposedly infect humans as the Chimeran crawlers do, but also proceed to wrap the infected in a tight cocoon, which carries out the gestation period on the host internally. Chimera that come from this form of conversion are known as 'Grims'- Grims are human like in build, but have the distinguishing features of the human/chimera hybrid (fangs, yellow eyes, elongated limbs)- Grims attack the player in a zombie like fashion, swamping them in great number or bursting from cocoons when the player gets near enough. Because they are not equipped with cooling devices, Grims have a short lifespan of only a few hours: their primary purpose is to serve simply as shock troops.

There are many more strains of chimera present in Resistance 2- Furies, Kraken, Ravagers, The Leviathan, Spinners, Leapers and Grims. But many were dropped too- Angels, Widowmakers, Crawlers, Grey Jacks, Slipskulls and Howlers (due to Daedalus's efforts to streamline and improve the effectiveness of the Chimeran army).

Vehicles used by the chimera still include the Stalker, Goliath, and Dropships.

Another important change is the leadership pattern of the Chimera- in Resistance:Fall of Man the chimera were lead by "Angels"; the Chimera now fall under command of Daedalus (A soldier named Jordan Shephard who also took part in Project Abraham but succumbed fully to its effects). In the multiplayer cooperative mode, another system is shown, consisting of Chimeran troop leaders known as 'Primarchs' and 'Overseers'.

One other thing is the Chimeran drones- a new set of units which are not Chimeran, but are automated search-and-destroy robots designed and built by the Chimera. Interestingly, they seem to recognise targets and neutrals by their genetic makeup- in one of the final parts of the game (when Hale has almost succumbed fully to the Chimeran virus) Hale and a squadmate approach a group of drones, who read them as neutral and do not attack. This is probably because of their genes being so similar to the Chimera's genes.

Marketing

Nathan Hale as he appeared at Project Abraham.com

Project Abraham

The marketing campaign for Resistance 2 centered around an alternate reality game named Project Abraham, a top-secret military project under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of War.

Initially, specific details on the nature and purpose of the project were bare and mysterious, though additional content was added to the website (in concurrence with the project's latest developments) that reveals the purpose of the project. It was revealed to be a research initiative designed to eradicate the Chimera virus that is currently infecting Europeans by the millions. It lasts over the next two months, with a SRPA team of biochemical experts formulating several permutations of serums to be used on human volunteers in an attempt to discover the vaccine against the plague. The findings were ultimately inconclusive. Other purposes are to learn more about and better understand the virus. The next phase of the project is to collect all the immune soldiers together as an elite super-soldier task force code-named "Sentinels", dedicated to fighting off the impending Chimera invasion while the bulk of the U.S. population is safely secured in the Liberty Defense Perimeter.

The primary characters are Colonel Grant Thompson and Doctor Cassandra "Cassie" Aklin (Katee Sackhoff, and is also the protagonist; with all written and recorded content either directed towards or generated by Aklin so far), but other characters, civilian, military, or otherwise were mentioned. The other main characters are seven soldiers who volunteered for the project from different army units, all brought together at the Project Abraham Compound in Alaska (the specific location is classified). The test subjects include Captain Frank Anthony Gennaro, 1st Lieutenant Glenn Albert Khaner, Lieutenant Kenneth Danby, Sergeant Channing Brown, Sergeant Keith Todd Oster, Sergeant Nathan Hale, Private Joseph Capelli, Benjimen Warner, Chrisopher Hawthorne.

Apart from the project itself, the files and videos reveal the personal situation with the project's personnel; the soldiers, willing to endure the possibility of death, have detailed history, military careers, and personality profiles (collected by Aklin), which is often reflected in their actions towards others. More information about Hale's history, family, and military career are revealed as well, along with allusions to a romantic relationship between Hale and Cassie.

Other websites

A second website named America first America only is the website of an organization called the "Alliance For American Autonomy". The Alliance is a group of radicals bent on exposing the U.S. Government and its secrets to the public. The site shows a small dark area with a printing press, and an office containing a news board, news clippings, the alliances newsletter/paper, file cabinets, and a "tip box". The Alliances newsletter/paper is published every Friday. When a new article is posted the old ones are stored in the file cabinets for reference and can be viewed at any time. The newsletter/paper gets most of its information from "agents," people who have submitted SrpaNet codes through the Tip Box. A recent update for the site has seemed to have ransacked the area and shows a letter that seems to have been written in a hurry. The latest updates show a typewriter with various American cities listed on it. When a "dead-drop" has been reported in a city, fans may go to the given location to retrieve a canvas bag containing a personal item of one of the Project Abraham participants, a compass, a SRPA t-shirt, and a card listing a serial number. This serial number is used to unlock two comic panels at the second new addition to the AFAO website, Metastasis.

