Stargate Resistance, a shooter being made by the now (probably) canned Stargate MMO developers, is releasing on the 10th of this month. This weekend was their big “preview weekend” allowing players to gain access to the game and give it a try. Obviously as a SG fan there was no way that I would pass this one up. I downloaded the client, got it all installed, and jumped in hoping that the “first Stargate PC shooter ever to come to market” would be a great one.
Unfortunately I wish I had resisted. I take no pleasure in speaking poorly about this title out of respect for its namesake. The game feels like a mediocre mod for Half-life. The only word that can describe how it feels is ‘wonky’. The graphics are just alright and the maps, while not terrible, were pretty uninspired for what I would expect in a Stargate game. The sounds were pretty bad and, again, like you’d expect from a mod. The front-end, such as the menu system and UI, and presentation of the gameare really under par and do not reflect a polished product coming to market. There are balance issues with classes like the Ashrak and its nearly unstoppable stealth sprinting and knifing. As a Goa’uld I walked up to a SG-1 infantry soldier and used my hand device on him. He pops two shots on me with his pistol and I’m dead. Not. Canon. At. All.
I do like the Stargate feel. Deja vu. Seeing the Jaffa and their staff weapons, the SG uniforms, the P90’s, the Goa’uld, and many other SG related things was all a real pleasure. However, like Star Trek Online, my love for an IP is not enough to keep me playing when the game itself just isn’t up to snuff. The sad part is that I can tell this would have made a good MMO. Perhaps the wonky feel comes from translating a MMO to a FPS. The scale of Stargate is not being represented in this game, or at least not in the preview. I want big maps, vehicles, and big battles like something in BF2142 or even BF2. The IP is capable of supporting that type of gameplay tenfold. My advice for them is to take it further and do more with the game.
Maybe this game will earn them the money they need to continue with Stargate World. If so, I regret that I’ll be benefiting at the expense of others but I can’t deny that part of me hopes it all works out for them and they continue with the game that should have been made instead of plan B.