Insomniac Games are well know for their platforming games of Spyro and Ratchet & Clank, so when they started taking on the crowded first person shooter genre and tasked to bring the first high profile FPS for the PS3, I think started they off solid but still are very new at it.
Resistance is set in a alternate 1940/50's past were the Russian's found something in the Siberian forests that would later bring the Chimera who break out of Russia and start spreading across Europe, destroying everything in their path.
Players play the part of US Army Sgt. Nathan Hale, who is apart of the US military force tasked to help the UK military fighting the Chimera in England. On the first mission, Hale was infected by the Chimera but unlike other humans Hale doesn't change but seem to resist the infection and gain some of the Chimeran abilities. The rest of the game player take Hale through England trying to find a way to stop the Chimera and maybe stop the infection.
Gameplay is pretty standard as first person shooter's go, run from one place to another while shooting pretty much everything that moves. Players have a wide variety of weapons that they will find along the way with some inspired by past weapons and other from the Ratchet & Clank series, from a full auto off shoot of the M1 Garand to the porcupine grenades which blast out large spikes.
Visually the game looks great (by it's release date, that is) and the frame rates are smooth and never slowed down do to too many objects on screen. But like most next generation games, the color palate seems to have a brown tint that makes the game a little bit unreal and distracts from any immersion.
Sound wise, the game is just great (but then what game doesn't have great sound now a days?), big orchestral music and FX that makes the player feel like their shooting a real weapon or a grenade going off by the players head.
The whole game was fun to play but even without the ability of hindsight I knew there is nothing new added from other first person shooters before and after it. It's a solid game that, if one has time to play, won't be completely disappointed but don't expect a great story or any new gameplay additions.