Killzone 3 PlayStation 3
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Killzone 3 Product Details
Released on 23/02/2011
Players will be tasked with utilizing a host of new weapons and vehicles in the battle for human survival. Helghast variety is now greater than ever, with players facing jetpack troopers as well as enemies wielding weapons of mass destruction. Killzone 3 thoroughly explores the planet Helghan, showcasing a wide breadth of destructible environments and stunningly detailed scenery. Additionally, players will be tasked with utilizing a host of new weapons and vehicles in the war to stop the Helghast. Featuring an extensive single-player campaign and thrilling multi-player mode, Killzone 3 delivers a host of new gameplay elements and an intense storyline that will once again drive gamers to join the ranks of the ISA and fight the Helghast.
Continuing from Killzone 2, players find Emperor Visari, the viscious dictator of the Helghast, dead at the feet of Sev and Rico. However this war is far from won. In the wake of Visari's death, Helghan has devolved into a world of political scheming, rapid infighting, and murder. Now, the two most powerful men on Helghan are fighting for complete and utter dominance while Visari's vision of Helghan is in jeopardy. With limited supplies and no re-enforcements, the ISA must now fight not to win a war, but to survive a lost one.
- "Hollywood-style" production value with action-focused narrative that mirrors the "David vs. Goliath" theme
- Much bigger environments throughout the game, including nuclear wastelands, alien jungles, and arctic vistas. Levels are up to 10 times the size of those in Killzone 2
- Fully enhanced game engine, with new optimized data streaming systems that will load texture and music content seamlessly
- New brutal melee system with a number of varied attacks
- Control an arsenal of advanced weaponry, such as the Wasp missile launcher, in addition to trusty classics like the M82-G assault rifle
- Face off against new breeds of fearsome Helghast enemies that wield a variety of new weapons and abilities
- Vehicle gameplay is greatly increased, with players able to do battle from Intruders, using jet packs, and accessing a number of land-based vehicle options
- Killzone 3 will support full stereoscopic 3D gameplay compatibility
- Overall improved accessibility including better controls as well as much more varied Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
- Raising the bar graphically by incorporating texture and mesh streaming throughout the game
- Killzone 3 utilizes the HDR audio system, allowing the game to dynamically focus the audio depth of field. Players will hear effects in context, making the action much more up close and personal and well as immersive
A new threat
Killzone 3 sees you step into the shoes of the previous game’s main protagonist, soldier Tomas ‘Sev’ Sevchenko, to continue the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance’s war with the Helghast Empire. The story follows on directly from the events of Killzone 2, which culminated in the toppling of the Helghan capital city of Pyrrhus with a nuclear weapon and the murder of Emperor Visari.
Visari’s death has split the Heghast population, leaving a world full of political scheming and internal conflict as potential successors vie to take his place. You’re stuck in the middle of it all with a decimated invasion force and limited supplies with which to take on the enemy’s war machine. And make no mistake, despite the void left by the death of their ruler the Helghast army has plenty of life left in it - you can expect to face bigger, fiercer, better armed and more tactical opponents upon the game’s release in the first half of 2011.
Guerrilla has responded to fan requests and some criticism of the previous game by promising to deliver new and more varied environments. The first footage of the title introduces us to the one of these, which features snowy locations and what appear to be Helghan oil rigs surrounded by a raging, icy sea. It’s gorgeous to look at – even compared to the last game’s striking visuals - and makes a welcome change from the grimy Helghan cities and the barren desert of Killzone 2.
In addition to the bitter arctic conditions seen in the game’s first trailers, you’ll battle across toxic wastelands, mazy alien jungles and even space itself. Littered with destructible objects and cover positions, and more open than those featured in the Killzone 2, publisher Sony has promised that the levels will be ten times the size of the previous title.
Guerrilla has responded to fan requests and some criticism of the previous game by promising to deliver new and more varied environments.
