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13th Sep '17 10:25:16 PM Kadorhal
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After a few decades of tension between the West and the Russian Empire and some disturbing reports from those spies who manage to evade the Czar's secret police, Russia apparently disintegrates overnight. Refugees come to nearby countries pleading for help before dying mysteriously. A team sent to investigate disappears, and shortly afterward, the Red Curtain falls apart, to let loose a deluge. Within months, most of Eurasia is overrun by a race of creatures called the Chimera.

A year passes, and the British Isles alone escape the Chimeran horde that has all but destroyed humanity on the mainland thanks to the English Channel. Until the Chimera dig under and pop up in the middle of London, decapitating most of the surviving UED leadership and delivering England into enemy hands in one fell swoop as the survivors flee North to Scotland and try to hold off the horde. The US quickly sends help, but upon arrival their force is slaughtered save for one man - Nathan Hale, who is resistant to the virus.

Cue a long slog through the UK, and the destruction of a Chimeran Angel (more or less a telepathic General) which allows the humans to kick the Chimera out of Britain and allows a stalemate in the European theater to ensue. In the end Hale is kidnapped by American troops for unknown reasons.

''Resistance: Fall of Man'' came out on the same day as the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, and was the system's KillerApp for several months as Sony tried to figure out what they were doing.

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After a few decades of tension between the West and the Russian Empire and some disturbing reports from those spies who manage to evade the Czar's secret police, Russia apparently disintegrates overnight. Refugees come to nearby countries pleading for help before dying mysteriously. A team sent to investigate disappears, and shortly afterward, in the final weeks of 1949, the Red Curtain falls apart, apart to let loose a deluge. Within months, most of Eurasia is overrun by a race of creatures called the Chimera.

A year passes, and the British Isles alone escape the Chimeran horde that has all but destroyed humanity on the mainland thanks to the English Channel. Until Channel - until the Chimera dig under and pop up in the middle of London, decapitating most of the surviving UED leadership and delivering England into enemy hands in one fell swoop as the survivors flee North to Scotland and try to hold off the horde. The US quickly sends help, but upon arrival their force is slaughtered save for one man - Nathan Hale, who is resistant to the virus.

Cue a long slog through the UK, and the destruction of a during which Hale kills several Chimeran Angel Angels (more or less a telepathic General) and destroys the central tower of the Chimera's country-wide network of them, which allows the humans to kick the Chimera out of Britain and allows a stalemate in the European theater to ensue. In the end Hale is kidnapped by American troops for unknown reasons.

''Resistance: Fall of Man'' came out on the same day as launched concurrently with the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, and was the system's KillerApp for several months as Sony tried to figure out what they were doing.



''Resistance 3'' was released in 2011. After the events of ''Resistance 2'' [[FromBadToWorse the Chimera have succeeded in invading the U.S. and the remnants of humanity live a meager existence in hiding]]. One of Nathan Hale's old comrades, Joe Capelli, is persuaded by the Russian scientist from before, Fyodor Malikov, to go to New York and destroy a giant tower the Chimera built that is freezing the planet. Like its predecessors ''Resistance 3'' raised questions about the Chimera, and failed to answer a single one.

A second portable game, ''Resistance: Burning Skies'', was recently released on the UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita. ''Burning Skies'' takes place during the Chimeran invasion of America, and focuses on Tom Riley, a New York City fireman who joins the fight against the Chimera. Unlike ''Retribution'', ''Burning Skies'' uses the same first-person gameplay style as the main games, and also makes use of the Vita's touchscreen.

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''Resistance 3'' was released in 2011. After the events of ''Resistance 2'' [[FromBadToWorse the Chimera have succeeded in invading the U.S. and the remnants of humanity live a meager existence in hiding]]. One of Nathan Hale's old comrades, Joe Capelli, is persuaded by the Russian scientist from before, Fyodor Malikov, to go to New York and destroy a giant tower the Chimera built that is freezing the planet. Like its predecessors predecessors, ''Resistance 3'' raised questions about the Chimera, and failed to answer a single one.

