UPDATED: Try Resistance: Retribution Two Months Before It Comes Out!

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You have heard a lot about Resistance: Retribution since it was announced at E3 2008. Whether it’s the innovative aim-assist, the pedigree of the development studio, the music by Gary Schyman, or the revolutionary Resistance Connect features; you know there is a lot that’s going to be packed in to a little UMD.

Resistance Retribution box front

We’re pleased to let you PlayStation.Blog readers know that right now, customers who pre-order Resistance: Retribution from Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, or Game Crazy will receive a voucher code granting them access to the Resistance: Retribution demo almost two months early! The demo features single player gameplay and the option to try Resistance Connect with both the Infected mode and Resistance: Retribution Plus.

With the exception of Game Crazy (you’ll have to pre-order in-store) below are links to pre-order at your favorite retailer. Keep an eye out for the BestBuy.com pre-order page that will be coming up at the end of January.

Direct to pre-order pages:

Pre-order in store only availability

And now some eye candy for you: some screenshots from the opening cutscene of the demo. Enjoy!

Resistance Retribution screenshot - Bouchard Story Intro

Resistance Retribution screenshot - Grayson Story Intro 1

Resistance Retribution screenshot - Grayson Story Intro 2

Update: How to Activate Resistance Connect!

1. Insert and load Resistance: Retribution on the PSP.
2. Insert and load Resistance 2 on the PS3.
3. Connect PSP to PS3 via USB Cable.
4. From “Start” menu on the Resistance 2 menu, select “Options”.
5. Scroll to “Connect PSP”.

From there, you can activate Infected Mode and Resistance: Retribution Plus!

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  • Wow, it looks really good.

  • What’s the chances of us getting the demo/pre-order deal here in the UK?

  • Nice. It does look great. Can’t wait to try it out!

  • It’s a pathetic and sad trend that game demos are now being used as “rewards for purchasing” rather than as a method for consumers to try the game (to see if they like it) prior to spending their hard-earned money.

    You should be ashamed of getting involved in this tactic.

  • @4 I fail to see why this is such a shameful thing for Sony to do. You realize that you can always opt out of buying the games you preorder and spend your deposit on any other game right?

  • @5 indeed. You can also just get your money back. right after pre-ordering. Heck, you dont even really need to pre-order most of the time. I didn’t have a 5 dollar bill with me when i pre-ordered LBP, but i just asked for a Kratos code and he gave it to me.
    Would you rather them just have free codes laying around the street for everyone? I mean, really, how else would you like them to do it. They are already releasing the demo to the store. The idea is that you get it early for being a major fan – enough of a fan to pre-order the game.

  • I’ll be pre-ordering it today. Thanks for the info

  • I’m sorry but isn’t the point of creating a demo to give people the opportunity to try your game so they will pre-order and buy the game? All your doing is giving your pre-orders a chance to cancel their pre-order after they’ve made it. Then you’ve prevented those that would have given it a shot no reason to buy the game on release day.

    Granted I was going to get this game regardless and will go for the pre-order. However you’re not convincing my try before I buy friends the opportunity when they’re the ones you need to convince not me.

  • Played the demo last night. It is good stuff! I like that it has the narrated cut-scenes like the first Resistance.

    Looking forward to playing through the full game.

  • I just traded in R2. Didn’t really like it all that much (LOVED the 1st one, though). Now I’m not sure if I’ll get Retribution since I won’t be able to access so much of the content. Maybe I’ll preorder it so I can try the demo and then decide if I want to buy it…

    Kinda bummed.

    • I\’d definitely encourage you to check it out, regardless. It\’s a very unique experience on the PSP and believe me, there\’s PLENTY of content in the game for people who might not own R2 or a PS3.

  • Why don’t you just give us the demo and knock off this stupid “if you pre order” garbage?

  • Looks AWESOME! Excited that trying the demo early means there will be a demo released to everyone else at some point. I’m not big on pre-ordering, but looking forward to playing the demo when it is widely-released and hopefully buying the game when it comes out.

  • @6

    “Would you rather them just have free codes laying around the street for everyone?”

    His point is that demos shouldn’t be coded downloads and should be available to anyone who wants to try the game- like through the PSN Store, for example. I kind of agree. It does defeat the purpose of the demo. Giving a demo as a preorder bonus is kind of weak. The best way to get preorders is to offer in-game unlockables, IMO. It IS better than nothing, though- and considering I usually preorder all of the games I buy, it is nice to see at least SOMETHING offered…

  • I don’t see why people complain so much. They use demos in this fashion to create more hype, and help businesses.

  • I’ve always found the concept of giving demos to those committed to buying the game somewhat confusing, but it worked in this case as I have eagerly plunked down my cash for a pre-order from Amazon.com

    Now, when exactly are those vouchers going to be coming over?

    As a huge fan of both Syphon Filter PSP games I am very much looking forward to checking out Resistance Retribution.

  • Big Resistance fan.. looking forward to R:R. WILL PREORDER for a demo – thanks guys (and gals)!

  • So as a Canadian I get the shaft, yet again… man I am sick and tired of Sony !

  • @14

    We complain because people who pre order the game are getting the game anyway. A demo should be for those who are unsure of the game, there for sure be available to everyone. But Sony does this because it makes the numbers look good by saying “We have (enter number here) of this game on pre order”. Its stupid, make the demos available to EVERYONE.

  • @17 & other Canadian or European friends

    Just FYI, this blog address is:


  • I’m just wondering….
    I live outside of US.

    If I preorder from amazon.com will I get the code by email and then be able to cancel the preorder?

  • Loco Roco 2 and Resistance Retribution

    Day 1

    No demo needed for either.

  • @20, without a US credit card and billing address you can’t order on Amazon.com. Also the code is likely only to work for the US Store and finally, the chance to get the code is over. You had to order by 1/14/09, notice how the page no longer says “get your demo code.”

