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Resistance: Burning Skies



Gruesome sci-fi shooter is best suited for grown-up players.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Resistance: Burning Skies focus wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

This game is meant to entertain via visceral sci-fi violence. Beyond the gore, its alien invasion plot gives rise to heroes who sacrifice themselves in order to save those they love. The strength of family bonds emerges as a strong theme as a man risks all to save his family.

Positive role models

The player's character and the humans he interacts with are heroes of the human race, people who fight to save the world from alien invasion. Violence is the primary tool for resolving situations, but they're left little choice if they want to survive.

Ease of play

A few modes of difficulty let players of different skills and experience find a level of challenge that suits their ability. The game's twin-stick control configuration -- one thumbstick for the camera, the other for movement -- makes it feel a lot like playing a shooter on a console, so it should be easy for most players to jump in.


Players use a vast arsenal of human and alien weapons, including rifles, grenades, an axe, and energy weapons that can shoot through solid objects in this gruesome first-person shooter. Enemies consist of aliens and humans who have mutated into alien forms. They bleed and scream when shot, and sometimes lose their heads in crimson gushes. Players don't fight humans, but they do see humans killed in violent ways.

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Profanity occurs infrequently in spoken dialogue. However, expect instances of strong language, including the words "f--k" and "s--t."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Resistance: Burning Skies is a bloody and violent sci-fi-themed first-person shooter. Players spend their time engaging aliens in vicious gun-based combat that often results in gushes of red blood and gore. Characters occasionally spout profanity in the game’s dialogue. Parents should also be aware that this game supports open voice chat in online play, which means players may encounter inappropriate language from other players and risk exposing their identity.

What's it about?

Set in an alternate history in which aliens invade the world in the middle of the 20th century, RESISTANCE: BURNING SKIES puts players in control of a firefighter named Riley who finds himself attempting to save his family and helping to repel the extraterrestrials' invasion of the Eastern seaboard. The first handheld first-person shooter ever to sport dual-analog joystick control, the game looks and feels much like its PlayStation 3 predecessors, with fast-paced battles and a variety of weapons. Series fans will recognize some of these weapons, such as the alien Auger, which lets its wielder see and shoot through walls. The game also offers 8-player competitive online play, complete with voice communication.

Is it any good?


It's not quite the larger-than-life experience delivered by the franchise's PlayStation 3 games, but Resistance: Burning Skies offers adult players a surprisingly console-like play. With its story-driven campaign, empowering dual-stick control scheme, and online multiplayer, it's essentially a PlayStation 3 title shrunk down to fit a handheld device.

Unfortunately, it lacks the depth of its predecessors. Its quick campaign delivers linear, lackluster levels; many of its weapons feel more or less the same; and the multiplayer lacks much variety. Plus, the addition of touch-screen is a mistake. Taking your thumbs off the sticks to stretch them over to the display and load a special weapon or fire a grenade wastes precious time in a game in which split seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Burning Skies' slick dual-stick controls prove that the PS Vita has strong potential to deliver an excellent first-person shooter experience, but a great shooter requires more than two thumbsticks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. Does it matter if a bloody, gory game is viewed on a portable device? Does a smaller screen lessen the impact of violent material?

  • Families can also discuss online safety. When is it OK for a kid to start playing online games that allow open communication? Have you asked your kids what they would do if they ran into someone who is suspicious or abusive while playing an online game?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation Vita
Subjects:Social Studies: global awareness, history
Skills:Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:May 29, 2012
Genre:First Person Shooter
Topics:Space and aliens
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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Parent Written byberealistic June 1, 2012

Dear Common Sense Media

this whole site is stupid. Just because it's a shooter doesn't mean that tween/teens will be scarred for life and turn into a sociopath because they played this. Yes, it has blood, but you're shooting deformed aliens with guns that mostly shoot highly unrealistic things. Also, this site is warning parents that this has multiplayer. What game nowadays doesn't????? Yes, it has online chat functionality, but that's part of what makes online game experiences fun, being able to converse with your teammates and rivals. And if it really bothers you that much, you can just turn the voice chat off, simple as that. This site requires you to submit your email address when signing up for an account(which I'm only doing so I can publish this). According to Common Sense Media's way of thinking, how do I know they won't give out my email address to horrible people who will verbally abuse me and take advantage of the situation? And according to them, since nothing educational or beneficial can be earned from giving this site my email address, I should avoid it at all costs and go around telling other people what they need to do. Also, this site uses the fact that it doesn't specifically have any positive role models or messages, and that you can't really learn anything educational from it as a negative. Boo freaking hoo. Games are supposed to be fantastic experiences that just let you relax and enjoy it, without having to specifically work and learn things. The fact that parents and parental advice groups these days are saying anything that doesn't specifically have a cheesy message, role model, or something educational in it is bad and immoral disgusts me. Sometimes you just need to let you or your child have fun, even if it doesn't teach them about the wonders of the world and how to lead a responsible and boring life, because there are a lot of ways to learn that other than games. If anything, playing this game relieved stress I had from throughout the day, and put me in a better mood. This is a truly great game that sets a benchmark for handheld games, offering a console like experience in the palm of your hands. The fact that parental advice sites like these are being overly dramatic and encouraging over protectiveness of your child is silly and pathetic.
Parent of a 14 year old Written byspider dad 1515 August 6, 2013

to all parents

the game is about a heroic firefighter, tom riley, searching for his wife and kid. while alying himself with the minute men ( a group of people prepared for the invsion) tom will search for his family while giving humanity hope. parents, there might be violance and foul language in this game you can turn the voice volume all the way down. yes there is blood but this is aliens we are killing. i do what you want but i always love the look on my kid's face when i say yes.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byNitro_Python June 6, 2013

143 years and over

Common Sense make a big deal out of everything, so don't look at their reviews look the ones from children and adults. This game is quite bloody and violent with some bad language. Should be OK though at the latest 14 years old. This game has got a bad reputation but I think it's quite good! I would recommend it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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