A third website named Get A War Job has been discovered and can be accessed directly from Project Abraham. On the site a typewriter is shown along with pro and anti-war posters, cards, pamphlets, and a document which the player can fill out and possibly cause events to happen in the future such as a phone call or further information about the site/sites. The business card to the left may be called, toll free, to hear an inspirational recruiting message for the military. The latest update for the site seems to have burned nearly everything in view and the registration form is no longer available.

A fourth website named SrpaNet has also been discovered. It is an old computer interface used by the Project Abraham staff and the U.S. Government. So far hidden and overt serial codes, found in various places on Project Abraham, have led to hidden documents and images relating to the Chimera and what is known about them.

Collector's Edition

The contents of the collector's edition.

The collector's edition includes a hardcover art book, special cover art, an in-game weapon skin (a Chimeran HVAP Wraith called the Brute Minigun, the same kind Ravagers use), and an action figure of the game's "Hybrids", the Chimera.[4] It also includes a bonus Blu-ray Disc with a behind-the-scenes featurette, a video detailing the game's alternate historical timeline, a digital copy of issue #0 of the Resistance comic book, and a preview from the upcoming Resistance novel "The Gathering Storm". The collector's edition was only sold in North America, and not in Europe due to the hassle of translating each aspect of the Collector's Edition to the various main languages in the continent, such as English, French, Spanish etc. as said by SCEE in a Press Conference prior to the game's release. The Collector's Edition bluray also contains a hidden Easter Egg which can be accessed by watching the "scale" featurette, pressing Left on the arrow keys upon returning to the menu, and then pressing right.

PlayStation Home

On March 26, 2009, Insomniac Games released a Resistance 2 SRPA suit for the male avatars. The SRPA suit is purchasable in Home's shopping complex.

On May 21, 2009, Insomniac Games released a dedicated space for Resistance 2 in the PlayStation 3's online community-based service, PlayStation Home in the Asian, European, and North American versions.[5] The space is called the "Resistance Station" and is modeled after the Chicago level in Resistance 2 and features a video screen showing the trailers for Resistance 2 (Asian Home) and Resistance: Retribution (North American Home) as well as a mini game titled 'Four Barrels of Fury' in which users takes control of a turret that appears as a turret version of the game's HVAP Wraith. The player must shoot down incoming Chimeran ships varying in size. The game is divided into waves. The player must shoot down ships for points. Occasionally the player must defend 2 incoming VTOL transports one carrying health the other carrying modified ammo. If the VTOLs are defended the player's turret is repaired and the damage dealt by the turret's shots will be strengthened as long as the ammo lasts. There are three different rewards for reaching a certain wave or score in the mini-game. The first reward is a male and female Resistance 2 t-shirt for beating Wave 4. If users beat Waves 1 to 4 with a score of 100% on each wave, they get a hat that is modeled after the Chimeran flagship in Wave 4 and if users obtain a score of 1,000,000, they get a male and female Resistance 2 hoodie. For a limited time in the European Home, in the place of where the video screen is in the Asian and North American versions, there was a poster with a promotional code on it. The first 3,000 users that redeemed the code received a male and female Resistance: Retribution t-shirt. The trailer for Resistance: Retribution has replaced the poster. This space was released to the Japanese version on September 10, 2009. Outso developed the Resistance 2 Game Space for Insomniac Games.[6]

In addition to the space, users can fully game launch into Resistance 2. Game launching lets users set up a competitive or co-op game in Home, have people join the game, then launch directly from Home into the game. Users can set up a competitive game of up to 32 players and up to 8 players for co-op.

