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 Multiplayer Beta Impressions

Killzone 3 Multiplayer Beta Impressions

By Christopher Monfette - Posted Nov 04, 2010

As general fans of both killing and zones, the multiplayer beta for Killzone 3 was an exciting prospect for many of us here at the office, and we recently had the opportunity to jump online and attempt to stab, flank and frag some enemy Helghast. The levels included in the beta weren’t anything new to those who’ve seen the game at the various conventions over the last few months, but with the debris-filled killing fields now populated by real-life players, we had a lot more time to live and die in the world of Killzone 3.

Thankfully, few shooters look quite as good as Killzone and this latest installment only continues to improve upon what was already a visual spectacle. The two levels we experienced in the beta offered a nice mixture of interior and exterior settings. The first, Corinth Highway, provided a nuclear-baked sky, a perpetual orange overcast, that hovered above a bombed-out terrain of collapsed highways and decimated buildings. The second, Frozen Damn, took place in a massive industrial complex of rusted, criss-crossing girders, pounded relentlessly on one side by the ocean and flanked on the other by a snowy, ash laden hill. And in between, rubble-filled hallways or metal corridors drove us toward our enemies, guns forward, admiring the scenery.

With regard to the core gameplay, fans of Killzone won’t find a particularly new experience, but there are a handful of new features that help to broaden the multiplayer significantly. Classes have been added to the mix, allowing players to choose from Infiltrator, Marksman, Engineer, Tactician and Field Medic, each of which comes with various skills and load-outs such as boosts to accuracy, offense, turret maintenance, repair and stealth.

Matches consist of Warzone, Guerilla Warzone and Operations, the first of which players will no doubt remember from the second game in the franchise. The second mode offers a general team deathmatch option and the third presents a series of more objective-based, capture-the-flag type content. Anti-social gamers can now go up against a series of bots or test their skills while waiting for the real battle to start, all of which leads into a freshly tweaked leveling system. In Killzone 3, points and ribbons will help you advance through the ranks, and with each promotion, you’ll earn credits that can be applied toward the purchase of weapons, armor and other upgrades.

While the game plays noticeably faster and more streamlined than Killzone 2, that familiar sense of heaviness persists, a weight to your step and a bob to your head that ultimately eliminates a sense of smoothness to your movement. Subsequently, running and gunning isn’t an easy affair, so lining up shots, communicating with your team and planning out the best, most effective strategies will no doubt be key to surviving for long.

That…and giant mechs. Yes, massive mech-suits can be found throughout select maps that’ll give you a sizeable advantage for as long as you can avoid enemy fire, offering endless ammo and a barrage of missiles with which to wail away on your opponents. The mech proved particularly useful in Cornith Highway where players can traverse to the upper levels and rain down destruction on their opponents in the central courtyard.

At the end of the day, Killzone 3 continues to refine an already successful multiplayer experience without stepping away from the core elements that have made this graphically jaw-dropping actioner a must-own for PS3 fans. Only time and a much higher body count will tell for sure, however.


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  • Juvon

    im am a xbox guy just until now i realized that when i play my xbox i become a brainless zombie that does nothing but play cod all day. i also realized that i missed playing video games just to play them. when i had a ps2 i would got to kb toys as a kid and just buy anygame that looked kool. And now i really missed that feeling of happiness and enjoyment of playing a game.Now on the xbox i get frustrated and play online multiplayer constantly and it doesnt feel fun at all anymore.So thats why this christmas im going to try to get a ps3 or a psp and just have good solid fun with games from my childhood instead of the competitive stress filled games on the xbox.Loco Roco here i come! ps i know these games are on ps3 also and theres mindless zombies on there too, but the ps3 has many games that i really miss and come on..................... who didnt have a ps2.think about it...............

    Posted: November 9, 2010 5:54 PM
  • BazookaSamurai

    Can't wait for this game!

    Posted: November 8, 2010 8:47 PM
  • Leviathon19

    Pumped for KZ3! It sounds like Guerrilla really took things the community said to heart in regards to the additions and changes. That deserves respect. Day 1 for me.

    Posted: November 8, 2010 1:12 PM
  • godzillaisyourdaddy

    This game is just gorgeous. the assassinations are gruesome! Love it! The jet pack and mech suit are killer! This is a ps3 exclusive to have! Damn if only I had a ps3. (Talking to kinect): xbox transform into a ps3!

    Posted: November 8, 2010 12:22 PM
  • speedballfury

    I can't wait. The last one was great. This is gonna be one helluva game!! Got my clock set. All I can say is awesome!!!

    Posted: November 8, 2010 11:20 AM
  • cinemascapes08

    Very excited about this.

    Posted: November 8, 2010 9:05 AM
  • Bangarang!

    Yeah I'm getting Black Ops tonight but I'm way more excited for the new killzone! The game looks so slick and I love the heavier feel that it has. I can't wait!

    Posted: November 8, 2010 8:47 AM
  • ruribe8

    Killzone > COD

    Posted: November 6, 2010 5:16 PM
  • jackhole88

    IT looks like it's going to be nice game

    Posted: November 5, 2010 2:18 PM
  • StarWars_Enigma

    I am about to ask a stupid question but I dont care cause im going to ask it anyway, but will this whole game be in mountains or in the tundra? Because every preview ive seen on this game is always in the snow.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 6:45 PM
  • isaac000

    the bot game is more of a tutorial i find which is good if you dont play multiplayer games much, and great for advance players too to learn the maps to plot out the best strategies. It would just be nice if one the bot teammates was a medic to pick you up.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 6:33 PM
  • isaac000

    the bot game is more of a tutorial i find which is good if you dont play multiplayer games much, and great for advance players too to learn the maps to plot out the best strategies. It would just be nice if one the bot teammates was a medic to pick you up.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 6:24 PM
  • Bub433

    Excited as all hell for this game.
    i was so pissed i didnt get a beta key.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 6:02 PM
  • EKG

    That's what I loved about Killzone 2. You were not handed kills, like in CoD. You had to work for them. There was no auto aim or snap to aim helping you rack up a dozen kills. It was all you, skill, and patience. You felt rewarded with every kill because you knew it was a matter of skill, and not luck or who can pull the trigger first.

    I can't wait for the 3rd one, and I am going to be online dishing out the justice with my trusty pistol!

    Posted: November 4, 2010 5:38 PM
  • JustTheBeginning

    You do realize there are 3 maps, not 2 lol. There is one with jetpacks that has a huge green EMP thingy in it.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 4:41 PM