A second portable game, ''Resistance: Burning Skies'', was recently released in 2012 on the UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita. ''Burning Skies'' takes place during the Chimeran invasion of America, and focuses on Tom Riley, a New York City fireman who joins the fight against the Chimera. Unlike ''Retribution'', ''Burning Skies'' uses the same first-person gameplay style as the main games, and also makes use of the Vita's touchscreen.



* AlternateUniverse: See above, though the cultural implications aren't explored. (The technological ones, however, are - tilt-rotor aircraft and assault rifles with grenade launchers similar to modern-day ones were active in the 1940s. WordOfGod says technology went pretty far when the Chimera showed up.)

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* AlternateUniverse: See above, though the cultural implications aren't explored. (The The technological ones, however, are - tilt-rotor aircraft and assault rifles with rail-mounted grenade launchers similar to modern-day ones were active in the 1940s. WordOfGod says technology went pretty far when the Chimera showed up.)



** More played with than anything else, given the crucial US aid to Britain and elsewhere, and the fact that they are one of the few nations out there that is still...well, out there; think "America Saves The Day But Dies To A Man Doing So, And Tomorrow Ain't Looking That Sunny."

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** More played with than anything else, given the crucial US aid to Britain and elsewhere, and the fact that they are one of the few nations out there that is still... well, out there; think "America Saves The Day But Dies To A Man Doing So, And Tomorrow Ain't Looking That Sunny."



* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Usually your teammates...and Nathan.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Usually your teammates...Generic, unnamed [=NPCs=], especially when they show up to aid you in combat, have [[RedShirt about the life expectancy you'd expect]], and Nathan.even Lt. Cartwright takes a nasty wound in a cutscene (though he nevertheless survives). By the second game, even named characters aren't safe. [[spoiler:The only confirmed survivor at the end of ''Resistance 2'' is Joe Capelli; Hawthorne gets [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripped in half]] by Daedalus, Warner is stabbed through the gut by the same, Blake is ambushed and killed off-screen while delivering a bomb to a Chimeran warship's reactor, Hale takes a bullet through the head from Capelli after the Chimeran virus' infection goes too far, and one of the last intel items indicates Malikov is [[DrivenToSuicide planning to overdose on morphine]]. He doesn't go through with it and returns for the third game, but he still doesn't survive its events.]]



** Melee is trigged by the R3 button, while Triangle switches weapons.

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** Melee is trigged triggered by the R3 button, while Triangle switches weapons.



** That said, all three games also give players the option to map any control to any button, which allows players to negate most of these changes. (although since the aiming mechanic is altogether different between the first two , mapping it to the R3 button won't work very well in the second)

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** That said, all three games also give players the option to map any control to any button, which allows players to negate most of these changes. (although Although, since the aiming mechanic is altogether different between the first two , two, mapping it to the R3 button won't work very well in the second)second.



* EleventhHourSuperpower: In ''Resistance 2'', [[spoiler: after Hale defeats Daedalus, he touches him and gains rather interesting abilites. He can basically cause chimeras to spontaneously explode by waving his hands around.]]

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* EleventhHourSuperpower: In ''Resistance 2'', [[spoiler: after Hale defeats Daedalus, he touches him and gains rather interesting abilites. abilities. He can basically cause chimeras Chimera to spontaneously explode by waving his hands around.]]



* HeroicMime: During cutscenes, Nathan Hale can speak [[TheQuietOne (but even then he rarely does)]], but he never utters a word during first-person sequences, not even when other people are talking to him. It's kind of jarring, like his mime-ness has an on/off switch.
** Hale's HeroicMime tendencies are even lampshaded in-game, where a British Commando describing him uses the words "shaved head, kind of quiet.". Averted in Resistance 2, Hale will give orders and communicate with his squad over the radio.
** The player-2 characters in RFOM and R3's co-op campaign play this trope totally straight. They never contribute a line of dialogue to the story. The only time we hear their voices is when they call their partners. Capelli's partner in R3, John Harper, may have a good reason to be silent-[[spoiler: his family was slaughtered by the Chimera.]]
** Capelli himself is weird about this in R3. He does not talk at all during the levels, even when other people are talking to him, but talk regularly during cutscenes. This was lampshaded by Yahtzee in his ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' review.

