Friday, November 18, 2011

Choices, choices

The Resistance games have always had a very specific visual malaise: depressing with just a hint of silly alien design. Okay, more than a hint, the grunt chimeras make very little sense physically. Thankfully that does not detract from how much fun it is to kill them. Resistance 3 feels like an intentional homage to older shooters, even more so than the previous two games. Weapons are not limited by the physical space it would take to carry them. Almost all of them have their uses, thought they to tend to break down into up close, medium range, and blog up big shit categories. Regenerating health is also gone. I really hope that I am not the only person who sat behind cover during the first boss battle waiting for my health to come back, then getting very confused (and dead) when it didn't.

It also just plain lifts entire levels from other games. Without going to far down the same tangent Yahtzee did is his review, yes, Nibelheim from Half Life 2 is present in its entirety, right down to the overtly religious nut jobs who run the place. I don't mind it too much, but a nod to Valve in the form of an easter egg here or there would not have been a bad idea. Not everyone has played Half Life 2, so they might not know that this had all been done before.

Better.

With a gravity gun.

Playing Resistance 3 is difficult. Every moment spent with it instead of wandering from cave to save in Skyrim feels like wasted time. Big, important things are constantly happening there, some of which I cause and some of them I see from the sidelines, but just walking through towns is an event. There will be a full journal update either tonight or tomorrow, but picking out a few things to talk about is not going to be easy.

It's not just playing Resistance that's hard right now, doing anything with my spare time that does not involve Skyrim feels like a chore. The second night I sat down in my comfortable chair and did not move for three hours. Nary a beer or snack was retrieved and I was quite sad when it was time to go to bed.

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