Resistance: Burning Skies on the Playstation Vita is the fifth installment of the critically acclaimed series, “Resistance”. Burning Skies is an introduction of the Resistance series on the new Playstation portable platform Vita. Burning Skies is set in 1951 America, the same year of Resistance: Fall of Man. You play as American firefighter Tom Riley who is fighting against yet another Chimera invasion, hitting the United States east coast. Your journey begins with Riley fighting to save his family, as they are trapped and caught in the middle of the massive Chimera invasion. It is only when his search for his family grows longer that he finds himself becoming more involved in stopping the Chimera invasion altogether in the United States and possibly the entire world.
Consoles: Playstation Vita
Age Rating: ESRB: M
Number of Players: 1-8 (Online)
What’s So Great About Resistance: Burning Skies?
Great Controls: The new thing about the Resistance game is that it will be the very first, first person shooter on any portable console that makes use of dual analog stick controls. Such a new advent in the portable console experience helps you the gamer move around the Resistance universe more smoothly. Because of the use of the dual analog sticks, it gives the gamer the feel and experience of playing a game on a console rather than a handheld. Within this new control system of the Resistance series is the cover ability for your character Tom Riley. The cover ability is fully automated and is engaged when your character is crouched behind any object. The Playstation Vita six-axis capabilities allows you to peek in and out of cover or by simply firing your weapon will do the trick as well. The lack of a very sketchy and jagged cover system is a huge plus for gamers considering it is the first of its time on a new portable console.
Online Multiplayer: Along with the new dual analog stick controls, is the Playstation Vita online multiplayer platform for Resistance: Burning Skies. gamers can engage in 4 vs. 4 eight-player multiplayer system, spread across six new maps and three online multiplayer modes. These modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Survival. The Survival mode is especially interesting. You start out with six humans and two Chimera aliens, and the basis of the Survival mode is to make sure the Chimera do not infect you and turn you into one of them. Some gamers don’t like the fact that there are fewer multiplayer modes on Burning Skies than there was on Retribution, but I’m one of the people that don’t care for the large number of unnecessary online multiplayer modes. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Survival fills my online multiplayer needs.
The Graphics: The graphics for Resistance: Burning Skies is another great thing about this game. While it is not at the level of your typical game on the Playstation 3, it does have such fantastic graphics for a portable handheld system, which is no surprise for a Sony product. As a gamer, it’s mind-blowing to have such great graphics and a lack of lagging on a system that is smaller than a Sega Game Gear, with the graphics of a system that blew us all away, not even a handful of years ago.
The Storyline: The storyline is another great gem for this Playstation Vita FPS. The depth of the character development of minor characters is a big plus, and you get to see how exactly you dive further into the salvation of America from the Chimera.
What’s Not So Great About Resistance: Burning Skies
The Lack of L1 and R1 buttons: On the Playstation Vita, this is a bit unnerving. Having to tap the screen to aim some weapons, throw grenades and to use melee weapons takes away from your concentration on playing the game. It slows you down a bit and that is a drawback if you are hounded by enemies in the single-player or online multiplayer modes. However, this is more of a knock on the Playstation Vita console itself, rather than the game. But it is a legitimate concern however.
No Story Continuation: For those who are expecting a continuation of the Resistance story, you will be disappointed. While the game tries to connect the game in between the stories of the first and second games of the series, it doesn’t work as well as the game developers probably expected. Also there is an odd addition of new Chimera aliens in this game.
Is Resistance: Burning Skies a Great Purchase?
All in all, Burning Skies is a great game for the handheld platform. Just do not go in expecting a continuation of Resistance 3 or Resistance: Retribution. Go in expecting a very good first person shooter for the new Playstation Vita handheld platform and that’s exactly what you’ll get!