A major new addition to the series is jetpacks, which open the door for aerial combat and even platforming sections, enabling you to traverse some of the game’s larger environments. You’ll first encounter jetpacks on the back of hostile enemies who you’ll need to bring crashing to the ground with a few well placed bullets. Once you strap one on yourself you’ll find that you’re unable to fly over long distances, but you can use them to take giant leaps from point A to point B, and to propel yourself upwards or forwards to your goal using the throttle.
Bigger guns and brutal CQC
While Killzone 3 will feature a number of weapons from previous series entries, including the ISA assault rifle, a couple of new ones have been revealed so far. First off there’s a minigun, which slows you down a little but literally tears enemies to pieces. Then there’s the Wasp, which isn’t the quickest gun to reload but packs a massive payload. It boasts dual firing modes, one shooting off a number of homing missiles and the other – which requires you to look down its scope - offering a more devastating blitz of missiles which can destroy a large area and multiple enemies.
Guerrilla has also decided to update the close quarters combat with some brutal new moves which are context sensitive, so you might slam an enemy into a nearby object or kick them over a table before finishing them off with a vicious neck snap or knife attack. It’s equally gruesome and satisfying stuff.
Guerrilla has also decided to update the close quarters combat with some brutal new moves which are context sensitive
As already mentioned the game looks even better than its predecessor, which set the benchmark for PS3 graphics when it debuted in February 2009. It will also be playable in stereoscopic 3D. You’ll need a new 3D TV and glasses to enjoy the feature, but having witnessed what felt like bullets coming out of the screen and Helghast soldiers sent flying toward us by explosions in a 3D trailer we can safely say that it’s going to be special.
Everything we’ve seen of Killzone 3 at this early stage is very promising. It looks set to build on the previous game by taking the best bits and making them bigger, prettier and more explosive, while introducing fresh weapons and greater variety in terms of enemies and environments. Add in the highly immersive 3D features and we’re very excited about continuing the fight next year.
Preview by: Tom ‘ISA’ Ivan
Release date: 2011
Preview Published: 17.06.10
New Killzone 3 details emerge
It was only formally announced this week, but Sony's already spilling the beans on what we can expect to see in Killzone 3.
According to the next issue of GamePro magazine - thanks Eurogamer - Guerrilla Games' latest sees a cluster of surviving ISA troopers - including Sev and Rico from previous games - struggling against a regrouped Helghast army. "It's the story of David battling Goliath, but this time you are David. That's the big shift in going from Killzone 2 to Killzone 3," Guerrilla MD Hermen Hulst said.
Players can level the playing field somewhat with a new jetpack with a mounted machinegun, and a new weapon, the Wasp, which fires multiple rockets in quick succession.
There will be a huge ice level where you duke it out amidst oilrigs and tankers frozen into glaciers, and a 3D mode, which is optional and requires glasses, but should work on traditional televisions.
As this is Guerrilla, you can count on Killzone 3 to push graphical boundaries. The developer has already stated that it's taking the PS3 hardware as far as it can go. No release date has yet been announced, but the smart money is on Killzone 3 touching down early in 2011.
Sony announces Killzone 3
Along with Gears of War 3, this has been one of the worst-kept secrets in gaming's recent history, but the news is still extremely welcome: Sony has formally lifted the lid on the PS3 shooter Killzone 3.
The latest instalment in the best-selling franchise that chart's humanity's struggle against the depraved Helghast, Killzone 3 players can expect to enjoy jetpacks, ice levels, and some 3D modes - previews will be hitting later today, which should hopefully give us a better idea of what this entails.
Sony's press release also offers a hint of the story direction, with the game kicking off directly where Killzone 2 ended, with a nuclear bomb having wiped out all but a few of the ISA forces - that's the good guys.
Eurogamer's reporting that levels will be ten times bigger, and at least some of the game will be set in space.
Killzone 2 remains one of the best-looking games of this generation, with stunning environments, punchy weapons, and excellent multiplayer content. With series creators Guerrilla Games at the helm once more, there's every reason to expect a sci fi treat for any blasting fans out there.
