Re­sis­tance is fu­tile

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - EguideTech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

WHILE Sony’s ex­clu­sive Re­sis­tance fran­chise has de­liv­ered some of the most thrilling first- per­son shooter ac­tion avail­able on PlayS­ta­tion 3, this de­but of the se­ries on Sony’s lat­est por­ta­ble con­sole has been left in the hands of a dif­fer­ent game de­vel­oper. And it strug­gles to meet the same lofty stan­dards. This un­told chap­ter in the

Re­sis­tance saga, takes place in the early 1950s be­tween the first and sec­ond games and sees you play­ing as new pro­tag­o­nist, and New York fire­fighter, Tom Ri­ley.

This un­sus­pect­ing hero is forced to bat­tle the in­vad­ing alien race, the Chimera, in a bid to get his fam­ily back.

How­ever, you can ex­pect the same in­ter­est­ing twists and turns in the plot that the se­ries is known for. Per­haps the first stum­bling block for

Burn­ing Skies is the lack of char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment. Rather than fo­cus­ing on Tom’s per­sonal strug­gle purely from his per­spec­tive, the story is nar­rated in a way that never of­fers you much of an emo­tional con­nec­tion.

Story aside, the game does re­ward play­ers with chal­leng­ing run and gun game­play, along with the se­ries’ trade­mark cache of unique, up­grade­able weapons.

While I com­mend the new de­vel­oper for put­ting some of the PS Vita’s fea­tures to good use, it’s not all smooth sail­ing.

The con­sole’s dual ana­logue sticks do a stel­lar job of de­liv­er­ing the sen­sa­tion of play­ing with a tra­di­tional game con­troller.

The need to fre­quently tap ar­eas of the touch screen to use many of the weapons, how­ever, in­ter­rupts the gen­eral flow of the ac­tion.

It would have been nice to at least of­fer the op­tion to as­sign other but­tons to some du­ties.

The sin­gle player cam­paign comes with a hand­ful of on­line mul­ti­player op­tions, in­clud­ing death­matches and a last man stand­ing mode.

Fans of the Re­sis­tance fran­chise will lap up all this fresh chap­ter has to of­fer. Like me, they may even for­give its cum­ber­some con­trols even­tu­ally.

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