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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Killzone 3 Single-Player Preview

Killzone 3 Single-Player Preview

By Jake Gaskill - Posted Dec 16, 2010

Killzone 3

The first things I notice when I drop into battle are the muted booms and pops in the distance, somewhere northeast of my drop point. As I make my way to my troops, who are attempting to make headway against an entrenched swarm of Helghast, I take cover behind some crates as laser scopes flicker past my head and my tank rolls into the narrow battlefield, unleashing rockets at the various Helghast mortar and fire teams perched on the rocks up ahead. A grenade whizzes by my head just as I run up to the nearest enemy soldier and plunge my knife into his chest before twisting his neck to a fatal degree. Trails of rocket smoke crisscross the air like ghostly clotheslines, as the last of the Helghast forces are dropped by the remaining members of my squad. With explosions and gunfire still ringing in my ears, I calmly put the PlayStation 3 controller down, and let my brain have a moment to breath as I wait for the next section of the preview level to begin. That was just my first five minutes with Killzone 3.

The scene described above was just the opening portion of a single, multi-part campaign level from Guerilla Games’ eagerly awaited threequel that I recently had a chance to play through. Without any proper context, I couldn’t really tell you what the purpose of all the gorgeously rendered and skull rattling gun fights were all about, other than that the primary goal of this section was to bring down a a Mawler, a skyscraper-tall Helghan mech (presumably because a world with one less Helghan mech is a much better world).

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The handful of cutscenes in this preview level establish that some very clear tensions have risen between the player (aka Sgt. Tomas Sevchenko), Sgt. Rico Velasquez, and Capt. Narville. Once it becomes clear that Narville is in the wrong regarding the current plan of attack (i.e. taking out that huge mech I mentioned earlier), you fight your way through a trench lined with Helghasts packing flamethrowers. The fire effects, and all the effects in general, are quite spectacular.

As you move through the trench, the mech towers above, unleashing a massive energy blast every few seconds that rips apart the sky with light and sound, and raining down mortars and missiles all around you. As you can probably tell, if there’s one thing Killzone 2 fans don’t have to worry about in Killzone 3 it is whether the follow up will deliver a sensory overload on par with the previous game, because even after this 20-30 minute section, it felt like my ears and eyes had run wind sprints and been punched in their naughty bits about 14 times.

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In order to bring down the giant machine, you have to use the multi-missile launching Wasp to destroy ventilation panels located on the top of the spidery mech’s head. Firing from the hip with the Wasp unleashes a flurry of missiles that twist and turn wildly and then decimate their intended target. Using the gun’s sights lets you lock onto a target and fire a single cluster bomb of sorts that creates one massive explosion, perfect for taking out, say, exposed ventilation panels on a 300-foot tall death machine.

This section of the battle also features some great demonstrations of environmental destruction. There are a series of three concrete bunkers that house ammo and weapons that end up as nothing but piles of rubble and steel framing by the time this phase of the battles is completed. Blasting holes through the walls has a clear Battlefield: Bad Company 2 feel to it, which could end up lending a nice sense of strategy and choice to certain battles later on in the game assuming there are environments that allow for it.

The concluding sequence of the level has you riding aboard a transport ship, circling the weakened yet still highly functional mech, and packing a powerful machine gun with unlimited ammo. As you are flown around the behemoth, you have to take out more panels, turrets, and missile launchers. The scope of this final showdown is simply spectacular, with ships, rockets, and exhaust blasts encircling your field of view, and the sound design just further drives home the epic scale of the battle.

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In terms of controls, Killzone 3 feels more fluid and snappier than its predecessor. I actually played through the Killzone 2 demo again to compare the feel of both games, and the differences were pretty apparent. Even on the default sensitivity, the aiming was much faster than even the highest sensitivity setting in Killzone 2. I also tried out the game’s entirely optional Move control scheme, and while they did grow on me a little bit by the second time I played through the level, it’s just too clunky to be a viable option for hardcore players.

