Mixed or average reviews - based on 63 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 63
  2. Negative: 10 out of 63
  1. May 28, 2012
    It is visually atrocious, interactively vapid and incomplete to a degree that a full retail price is an insult. It's tempting to buy this just to have something new on the system, but good things come to those that wait, and it's hard to imagine anything not being good compared to this mess.
  2. May 28, 2012
    The story here is forgettable, the action is formulaic, and the multiplayer is simplistic.
  3. Jun 5, 2012
    Levels all feel constrictive, and the dour color palette doesn't help the dull nature of its locations. The start-to-sewer time is awfully short on this one.
  4. May 29, 2012
    Burning Skies leaves little doubt that the Vita is a comfortable home for first-person shooters, but the platform's first FPS is disappointingly dated. Toothless enemies and simplistic level design make for tepid campaign action, and the solid multiplayer suite is too limited to be a big draw.
  5. May 29, 2012
    Delivers everything you want from the first ever real first person shooter on the Vita: action, story, and multiplayer.
  6. Jun 1, 2012
    Resist the urge to buy this game.
  7. May 30, 2012
    Burning Skies isn't a failure by any means. While the visuals won't sell you on the console's power like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the campaign is filled with the big boss fights and unique weaponry you expect from the series. As long as you're not hoping for a console-quality multiplayer experience, Burning Skies should satisfy fans.
  8. May 30, 2012
    It's technically flawed in some key ways, but the biggest sin that Resistance: Burning Skies commits is its top-to-bottom lack of ambition.
  9. May 29, 2012
    For a portable shooter, it's really quite good but for a Resistance entry, one finds it somewhat lacking. Still, it's well worth a look.
  10. Its insistence on your covering the screen in fingerprints is occasionally frustrating, but otherwise this suggests a very bright future for the FPS genre on Vita.
  11. Jun 7, 2012
    Resistance: Burning Skies should have been a must-have PlayStation Vita title, but in the rush to get the system's first dual analogue FPS out onto the market, Sony missed the Chimera's head with Riley's axe and chopped the legs right out from under it instead. It's discouraging to see, especially when Vita could greatly benefit from a solid first party release. The only thing burning in these Chimeran-infested skies here is a whole lot of wasted potential.
  12. 44
    Resistance: Burning Skies feels like an unfinished proof of concept. It works, in that it functions and does what it promises to do, and even has some great ideas from a technical perspective, but the game that surrounds it never put me on the edge of my seat, or compelled me to play through it, unable to stop at a checkpoint and take care of important events in real life. It doesn't suck one in and its multiplayer, despite a level-unlock system and eventual access to the upgrades from the campaign, feels tinny and incomplete.
  13. May 29, 2012
    It not only becomes increasingly repetitive as it nears the climax but also puts a significant strain on players' patience as Nihilistic injects enemies with a higher HP and more powerful weapons, rather than finding a more engaging way to challenge players. It's a jarring difficulty spike that almost undermines everything the game has so far accomplished as it impressively leaps from one set-piece to the next.
  14. May 29, 2012
    The series' modest ambitions are here scaled back to a glum inventory of FPS conventions, its spectacle dampened by hardware limitations and dormant art direction, and its platform-specific novelties largely revealed as fussy irritations, presumably born of a need to promote the struggling Vita's features.
  15. May 29, 2012
    No, you won't find volumes of content or progressive new ideas, and the forced touchscreen controls are a minor strategic bungle. However, the well-paced single-player campaign is punctuated by a strong and varied weapon set and online multiplayer that hits an unprecedented level of quality for a handheld.
  16. May 29, 2012
    The shooting is top notch, but poor pacing and bland environments ensure you never engage with what's going on, and technical hiccups and formulaic game modes sour the multiplayer. This game proves the potential power of the genre on its device, but not the potential excellence of its own franchise.
  17. Jun 12, 2012
    A game especially oriented for hardcore gamers, with frantic action and a good multiplayer mode that will offer fun for hours, although we expected some more.
  18. Jun 4, 2012
    In the end, Resistance: Burning Skies Review is a good first person shooter title for the PS Vita that although won't win any awards for originality, it still provides the player with a fun game with decent controls.
  19. May 31, 2012
    Nihilistic proves that ego-action finally can work rather well on mobile platforms – in theory. But as part of the Resistance franchise Burning Skies is rather disappointing. The formula has been boiled down to run of the mill action with unbelievable characters in rather bland surroundings and forced touch controls that will distract you more than they will help.
