The Rise and Fall of Resistance | Documentary



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The year was 2006. The PlayStation 3 was fast approaching, and the creators of Sony’s most celebrated 3D platformers were hard at work creating experiences that would appeal to the upcoming console’s mature audience. Naughty Dog, the acclaimed creator of the kid-friendly Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, was busy developing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, an action-adventure game that would follow a gun-toting daredevil’s journey into unknown territory. Sucker Punch Productions, which had recently risen to fame with its swashbuckling Sly Cooper series, was working on Infamous, a gritty action title starring an electricity-wielding superhero. And Insomniac games, which had fathered the lighthearted Spyro and Ratchet & Clank series, was on the verge of releasing a science fiction first-person shooter set in 1950s England. A shooter called Resistance: Fall of Man.

With a lengthy single-player campaign and a robust multiplayer suite that mixed the realism of Activision’s Call of Duty with the fantastical of Bungie’s Halo, Resistance: Fall of Man seemed poised to become a massive franchise. And yet, despite receiving an initial groundswell of support and multiple sequels, over a decade later and the name Resistance is all but absent from the current PlayStation ecosystem. Where the Uncharted and Infamous series enjoyed acclaim well into the life of the PlayStation 4, Insomniac’s Resistance franchise would ultimately fail to escape the orbit of the PlayStation 3, collapsing almost as soon as it would peak with the release of Resistance 3 in 2011.

This is the story of the rise and fall of the Resistance series.

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49 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of Resistance | Documentary

  1. This was one of my favorite trilogies on PS3, but the third game lacked any connection for me after they killed off Hale at the end of 2.

  2. To me, the problem was the lack of one memorable and iconic protagonist and the first-person perspective.

  3. Resistance didn't fall. It played itself out and the developers chose to let the series go after giving it a proper conclusion instead of attempting to milk it for endless sequels. As it should be.

  4. I played the original from day one! Got Mechanical Thumbs award. One of the best games iv'e ever played! Then Resistance 2 came out. THAT'S when it went wrong!! Single player campaign too short! All they cared about was multi player! I wanted a solid "long" single player game like the first one! Threw Resistance 2 in the Bin! Never bothered after that!

  5. This franchise is cool but competition was fierce at the time. Honestly this game shouldve been a more "survival horror" franchise.

  6. While everyone was sweating it out on COD or Halo my alternative self was enjoying the heck outta this franchise. The chimera and the idea of the invasion replacing the real World Wars really intrigued me.

  7. It was my first ps 3 game
    Played it when i was in class 2
    13 years later still my legendary best game

  8. It's 2020 and I still believe Resistance will make a return on the Playstation 5 at some point.

    IT WILL DAMMIT!!

  9. I like how the title is the rise and fall of resistance even though they planned to only make 3 mainline games and did. Then 2 spinoffs were made.

  10. Dont let the chimera win ted give us a happy ending and let resistance come back to ps5 please there is alot more story to be told

  11. The series never clicked for me unfortunately. I played all three, hoping each one would be better from the last but I ended up being disappointed overall.

  12. I thought everything about 2 was incredible. The multiplayer of course was great but the single player and story were also perfect. Who can forget THAT ENDING?!?! I was thoroughly disappointed that 3 didn't have Nathan Hale make some kind of surprise appearance as a fully converted boss or something.

  13. I remember when I was 5 or 6, my dad came home from a TDY (temporary Duty, for the non military people out there) after a week or so with a PS3 and one game, resistance fall of man. And it was one of the only games he could ever get my mom to play because of the co-op story. When 2 came out, it was cool, but they never got into it outside of the first run because of the single player story. When the third came out, they got to play it again, but it had lost some of the luster thanks to 2 not having the co-op. I tell you, I grew up playing these games. When my mom wasn’t around, my dad would give me the controller occasionally and we’d play together. This series was one that raised me, unlike any other series out there. I didn’t play Uncharted until the beta for the 3rd’s multiplayer came out, which was fun, getting me to buy the second due to it being cheaper than a new release. It raised me more than Little Big Planet, one of the 2 games I had on my PS3 back in 2009, the other being The Deathly Hallows part 1. Or Little Big Planet 2 when my grandparents preordered it for my birthday and had it sent to me. More than The Last of Us, a game that I’ve played so many times yet still has never lost its impact. More than the Halo Games, which I didn’t play until the Master Chief Collection cane out in 2014, which is how I got hyped and subsequently let down for Halo 5 (it may have been disappointing, but I feel like it gets a lot more hate than it deserves. I still like the game. More important than Overwatch, nieR: Automata, Persona 5, God of War 4, Celeste, Kingdom Hearts 1, 2, and 3, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Crash Bandicoot, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Death Stranding, Jedi: Fallen Order, and now, in a couple weeks, The Last of Us part 2. Without Resistance when I was 6, I never would have gotten into gaming as much as I have. I wouldn’t be going to school for a computer science degree in order to make a video game. Video games are something that have defined my life in a way few other people could appreciate. The games that raised me had a profound impact on my view of the medium that has become much more nuanced over time. But it all started with 4 games: LEGO Star Wars 2, Spongebob Squarepants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Resistance: Fall of Man. I couldn’t tell you a damn thing about any other game I played as a kid before I got my PS3 when I was 9 about to become 10. Those 4 will always be the ones that sparked my love of gaming

  14. The resistance games were never good, and have aged even worse
    The only reason Sony fanboys coveted them was because it was the only game they had to play till the other exclusives came out

  15. We need a Resistance prequel game to Fall of Man. Set in Russia right before the virus spread to Europe. That would be amazing.

  16. I am here after I found about the latest tweet from Insomniac Games relating to Resistance. Who knows maybe it is going to be a launch title for PS5

  17. I love the Resistance franchise, but I think it’s best to not let more exist in future consoles.
    Plus, Resistance 3 felt like a good send off.

  18. I remember playing the first game with my cousin with the classic couch co-op not too many games have that feature now days.

  19. I don't get why they released resistance 3 in 2011. That year was filled with competiion. not just from 3rd party games but also killzone 3, infamous 2, uncharted 3, LBP 2 AND 16 OTHER PS ExCLUSIVES! I mean Jesus sony, thanks for the games and all but you overdid it

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