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* HeroicMime: During cutscenes, Nathan Hale can speak in the first game, for the most part. He ''can'' speak, but he only does so during cutscenes, and even then [[TheQuietOne (but even then he rarely does)]], but he never utters doesn't have a word during first-person sequences, not even when other people are talking whole lot to him. It's kind of jarring, like his mime-ness has an on/off switch.
** Hale's HeroicMime
say]]. These tendencies are even lampshaded in-game, where a after being spotted by British Commando describing him uses the words "shaved forces, Lieutenant Cartwright figures out who it is by asking "let me guess, shaved head, kind of quiet.". Averted quiet?". By ''Resistance 2'' he becomes a lot more talkative in Resistance 2, Hale will give orders and communicate with his role as a squad over leader, even to the radio.
point of talking during a mission to give orders.
** The player-2 characters in RFOM the first and R3's third games' co-op campaign campaigns play this trope totally straight. They never contribute a line of dialogue to the story. The only time we hear their voices is when they call their partners. Capelli's partner in R3, John Harper, may have a good reason to be silent-[[spoiler: silent - [[spoiler: his family was slaughtered by the Chimera.]]
** Capelli himself is weird about this in R3. He does not talk at all the third game, acting more or less the same as Hale did in the first - he talks quite a bit during the levels, even when other people are talking to him, cutscenes, but talk regularly during cutscenes.then in gameplay there's not a word out of him. This was lampshaded by Yahtzee in his ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' review.



** Notable because this is appears to be one of the rare inversions. The events that brought the Chimera invasion were independent of Hitler or much of history in general (they apparently came during TheTunguskaEvent), the West exited the Depression early, and the most pressing conflict of the day was a UsefulNotes/ColdWar with Czarist Russia that burned far cooler than even the historical one. While we don't know what the Japanese, Chinese, or miscellaneous Communists were doing at the time, it seems fair to say that humanity would have been far better off in general in this time line [[FromBadToWorse were it not for the fact that they share it with a race of genocidal]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot super-aggressive hivemind alien zombies]].

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** Notable because this is appears to be one of the rare inversions. The events that brought the Chimera invasion were independent of Hitler or much of history in general (they apparently came during TheTunguskaEvent), the West exited the Depression early, and the most pressing conflict of the day was a UsefulNotes/ColdWar with Czarist Russia that burned far cooler than even the historical one. While we don't know what the Japanese, Chinese, or miscellaneous Communists were doing at the time, it seems fair to say that humanity would have been far better off in general in this time line [[FromBadToWorse were it not for the fact that they share it it]] with a race of genocidal]] genocidal [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot super-aggressive hivemind alien zombies]].



** The Angels are all linked together and give commands to the foot soldiers. If one dies, its subordinates die.

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** The Angels are all linked together and give commands to the foot soldiers. If one dies, its subordinates die. [[spoiler:Hale takes advantage of this in the first game by blowing up the central Chimeran tower in their network and killing all the Angels within.]]



* InvincibleMinorMinion: The Furies in R2 are unkillable despite the fact that part of their bodies is exposed and that they don't look more special than any Chimeras. This is because they primarily exist to railroad the player into the intended path.

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* InvincibleMinorMinion: The Furies in R2 are unkillable despite the fact that part of their bodies is exposed and that they don't look more special than any Chimeras. This is because they primarily exist to [[BorderPatrol railroad the player into the intended path.path]].



** The crown goes to the Army Rangers in the first level of the first game, who get utterly ''slaughtered'' by artilery, Chimera, and even [[EveryCarIsAPinto exploding cars]]. The British resistance forces later in the game do noticeably better during war sequence levels, although they still need your assistance to make any headway.
* RegeneratingHealth
** ''Fall of Man'' utilizes a segmented health meter. As long as their was some health remaining in one segment, it will refill as long as the player avoids getting shot. To restore a fully-depleted segment, you have to pick up a Sym-bac canister.
** R2, on the other, does away with the health meter and uses the "bloodied-screen" effect commonly seen in other shooters.
** R3 scraps the health-regen concept altogether, due to Capelli losing his Sentiel powers, making the player rely on Sym-bac canisters entirely to keep their health up.

