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What parents need to know
Parents need to know Resistance 3 is an extremely violent first-person shooter about a father trying to save both his son and humanity from evil aliens. Players use more than a dozen weapons, ranging from guns, grenades, and bombs to high-tech shooters lifted from fallen aliens. Enemies often explode into bloody bits when hit and scream out in pain. The game contains strong profanity, and players are likely to hear even more swear words uttered by other players when they play online multiplayer matches, which support voice chat. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online communication for pre-teens.
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What's it about?
Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for America -- it was all but annihilated by the invading Chimerans in 2008's Resistance 2 -- the relentless alien race is back with a more ambitious plan to destroy humankind in RESISTANCE 3. In case you haven't played any of its predecessors, the series takes place in an alternate 1950s universe. This new game begins four years after the events of Resistance 2, where we meet Corporal Joe Capelli who is hiding underground in Oklahoma with his wife, sick son, and small pocket of surviving fighters. At the conclusion of Chapter 3, Dr. Fyodor Malikov returns with a dangerous plan to venture to New York City to blow up a pivotal Chimeran structure that could cripple the alien's efforts. Played from a first-person perspective, you'll use a number of weapons to take down the various kinds of Chimerans. This includes a classic arsenal of pistols, machine guns, and shrapnel grenades, as well as some alien tech such as bombs that can take down enemy shields and guns that can see and shoot through any object. The more you use a given weapon, the sooner you can upgrade its firepower. Though not tested for this review, Resistance 3 supports the PlayStation Move motion-sensing controller.
Is it any good?
It's not a perfect sci-fi shooter, but this new sequel from Insomniac Games is the best yet in the Resistance franchise. Along with the intense single-player campaign, Resistance 3 offers a few different ways to play with friends, including two-player online (or split-screen) cooperative play through the entire single-player campaign and competitive multiplayer maps for up to 16 people (8 versus 8) in Humans against Chimera skirmishes. The classic "Deathmatch" returns (every fighter for themselves) as well as objective-based competitions. While the graphics don't look quite as good as other first-person shooters -- you can see how fake the tall grass looks when you get close to it in an early farm level, for example -- Resistance 3 boasts bigger set pieces, better-designed environments and smarter artificial intelligence (A.I.) than in previous games. Plus, the game supports 3D play on stereoscopic TVs, should you own one.
It takes a while to get into the action -- we had to wait 40 minutes to download and install an update from the Internet before playing, and then another 12 minutes during an opening story sequence -- but this new sequel will certainly please the series' fans series for its intense action, intriguing story, large set-piece battles, smarter A.I., and wide variety of game modes.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether shooting and killing menacing aliens who are destroying humankind is less disturbing than attacking humans. Do fantasy and sci-fi settings somehow lessen the impact of graphic violence?
Families can also discuss online safety. What steps should you take if you think you have encountered someone dangerous while playing a game or chatting online?
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