Resistance 2

 
Sequel delivers a mature sci-fi shooter.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

You're a soldier fighting an insect-like invasion of nasty aliens with a wealth of firepower.

Violence

Violent imagery throughout the game, including blowing aliens into chunks and bits, resulting in plenty of blood and gore. Online modes include killing other human soldiers. Weapons are many and varied including a gun that fires ricocheting saw blades and a grenade that ignites everything within a large radius. Some weapons allow you to zoom in like a sniper and take a head shot, which can be quite graphic.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The game has some bad language, including "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "damn," and "goddamn."

Consumerism

This is a sequel to Resistance: Fall of Man.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in this game you can use all kinds of weapons to destroy enemies, which are mainly aliens. The violence, however, makes up the bulk of the game-play and is quite graphic in nature. This includes blowing up creatures into bloody chunks, which fall to the ground with a "splat". With some weapons you can zoom in like a sniper and take head shots. In the online modes, you can shoot at human characters, too. Language can be gritty both in-game and online.

What's it about?

What if you had to hoist a Gatling gun and unleash every bullet into
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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Even with the outstanding enemy artificial intelligence, nothing beats playing online against other human players. Resistance 2
ships with many co-op and head-to-head multiplayer modes, supporting up
to 60 players online. In the team-based Skirmish mode, for example,
four to six gamers join a squad, and each has a specific objective to
complete, such as advancing to a control point, regrouping with other
squads, attacking enemies, defending a base, and so on. An enemy squad,
however, has the exact opposite objective as your team, therefore your
mission might be to find and destroy a communications post, while the
rival squad's task is to protect them at all costs. One of our favorite
maps was "Scotia," based on a heavily forested northern Californian
town.

If you liked the first Resistance, you'll love this
sequel. The talented developers at Insomniac Games, led by Ted Price,
have done a "bang up" job creating this fictitious world with memorable
monsters, over-the-top weaponry, and multiple ways to play online.
While not for children or young teens because of its violence and gore,
Resistance 2 is an exhausting and exciting action experience and one of the best PS3 titles of the year.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether a war game that takes place in an alternate 1953, and involves fighting against aliens, is any better, morally speaking, than a contemporary war game, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, that pits man against man. Does one scenario make it any better for concerned parents or is firing a gun and blowing up enemies the same regardless of the fiction?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 4, 2008
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language (PlayStation 3)

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Adult Written byKellen mildra August 11, 2009
age 13+
 

I think it is a good game for tweens.

Its a good game. My husband got my 12 year old boy it for christmas, I was mad but I found out I should treat my kids a little older. I let them play it and I found out that it wasn't bad because the aliens or whatever they are is yellow. There is also little swearing. Please take time to read this review.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byMafiapoptart April 6, 2011
age 12+
 

12 could be fine

This game was good. However, there is a good amount of blood and gore in the gameplay. The language is not terrible, there are only 2 uses of the f word. So if your kid or kids are mature enough and don't get nightmares or anything like that then 12 years old should be fine.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byCowtails December 29, 2010
age 14+
 

One word: Horrible

Rented it, hated it. Way to violent, there's an option to turn off the blood after you complete the game. So after you go through and you've scattered alien bacon bits all over the world then you can turn it off. I was dissapointed in the gameplay, all you did was run through objectives and killed aliens. I got sick to my stomach because of how graphic it was. Don't get it, it will be the worst waste of your money forever.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages

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