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 87%[7]
Metacritic 87/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B+[9]
Eurogamer 9/10[10]
GamePro 4/5[11]
GameSpot 9/10[12]
GameSpy 4.5/5[13]
GameTrailers 9.1/10[14]
IGN 9.5/10[15]
X-Play 5/5[16]
Awards
Best Shooting Game on PlayStation 3 of E3 2008, IGN
Best Muliplayer Experience on PlayStation 3 of E3 2008, IGN
Best Shooter on PlayStation 3 of 2008, IGN
Best Online Multiplayer on PlayStation 3 of 2008, IGN
Best Online Game of E3 2008, GameTrailers
Best First-Person Shooter of E3 2008, GameTrailers
Best First-Person Shooter of 2008, GameTrailers
Most Improved Sequel of 2008, GameSpot

Resistance 2 has been well-received by critics, with a current Metacritic aggregate score of 87 out of 100, based on 77 reviews,[8] and a Game Rankings aggregate of 87%, based on 58 reviews.[7]

It garnered a score of 9/10 from the Official UK PlayStation Magazine, who said it was, as they would have liked, "prettier and shootier", and 9.5/10 from IGN, elected there for an Editor's Choice Award. It also earned a 9/10 score from Official Playstation Magazine Australia. IGN in particular praised the game for its single player campaign and online multiplayer, as well as the scale and detail of the level design, stating that the bosses would "make your jaw drop." GameRac gave Resistance 2 an 8/10, saying that the game had "amazing graphics and the single player was improved", also electing it for both the Editor's Choice Award and Most Anticipated Game Award. Resistance 2 sold about 803,000 copies worldwide in its debut week.

Other reviews include Gameplayer, which rated the game 9/10, NZGamer, which rated the game with a 9.2/10,[17] Gamepro, who rated the game 4/5, proclaiming it was "bigger, bolder and better than the first" and an "improvement upon the formula set by its predecessor in almost every way", and X-Play, which rated Resistance 2 a 5/5 in high praise.[18]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Kollar, Phillip (2008-02-04). "Previews: Resistance 2". 1UP.com. http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?cId=3165908. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  3. ^ http://www.vgreleases.com/ps3/ReleaseDate-74694.aspx
  4. ^ "Resistance 2: Collector's Edition," PlayStation The Official Magazine 13 (November 2008): 64.
  5. ^ "This Week in PlayStation Home: Resistance Space Unleashed, Game Launching Confirmed". SCE. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/05/20/this-week-in-playstation-home-resistance-space-unleashed-game-launching-confirmed/. 
  6. ^ "Social Environment Design & Development Projects". Outso. http://www.outso.com/projects/. 
  7. ^ a b "Resistance 2 Reviews". Game Rankings. http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/944521.asp. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  8. ^ a b "Resistance 2 (ps3: 2008): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ps3/resistance2. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  9. ^ Nguyen, Thierry (2008-10-30). "Resistance 2 Review". 1UP. http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3171026&p=37&sec=REVIEWS. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  10. ^ Whitehead, Dan (2008-11-05). "Resistance 2 Review — Page 1". Eurogamer. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=283054. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  11. ^ Shuman, Sid (2008-11-05). "Review : Resistance 2 [PS3"]. GamePro. http://www.gamepro.com/article/reviews/207716/resistance-2/. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  12. ^ Watters, Chris (2008-11-05). "Resistance 2 Review at GameSpot". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/action/resistance2/review.html. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  13. ^ McGarvey, Sterling (2008-11-03). "GameSpy: Resistance 2 Review". GameSpy. http://ps3.gamespy.com/playstation-3/resistance-2/926717p1.html. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  14. ^ "Resistance 2 Review at GameTrailers". GameTrailers. 2008-11-04. http://www.gametrailers.com/gamereview.php?id=6112. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  15. ^ Haynes, Jeff (2008-10-28). "IGN: Resistance 2 Review". IGN. http://ps3.ign.com/articles/924/924372p1.html. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  16. ^ Sessler, Adam (2008-11-05). "Resistance 2 Review". X-Play. http://www.g4tv.com/xplay/reviews/1859/Resistance_2.html. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  17. ^ "Resistance 2 review". http://ps3.ign.com/articles/924/924372p1.html. 
  18. ^ "Resistance 2 review". http://www.g4tv.com/xplay/reviews/1859/Resistance_2.html. 

