(Posted: //) by Darryl
By now, most people who either own a PSP, or are fans of the Resistance franchise know about the existance of Resistance Retribution. If they don't, then they're seriously missing out as Retribution is looking like one of the biggest PSP titles of 2009, if only because of the new innovations that the game brings to the format.
Set after the events of Resistance: Fall of Man, but before Resistance 2, Resistance Retribution follows the story of one James Grayson as he joins forces with Rachel Parker and Steven Cartwright from the first Resistance. One of the first noticable differences though, is that it's not being developed by Insomniac, but by Sony Bend. Insomniac were involved with the initial process, but that was only to get the story in place; other than that, Sony Bend have been free to do whatever they desire.
The biggest innovation is probably the addition of PSP Plus. This is going to be massive for the PSP, as it allows you to link the PSP up with your PS3 in ways you probably didn't think were possible. By connecting a PS3 controller to the PSP, you will be able to ditch the PSP and just use it as a monitor. This will be even better if you have a PSP-2000 or PSP-3000, as it'll feel just like playing a PS2 or PS3 game. They have also made sure that if the PS3 controller is used, that the difficulty actually increases due to the increased aiming capabilities.
Another feature is the inter-connectivity between Resistance Retribution and Resistance 2. If Resistance 2 is running while you link the PSP to the PS3, it will unlock infected mode and this will even alter the story, as Grayson becomes part of Specter. It will also unlock new weapons for the campaign, such as the HE .44 Magnum.
Assuming the gameplay is actually good, and the story is up to scratch, the technological advancements on display in Resistance Retribution will seriously raise the bar for the competition, and it opens up a whole world of possibilties for PSP games in the future.