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** The crown goes to the Army Rangers in the first level of the first game, who get utterly ''slaughtered'' by artilery, artillery, Chimera, and even [[EveryCarIsAPinto exploding cars]]. The British resistance forces later in the game do noticeably better during war sequence levels, although they still need your assistance to make any headway.
headway.
* RegeneratingHealth
RegeneratingHealth: The series is unique for having an actual in-universe explanation for this trope: it's one of the side-effects of the heavily-increased metabolism one gets from infection with the Chimeran virus.
** ''Fall of Man'' utilizes a segmented health meter. As long as their was some health remaining in one segment, it will refill as long as after the player avoids getting shot. shot for a few seconds. To restore a fully-depleted segment, you have to pick up a Sym-bac canister.
** R2, on
canister. For story reasons, the other, regeneration is also disabled for the very first level.
** R2
does away with the health meter and uses the "bloodied-screen" effect commonly seen in other shooters.
shooters, allowing you to regenerate from near-dead to completely healthy.
** R3 scraps the health-regen concept altogether, due to Capelli losing his Sentiel Sentinel powers, making the player rely on Sym-bac canisters entirely to keep their health up.



* SecondHourSuperPower: In the first game, Nathan doesn't get his signature regenerating abilities until a little while in. In fact the only way to restore your health in the first level is to get killed and be booted back to a checkpoint.

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* SecondHourSuperPower: In the first game, Nathan doesn't get his signature regenerating abilities until a little while in. after the first level. In fact fact, the only way to restore your health in the first level there is to get killed and be booted back to a checkpoint.



* SmugSnake: Roland Mallery in Retribution (He stole a lot of things from people who needed them most and undermines James Grayson's efforts just because he doesn't like him), and U.S. [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent (corrupt) President]] Noah Grace in the novels [[spoiler:(who sets up a fascist regime in the United States, refuses to send aid to Europe, kidnaps and tortures Adam Shepard's, (Daedalus) wife to lure him, and when finally Daedalus meets him, he tries to force him to spare his life in the event of a Chimeran invasion to the United States).]]

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* SmugSnake: Roland Mallery in Retribution (He stole a lot of things from people who needed them most and undermines James Grayson's efforts just because he doesn't like him), and U.S. [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent (corrupt) President]] Noah Grace in the novels [[spoiler:(who sets up a fascist regime in the United States, refuses to send aid to Europe, Europe [and makes sure what aid is sent has no idea what they're getting into so they get slaughtered], kidnaps and tortures Adam Shepard's, Shepard's (Daedalus) wife to lure him, and when finally Daedalus meets him, he tries to force him to spare his life in the event of a Chimeran invasion to the United States).]]
13th Aug '17 1:18:00 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY
** The game is more or less ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' meets ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' meets ''GearsOfWar'' meets ''Franchise/MassEffect''.
** The third one meets the previous plus ''Half-Life 2''.
10th Jun '17 3:10:52 PM nombretomado
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[[AlternateHistory In this era]], WorldWarOne was mostly contained to Europe and its ideological fallout greatly diminished by the lack of US intervention and the triumph of the Russian Monarchy over the Bolsheviks. With the only conflict being a simmering tension with Moscow, and with the lack of American capital to fuel rebuilding- and to go under during the Great Depression- the nation-states of Europe are forced to unite to both reconstruct themselves and to contain the Russian Czar, who isolates Russia from the world behind the 'Red Curtain'. As a result, the mutual hostility within Europe largely fades away and their economies are relatively quickly rebuilt. As such UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, UsefulNotes/JosephStalin, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and their compatriots never rise to power, and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII never happens.