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Resistance 2
Box artwork for Resistance 2.
Developer(s) Insomniac Games
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date(s)
 Nov 4, 2008
 Nov 28, 2008
Genre(s) First-person shooter
System(s) PlayStation 3
Mode(s) Single Player, Co-op, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ESRB: Mature
Preceded by Resistance: Fall of Man
Series Resistance

Resistance 2 is a sci-fi first person shooter video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3. Resistance 2 is the sequel to the best-selling PlayStation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man. Resistance 2 sees protagonist Nathan Hale travel to the United States in order to once again battle the Chimera, who have launched a full scale invasion of both the east and west coasts. This time out Hale is part of a special task force of soldiers called "The Sentinels", who, like him, are infected with the Chimeran virus, but keep it under control with drugs and are thus able to reap the benefits. As of January 3, 2009 Resistance 2 has sold approximately 1.20 million copies worldwide.

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Resistance 2

Developer(s) Insomniac Games
Publisher(s) SCEA
Engine Insomniac's Proprietary PS3 Engine
Release date November 4, 2008 (NA)
November 27, 2008 (AU)
November 28, 2008 (EU)
Genre First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, co-op, multiplayer, and online multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
BBFC: 18
OFLC: MA15+
PEGI: 18+
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
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Resistance 2 is a science fiction first person shooter video game for the PlayStation 3 developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America. The game was released in Europe on November 28, 2008, and on November 4, 2008 in North American. The game is a sequel to the 2006 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man. The first teaser trailer had its debut on the April 11th edition of GameTrailers TV, which also tells of a trailer featuring gameplay to arrive on June 13th only on GameTrailers. The game includes an astonishing multiplayer cap of 60 players in one match.

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Gameplay

Template:Seealso Resistance 2 is a single-player campaign, with the player controlling protagonist Nathan Hale. The game includes many of the weapons from Resistance: Fall of Man, as well as new weapons such as the "Marksman" and a mini gun called the "HVAP(High Velocity Armor Piercing) Wraith". The weapons are a mix of 1950s human technology and more advanced alien technology. Unlike the first game, where the player was able to carry as many weapons as they could get their hands on, Resistance 2 limited the player to two weapons, as well as a more limited number of grenades. Resistance 2 also does not use a health bar in the single player campaign, but instead uses an automatic regenerative health system, whereby players must keep out of the line of fire in order to recover health, much like Call of Duty 4.

Multiplayer

Resistance 2 features multiplayer in two variations: cooperative and competitive. Both multiplayer modes track the player's performance, gaining experience and leading to benefits and rewards, as well as assigning the player a skill ranking.

Unlike its predecessor, Resistance 2 does not offer co-op for the single player campaign. Cooperative mode features a separate campaign mode which runs parallel to the single-player campaign. The cooperative campaign supports anything from two to eight players, taking the role of a special forces group called "Specter Team". Players are tasked with many randomized objectives around the map, while defeating hordes of Chimera in the process. The strength of the enemy forces is altered based on the number of players and their skill levels. There are three classes to choose from: Special Ops - long-distance damage dealers, who also provide ammunition; Soldiers - the "tanks" who endure the most damage; and Medics - who drain life from enemies and impart to teammates.

Competitive mode features support for up to 60 players at any given time; the highest number of players for any PlayStation 3 online game as of Resistance 2's release. Four games modes are available: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag (Core Control) and Skirmish, while involved players getting split up into squads of five and take part in objective-based proxy-battles. Players can play as either the Humans or the Chimerans, and get to choose their weapon loadout when before and during a game while respawning. Maps have varying sizes and layouts for the different game modes and number of players.

Plot

Template:Seealso After destroying the Central Chimera Tower in London in 1951, Nathan Hale is extracted by Black Ops soldiers in a VTOL aircraft, and is sedated. When they arrive at the Special Research Projects Administration (SRPA) "Igloo" Base in Iceland, the VTOL is attacked by a Chimera Goliath and only Hale and Major Richard Blake of the SRPA survive. As the two make their way to safety, they encounter and knowingly unleash Daedalus, the being that is apparently controlling the Chimera, but it escapes before they can stop it. Hale and Blake find the Russian scientist Fyodor Malikov who has been working with the SRPA investigating the Chimeran virus, and are able to safely extract him to America. Hale is introduced to the Sentinels, others like Hale who have been exposed to the Chimeran virus, giving them superhuman strength and regenerative abilities, but take regular injections of an inhibitor to prevent them from fully succumbing to its effects. Over the next two years, Hale is promoted to Lieutenant and becomes a part of the Sentinel force in charge of Echo Squad, and put on the same regimen of inhibitors to prevent the virus from changing him further.

