A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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Is it any good?
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
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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