A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players take on the role of a human fighter named Joseph Capelli, the leader of a rebel cell determined to protect the earth and destroy the Chimera alien race. Players defend humankind, but the game glamorizes graphic sci-fi violence and depicts excessive shooting, blood, and gore.
Positive Role Models
Joe Capelli is a noble person who not only wants to protect his wife and young, ill son, but also risks his own life to get rid of menacing alien invaders once and for all. But while Joe is a selfless family man who wants to protect humans and the earth, he wields glorified weapons to kill countless aliens.
Ease of Play
This game is very easy to pick up and play, especially for those with first-person shooter experience. At the start of the game players will get some practice at an underground, makeshift shooting range. Throughout the first couple of levels players will also get tutorial help for ducking behind objects, sprinting, and using health packs. Throughout the game they will hear audio cues from teammates, such as "go here" or "use this weapon."
Violence & Scariness
As with its predecessors, this game is an extremely violent first-person shooter that sees players killing thousands of aliens with a broad range of realistic and sci-fi weapons. Players will see blood splatter as well as bodies flail and fall to the ground. Many of the cut-scene sequences also show images of violence and gore, including a Chimeran's head being blown off at close range.
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The game has swear words ranging from "damn" and "hell" to "s--t" and "f--k." Joseph's cohorts are typically the ones who utter profanity. When playing this game online players can engage in audio chat, which means they'll likely hear foul language from other players.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
This game contains scenes with needles and injections, but they depict humanity's search for a cure for infected humans rather than people taking drugs to get high.
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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.
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.
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