  20. May 30, 2012
    The pitch-perfect controls and delightfully old-school multiplayer mode justify this game's existence beyond novelty.
  21. May 29, 2012
    There is potential here, some moments that show the capability of Vita to present a really good FPS experience, but those moments are undermined by important graphical glicthes, poor AI, bland story and and a too short campaign with basic multiplayer.
  22. 59
    As for the overall environments themselves, they definitely had some great ideas, but in the end they just don't seem to have the oomph to push you over the edge and be wowed by them.
  23. Jun 4, 2012
    Resistance : Burning Skies doesn't surprise in any way but its excellent playability and arsenal. The rest is basic, ordinary, and uninspired.
  24. Jun 3, 2012
    Resistance:Burning Skies offers decent controls and pretty cool weapons. Although that's an accomplishment in itself, the game does nothing further to set itself apart and merely offers a mediocre experience.
  25. Jun 2, 2012
    Resistance: Burning Skies brings the series' strong points to a handheld with a good arsenal of weapons and lots of action. Other than that, the game achieves little.
  26. 50
    As a singleplayer experience, Burning Skies only manages to be mediocre with occasional surprises and fun. Flaws like overly relying on touch doesn't help either.
  27. May 31, 2012
    Resistance: Burning Skies is an excellent proof of concept. It is the tech demo that shows third-party publishers that first-person shooters can be achieved on the Vita hardware. It is by no means a crowning achievement. Instead, Nihilistic have opened the door for other, more accomplished developers to step through.
  28. May 30, 2012
    Burning Skies does a decent job in terms of experimentation, thanks to the "hybrid" controls, but the graphics are worse than expected and the single player campaign does nothing new for the series.
  29. May 30, 2012
    Developer Nihilistic seems settled on the idea that bringing Resistance to the Vita is an inherently bold and innovative move, and that doing anything truly interesting beyond that is unnecessary. It's not a strictly bad FPS, but it's so damn perfunctory, so set on ticking the absolute minimum number of boxes and moving on, it's largely boring and forgettable.
  30. May 30, 2012
    It's the little things that add up, one by one, to an often hypnotically bland, slapdash campaign. The core is sound enough, but Burning Skies is far too shabby in places for what is supposed to be the flagship first-party shooter on the Vita - indeed, the flagship shooter on handhelds, full stop.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 206 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 104
  2. Negative: 14 out of 104
  1. May 29, 2012
    After playing through the single player campaign, I can safely say it's a very enjoyable experience. :) Not sure what the reviewers were playing, but it's a good story with pitch-perfect game play mechanics. It is anywhere from 5 to 8 hours, depending on which difficulty you choose. There is some replay value here, specifically with gun upgrades. This will keep me busy for weeks, at least.

    Then, there is the multi-player. THIS is where the game got addicting. I absolutely LOVE the multi-player. You get into the matches very quickly, also...unlike any PSP game. Lol. If you pick it up for nothing else, get it for this. I highly recommend the game to any Vita owner. idea why anyone would give it a low review. The graphics aren't terrible either. They're fairly good for a handheld title. It may not look AS good as Uncharted: Golden Abyss or Wipeout 2048, but it's pretty close. It's a must-buy!
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  2. May 29, 2012
    The first dual analog first person shooter, and apart from a little bit of clunky controls and lacking the insomniac polish, this game is alot better than some people are making out. So don't cancel your pre-orders to soon. Sure the game isn't evolutionary but it is robust and offers alot to resistance fans. The campaign is well set out with five main missions which are exactly the right length. The Story is put together with sharp and well presentable cut scenes with better than average audio. With the high level of games on the PlayStation people have come to expect alot from video games with skyrim ranking up over 100 hours. So fans maybe annoyed with the short length to the campaign which at best makes 8+ hours but the fun will carry on in the multiplayer which is fun for short periods of drop in fun, sure the depth is missing but is a foot in the door for the future titles like call of duty to flourish on this evolutionary device. To finish this game shows the bright future ahead for vita and the idea that there is better to come is mouthwatering to say the least. Full Review »
  3. May 29, 2012
    Playing this now - it's a great FPS and by far the most fun multiplayer on any hand-held. Serves as a taste of what Killzone and Call of Duty will build on to deliver a truly superb bundle of shooting fun!! Full Review »