Resistance: Retribution

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Violent, portable third-person shooter for adults only.
  • PSP
  • $39.99
  • 2009

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

You play as a soldier fighting aliens who have invaded Earth, killing as many as you can.


The main character uses a large assortment of weapons to kill alien enemies. They include assault rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, grenades, turrets and more. Enemies spew blood regularly. One foe in particular requires an explosive shot to the head to kill.


There is some partial nudity, including the brief image of a woman's bare back, but nothing graphic. In one cutscene, there is a brief image of a topless woman.


Characters sometimes use harsh words like f--k and sh-t.


This is part of the Resistance series of video games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is violent third-person shooter meant for adults only. The protagonist uses a large arsenal of weapons to kill enemies, including assault rifles, rocket launchers, grenades and shotguns. Foes spew blood after getting shot, while one particular creature's head explodes after attacks. There are scenes with partial nudity. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byBlacksun5084 April 2, 2009

Good... But not great. NOT FOR KIDS!

I thought the game was good. It had its intense moments. You seem to be constantl out numbered and out gunned with some massive enemys. The controll scheme work... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 14, 2012

Bleak,dark and violent-A good mixture in M rated games.

I have been loving the Resistance series and had to get this too.So I did.And it wasn't any disappointment.The great gameplay makes up for the big bucks sp... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byThe Informer August 1, 2010

A great new entry in the Resistance series.

Retribution still retains the dark tone that made the Resistance series memorable, and is a lot of fun to play with many reasons to come back after beating the... Continue reading

What's it about?

Sony's big first-person shooter has gone portable. RESISTANCE: RETRIBUTION changes perspectives and tweaks controls, but maintains the solid action of the previous two games in the franchise. Players assume the role of former British Marine James Grayson. After his brother is infected in a conversion center run by aliens known as Chimera, Grayson unites with a European group called The Maquis to seek revenge.

Is it any good?

Retribution feels like a much easier game compared to the first two in the series. The aim assist feature allows for easy targeting of enemies, while the introduction of a cover system keeps players better guarded. The aim assist can be inconsistent at times. When too many enemies cluster together in one spot, the reticle flies all over the place, moving quickly from target to target. One specific enemy requires players to shoot them in the head, forcing use of manual aim. The feature works well unless you have varying enemies on the screen and you have to toggle between manual and auto aim.

The campaign itself is a satisfying experience. Enemies make smart use of cover and flanking strategies. Surprise attacks by opponents should keep players on their toes. The PS3 connectivity is clever, but requires more effort than its worth. Retribution also includes a multiplayer mode with an array of solo and team-based competitions. The Wi-Fi connections seem reliable and the matches experienced only small amounts of lag. Resistance fans should thoroughly enjoy the experience this portable follow-up delivers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this Resistance game fits on the PlayStation Portable. Is this version of Resistance better or worse compared to the games for PlayStation 3?

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release date: March 17, 2009
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and gore, partial nudity, violence, suggestive themes, strong language
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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