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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  • linc77

    I still need to play killzone 2... thank god my bday iscoming up

    Posted: May 27, 2010 3:51 PM
  • onlineatron

    I'm mostly interested in the story aspect of Killzone 3.

    Killzone 2's story felt mostly like a set up for the power vacuum that has surfaced for the sequel. If handled well, with a good script (less swears please Guerrilla) and smooth pacing then it could be very interesting indeed,

    Posted: May 27, 2010 3:41 PM
  • RandyMercer

    "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.)"

    So Naughty Dog didn't help create the new graphics engine? I guess Guerrilla designed it but Naughty Dog is assisting them or something.

    Posted: May 27, 2010 2:43 PM
  • goldbar

    So did the demo use the 'Move' or was it controller based? I think this would be very pertinent information.

    We know the game is going to look great. The gameplay from the last installment was stellar, why change it. The real question is 'HOW are we going to play the game?'

    Posted: May 27, 2010 2:18 PM
  • Bub433

    i still play that game all the time!!!!!

    Posted: May 27, 2010 2:13 PM
  • rodwoo

    This looks incredible. Can't wait!

    Posted: May 27, 2010 2:10 PM

    I think it's on par with Halo. Top shooters.

    Posted: May 27, 2010 2:04 PM
  • DROP3R

    killzone 2 was a graphical powerhouse. but besides that, it had a lame story, crappy controls, and levels of repetiton throughout the whole game. I really hope they put in some epic boss battles or atleast make the levels feel different this time. Some more weapons would be awsome too please.

    Posted: May 27, 2010 1:58 PM
  • mittens1231

    ke cosa? This game is gonna be dope!

    Posted: May 27, 2010 1:51 PM
  • hoof_hearted4

    i never played killzone 2 but now that its down to $20 or something i think ill be picking it up soon (after a couple other games ive been wanting that are out or coming out soon) so i can get a feel for the game and the story because i am deff picking up K3 (and R3 aha)

    Posted: May 27, 2010 1:49 PM
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    Posted: May 27, 2010 1:47 PM
  • spicypooptastic

    the lush jungles part is probably what naughty dog is helping them on. I bet when they showed this the Jungle engine they where like "and this is the color green" and the gurilla games people were like "wait you mean jungles are not brown yellow and gray with rust?" and naughty dog was like no no place in exsistence is that grey.

    i excited for color tho, I can't stand grey environments they seem stale and unimagined. So this jungle part will be pretty cool. But another point post apocaliptic worlds would not be all grey rubble it would look like enslaved aka overgrowth if youve ever seen a ghost town in russia you'd know.

    Posted: May 27, 2010 1:40 PM
  • bigboi21

    Killzone 2 is still one my favorite looking shooters ever. Every aspect of it was so polished, so detailed, although it had its flaws, it still played great, and looked better. Hopefully they fix what was wrong in Killzone 2 but keep up the stunning look of the game.

    Posted: May 27, 2010 1:27 PM
  • foxtrot_MGS

    Can't wait! While Killzone 2 seems like an run of the mill shooter on the surface, it did a lot of new things and is a pretty unique experience. I didn't think a third would come so quickly, although I was hoping it would as the ending left me wanting more (aside from the mind blowing difficulty at that point). My only hopes for Killzone three would be a wider color pallet and some better voice acting for the main protagonists (though the helgashts' is spot on!). It's a shame that such a beautiful game has nothing but brown, gray, and black in it's scenery. I expect multiplayer to be well thought out and possibly including co-op.

    Posted: May 27, 2010 12:57 PM
  • PunkALive21

    I'm excited for this! Killzone isnt by any means a perfect game, but it is still a very solid shooter. Can't wait for E3!

    Posted: May 27, 2010 12:34 PM