No firm date has yet been announced for the game's release.
Killzone 3 to hit stores in February 2011
February, eh? A rainy month. A stay-indoors month. A month by which time you're sure to have finished the campaign of Halo: Reach and you'll probably be wanting something new to chew on.
Well PlayStation 3 owners can rejoice. Sony has just announced that the staggeringly beautiful sci-fi shooter Killzone 3 will be hitting shelves in the US on February 22nd - and while there's no firm date for the UK yet, it's sure to be close behind.
Featuring a solid campaign and plentiful multiplayer options, Killzone 3 continues the story of mankind's fight against the villainous Helghast. The second instalment saw the goodies closing in to finish of the Helghast at their home planet. Not to spoil anything, but the sequel tells a very different story, with a small collection of human survivors massively outnumbered by the enemy.
Luckily, they'll have new weapons and new environments to fight through, and you'll also be able to mess around in jetpacks. Does it get any better than that?
Killzone 3 is a PlayStation 3 exclusive.
Helghast goggles with Killzone 3 Collector's Edition?
Okay, if this is correct, it's very, very cool. Rumours are flying around the internet that if you pick up the Collector's Edition of the forthcoming PlayStation 3-exclusive Killzone 3, you'll be getting your hands - and face - on some Helghast goggles at the same time.
Eurogamer's reporting it, anyway, suggesting that the game's Dutch developer, Guerrilla Games, accidentally posted the news on its website before taking it down again. Oops.
Reasons why this should happen: The Helghast are some of the most memorable baddies in any recent shooter, and their horrible orange eyes are a big part of the deal. If we can head out for the night done up like that, we'll be very happy.
Truth is, we'll be pretty happy anyway. Killzone 3 is shaping up to be something fantastic. Continuing the gritty story of mankind's fight against the nasty Helghan, the franchise's third instalment sees the forces for good pretty much surrounded by enemies on a hostile world. Outnumbered you may be, but you've got jetpacks, great new weapons, and some of the best visuals on any system to help you out in your battle.
Killzone 3 is out on 28th February next year for the PlayStation 3.
Killzone 3's story to be the best yet?
Steven Ter Heide, the senior producer on Killzone 3, has suggested that the game's story may be the best yet, announcing that the plotting has been "considerably ramped up" when compared to the first two instalments in the brilliant sci-fi FPS series.
Talking to Destructoid, Ter Heide suggests that we're in for quite a game. "The thing about Killzone's storyline is that while it always takes a backseat to the action, you can learn a lot about its universe by carefully reading between the lines," he said. "When you listen to all the bits of Helghast dialogue in the previous game, for instance, it's clear that they don't consider themselves villains at all. From their perspective it's the ISA pursuing the aggressive imperialist policy; they're just defending Helghast interests."
"That said, we've considerably ramped up the pace of the story for Killzone 3," he continued. "We will show more of the Helghast side, their motivations and background. With Visari out of the picture, several potential successors are vying for control of the Helghast Council. Meanwhile, the remnants of the ISA invasion force want to get off the planet before their window of opportunity closes. These story arcs converge for an explosive finale."
Sounds interesting. With positive reports coming back regarding the multiplayer beta, we can't wait for February to come around for us to get our hands on the finished game.
Killzone 3 is a PlayStation 3 exclusive and will be released in February of next year.
Killzone 3 to feature split-screen co-op?
You should be getting pretty excited about Killzone 3 by now, right? The PS3 exclusive is set to define action gaming in the first few months of 2011, as it continues the story of the ISA's fight against the villainous Helghan, on a planet far, far away, and as if that wasn't enough by itself, there's a rumour doing the rounds that the game will feature split-screen co-op. Nice!
The stories are circulating due to a picture of what appears to be a co-op game underway, which was spotted by That Videogame Blog (thanks, Eurogamer). The snapshot shoes Sev and Natko from the game facing each other "on a screen divided vertically down the middle". Old school.
