Killzone 3 and Dualshock Controller Playstation-3
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Released on 25-Feb-2011
Developed by Guerrilla Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Killzone 3 is the latest title in the Killzone franchise, bringing the most robust first-person shooter experience exclusively for the PS3.
Following on the heels of the highly acclaimed Killzone 2, players will once again face the hostile Helghast army, battling overwhelming odds in the fight for human survival. Killzone 3 delivers the definitive cinematic sci-fi war experience with an immersive single-player campaign as well as full featured multiplayer action in the war against the Helghast.
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.
Sony wowed the crowds at E3 in Los Angeles earlier this year, basing its big press presentation around exciting original new titles like The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls. In a sea of sequels, the PlayStation was determined to be seen as the home of fresh ideas. That's a path that Sony continued down for its showcase at the German industry fair Gamescom, using its presentation to reveal another five fantastic looking games.
Hardcore gamers will be thrilled to learn that Killzone will be coming to the PlayStation Vita in the shape of Killzone Mercenaries. It'll be a first-person shooter, developed on the same game engine as Killzone 3, and it'll have a Dirty Dozen feel, with Earth and Helghast soldiers working together on a series of ugly, tough missions.
Media Molecule, creator of LittleBigPlanet, also had good news for PlayStation Vita owners. Its new game, Tearaway, is a typically charming effort set in a world made of paper. You'll be able to poke your fingers "into" the world using the Vita's front and rear touchscreens and rip stuff up.
Sony Japan is also getting in on the action, showcasing two quirky new titles. Puppeteer tells the story of a boy who is turned into a puppet, has his head chopped off and must then retrieve his noggin. Rain, on the other hand, finds you controlling an invisible boy who can only be seen by the shapes he leaves in a world of perpetual downpour.
PlayStation Move got some love as well, with horror game Until Dawn. Modelled on the classic slasher movies, you can control seven characters trying to last the night in a remote location as an unknown lunatic bumps you off, one at a time. You'll use the Move wand as a torch as you explore the gloomy, gory world.
Rumours abound that new next generation consoles will be announced soon, but when you consider the already announced Vita exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, as well as guaranteed blockbusters The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls, and it looks like the current PlayStation platforms have got a long way to go before they run out of juice.
Killzone, Sony's dark and forboding first-person shooter saga, will be the latest PlayStation series to get the compilation treatment, developer Guerilla Games has confirmed.
"I'm very pleased to share with you news that I hope will bring some excitement to those readers with a predilection for all things Helghast and ISA and those who perhaps could well have in the very near future," said Michiel van der Leeuw, the studio's technical director, in a post on the official PlayStation Europe blog.
The series tells the story of a war between the ruthless Helghast Empire and the forces of the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance. The tone is bleak, the visuals heavily influenced by Soviet and Nazi architecture, and the combat is fierce and oppressive. Not many giggles then, but a darkly refreshing change of pace from the glossy Hollywood bombast of other shooter titles. The series has attracted top notch voice talent as well, with the likes of Brian Cox, Steven Berkoff, Ray Winstone and Malcolm McDowell all taking major roles.
As the title suggests, the package will contain all three games in the Killzone series, including the original Killzone for PlayStation 2 in glossy HD with full Trophy support. Both Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 will include all the additional multiplayer maps released as downloadable content at no extra charge. Killzone 3 is also compatible with PlayStation Move and can even be played in 3D on 3D supporting TV's.
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.
- 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
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