Resistance 3



Extremely violent sci-fi shooter best for older gamers.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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."


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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:September 6, 2011
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMalik1Saad2 July 8, 2015

Great game for PS3 gamers

A great fps game filled with intense violence and profanity(f--k,d-ck,sh-t,crap and hell).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byAn Enigma April 29, 2015

Half Life 2 With Prettier Paint and Cooler Weapons

First off, this game is violent. Shotguns blow the fronts off enemies, head hosts make entire heads explode, and persistent fire will reduce enemies to giblets. However, with the exception of a single chapter all of this is directed against an evil alien species, and in that chapter you fight brutal former prisoners. The gameplay is really fun with medkits instead of regenerating health, some of the coolest weapons I've ever played with in video games, and a story that takes you through post-alien apocalypse America to meet a variety of well rounded characters.
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byPs3gamer2002 September 22, 2012

Gaming so much fun

I think that teens 13 and up can handle violence and cussing. But mainly its just a really good graphic si fi shooter with blood and gore. Nothing to worry about unless you dont want your kid having it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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