The Chimeran invasion of the United States.

On May 15, 1953 the Chimera launch a full-scale invasion of the United States, attacking the country from both the east and west. Hale, Malikov, and the other Sentinels escape from the destruction of San Francisco. Near Orick, California, they manage to board a Chimera battleship and destroy it from the inside, but during their escape, they are shot down and crash near Twin Falls, Idaho which lies on the Liberty Defense Perimeter. After Hale and other Sentinels successfully reactivate two defensive towers to repel the Chimera fleet, Hale refuses to return to base for his Inhibitor Treatment, regardless of the fact that he is long overdue and, instead, takes a squad to 'Station Genesis' in Bryce Canyon, Utah, in order to extract Malikov from the base. Hale is able to successfully retrieve Malikov from the base but not before encountering Daedalus again. Malikov explains to Hale that Daedalus used to be a human known as Private Jordan Adam Sheppard, but, along with Hale, was part of "Project Abraham", a military program designed to try to create Chimera-human hybrids such as the Cloven. Sheppard was part of Malikov's tests, and one of the two (the other being Hale himself) who was injected with pure Chimeran DNA. Unlike Hale, who had the DNA go into submission, Sheppard's injection morphed his body into the barely human form of Daedalus, and gave him knowledge of the Chimera's origins and goals.

After recovering Malikov, Hale and Echo Squad are ordered to go to Chicago in order to deactivate one of several Chimera towers that have been activated and are slowly building up energy. Malikov is able to deactivate it, only to find the tower is shortly reactivated remotely from Iceland, and the only way to shut them down is to travel there. The Sentinels launch an assault against the Iceland Tower (Holar Tower map in multiplayer), but find it to be a trap, with many of the forces being lost. However, Hale and Echo Squad are able to enter the tower, only to find Daedalus waiting for them. During their time in the tower, all of Echo Squad is killed, with the exception of Hale and Capelli, though Hale is stabbed in the stomach by Daedalus and passes out. Hale wakes up and finds that it is six weeks later; the Chimera have overrun the American defenses, killing over 80 million people, and forcing the 3 million remaining survivors to America's last stronghold in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hale also discovers that because he went so long without the inhibitor, his body has succumbed to the virus, and he has only three hours before it fully consumes him; Capelli, the only remaining Sentinel other than Hale, asks Hale if he's going to make his last few hours count. Hale decides to use this time to take part in an attack on the majority of the Chimera fleet currently hovering above the Gulf of Mexico around the Chicxulub Crater on the Yucatan Peninsula. Hale and Capelli are able to recover a nuclear warhead and deliver it onto Daedalus' ship, but Major Richard Blake and his squad, who are taking the warhead to the ship's central reactor, are killed, and it is taken by Chimeran forces and brought to Daedalus. Hale makes his own way to Daedalus and defeats him; though upon touching its corpse, Hale is suddenly overwhelmed by strong Psychokinetic abilities. Hale escapes with Capelli after activating the bomb; the explosion wipes out most of the fleet, and Hale and Capelli barely avoid incineration, only to have their ship malfunction, forcing them to crash land. When they emerge, they find that space has turned red with three planet-like spheres where the Chimera flagship once was. Capelli discovers Hale has become engulfed by the virus and in awe of the objects; Hale recalls Daedalus' words:"They are calling to us, can you hear them?... It's beautiful", he finishes by saying, "This is just the beginning". After paying respects to his former officer, Capelli shoots Hale at point-blank range in the head with a M1911 handgun.

Development

The game was officially unveiled in the February 2008 issue of Game Informer, detailing the 8-player cooperative campaign, 60-player online multiplayer, and Fall 2008 release.[1][2] The first teaser trailer debuted during the April 11, 2008 edition of GameTrailers TV, while the first gameplay trailer arrived on June 13, 2008, again on GameTrailers.[3]

Resistance 2 was showcased at Sony's E3 2008 press conference, with a live gameplay demonstration of the Leviathan boss battle. The multiplayer mode was playable on the show floor, while the single-player was shown in the SCE lounge.[4]

The game previously featured a prototype weapon called the Tapper, which would shoot tubes and create a blood fountain, but this weapon was ultimately cut from the final product.[5]

On October 16, 2008 a new trailer entitled "Last Hours" was released, which contained clips from previous trailers with new footage from the game. It also showed changes in Nathan Hale's appearance.