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[[AlternateHistory In this era]], WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI was mostly contained to Europe and its ideological fallout greatly diminished by the lack of US intervention and the triumph of the Russian Monarchy over the Bolsheviks. With the only conflict being a simmering tension with Moscow, and with the lack of American capital to fuel rebuilding- and to go under during the Great Depression- the nation-states of Europe are forced to unite to both reconstruct themselves and to contain the Russian Czar, who isolates Russia from the world behind the 'Red Curtain'. As a result, the mutual hostility within Europe largely fades away and their economies are relatively quickly rebuilt. As such UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, UsefulNotes/JosephStalin, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and their compatriots never rise to power, and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII never happens.



** There was no WorldWarII in this timeline. Instead, most of Europe and Asia [[spoiler:and North America, by the end of the second game]] are wiped out by the Chimera.

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** There was no WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in this timeline. Instead, most of Europe and Asia [[spoiler:and North America, by the end of the second game]] are wiped out by the Chimera.
16th May '17 9:42:12 AM nombretomado
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* TsaristRussia: The opponents of the West in the post-WWI Cold War and the first victims of the Chimera.
17th Apr '17 1:40:49 AM DienShihGeng
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** In ''Resistance 3'', towards the end, the game designers would like to introduce you to their good friends, the Long Legs Sniper. [[GoddamnedBats All over the place.]]

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** In ''Resistance 3'', towards the end, the game designers would like to introduce you to their good friends, the Long Legs Sniper. [[GoddamnedBats All over the place.]]
11th Apr '17 5:07:23 PM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: In ''The Gathering Storm'' novel, President Noah Grace [[spoiler:attempts to make a deal with Daedalus where the Chimera are left to conquer the rest of the world unopposed as long as the United States are left alone. Daedalus is not impressed and Hale kills him for trying to betray humanity.]]



* LaResistance: The Maquis in ''Retribution'', Freedom First in ''The Gathering Storm'', and the Remnants in ''Resistance 3''.



* LesCollaborateurs: In ''The Gathering Storm'' novel, President Noah Grace [[spoiler:attempts to make a deal with Daedalus where the Chimera are left to conquer the rest of the world unopposed as long as the United States are left alone. Daedalus is not impressed and Hale kills him for trying to betray humanity.]]


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* LaResistance: The Maquis in ''Retribution'', Freedom First in ''The Gathering Storm'', and the Remnants in ''Resistance 3''.
27th Jan '17 12:53:30 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* NoEnding: Played with in ''R2''; Capelli is forced to kill a converted Hale, Daedalus and the Chimeran armada are destroyed, and nothing else is revealed of the fate of the US or humanity until ''R3''.
20th Jan '17 10:20:11 PM Arivne
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* LightningGun: The Arc Charger can fire a bolt of electricity at targets. Related to LightningCanDoAnything.
20th Jan '17 10:15:24 PM Arivne
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* XMeetsY: The game is more or less ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' meets ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' meets ''GearsOfWar'' meets ''Franchise/MassEffect''.

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* XMeetsY: XMeetsY
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The game is more or less ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' meets ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' meets ''GearsOfWar'' meets ''Franchise/MassEffect''.



* YourHeadASplode: The Boiler's attack method in Retribution consists in running at you to [[ActionBomb detonate themselves]] this way. [[PinkMist They explode either way]] with a single shot [[BoomHeadshot to the head]].

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* YourHeadASplode: YourHeadASplode
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The Boiler's attack method in Retribution consists in running at you to [[ActionBomb detonate themselves]] this way. [[PinkMist They explode either way]] with a single shot [[BoomHeadshot to the head]].
20th Jan '17 10:13:35 PM Arivne
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* TheUnfought: And the unseen, for the most part. The Cloven are only directly seen in ''Resistance: Retribution'', so far, but they prove to be a hugely important part of the backstory. As a bonus, they also act as a sort of MetalSlime because some of the Skill Point challenges in ''Retribution'' are sniping the distant Cloven you see sneaking around in the background.

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* TheUnfought: TheUnfought
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And the unseen, for the most part. The Cloven are only directly seen in ''Resistance: Retribution'', so far, but they prove to be a hugely important part of the backstory. As a bonus, they also act as a sort of MetalSlime because some of the Skill Point challenges in ''Retribution'' are sniping the distant Cloven you see sneaking around in the background.
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