Cue frantic speculation that the game has an online co-op campaign too. There could be some truth to the matter: as Eurogamer points out, in an interview back in October, Guerrilla Games, the developer of the Killzone series, responded to that very question with "Who knows?"
Sony's not commenting, but this one looks like it could have the ring of truth to it. We'll know for soon, anyway, when the game finally hits the PlayStation 3 on the February 28 next year.
Split-screen multiplayer confirmed for Resistance 3
First it was Killzone 3, and now the PlayStation 3 exclusive shooter Resistance 3 will be getting split-screen, by the looks of it. (That's a lot of 3s, incidentally.)
Insomniac Games confirmed the new mode when creative director Marcus Smith sat down with the PlayStation Blog the other day. "In terms of co-op, we are focusing on a two-player co-op through the single-player campaign, which can be played online with a friend, or split-screen on your couch."
That's not all Smith had to say about the hotly anticipated sci-fi sequel. He went on to spill the beans about a few new features: "New to Resistance 3 are upgradeable weapons, which will give your weapons new abilities and power as you continue to use them,? he said, adding that, "in terms of multiplayer we are planning a much more focused, progression-based multiplayer experience."
Bring it on, Smith! Resistance 3 tells the story of Joseph Capelli as he treks across the US of A to try and bring down the alien Chimera, who are up to their old world-dominating tricks. Expect to get your hands on the game this time next year.
Killzone 3 dated
Bam. The incredibly beautiful PlayStation 3-exclusive Killzone 3 just got a launch date. According to the US PlayStation Blog, the brilliant FPS will be touching down on UK store shelves on 25th February. This, as Eurogamer notes, means it will go head-to-head with Epic Games' crazy Bulletstorm FPS, which is aimed at the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. There's going to be plenty of shooting going on at the start of spring, then.
Guerrilla Games' latest picks up the Killzone story after the shock twist at the end of the last game. We're not going to spoil too much, but let's just say things don't look good for our heroes, and they start off finding themselves massively outmanned and outgunned on a hostile alien world.
Besides looking astonishingly good, Killzone 3 supports natty stereoscopic 3D, and can be played - and played rather well by the looks of it - with the Move controller. Besides that, it's got split-screen co-op, plenty of fast-paced multiplayer options to get stuck into, and jetpacks to mess around in.
Bulletstorm, meanwhile, takes itself a little less seriously, as you blast around an alien world blowing things up with crazy weaponry and nursing your hi-scores.
We're all excited about the next wave of PlayStation Portable - currently codenamed the NGP - and one of the biggest games revealed for the system so far is a new handheld instalment of Sony's blistering FPS series Killzone. Now we're starting to hear a few things about the game - and the first thing is who's developing it.
While Guerrilla Games created the Killzone franchise, the NGP version is being developed by Sony Cambridge. This is one of Sony's most experienced teams, and they've got the likes of TV Superstars, LittleBigPlanet PSP, 24: The Game and MedEvil: Resurrection on their CVs already. Not bad.
Guerrilla certainly seems impressed with the studio, with senior producer Stephen Ter Heide telling Gamerzines that the franchise is in ood hands". (Thanks for the heads up, Eurogamer.)
"Our sister studio in Cambridge is doing [Killzone NGP]," said Ter Heide. "We've been working with them very closely for a couple of years now. They've been helping us develop actual Killzone content for all the games. We feel like the game is in good hands. We'll still oversee it because the universe is something we've built up, we know the war and the rules that have been established, but they're driving the development."
Killzone 3, meanwhile, has been developed by Guerrilla. The PS3 exclusive is out on 25th February. WANT!
Welcome to Helghast
As gaming environments go, Killzone has never been one to make you feel snuggly and warm. Its vision of Helghast is a dreadful, poisonous planet where the closest you'll get to creature comforts are stark Soviet style architecture and smog-choked deserts. Not the sort of place you'd book for a holiday, but an absolutely inspired location for a war.
