Written by Erik Kubik Friday, 11 March 2011 11:55
Killzone 3 is the PS3’s answer to Halo, at least this is what the critics and fanboys want gamers to believe. For others like myself, who really haven’t played any of the previous games in the series, Killzone 3 looks and feels like just another generic FPS; surprisingly it’s much, much more.
One of the big things that surprised me was that this game looks really good! Whether it’s during the cut screens, the character models or even the diverse environments, everything looked gorgeous and polished. As a matter of fact, I would have to say: this is one of the best looking FPS games on the market. Sorry Black Ops, Killzone 3 just looks better.
For once in an FPS I found the story to be interesting. There are a few twists and the characters are quirky, in a sense it reminded me of Half-Life. The single player game runs around 6-8 hours, which was an entertaining adventure with some variety. This included stealth elements and on-rails shooting sequences from a variety of vehicles. Space combat in one section of the game was also a welcome change. The AI is marginally helpful and serves as either a distraction for the enemies or as source of life support, with the idea that it’s there to keep the player alive. This is a great concept that unfortunately only works right about half the time. The jetpack is a fantastic tool in the game and is 10 times more fun than when I first played at PAX. I honestly think that every level could use a jetpack.
The multiplayer is where the game shines, although there have been some server and network issues. Most of this is related to getting large number of people into squads or having the game randomly disconnect. They're even having a problem where the game causes the players PS3 to completely lock-up, forcing a hard restart of their system! Knowing Sony, there will be a large patch coming in the near future. The class system in multiplayer works well and there’s enough variety in the game modes to keep things fresh. The jetpacks and mechs add vertical elements to some of the maps as well. Guerrilla Warfare does a nice job of mixing the game modes up over several rounds so nothing becomes too stale.
The big question that I'm posing is: should gamers rush out and buy it? Well as someone that wasn't previously a fan, I’d say there is nothing to lose by getting Killzone 3 ASAP. Although, if you loved the other two games, chances are you preordered Killzone 3 and skipped work to pick it up anyways. It’s a fun game and from the sounds of it there is going to be a strong multiplayer community for several months. That's another reason to justify buying the game. You'll be getting your money’s worth out of this one.