One of the main problems is that you have to aim at the borders of the screen in order to move the camera where you want to look, which means a lot of overturning and then having to aim back to the other side of the screen to bring the camera back to the center. Of course, by then an enemy has had more than enough time to unload an entire clip into your neck.

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Presentation wise, the game doesn’t seem leaps and bounds beyond what was seen in Killzone 2, but the exhausting mech-battling section I played through featured more than enough visual flourishes and details to definitely make me excited to see what the rest of the game has in store when it hits shelves on February 22, 2011, even if it does turn my head into an over-stimulated ball of mush (and I mean that in the best way possible).

Comments are Closed

  • macdaddy2

    Looks fun but I was hopeing for a 4 player split screen co-op play option.

    Posted: February 8, 2011 10:57 AM
  • landmark22

    its going to be hard to put KZ2 Down

    Posted: January 19, 2011 1:49 PM
  • Toast1235

    wow thought the game was going to be delayed until the summer cant wait til next month i'm saving a.s.a.p

    Posted: January 14, 2011 1:51 PM
  • SixOwe

    can't wait 4 this game 2 come out man omg plus the other lyke homefront,Brink,uncharted and many more, i luv the gaming life! lol

    Posted: January 13, 2011 1:42 PM

    damn i wanted some gameplay vids lol

    Posted: December 20, 2010 2:06 PM
  • reagenyouth125

    I hope Rico dies early in this one.......he almost ruined KZ2 for me.

    Posted: December 20, 2010 1:25 PM
  • X-IronGear


    Posted: December 19, 2010 7:13 PM
  • Indabud

    "it felt like my ears and eyes had run wind sprints and been punched in their naughty bits about 14 times"

    Naughty bits lmao :) Can hardly wait to get my hands on KZ3 2011 is going to be THE year of the PS3>

    Posted: December 18, 2010 1:52 PM
  • Tharus

    Move feels clunky hardcore players wont use it O.o thats interesting basically only hardcore people remain in MAG which is very easy to get killed in and i do great with move. Glad the deadzone is changeable in Killzone 3 thats my only problem with MAG and move you cant get really accurate with long shots because the deadzone.

    Posted: December 18, 2010 12:12 AM
  • venromero

    you said you compaired this demo to the killzone 2 demo, was that before or after the aiming mechanic was fixed for kz2?

    Posted: December 17, 2010 2:54 PM
  • dward_moffet

    You can make the dead zone on the move smaller so you don't have to move the cursor to the edge of the screen. You may have found that out had you pressed that little start button on the controller and clicked settings.

    Posted: December 17, 2010 7:54 AM
  • ruribe8

    Goddamn it, there's too many good games coming out for ps3 in 2011. Now I have to choose between Kz3, ME2, LBP2, Dead Space 2.

    Posted: December 17, 2010 6:24 AM
  • ReeferMuncher

    Makes me wish I had a PS3... Will it come out for PC in Feb too?

    Posted: December 17, 2010 12:35 AM
  • bigmonstefan

    I picked a bad time to quit gaming to make sure I finish college. well, I didn't, but it still sucks.

    Posted: December 16, 2010 5:38 PM
  • PaperStSoap89

    god this and bullet storm in the same month, i'm going to have a broke February

    Posted: December 16, 2010 4:19 PM
  • carlos0981

    another game to add to my most anticipated games of 2011. I'm going to need a second job to afford all this games.

    Posted: December 16, 2010 4:06 PM
  • cmdluke

    according to this article on the PSBlog, you can adjust the dead zone controls so you don't have to aim the move at the edge of the screen to turn.

    "As an example, Hulst notes that he prefers to make the horizontal deadzone very small to enable faster turning of his character."

    http://blog.us.playstation.c om/2010/12/16/killzone-3-meets -the-playstation-move-sharp-sh ooter/

    Posted: December 16, 2010 2:24 PM
  • vlweb3d

    What? No Videos???!!!

    Posted: December 16, 2010 11:59 AM