For a PSP game this is brilliant. It rivals God of War: Chains of Olympus for graphics and gameplay.
Being a huge fan of FPSs on consoles, I've long awaited a good shooter on the PSP. Having tried a number before, i'd almost given up on finding one that really impressed me. Some have come close, but have been let down by poor controls, poor graphics, or poor storyline. Socom came close, that was good, but the graphics let it down.
This however, blows Socom away. they've put some real effort into making this an excellent game that plays well, with impressive visual effects both in game and in cut scenes, while keeping the spirit of the excellent 'Resistance' IP alive. If you are fans of the Resistance storyline, and you are thinking about a PSP shooter, this is definitely the game for you. The lead character is entertaining and interesting as a bit of a dark character, with plenty of drama and history to him.
The game play system works really well, its a lot more automated than other PSP shooters i've played, auto-locking on to baddies makes it much easier to play with only one analogue nub. It can sometimes be frustrating, when it won't let you lock onto what you want it to, but it works very well, especially with the cover system.
Game is a good length, there is level after level, leaving you a little surprised at times at how much information they have squeezed onto a single UMD, especially at the quality. environments are varied as you fight across Europe.
Then to keep you going further, there's the link up with a PS3 with Resistance 2, allowing you to open new options and a new approach to missions, allowing you to get to places you couldn't in the normal game. I haven't tried using the Dual Shock PS3 controller with the game, but sounds promising.
All in all, one of the best PSP games on the market. A true revival in PSP is coming with some excellent games, but this one marks the start in this rebirth of a very powerful and capable little handheld console.
[Looking for other PSP games? Check out my reviews for LittleBigPlanet, Gran Tourismo PSP, Motorstorm Arctic Edge, Blood Bowl, Resistance Retribution, and probably others.]