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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.
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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.
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