Beta phase

Insomniac announced they were running a Public Beta from October 2008, and one of the ways to give consumers access to the beta involved a pre-order program through GameStop. Gamers who reserved their copy from GameStop received a card that contained a beta registration code, and once registered through the official site, and the open beta was available, the beta voucher was emailed to the address provided. Users could then download and install their beta from the PlayStation Store. The Public Beta was available from October 24 to October 29. It included three multiplayer maps - San Francisco, Orick (a forest-type map) and Chicago - and could be played in the 8-player co-op campaign and the 60-player online multiplayer.

Marketing

Nathan Hale as he appeared at Project Abraham.com

Project Abraham

The marketing campaign for Resistance 2 centered around Project Abraham, which is a top-secret military project under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of War.

Initially, specific details on the nature and purpose of the project was very bare and mysterious, though with time additional content added onto the website (in concurrence with the Project's latest developments) that reveals the purpose of the project: It is a research initiative designed to eradicate the Chimera virus, that is currently infecting Europeans by the millions. It lasts over the next two months, with a SRPA team of biochemical experts formulating several permutations of serums to be used on human volunteers in an attempt to discover the vaccine against the plague. The findings were ultimately inconclusive. Other purposes are to learn more about and better understand the virus. The next phase of the project is to collect all the immune soldiers together as an elite super-soldier task force code-named "Sentinels", dedicated to fighting off the impending Chimera invasion while the bulk of the U.S. population is safely secured in the Liberty Defense Perimeter.

The primary characters are Colonel Grant Thompson and Doctor Cassandra "Cassie" Aklin (played by Katee Sackhoff, and is also the protagonist; with all written and recorded content either directed towards or generated by Aklin so far), but other characters, civilian, military or otherwise are mentioned. The other main characters are seven soldiers who volunteered for the project from different army units, all brought together at the Project Abraham Compound in Alaska (the specific location is classified). The test subjects include Captain Frank Anthony Gennaro, 1st Lieutenant Glenn Albert Khaner, Lieutenant Kenneth Danby, Sergeant Channing Brown, Sergeant Keith Todd Oster, Sergeant Nathan Hale, and Private Joseph Capelli.

Apart from the project itself, the files and videos reveal the personal situation with the project's personnel; the soldiers, willing to endure the possibility of death, have detailed history, military careers and personality profiles (collected by Aklin), which often reflects in their actions towards others. More information about Hale's history, family and military career are revealed as well, along with a romantic relationship that is alluded to between Hale and Cassie.

Other websites

A second website named America first America only is the website of an organization called the "Alliance For American Autonomy". The Alliance is a group of radicals bent on exposing the U.S. Government and its secrets to the public. The site shows a small dark area with a printing press, and an office containing a news board, news clippings, the alliances newsletter/paper, file cabinets, and a "tip box". The Alliances newsletter/paper is published every Friday. When a new article is posted the old ones are stored in the file cabinets for reference and can be viewed at any time. The newsletter/paper gets most of its information from "agents," people who have submitted SrpaNet codes through the Tip Box. A recent update for the site has seemed to have ransacked the area and shows a letter that seems to have been written in a hurry. The latest updates show a typewriter with various American cities listed on it. When a "dead-drop" has been reported in a city, fans may go to the given location to retrieve a canvas bag containing a personal item of one of the Project Abraham participants, a compass, a SRPA t-shirt, and a card listing a serial number. This serial number is used to unlock two comic panels at the second new addition to the AFAO website, Metastasis.

A third website named Get A War Job has been discovered and can be accessed directly from Project Abraham. On the site a typewriter is shown along with pro and anti-war posters, cards, pamphlets, and a document which the player can fill out and possibly cause events to happen in the future such as a phone call or further information about the site/sites. The business card to the left may be called, toll free, to hear an inspirational recruiting message for the military. The latest update for the site seems to have burned nearly everything in view and the registration form is no longer available.

A fourth website named SrpaNet has also been discovered. It is an old computer interface used by the Project Abraham staff and the U.S. Government. So far hidden and overt serial codes, found in various places on Project Abraham, have led to hidden documents and images relating to the Chimera and what is known about them.

