Resistance: Retribution and Resistance 2 are BFF

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For those that aren’t aware, the Tokyo Game Show (TGS if you’re nasty) is going on this week in some foreign city that I forget the name of, and news is leaking out left, right, sideways and upside down. John Garvin, co-director of Sony Bend Studio, the development team behind the upcoming PSP title Resistance: Retribution, has tickled my fancy pants with the announcement of connectivity between Resistance 2 and the fore-mentioned PSP game.

When armed with both games, you can connect your PSP to your PS3 via USB, select the “Infect your PSP” option in R2 and voila! Now Resistance: Retribution becomes “infected,” allowing you to play an alternate story, new weapons and Chimeran abilities such as regeneration and breathing underwater. The latter ability will allow you to access previously inaccessible areas from the main game since you have super lungs. Super lungs are always nice to have, especially when people throw coins into a pool (FREE MONEY!) and it’s the only thing you can’t make fun of Aquaman about. “Infected” mode lasts until you shut down your PSP, which makes me wonder how long an adventure it is and if it even bothers to create a save game. Answers: we need them!

On top of the game-within-a-game, there’s also a nifty little something that I am REALLY excited about. Seriously, I could cut diamonds. The feature, dubbed “PSP Plus,” allows you to connect your PSP Slim or PSP-3000 to your TV via video-out (cables sold separately) and play Resistance: Retribution on it with a DualShock 3 controller. Doing this will disable the game’s aim assist because you are no longer handicapped with one analog nipple as well as beefing up the game’s difficulty and adding rumble support. I know, I know, it’s no Gran Turismo rear-view mirror, but at least they’re trying.

It’s nice to finally see connectivity being done right, especially with a high-profile title like R2. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to give this a spin until Resistance: Retribution drops in Spring ’09. In the meantime, I’m going to go practice holding my breath underwater, so long as they let me take these damn water wings off. What do you mean I can’t go in the deep end? How am I supposed to discover hidden secrets in the shallow end? Oh no, is that a candy bar or something else?! Eh, I’ll just stick to waiting on my couch in a puddle of drool.

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