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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  • predator_225

    awesome,im a huge fan of killzone,and killzone 3 sounds like a greater improved version of 2,which i thought it couldnt get any better,the only peeve i have is that 3-D isnt right for it,i think 3-D will be the downfall of the game,hopefully there will be a mode where u can turn 3-D off

    Posted: June 13, 2010 8:00 PM
  • TheNewGuy

    3D or not this game is gonna be SICK!!! can't wait!

    Posted: June 12, 2010 2:54 AM
  • B-RadGfromOV

    Killzone 3's "Wasp" = Ratchet and Clank's RYNO

    Posted: June 11, 2010 2:14 PM
  • Captain2z5

    Killzone 2 has the best graphics. Better than Gears of War 2 and equally as fun. One of the best first person shooter of all time.

    Posted: June 8, 2010 11:22 PM
  • deafwing

    Do your 3D .... but just don't implement it at the cost of a solid single player campaign or that it becomes a detriment to online MP.

    Posted: June 7, 2010 11:50 AM
  • deadspacefan1


    Posted: June 5, 2010 10:34 AM
  • XxRushxX

    Never really played K2, wasn't to my liking.Though this one is an attention getter.K3 has been added to my shooting series.Looks good!

    Posted: June 4, 2010 11:02 PM
  • Cathartic Denoument

    This game seems like it'll be a big contender when it comes out, regardless of it's console exclusivity..

    ..really wish I wasn't tight on money right now =/ , so I could finally get myself a PS3 [Slim] & all of these wonderful games. [=
    Does anyone know if any Launch-Day/Backwards Compatible PS3's are still being sold online??

    Posted: June 4, 2010 11:54 AM
  • kengore8

    Looking forward for the 3D graphic tech in this game, probably have to destroy my savings to get a set up to play this game

    Posted: June 4, 2010 9:42 AM
  • Csquared10

    what I want to know is it 3D only or can i play it in 2D.

    Posted: June 3, 2010 2:15 PM
  • dinn-dinn

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaawesome

    Posted: June 3, 2010 11:30 AM
  • matt10897

    LOOK AT THE TOP FEB 28TH 2011 YESSSS. but i am kinda cautious killzone was great and all but 4 years of preduction. if you guys didnt know killzone 2 was supposed to be a ps3 launch title. and theyere trying to make 3 bigger and better in two years. but that is kinda cool itll come out the same EXACT day as KZ2

    Posted: June 2, 2010 2:57 PM
  • iStab

    Even from the first couple of multiplayer maps I played in the Killzone 2 multiplayer mode, I felt that the elegance and balance of the maps, the self esteem boosting medal and ribbon rewards system, and the overall gameplay mechanics of the entire experience really turned me on to the whole idea of multiplayer. I played the medic class, and every time I saved someone on my team from bleeding out and got an audible "thank you" or "you rock" from that person, and then to be rewarded points for doing so, really made multiplayer games fun for me. Additionally, I was and still am a HUGE fan of the intricate and (again) immersive story line of the entire series, and I doubt seriously that that's going to change.

    Posted: June 2, 2010 6:51 AM
  • Harlemz-Prodigy

    Lookin forward to 3D! Hope there is the brutal melee online, i hope you can crawl when you are downed also...im still kinda pissed that the splitscreen patch NEVER came out when it was supposed to soo i hope Guerilla puts splitscreen in this installment of The Killzone series...also CO-OP 4 player co-op!

    Posted: June 2, 2010 5:57 AM
  • ratedsXe

    they better put an option not to play in 3d, im not looking forward in 3d

    Posted: June 1, 2010 9:10 PM
  • blackreaper24

    countin down the days until realease

    Posted: June 1, 2010 5:43 PM
  • heeroyuyz13

    No 3d wast of time just make the game good

    Posted: June 1, 2010 1:06 PM
  • marcusdjackson

    this will be the best FPS ever made

    Posted: June 1, 2010 1:01 PM
  • Insane_genius

    @fiorina161 i totally agree.

    Posted: June 1, 2010 12:45 PM
  • cardinalsfan1122

    I wasn't that excited about 3d i wasn't gonna get it but this game might just sell me on it Killzone 2 was one of my favorite shooters in recent memory.

    Posted: June 1, 2010 10:31 AM