With Killzone 3, the series has hit its peak, delivering full-blooded action against a backdrop so realistic that you'll shiver with every gust of wind and wince at every explosion. This is the shooter as blunt trauma, a game that punches you in the face to get your attention.
The story picks up straight after the events of Killzone 2, so if you haven't finished that game yet, you should probably scroll on down a few paragraphs. After battling their way through the ruins of Helghan to confront the despotic Emperor Scolar Visari, hot-headed soldier Rico Velasquez shoots the dictator down rather than take him alive.
This doesn't go down well with his superior officers, or with the Helghast themselves. Rico's rash actions snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and the Earth forces find themselves on the back foot as retaliation hits hard and fast.
As Rico's partner, Thomas "Sev" Sevchenko, it's up to you to survive the aftermath. Hurrying you along is a side plot in which feuding Helghast leaders, played with hammy relish by Ray Winstone and Malcolm McDowell, plot to seize control of the Empire.
The spice of life
Play Killzone 3 back to back with its predecessor and you'll soon notice the difference. Where the previous game was a grim and brutal military campaign, this sequel is a blockbuster guerilla adventure.Stuck behind enemy lines, with nothing left to lose, the game throws wildly differing scenarios at the solo player in an adrenalin rush of hard-edged sci-fi spectacle.
Jetpacks, mech suits, ice tanks, even space fighters - you'll pilot all of these, and more, as you travel from desolate city streets to lurid jungles and frigid glaciers. For gamers weaned on Call of Duty and Halo, it all fits into a very familiar hell-for-leather formula.
Personality goes a long way
The resulting solo campaign never lets you get bored, but fans of the series may find that a lot of theencounters feel a touch generic. Take away the iconic red glare of the Helghast's goggles and you could easily be playing any of the other big FPS games for much of the time. That's not so much a criticism as a lament - Killzone once carved out its own corner of this competitive genre, and what it gains in accessibility for this entry, it loses in individuality.
This won't really matter if all you're after is a blistering action experience, as the game rarely lets up and keeps pushing you harder and further as the Helghast threat threatens to overwhelm not only our heroes, but Earth itself.
Control is faster, aiming more precise. A new third weapon slot allows you to stockpile heavy arms for later use, and once you've let fly with a minigun or RPG, you'll be glad of the extra firepower.
This is all brought to life by one of the most powerful game engines on the PS3 - or any other platform. The detail level is insanely high, particularly where things like smoke and dust are concerned. Epic firefights offer a perfect storm of noise and chaos, while a mid-section assault on a Helghast rig finds you fighting (and flying) with a scarily believable ocean thrashing and rolling hundreds of feet below you.
Nowhere does this beefed-up visual punch prove more essential than in some setpiece battles against gigantic mechanised foes. One encounter with a thunderous mobile weapons platform already makes a convincing bid for the most epic action sequence of 2011, demolishing buildings and laying waste to NPC soldiers with all the fury of a Michael Bay movie.
What is it good for?
Multiplayer is as solid and satisfying as it was in Killzone 2, with a few notable additions. Gamers in a hurry can opt for Guerilla Warfare, which offers a quick-start Team Deathmatch experience. Warzone, carried over from the previous game, is the longer, more objective-based, multiplayer mode and where you'll find the meat of the online game. Operations is an interesting new option, allowing you to take part in medium length co-operative sorties, which teams of eight facing off as Earth and Helghast forces in miniature narratives.
It lacks the immediacy of Call of Duty, and the tactical sweep of Halo, but Killzone's multiplayer is one area where the game retains more of its unique feel and for those who put in the hours to rank up, it's a battle well worth joining.
Our Rating: 9.0
+ Epic and varied single player campaign
+ Groundbreaking 3D and Move gameplay
+ Ray Winstone vs Malcolm McDowell!
- Not massively different to other shooters
- No online co-op play
- Fierce multiplayer requires dedication and patience