• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 17, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 67 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. Sony Bend was able to bring Resistance to the PSP in a way that takes advantage of the system’s strengths and feels like it’s own game in the Resistance universe instead of a dumbed down version of the console versions.
  2. 95
    It's an essential purchase for any PSP owner and represents an unmatched value on the system.
  3. At the end of the day, Resistance: Retribution nicely compliments the PS3 version of the game with sturdy gameplay, a great storyline and an endless amount of nasties for you to send into the ether.
  4. Retribution makes the most of the hardware, works around the system’s limitations, and features a solid campaign with lots of incentive for replay. In terms of pure enjoyment, Retribution goes toe-to-toe with its big brothers on the PlayStation 3, and it’s a must-play for fans of the series or those who are looking for a great shooter for the road.
  5. This is the type of connectivity and online-multiplayer attention the system should have been delivering two years ago when the PS3 launched, and hopefully this is a gateway moment that will usher in a new generation of PSP titles. If you own a PSP you must own this game.
  6. Resistance: Retribution is today probably the best 3rd person action title for the PSP, not only or its excellent story and impeccable gameplay, but also for the huge possibilities its multiplayer modes offer, and the possibility to connect with Resistance 2 for the PS3. Undoubtedly a very important title in the PSP portfolio, and a must buy for all the action fans.
  7. 92
    Probably one of the most complete packages ever to come to the PSP. It has an engaging storyline, a likeable main character, tons of reasons to play it again, and one of the greatest multiplayer outings we've ever seen on this system.
  8. The excellent single-player campaign is loaded with goodies and can easily be played through a second time due to the inclusion of Infected Mode. The multiplayer offering sets the bar for competitive shooter gameplay on the PSP.
  9. This PSP inception of the franchise will definitely be remembered as an important part of it, rather than a bastard child desperate to cash in.
  10. Sony Bend has done it again and created a superb handheld action game.
  11. Resistance: Retribution is just what the doctor ordered - groundbreaking multiplayer, slick visuals, and an action-packed campaign make this one of the most impressive PSP games to date.
  12. Resistance Retribution offers a lot of highlights. Great conversion of a great franchise.
  13. Resistance: Retribution is a great action title for the PSP, offering up a robust feature set, excellent graphics and solid controls.
  14. Now you can take your Chimera-slaughtering anywhere you go. Sounds swell.
  15. Sony Bend has created one of the best third-person shooters we have seen on the PSP. Resistance: Retribution is solid, start to finish.
  16. On a handheld that hasn’t had many must-own titles lately, Resistance: Retribution is an enthralling experience that portable gamers shouldn't pass up.
  17. Bend Studio's has made a very good action game, with loads of enemies, weapons and scenarios that mixed with the multiplayer features makes Resistance: Retribution a must have. PSP has waited too long to receive a game of this characteristic that's able to sustain an immersive story that stands between both Resistance's for PS3. And there's James Grayson, a remarkable character that will gain your sympathy on the first minutes of gameplay.
  18. We may never be able to completely experience shooters on portable systems the same way we do on the PC or consoles, but Sony Bend has shown that making a competent and enjoyable portable shooter is not only possible but enjoyable. Without a doubt, Resistance: Retribution is a game that shooter fans will enjoy for a very long time and one that most PSP owners should play and add to their collection.
  19. Resistance: Retribution is a worthy addition to Insomniac’s series. It adds an amazing story to the existing lore, and is a great standalone experience for those of you who haven’t played a Resistance game before.
  20. Aside from the paint-by-numbers hero, music and voices, I can't think of too much wrong with the overall game.
  21. An excellent game for fans of the Resistance Series and of Syphon Filter.
  22. Resistance: Retribution is a perfect portable adaptation of the PS3 series. Sony bend has created a good shooter for PSP with a solid campaign and a good multiplayer mode. The Resistance universe is represented in its engaging storyline. Sadly the control represents a great issue in the game because of the PSP lack of the second analog stick, but we have good news because we can take advantage of the Resistance PS3 connection extras. A must play for the followers of the franchise and one of the best action games in the PSP line.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Jun 14, 2013
    The Resistance series moves over from the PS3 to the PSP in this portable outing, but that's not all that's changed, it's also in 3rd person. Resistance: Retribution is a truly outstanding game with fantastic graphics, an excellent story, and outstanding gameplay. All of this is made more impressive considering the PSPs' lack of great games. TH=he story in this game in this game is excellent. Main character James Grayson is immediately likable and one can easily sympathize with his story. The gameplay is what really sets this game over the top. It may have moved from 1st to 3rd person, but it's still a Resistance title. All of the cool weapons and enemies are here and act just like they did on the PS3. The fact that the controls aren't an issue here is also a big praise. You move with the analog stick and aim with the buttons. It may sound awkward but it feels great, and the games lock on system helps out a lot. This is an excellent game, not just because it's on the PSP which lacks truly awesome games like this one, but because of it's excellent gameplay. If you have a PSP Resistance: Retribution is a must play. If your a Resistance fan it may just be worth buying a PSP for. I'm happy to say that it doesn't disappoint. Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2010
    most PSP games i buy are just SRPG's , RPG's and Racing Games . i avoid FPS and most shooters because with out duel analog the experiance is lost . ive tried a few and most just stink because of that reason but resistance like socom has changed that abit. the auto lock on system makes it playable and even enjoyable now this will not replace duel analog by any means but its the best you can hope for on a system with only one anaolog stick . i would recomend you download the demo off of the PSN store and try before you buy to see if this control set up will work for you. now for the rest . the graphics are amazing for a PSP game i was very impressed with it . the story is pretty decent and kept me intrested . the voice acting was fairly well done .the amount of wepons was a pretty good set up and the fact that it more like resistance 1 then resistance 2 with the amount of wepons you can hjold at once is very nice . the game is best described as resisitance 1 meets Resient Evil 4. . this is one of the best action games ive played on the PSP and is a great addition to your collection . Full Review »
  3. Oct 14, 2013
    Roughly five years after release, and Resistance: Retribution still stands as one of the best portable shooters to date. Looking back, Retribution brought the entire package to Sony's original portable. From a lengthy campaign to a robust multiplayer, Retribution brought with it hours upon hours of fun to the portable. While some may argue that the gameplay was crippled by the lack of a second analog stick, Retribution made up for it with an extremely useful auto lock feature. Once players had adjusted themselves to the Retribution's control scheme, everything falls into place, shaping itself into one hell of a ride. Players are greeted to a game with sharp audio, neat visuals, smartly implemented gameplay mechanics, and an intriguing story. While many Resistance fans may consider Retribution to be inferior to the console titles, I found it to be quite equal. Full Review »