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Preview: Resistance Burning Skies

Preview | Posted by Pesico
Aug 27 2011

I had one goal with my Gamescom trip, and that was playing the PlayStation Vita. After little over one hour in line, which is much less than I feared, it was my turn. The game I was set out to try was Resistance Burning Skies.

The game made by Nihilistic takes place before what happened in Resistance 2. The year is 1951, and starts when the Chimera arrives in New York. You play as a fireman, the every day hero, that now is in front of his biggest challenge yet. At the start, you grab your axe which hacks and slashes everything that comes in your way. There are two ways to attack with the Axe. One way is simply by clicking R1. The other is to touch the Axe icon on the touch screen. I prefer using R1, but when wielding a different weapon, touching the Axe icon is useful and easy. It felt precise and responsive.

I approached a Chimera that had his back turned against me. I surprised him, or her for that matter, by touching the screen and the Chimera died immediately in a gory fashion. I had killed my first Chimera on a handheld, and I finally had a real gun. With the added right stick of the Vita, aiming feels just right, and firing is done with R1. It’s secondary option is homing missiles, and you deploy them by touching several enemies, or simply drag a line through them with your finger, and then firing with the R1 button. Easy kill, and it feels great, and not tacked on to support the touch screen.

Another great part is you can take cover behind obstacles by pressing the circle button. Then you can simply aim down the sight to peek up and fire with the R1 button. It’s great to be able to take cover even in a first person shooter.

And yes, this is a first person shooter on a handheld device, and it works great because of the right analog controller. I eventually got the carbine, known from the other Resistance games. It’s the human made and more traditional gun in the game. Its secondary fire is like usual an RPG, and you fire it by touching on the screen and it fires where you touched. Again, aiming feels great.

The final gun I was able to try was a gun that resembles a Tommy Gun like eh… gun, that takes a while to get going, but when it goes around, out comes a huge amount of bullets, reigning fury down on anything you meet. I used it to bring down a tower that then collapsed down, and I almost thought it would crush me, but thankfully it hit the building. It was a great scene indeed. A little later, the demo ended as I was approaching what seems like a mini boss.

What we have here looks to be a first person shooter on a handheld that works really well, and it has no problems doing justice to the Resistance franchise. Considering this is the only game I’ve tried on Vita so far, it’s tough to compare, but it does look like a game in development, which it is in all fairness. The graphics could be a little better. I was able to sneak a peek at Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and the graphics in that game looked miles better. Then again, it has been in development for a longer time. With some polishing, Resistance Burning Skies will undoubtedly be another great Resistance game, and a first person shooter game on a handheld that really works. I’m exited to hear more about this game, and will buy it on day one, whatever that day may be.

Wishlist: Gamescom 2011

The Wish List | Posted by Pesico
Aug 15 2011

Tomorrow at 19:00 CEST, Sony will hold their Gamescom press conference. It will be streamed live on the PlayStation.Blog.EU. E3 is the big thing and there has only been a little over 2 months since that event, but that doesn’t mean Sony won’t have some goodies in their conference. Here is my wishlist.

PlayStation Vita
There is no doubt they will spend a lot of time with PlayStation Vita, Sony’s new portable console, set for EU/US release in early 2012. What I want most of all is for them to talk about how games will incorporate the Social Features based on locations, gifts and LiveArea. It would also be nice to get a more exact release date, but I doubt we’ll here anything else than early 2012.

The Uncharted Games
Uncharted 3 is Sony’s biggest release this year. I really hope we haven’t heard everything yet. Not that what has been told so far isn’t exiting enough. I truly believe Uncharted 3 will be all that I’m hoping for. In USA, there is a Subway deal, that lets people that goes to Subway can get a voucher to play the full Uncharted 3 multiplayer experience in October. The month before the game is released. I really hope Europe will get something similar. Could be tied to PS+ or it could be select countries. Hope for the first, but I expect nothing. I also hope we’ll see a new trailer for both games at Gamescom.

There has also been words that Uncharted 3 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss (the Vita game) owners can look forward to some cross feature thingy. Could be exclusive skins or it could be something completely different. I hope they shed some lights on that.

Agent
When will we hear more about this game? It was announced at E3 back in 2007 as a PS3 exclusive. Take Two has confirmed that the game is still under development. And in an interview after E3 2011, Jack Tretton could not confirm it’s still a PS3 exclusive. That may not be a bad thing, but I really want to see what Rockstar can do if they focus solely on the PS3 for at least one franchise. Recently, some screenshots for the game was leaked. It’s a tough call if we’ll here of it at Gamescom this year, but I’m gonna say I doubt it, but it will be on my wish list until they do.

Gran Turismo 5
There is a patch on the way that will fix some bugs, most likely available later this month. After that, Yamauchi has said we may see some DLC. I’d like to know more about that on Gamescom. There is no word on what kind of DLC, but with Forza 4 releasing later this year, I sure hope it’s a big one. Trophies, new cars, new tracks and most importantly, my biggest wish, a sweat dream, make the Mazda Furai a premium car. It’s the most beautiful standard car in the game, and would no doubt be the most beautiful of the premium cars. That was my honest opinion.

Resistance
Resistance 3 releases in early August so we’ll probably hear something regarding that. I have my Survivor Edition on pre-order and it’s amazing. Resistance for Vita is also in development. Would be cool to hear more about that to.

Surprises
As cool as it is to get the news you wish for, the most fun things are the surprises. The things you didn’t expect. So hopefully we’ll see a some announcements about a new game or two. Or something we didn’t know about the PS Vita. I’m all ears tomorrow!

On Friday and Saturday, I will actually be at Gamescom in Cologne. I hope to try Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and maybe talk to James Gallagher from the PlayStation Blog. I’ll do a blog post about the trip next week.