Following on the heels of a popular, but also maligned sequel like Resistance 2 is difficult. Many people loved the game, but there were gripes about recharging health, the story being weaker than the original and of course the controversial ending. Insomniac games has risen to the challenge and released one of the best shooters of the year in the form of Resistance 3. I should note that while I will stay away from any key spoilers from this game, the very nature of the narrative makes avoiding spoilers from Resistance 2 impossible.
Resistance 3 features Joseph Capelli, the SPRA operative who killed Nathan Hale at the end of the last game. It is set 4 years after those fateful events and he is still haunted by Hale’s last moments and his part in them. He has left the Resistance, married Susan Farley and had a child. he and Susan are trying to make do without being part of the continuing conflict even though roughly 90% of the humans on Earth have been killed or converted to Chimera.
Capelli and his family live in a village built under the town of Haven, Oklahama and a chance encounter with a Chimera patrol causes them to have to abandon the town. As they are battling Capelli is stopped by Malikov, the scientist who made a cure for the Chimeran virus from Hale’s blood, and told that there is a new danger to humanity. The Chimerans have a transmitter based in New York City that is slowly reducing the temperatures around the world. If the temperatures hits a certain point the portal it has opened will be used to transport the true Chimeran race to Earth and all will be completely lost for humanity.
Capelli agonizes over the decision, but ultimately realizes he needs to re-enter the fight if only to make the world a safe place for his son. Following a tearful separation from his son and wife he joins Malikov and they head cross country to New York where a continuous stream of disastrous events saps his spirit as he keeps moving on. Capellis journey places him against humans and Chimera as he tries to stop the transmitter from terraforming the planet and wiping out humanity.