Collector's Edition

The collector's edition includes a hardcover art book, special cover art, an in-game weapon skin (a Chimeran HVAP Wraith), and an action figure of the game's alien-human hybrid race, the Chimera.[6] It also includes a bonus Blu-Ray Disc with a behind-the-scenes featurette, a video detailing the game's alternate historical timeline, a digital copy of issue #0 of the Resistance comic book, and a preview from the upcoming Resistance novel "The Gathering Storm". This CE was for North America only, as SCEE found it too expensive to translate the extra content into the many European languages.Template:Fact

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 87%[7]
Metacritic 87/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B+[9]
Eurogamer 9/10[10]
GamePro 4/5[11]
GameSpot 9.0/10[12]
GameSpy 4.5/5[13]
GameTrailers 9.1/10[14]
IGN 9.5/10[15]
X-Play 5/5[16]
Awards
Best Shooting Game on Playstation 3 of E3 2008, IGN
Best Muliplayer Experience on Playstation 3 of E3 2008, IGN
Best Shooter on Playstation 3 of 2008, IGN
Best Online Multiplayer on Playstation 3 of 2008, IGN
Best Online Game of E3 2008, Gametrailers
Best First-Person Shooter of E3 2008, Gametrailers
Best First-Person Shooter of 2008, Gametrailers
Most Improved Sequel of 2008, Gamespot

Resistance 2 has been well-received by critics, with a current Metacritic aggregate score of 87 out of 100, based on 74 reviews,[8] and a Game Rankings aggregate of 87%, based on 55 reviews.[7]

It garnered a score of 9/10 from the Official UK PlayStation Magazine, who said it was, as they would have liked, "prettier and shootier", and 9.5/10 from IGN, elected there for an Editor's Choice Award. It also earned a 9/10 score from Official Playstation Magazine Australia. IGN in particular praised the game for its single player campaign and online multiplayer, as well as the scale and detail of the level design, stating that the bosses would "make your jaw drop." GameRac gave Resistance 2 an 8/10, saying that the game had "amazing graphics and the singleplayer was improved", also electing it for both the Editor's Choice Award and Most Anticipated Game Award. Resistance 2 sold about 403,000 copies worldwide in its debut week.

Other reviews include Gameplayer, which rated the game 9/10, NZGamer, which rated the game with a 9.2/10,[17] Gamepro, who rated the game 4/5, proclaiming it was "bigger, badder and better than the first" and an "improvement upon the formula set by its predecessor in almost every way", and X-Play, which rated Resistance 2 a 5/5 in high praise.[18]

References

  1. Faylor, Chris (2008-01-11). Insomniac Unveils Resistance 2: Fall 2008 Release, 8-player Online Co-op, 60-person Online MP. Shacknews. Retrieved on 2008-01-11.
  2. LBP, Killzone 2 and Resistance 2 dated for Europe. videogaming247 (2008-03-26). Retrieved on 2008-03-26.
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  5. "Resistance 2: Fighting For Your Country," PlayStation The Official Magazine 13 (November 2008): 60.
  6. "Resistance 2: Collector's Edition," PlayStation The Official Magazine 13 (November 2008): 64.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Resistance 2 Reviews. Game Rankings. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Resistance 2 (ps3: 2008): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  9. Nguyen, Thierry (2008-10-30). Resistance 2 Review. 1UP. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  10. Whitehead, Dan (2008-11-05). Resistance 2 Review - Page 1. Eurogamer. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  11. Shuman, Sid (2008-11-05). Review : Resistance 2 [PS3]. GamePro. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  12. Watters, Chris (2008-11-05). Resistance 2 Review at GameSpot. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
  13. McGarvey, Sterling (2008-11-03). GameSpy: Resistance 2 Review. GameSpy. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  14. Resistance 2 Review at GameTrailers. GameTrailers (2008-11-04). Retrieved on 2009-01-10.
  15. Haynes, Jeff (2008-10-28). IGN: Resistance 2 Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-11-24.
  16. Sessler, Adam (2008-11-05). Resistance 2 Review. X-Play. Retrieved on 2009-01-09.
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External links

  • Resistance 2 Official Website
  • Resistance 2 at PlayStation.com
  • Insomniac Games Website
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