  • When I get a black psp, I will start buying psp games..

  • @19

    You are correct, but Canada does fall under SCEA. ;-]

  • WTF is wrong with you Sony? Demos are for people to play to see if they like a game, not a reward for purchases.

  • Wow, the PSP seems to push all of the assumed limits it has WAY back. God of War and Resistance certainly are doing the PSP good. Any new announcements anyone wants to bring up…? ‘Cause I’ve found that in any given year I’ve only a couple titles on the PSP to really get excited about… Kind of depressing actually…

  • Consider this game pre-ordered!

    The PSP is getting back on track with proper games like Resistance: Retribution, Loco Roco 2, Patapon 2 and the JRPG offerings from Square and Sega this year.

    Now, to make time to play these and my PS3 games this year without having a mental breakdown.

  • this game looks awesome. i cannot wait to try this one. will there be a demo for this eventually without the pre-order?


  • graphics are crazy for a PSP game. good job sony bend.

  • I hope this is a great game like GOW and MGS on the PSP. I would love to play another triple a game on the PSP.

  • .. nice to see a female in the screenshot! Apparently the entire female population wasn’t actually killed off! (One might have thought so after playing R2! LOL!)

  • “opening cutscenes” are pre-rendered.

  • When the game releases?? I want to know the precise release date plz so I can safe money for the game, instead of buying another one.

    GO PS3/PSP!!!
    GO SONY!!!

  • @24

    Touche… ;)

    Seems like there’s a lot of comments (particularly from Europe) asking why other territories don’t have something or other. I figure there’s a EU.playstation.com they could visit to unload on someone actually responsible for their region. So I wasn’t aiming that at directly at you, just a blanket statement. Seemed like a good time to bring it up!

  • Demo’s are supposed to be a marketing tool to generate sales – not a pre-order incentive to those who already plan on buying the game. No wonder the attach rate is so low on Sony software.

  • Quit complaining about the demo. You will eventually get it, but later just like the demo of KILLZONE2.

  • hey sony here’s a tip ( somewhat off topic but then again, not really )

    There is this big championship game coming up, i think they call it the superbowl or something like that. Do yourselves a huge favor and advertise killzone 2 and this game in the superbowl commercials.

  • @35: that has nothing to do with the attach rate, stop being ignorant, other systems do this also, besides, im not sure why its such a big deal

    “but the huge evil cooperation is teh evilnesh!!!” shuttup and get over it

  • Wasn’t to long ago that demos didn’t even exist in the same capacity as they do now.

    I think the demo system they use now is fine.
    For those of us that know what they want and spend the money you get that little bit extra and play the game early.

    For those of you on the fence you still get the demo, but either just before or just after release day.

    I just got done playing the Resistance demo on my PSP for my lunch break.

    It’s cool graphics are nice.

    @The whiners
    Keep whining here it keeps you out of my ear on the PSN while I ENJOY the games!

  • This is what I am talking about. I love Resistance: Fall Of Man and part 2 so now I must get this one to complete the series.. Great job so far SONY..

    I would like to know if ANYONE could tell me how to get an AVATAR for my blogs??? PLEASE?? I am not sure how to do it on here. I greatly appreciate ANYONES help on this matter.. THANK YOU..

    Keep up the great work guys…..

  • great boxart!
    only on PlayStation :D

  • @34 – Yeah there’s an eu.playstation.com – you been there recently?! It’s all pretty useless PR stuff. If there was a BLOG.eu.playstation.com then things would be different – Europeans could (and would) unload on somebody responsible for us. But there isn’t – and SCEE are pretty useless at letting anyone know anything!

    So yeah – I think that’s why there’s lots of EuroTrash on here! Forgive us – we’re only jealous!

  • Demo’s f should be FREE, because you are buying a game and get a demo of it. Seems unfair. Demo’s should be in the ps store not some retailer. Come on guys are you trying to discourage us?

  • My most antisipated PSP game of 09. If you want my money this will be on PSN.

  • After reading this, I got dressed, got in my Mustang, went to gamestop, preordered the game as I was planing to do anyways, and I am downloading the demo as I type, pure awesomeness sony, thank you!!! :D

  • yuuuummmm cant wait

    bout time some psp love
    just need to hear this kind of love at least once a month :P

    also is that the graphics in the game or just for some videos?

    • Those are rendered cutscene images. Be sure to check out some of the CES coverage online or the game info page for game screens!

  • I figured it out last night when I thought what the hell i’d try and infect to see what happens and I did and it was….AWESOME! Bend Studios aka Sony Bend is one if not thee best when it comes to shooters and the PSP both Syphon Filter games happen to be my favorite shoter titles so I had much faith in them and from the looks of it they pulled through once again.

  • So is this going to become the standard for Sony? The only way to get a demo on a game that you’re not sure if you want it or not is to preorder a game you may not even like. People preorder a game that they know for a fact that they want. So the other people that may not have heard of the game before or on the fence about getting it have to commit to the preorder to get the demo to try the game out just doesn’t make sense to me. Sony is known this gen for doing some really bad marketing for games or lack of marketing and this i hate to say is another one of those.

  • Any word if this will also be available as a download from the store? These days, i dont care to carry around UMD’s.

  • It’s a bit like going to a shoe store and being told by the staff that you can’t try the shoes on until you purchase them and take them home. Once you’ve done that, if the shoes don’t fit, you can bring them back and get a refund.

    If a shoe store did that to me, I’d say f-it, and shop somewhere else.

    I’m not whining, just letting these developers know that they’re rubbing some people the wrong way. Money is tight these days, and developers should be doing everything in their power to convince people to buy their products. Not to piss us off with annoying sales tactics.

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