I can’t Resistance 3 any longer. Finally having spent about 20 minutes or so hands-on time with Insomniacs latest PS3 exclusive FPS, I couldn’t be more stoked about it. This is no small fete considering my relationship with the last two Resistance PS3 games – not long-term, affairs to say the least. Under a waterfall of upgrades, it is difficult not to be sucked into Resistance 3’s gloomy alternate past. “Gunplay, graphics and gritty,” are all words that come to mind when thinking of Resistance 3’s laundry list of gameplay overhauls. But fans of the series need not worry, it still very much feels like Resistance at heart, the difference then is a game that feels like what it was always intended to be rather than a cool premise with a group of gameplay ideas that didn’t quite match up.

Of course the first thing that grabs your attention with Resistance 3 is the new at style and graphics. While Resistance 2 looked almost cartoony at times, whether intentional or not, Resistance 3 looks more akin to real life, with muted grays, browns and so forth. The graphics are gorgeous (in a destroyed beauty kind of way). Rich particle effects in the form of whether beat violently and beautifully across the screen. Coupled with the brown, dead vegetation and destroyed buildings, screens full of Chimera really help to sell you on the sense of place. The textures are no slouch either. While the game isn’t a Killzone 3 or Uncharted 2 by any standards, it certainly is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors and there aren’t that many better looking FPS’s on the market. All told, the game looks great graphically and artistically: humans are on the brink of extinction in the game and it visuals look and play the part very well.

Honestly, the shooting and weapon feedback always felt lackluster to me in the previous Resistance… BUT NO MORE. By far and large, the combat seems to have received the biggest overhaul this time around. The guns have a nice kick to them, they sound powerful now too… it’s just something about blowing a hell bent Chimeran’s head clean out of existence from a few feet away and watching the blood gush out in realistic fashion immediately preceded by the loud crack the revolver that is… unsettlingly satisfying. Basically, the combat is ferocious now with witty and aggressive AI and the weapons are as varied with their secondary fire as ever. Flaming shotguns aside, everything from melee combat to shootouts in Resistance 3 are dreams come to life in the palm of your hand.

Resistance 3 is appearing to be the best in the series, so far. Barring some unforeseen misfortune, September 6 is shaping up to be a stupendous day for PS3 shooter fans.