Resistance: Burning Skies

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Gruesome sci-fi shooter is best suited for grown-up players.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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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 & Representations

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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
Adult 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 p... Continue reading
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 violen... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySave the earth 333 March 12, 2013

Ok for kids 12+

Resistance is a very controversial title. I admit there is violence and blood but not in giant quantities. After all the character is only fighting aliens and n... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Our editors recommend

For kids who love fast action and the PS Vita

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