Killzone 3 - PS3

Game Description:Bringing back the trademark ferocious action on a grand scale, Killzone 3 is an explosive cinematic experience more intense than ever before. Loaded with more vehicles, explosive high powered weapons and a vicious close-combat system, resume the fight against a remorseless Helghast Army of colossal proportions. This is David vs. Goliath…if Goliath had thousands of troops and a thermonuclear arsenal.
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E3 2010: Killzone 3 First Look & Hands On Preview

E3 2010: Killzone 3 First Look & Hands On Preview

By Tom Price - Posted May 27, 2010

After Killzone 2 delivered critically and commercially on some impossibly high (and drawn out) expectations, you would think that the developers at Guerrilla Games would relax a bit and rest on their laurels. Nope. Almost immediately after finishing work on 2009’s PS3-exclusive shooter, they embarked on the development of its successor, which they intend to make bigger than ever: Killzone 3.

Sony has just revealed the latest installment of what has become one of their flagship first-person shooter titles (next to Insomniac Games’ Resistance series) with a first look at the game in action, in addition to some hands on time for the media in attendance. And it wasn't impossible-to-believe cinematics, argued over ad nauseum by fanboy legions this time, but real live gameplay. (On behalf of the nerds, let me just say: thank you.)

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Spoiler Alert! Killzone 3 picks up where Killzone 2 left off, pretty much to the minute. It begins with Rico and Sev witnessing the destruction of the ISA forces by the Helghast after executing their emperor. The war is decidedly over, and the ISA has clearly lost. But there’s still a matter of survival at hand for our heroes, and Killzone 3 is about that escape in the face of an overwhelming Helghast force. From the point of view of our protagonist Sev, Guerilla describes it as a David vs. Goliath story. But for the Helghast, it’s a tale of political intrigue, as two rivals fight for control in the power vacuum left behind in the wake of the assassination.

As you fight your way across a variety of environments on Helghan (frozen arctic, a nuclear-annihilated wasteland, lush jungles, and ultimately, outer space) you’ll notice how much bigger the environments and play areas are. The theme of “bigger” extends to everything, actually, from bigger weapons and vehicles to bigger enemies. The concept of big will morph the gameplay into a more exciting and dramatic experience, giving Killzone 3 a decidedly different feel than Killzone 2.

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The playable level on display at Sony’s event was set on a derelict oil rig in Helghan’s frozen wastelands was itself ten times bigger than any level in Killzone 2, and the action therein matched the scale. Heavy mounted weapons were made available, with which we shredded multiple Helghast bad guys, and a couple of the other new features like the "Brutal Melee" system and jet packs made the experience a lot more action-oriented. The melee system alone made for some really dramatic moments as we kicked, punched, stomped, and eye-stabbed our way through the horde. The increased mobility offered by the jet pack, which allowed short jumps augmented by mid-air dashes also suggested that the experience of playing Killzone 3 will feel extra fresh for fans of the series.

We also had the chance to play the game in 3D, giving us a feel for how that new feature will work for gamers who own such a television (and a pair of shutter glasses) and want to play it that way. The tech is solid, and the game runs rather smoothly in 3D, an achievement in itself that should tell Guerrilla Games that they’re doing the right things with the new graphical engine they’ve built for the game (which they reiterated they’re doing completely on their own, contrary to reports on the Internet.)

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The only other big question we had about the game was about multiplayer, but unfortunately Guerrilla is still holding their cards tight to the chest on that one. What they will say is that they listened closely to the community, and are trying to make the new multiplayer modes more accessible. What that means exactly remains to be seen, but you can expect to see a lot more about that between now and when the game ships sometime in 2011. Until then we can dispense with the arguments about whether what we’ve seen is real or not and simply revel in the big plans Guerrilla Games has for one of the most anticipated PS3 exclusives out there.

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  • fiorina161

    Killzones Controlls are PERFECT. They fixed them a year ago in 2009. The only people complaining about that is the ones who haven't played the game in a freaking Year. Don't cater too those loosers Guerilla Games. Don't try too satisfy noobs. Satisfy your fans first. Mass effect 2 failed because it tried to satisfy Gears of War Fans, and they ruined its RPG experience. Don't make the same mistake Guerilla. Every Game that Changes too satisfy noobs always fails. Don't do it. Don't waist your valuable developement time on a NON-Issue.

    Posted: June 1, 2010 10:29 AM
  • fiorina161

    Killzones Controlls are PERFECT. They fiexed them a year ago in 2009. Theirs no need too change the controlls too satisfy COD noobs. Mass Effect 2 failed because it tried too satisfy Gears of war noobs. IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT. Because that creates problems with your true fans.

    Posted: June 1, 2010 10:20 AM
  • mon_diesle

    Sure, they know that we didn't like the controls, but they kept justifying the weapons weighing 200 pounds. If they're stuck on "weapon weight" being a must, they won't be fixing what sucks.

    Posted: May 31, 2010 8:54 PM
  • bretthoof

    thumbs up killzone 3.
    thumbs down 3D.

    Posted: May 31, 2010 3:20 PM
  • spartonhero

    iam a big fan of this game ,but why so long is a big game to look forward to .

    Posted: May 30, 2010 5:56 PM
  • RAWR22

    Wow, thanks for the spoiler alert!!!

    Posted: May 29, 2010 9:32 PM
  • Broheimer

    I think the snow Helghast kinda look like snow pirates from Lost Planet but much cooler.

    Posted: May 29, 2010 8:35 PM
  • 13qyhgdxcv2

    And yet again there is so much bullcrap about these screenshot. THEY ARE NOT INGAME OR WHAT IT IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE ON OUR TVs

    Posted: May 29, 2010 10:25 AM
  • saltycat

    um i was looking at leaked game play over a diffrent interview on youtube. they have added in badass exicution's which is preetty cool, and the mounted guns are demountable which is awesome cant wait for E3.

    Posted: May 29, 2010 1:17 AM
  • Theshiznits

    I think they should have Co-op

    Posted: May 28, 2010 3:29 PM
  • TD_ThA_MoNsTa

    Already on my must buy list. Can't wait to hear more about this (come on E3, show me some KillZone 3).

    Posted: May 28, 2010 10:30 AM
  • Pwnproof

    (Goose bumps)

    Posted: May 28, 2010 10:00 AM
  • SereneSNIPER

    I still play Killzone 2. By far the best looking shooter I've played (visually). I enjoyed the cover system, guns, environment and other things so much. Guerrilla is definitely gonna blow us away with this.

    Posted: May 28, 2010 1:21 AM
  • DarrenZX07

    THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: May 27, 2010 9:56 PM
  • jleack

    These previews blow my mind. This is on my top 3 list to look forward to.

    Posted: May 27, 2010 8:55 PM
  • Rikyfree

    I just hope people realize that Killzone had jetpacks before Halo:Reach did i.e. Killzone Liberation.

    Posted: May 27, 2010 8:07 PM
  • somniphobiac

    "Brutal melee"??

    Posted: May 27, 2010 8:02 PM
  • Fuzion9

    I'm really looking forward to this! I might even try out the 3D on it, but I'm not so sure I'll like that part

    Posted: May 27, 2010 5:37 PM
  • Halogun

    im looking forward to this one even though it totaly sounds like its borrowing ideas from Halo reach im still excited about this one

    Posted: May 27, 2010 4:56 PM
  • BlackandWhiteReviews

    Glad to hear the 3D tech is solid. I've been looking into a new TV for our master bedroom and have been interested in sony's new models... this may just sell me on it as long as they don't rediculously overprice them cause they are 3D

    Posted: May 27, 2010 4:47 PM