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WeView: Resistance: Burning Skies

You are the resistance.

I’m a huge fan of the Resistance trilogy. Fall Of Man, arguably one of the best launch titles for the PlayStation 3, featured some epic weaponry and memorable levels that still stick with me today.

It’s quite surprising really that I haven’t played Burning Skies. The mediocre reviews (it sits at 60 on Metacritic) put me off the game. Here’s hoping this WeView can put my judgments aside and prove me wrong, and maybe even sway me into a purchase.

Burning Skies puts you in the shoes of Tom Riley, who isn’t a solider like Nathan Hale and Joe Capelli, but instead a fireman. That doesn’t stop him have a natural knack for firing weapons, weather they’re human or alien machinery.

Alex reviewed the game for TSA and gave it a 6/10. He wasn’t a fan of the new protagonist, Riley, as he wasn’t “a particularly likeable character”, later going on the say that “he barely has any character at all, and what there is of it is often a little crass, pointed and one directional, as linear as the game he’s found himself in.” Not a good start for the game.

Visually Burning Skies was a bit hit and miss. Alex explained that “there’s enough here to convince that the Vita’s capable of great things” as there are “moments of true beauty”, but not without a few blurry textures and simple architecture along the way.

He later went on to say that “the game’s hardly ground-breaking but nobody can deny that this is a decent enough attempt to squeeze a traditionally visually powerful brand onto something you can fit in your pocket”.

Alex finally concluded:

Hardcore Resistance fans will no doubt like what Nihilistic have managed to get the Vita to do, but for everyone else this is little more than a competent, hard working game that ticks the right boxes but never really pushes the boat out. The graphics are hit and miss, the sound generally terrible and the controls need some work. But it’s not a bad game, it’s really not – and for the premier first person shooter on Vita it’s likely to gain a decent enough following.

Now it is over to you. Write your own mini-review of Burning Skies in the comments below, making sure to give the game either a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating. Get your comments in before Sunday evening, and we’ll be able to include them into Monday’s verdict article.

  1. Tarbun84
    Since: Feb 2012

    Rent it. Its far too short, easy and forgettable to really justify a purchase. But it was a nice easy Platinum.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 13:04.
  2. Taylor Made
    Since: Oct 2011

    The game is awesome in my eyes, I enjoyed every single bit of it, there is worse games out there for the vita & resistance is not one of them.

    Bargain bin it

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 13:04.
  3. Stefan L
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    It was just a shoddy product all around. It didn’t look very good, had lacklustre production values, and was rushed out before it was ready, meaning it was buggy and unpolished.

    It’s a pity because it could have set a reasonable bar for first person shooters on the platform, early in the platform’s life. Even a basic and solid multiplayer would have done nicely, but that was horribly broken too.

    Avoid it regardless. Thankfully PS+’s minimum quality threshold means this won’t be popping up on there.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 13:09.
    • colmshan1990
      Since: Apr 2009

      Does PS+ really have a minimum quality threshold which could stop it?

      Games have released previously on PS+ on their release date, so if they turned out crap they couldn’t have been stopped.

      Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 16:27.
      • Stefan L
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        70+ on metacritic I think it was, but I now can’t find the reference… Either way, RBS has a 60, so I’m not sure they’d want to push that out there.

        Launch day games might be a main way past, but they can always send out review code early, or something like that.

        Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 17:11.
  4. cam_manutd
    Since: May 2010

    Burning Skies is a hugely disappointing mediocre affair. From bland visuals to a redundant story, Resistance Burning Skies biggest selling point is perhaps its easy trophy list-providing you can get past some of the unnerving difficulty spikes in the game even on easy.

    I found it to be a by the numbers game. Kill squad of chimera-move to another open room-rinse and repeat. The story was not very engaging apart from one singular poignant moment that came out of the blue towards the end-the impact of that moment was diminished almost immediately.

    However, to its fumbling credit-the game does control well for the best part apart from sprinting and using grenades. The multiplayer could proved to be okay but was very much straight up without any of the modern traits used in FPS’ nowadays.

    It is by far and large the worst Resistance game in the series-I would recommend that you by Retribution over this on the Vita especially since you can optimise the dual sticks. Otherwise, get KZ Mercenary instead. Its an okay game to play when watching something like football as it is a disconnected non-involving game. For the money you could spend on this, you could get the Resistance trilogy second hand probably second hand for the same price.

    Avoid it from me.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 13:53.
    • cam_manutd
      Since: May 2010

      Meant to read as Resistance is an okay game to play-not Killzone lol :’)

      Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 14:10.
  5. DividSmythe
    Since: May 2012

    Really easy platinum for trophy lovers but I think it will be tough now unless you got a boosting partner to play online. The story was dull and short. The art style was nice but overall the graphics in game were terrible and blocky at times. Although I agree comment above controls were nice.

    Bargain bin it.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 14:26.
    • colmshan1990
      Since: Apr 2009

      Wasn’t the online trophy only play a match or something like that?

      I have the platinum and hardly ever play games online, so it can’t have involved much skill or grinding.

      Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 16:25.
  6. MOVE
    Since: Mar 2010

    I quite liked this one. I felt it had some of that atmosphere that Fall of Man came with. The graphics wasn’t the best the Vita has offered – at all (but that goes for Fall of Man as well) but the controls were balanced enough for me, and being short is quite perfect for a handheld shooter as the controls will never be as comfy as when using a dualshock.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 14:35.
    • MOVE
      Since: Mar 2010

      buy it.

      Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 16:13.
  7. Greg Turner
    Since: Feb 2009

    I enjoyed this one to be honest. Campaign was ok, a little rough around the edges and the multiplayer was fun (if you could get into a game). However if you’ve played Killzone Mercenary I wouldn’t recommend this as Burning Skies is far inferior. Bargain Bin It.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 14:42.
  8. Starman
    Since: Jul 2011

    A short, straightforward but enjoyable game, nothing amazing going on but it plays fine and I didn’t encounter any crashes or major bugs (apart from the alien ones!).

    Longevity depends on if you want to play online, I only did 1 online game just to get the (gold) trophy for doing 1 round of mp, though I did surprisingly get in a game straight away considering I got the game in August this year.

    Bargain bin it.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 14:55.
  9. slowman6
    Since: Nov 2012

    Enjoyable enough at the time, but given that you can get Killzone Mercs now, which is way superior there’s no real reason to buy it. Oh and the multiplayer is broken.
    So bargain bin it -if you can find it really really cheap and are desperate for Vita games.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 15:34.
  10. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    I’ve bought it twice- once preowned, and once when it was heavily reduced on the PSN.

    Bargain Bin it.

    The good:

    It’s a decent shooter, with all the fun shooty bits that entails.

    The graphics look quite nice in places.

    The bad:

    It’s a shooter, with all the repetitive shooty bits that entails.

    The graphics look quite poor in places.

    As you can probably tell from above, the quality of this game wildly varies from level to level. I wouldn’t recommend spending big money on this now that Killzone is available, and it’s not even the best portable Resistance you can play on the Vita- the PSP’s Resistance Retribution (by Sony Bend, developers of Syphon Filter and Uncharted: Golden Abyss) is still by far the best game in the Resistance series.

    There’s fun to be had, and the game, while rarely great, isn’t awful. But it is painfully average.

    So again, Bargain Bin it.

    Comment posted on 12/11/2013 at 16:23.