Killzone 3 Review
- Posted February 3rd, 2011 at 17:32 EDT by Adam Dolge
- 19 Comments
- PSU Review Score
- Avg. user review score:
You must be logged in to rate a game
Killzone 3 is one of the best PS3 exclusives. With local co-op, brutal melee combat, and an enormously deep multiplayer mode, it's clear that Guerrilla Games really appreciates its fans. Buy this game as soon as you can.
- One of the most polished, well executed first-person shooters
- A great narrative and even better multiplayer experience
- Local co-op
- Some graphic and audio bugs
- One glitch forced several checkpoint restarts
(continued from previous page) ...of war colors, like greens and browns. Killzone 3’s color palette ranges from oranges, to purples, and grays and reds, giving a truly unique look that goes beyond KZ2. Despite the impressive scenery, we did spot a couple of niggles in some of the earlier levels, however. One particularly nasty glitch in the jungle forced us to restart the last checkpoint about a dozen times. In addition, there are also some visual and audio bugs, which is a bit disappointing, but they’re relatively minor and we imagine can be easily ironed out with a patch.
There's no doubt you’ve already ascertained that the game looks and sounds great, but how does it actually play? Well, the good news is that the gameplay hasn’t changed a great deal since Killzone 2. As such, all the familiar mechanics are very much still in place. You can hide and snap to cover, and your weapons still carry a fair amount of weight. Killzone 2’s gun mechanics were a turnoff for some, and if you fell into that category, it’s worth giving the sequel another shot. Weapons are still heavy, but they are easier to chug around. Guns look incredibly realistic and you have three slots to juggle, enough for a pistol, medium and large weapon. We especially enjoyed the ultimate Helghast weapon, a variation on their green-bio arsenal that disembowels your enemies. One shot takes out a single target, but you can hold down the fire button to charge it, sending out a giant green orb that evaporates anyone in its vicinity.
Sliding into cover offers some awesome action sequences. If you time it right, you can slide behind cover, quickly jump over it, and then land a series of deadly melee attacks. The brutal melee attacks are just that: absolutely vicious and full of gratuitous violence. What’s great about hand-to-hand combat is the way you can use the natural environment to your advantage. You can smash heads against the road or even gouge eyes out with your thumbs.
The new feature of flying around on a jetpack is exhilarating, but airborne combat proves somewhat of an annoyance. You have limited airtime, so you have to make sure you aren’t going to fall into a swarm of enemies, or land in deadly water. We found it best to fly out of the way of oncoming enemies, find a safe vantage point, and unleash the fury. Still, it’s a cool addition and if you get the hang of it, it becomes more than just a great weapon; it transforms into a vital tool in the art of stealth and ambush.
One of the most requested features from Killzone 2 is the ability to play through the campaign in local split-screen co-op with a friend. Fortunately, Killzone 3 has this feature, and it works just fine. We didn’t get a ton of time to try co-op, but what time we did have was enjoyable. We could see people beating the game on their own, and then playing a second time with a buddy.
If you are looking for a killer online multiplayer first-person shooter, Killzone 3 is your new home. It’s truly incredible. The campaign takes about eight hours to beat, but you’ll get plenty more content with online multiplayer. The key to multiplayer is the changing gameplay dynamics, just like in Killzone 2. There’s more here than just your rudimentary ‘search and destroy’ type objectives and we promise FPS fans will find plenty here to keep themselves occupied for months on end.
The maps are perfect for multiplayer, with plenty of places to hide, tons of layers, and plenty of different environments and themes. Killzone 3 online does a great job of keeping the war between the Helghast and ISA alive, and the vast majority of missions require the bad guys to defend against the good guys. We played the multiplayer beta, and feel like the actual game has improved—of course, that could just be because we played the regular campaign before jumping into the multiplayer. Our time online was relatively smooth and we rarely encountered any hiccups.
As expected, you’ll gain experience points and skill points as you rack up the hours online. You can spend points on various weapon ... (continued on next page)
FPSgamer | niminum239
- 12:52pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
first! CANT WAIT FOR THIS EPIC GAME
- 12:54pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
Nice review !
I can't wait to get my hands on my copy !!! This will be my digital crack for sure !
So it works much better with a Dual Shock 3 controller ? surprised as Move have been hyped big and most of the people who tried it with Move said it's awesome.
- 12:55pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
What a great review, enjoyed the read and surprisingly early, well done.
- 12:57pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
very nice i knew it was 9.5 close to a 10 IGN gave it 8.5 bastards X-flock balls in your mouth IGN u could su*k what's in my pants!
- 12:57pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
RE@ Move - That's just my opinion man, def try it for yourself but I wasn't all the impressed with Move.
- 1:13pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
Of course you children love this review because it got a 9.5 Now you're going to go troll other sites who gave it less. Stupid little kids.
- 2:38pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
Great review! Having a blast on the online MP 'beta, good to see the SP holds up just as well.
- 3:09pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
Maikel, you're going to be banned from commenting if you can't behave. Random hostility and stupid fanboy bait like "Gay-Box" will not be tolerated.
Your comments on this article have been deleted.
- 6:56pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
I have to disagree I really enjoyed this with the Move gun! You have to get the gun for this..
- 10:38pm EST - February 3rd, 2011
@4... 8.5 is not a bad score.... im more surprised gametrailers gave the game a 9.5... i was amazed.
Also, if you did read the IGN review, you'd of noticed, they put a lot of weight on things they didn't like.
PSU says the narrative is great.... IGN AND Gametrailers both said the narrative was bad and the story was flat...
And last..... these are just OPINIONS
- 2:50am EST - February 4th, 2011
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 4:54am EST - February 4th, 2011
I dunno why Dead Space 2 didn't get 9.5 and this did. I bet it is good, but Dead Space 2 is outta this world!
- 9:10pm EST - February 8th, 2011
Great review, stupid ign gave it an 8.5 if anything they review is not exactly like call of duty they drop the score. BASTARDS
Nakatomi Uk | Nakatomi_Uk
- 4:49pm EST - February 9th, 2011
In KZ2 the part when your with Garzer you go up some stairs and it locks up on mine for more than 15 secs then kicks back in, I might buy this nice review thou unlike Official PS Mag who never finds anything wrong and just give it a straight 10.10
- 6:58pm EST - February 14th, 2011
isn't the online details for multiplayer supposed to be 2-24? not 1-24. how do you play by yourself online???
- 9:11am EDT - March 26th, 2011
Dear customers, thank you for your support of our company.Here, there's good news to tell you: The company recentlylaunched a number of new fashion items! ! Fashionableand welcome everyone to come buy. If necessary, pleaseinput:http://www.newgoing.comT-shirts (ed hardy,lacoste) $14New era cap $10Air jordan(1-24)shoes $30Handbags(Coach,ed hardy,lv,d&g) $35Jean(True Religion,ed hardy,coogi) $35Sunglasses(Oakey,coach,gucci,Armaini)$14Bikini (Ed hardy,) $18http://www.newgoing.comfd
- 8:29pm EDT - April 23rd, 2011
I LOVED THIS GAME!! this really made my summer! :D
This will permanently ban this user and delete all associated comments. This action is irreversible, are you SURE you want to do this?!