Killzone 3

Killzone 3 Review for PS3

On: PS3

Killzone returns in a third-dimension.

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8Out of 10
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Competition is an inherent part of life. By fair means or foul, brute strength or subtle cunning, each and every one of us must struggle to survive. In the long term, this means finding a way to succeed where others fail; by being smarter, tougher or simply "better" (for want of a less subjective term) than our rivals. And while it's not always necessary to be directly aggressive to your fellow competitors, it's invariably a good move to have some quality or characteristic that your peers do not.

First-person shooters are equally exposed to this perpetual arms race. As popular as the genre may be, an FPS title needs to differentiate itself, to stand out from the pack with some kind of unique offering. For the Killzone series, it's graphical prowess that's held up as the series' trump card, and there's no question that this third game achieves great things in this regard. The only problem is, that's just about the only area in which it excels.

To get the hyperbole out of the way nice and early, I'll say it right now: Killzone 3 is almost certainly the best-looking video game you've ever seen. It's not necessarily so in an artistic sense - its visual style is rather generic, like so many other aspects of the overall design - but in terms of technical accomplishment, it's the very definition of spectacular. Barely a moment passes without something exploding, and when the fireworks arrive they do so with the full complement of pyrotechnical trimmings. Vehicles shatter into perfectly irregular shrapnel; angry sparks and embers are swept away on a bitter wind; dense smoke blooms across ruined urban battlefields. Round about the turn of the century there was a brief trend for TV adverts promoting games - FPS titles, usually - via impossibly slick CGI sequences. The young and the gullible would gawk at such displays, overlooking the treacherous "footage is not representative of gameplay" disclaimer at the foot of the screen. Now, as you play Killzone 3, you'll realise just how far the industry has come. Not only have we reached the standards of those perfidious ad-dreams - we've stormed past them, and by some distance.

If all you want from a triple-A title is the opportunity to blow stuff up in painstaking detail, Killzone 3 is the game for you. Guerrilla Games has given the handling a slight tweak since its last effort, ensuring that leading man Sev no longer feels quite so tank-like in his movements, and while the default control setup is still a bit unwieldy (you have to click in R3 to aim down your sights), the alternate option provides a more sensible layout.

If you've been hankering to test out PlayStation Move on something meatier than the average mini-game collection, you'll also find full support here. You may find that your movements lack grace for the first 10 minutes or so, but it certainly gets better with practice. There's a clear advantage to being able to move and aim in independent directions, and on the whole playing this way feels vaguely reminiscent of using a mouse and keyboard - clearly a good sign. There's still a bit of needless motion interaction - thrusting the controller for melee attacks, for example - but on the whole, I was surprised by how effective this setup can be. Perhaps motion controllers do have a hardcore future, after all.

However you choose to play, the core FPS gameplay is handled well, with a decent arsenal of satisfying weapons and a credible sense of connection when you're filling the yellow-eyed Helghast with space-lead, or whatever it is they make bullets out of in the far-flung future. Melee kills have also been beefed up, to the extent that you'll now find yourself slitting your enemies' throats or jamming your thumbs into their eye sockets, rather than simply bonking them in the face with the butt of your assault rifle. Even here Guerrilla has managed to pack in an extra technical flourish, dynamically using the surrounding scenery when appropriate - which is to say you'll sometimes dash someone's brains out on a nearby wall, rather than getting eye-juice on your thumbs for the umpteenth time. It's all very gritty in a gratuitous way, but unfortunately this is as close Killzone 3 gets to offering up any new ideas.

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Woffls@ duggi

They reviewed as much of the game as they possibly could thanks to Sony only giving them half an hour with the multiplayer. Other UK sites had the same problem, but they obviously don't care much for integrity. I guess you'll miss this kind of information if you only look at the number at the end.

Lazy reading FTW
Posted 19:57 on 03 February 2011

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ghostdog25

look at this... "multiplayer is deep and accessible". But they gave the multiplayer a 7 in it's review. Hmmmmm? Things that make you go hmmmmm
Posted 01:00 on 09 March 2011
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SexyJams

Enjoyed the revision. You've worked extremely hard on the various reviews you have done for this game, well done Neon. They're of fantastic quality as well.
Posted 21:17 on 07 March 2011
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Gollum_85

Good to see the score getting bumped up a bit.
Posted 19:00 on 07 March 2011
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pblive

Sounds about right. 8 is still a good score and, from what I've played, Killzone 3 is a good game.

I'll still be getting it at some point after playing it with Move and on MP in the beta/demo
Posted 15:05 on 07 March 2011
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dudester

Omg it got an 8 Neon's in trouble :p
Posted 13:16 on 07 March 2011
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mydeaddog

Funnily enough I'm working on something at the moment. It'll be up this week, not entriely sure when yet...
Posted 13:47 on 02 March 2011
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sammy636@ mydeaddog

its the 2nd of March old boy.. still no thoughts?
Posted 13:31 on 02 March 2011
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renegade

I just played the Demo (Single player) no offence but that small section makes this review look, well wrong.

Also the MP is crazy
Posted 18:52 on 09 February 2011
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guyderman

mon nom est la tĂȘte de fromage!

Sorry wrong language!
Posted 09:24 on 08 February 2011
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altaranga@ SieteNabbi

lasen sie den bericht oder gerade die kerbe?
Posted 08:30 on 08 February 2011
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SieteNabbi

ma siete nabbi o cosa? un 7???? si merita un 10 cazzo! non sapete un cazzo di videogame!
Posted 08:18 on 08 February 2011
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IamBugged@ The1Dude

I'm cooling off on KZ3 as time goes by. I think there are other games I would rather buy and will wait for a price drop to get this.
Posted 14:27 on 05 February 2011
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The1Dude@ Ghost_Dog

What about douche bag

What was the 3D like? Seems to be pretty similer to kz2 might waot for it to go down in price
Posted 13:40 on 05 February 2011
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SexyJams

Haha, not as good as Dorito's Crash Course,
you little troll Martin.
Posted 10:51 on 05 February 2011
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Clockpunk@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Oh, I agree that multiplayer has been a presence for a very long time indeed, but the priority of development studios, at least to me, seems to be shifting primarily towards it in an increasing fashion. It's not a terribly bad thing, but... some people do like single player campaigns. My point is that I don't think it would be a terrible idea to consider looking at the two playing fields according to their own scales of fun. Even going by other KZ3 reviews, the multiplayer component seems to be the aspect raising the score substantially - and although you and a great many others are interested in this, equally so, many others may not care, and be more interested in just quick information regarding the single player mode.
Posted 23:58 on 04 February 2011

Game Stats

Killzone 3
8
Out of 10
Killzone 3
  • It looks amazing.
  • Multiplayer is deep and accessible
  • Curiously bland, despite the set-pieces.
  • Lacking in charm and character.
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Release Date: 25/02/2011
Platform: PS3
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
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