Killzone 3 review (PS3)

Game0N | 1303d ago | User review
Reviewing: Killzone 3
The reckoning portion of Killzone 3 will leave you speechless...
There's no doubt that Guerilla Games set the bar ridiculously high for the Killzone franchise when they released Killzone 2 about two years ago and the expectations were immense; graphically and control wise. How could they possibly outdo the performance of Killzone 2? Is the thought even fathomable?

Visari had been shot to death by Rico at the end of Killzone 2 as a last-minute rage outburst, thus propelling the Helghan nation into "madness" like Visari promised right before his death. The ISA are caught in the middle of this massive civil war as two possible "heirs" to Visari's throne, Admiral Orlock and Jordan Stahl clash differences in terms of their vision of a better Helghan and how to deal with the ISA survivors. Along with a couple of subplots (Narville needing rescue after becoming a POW) the main story has to do with the "get out of dodge" complex where your few in numbers and behind enemy lines. The game emphasizes survival a lot and is quite evident given the horrifying odds that these men are up against.

Many critics have dismissed the story of Killzone 3 as "bland" and some have even resorted to calling the story nonexistent. Killzone 3 is a SEQUEL to Killzone 2, not much story is needed here folks since the bulk of this ongoing war is told in past sequels and prequels. This game is about the desperate attempt to leave Helghan in one piece and it executes this story quite well. To deduct points because of the story in Killzone 3 is like deducting points off Gears of War for having chainsaws attached to their assault rifles.

Killzone 3 boasts some of the most breath-taking set pieces to ever grace a next-generation console, the Reckoning portion of Killzone 3 will leave you speechless. You will be amazed at how much Guerilla Games was able to squeeze out of the PS3, the Reckoning level in Killzone 3 has you going up against the biggest boss in FPS history that only rivals that 40-foot chimeran monster in Resistance 2. Lightening is striking down as you race through a barrage of mortar fire and enemy troopers coming down in dropships, you pick up a WASP (Killzone 3's version of a portable weapon of mass destruction" and...Well let's leave it at that, one must experience the exhilaration and adrenaline that this portion of the game delivers.

Lighting effects are amazingly realistic and the character models have been significantly improved, Sev no longer has that robotic smirk on his face, in this game he actually has facial expressions. Environments range from snowy ice caps to a very fascinating take on the whole alien jungle setting, these levels are massive and if you look hard enough you might just find an alternate route for a more advantageous position. Graphically, Killzone 3 is unmatched, it's only competition being it's ambitious predecessor.

The sound mix in Killzone 3 is of Hollywood stature, Joris De Man returns as the composer for this game and he eloquently prepares an emotionally-driven score that really encapsulates the overall feeling of desperation and hope throughout the entire campaign. Even the main menu titles has a mesmerizing score that leaves you in awe without even pressing the start button. Explosions are loud and gripping, your M82 rifle has a noticeable makeover in terms of sound, it has a roar of a sound when fired that makes it feel that much heavier and powerful. Malcolm McDowell lends his voice for the character of Jordan Stahl and Ray Winstone voices Orlock, a duo that performs flawlessly, Orlock's thick grunt of a voice against Stahl's joker-esque approach to delivering lines; they really brought the characters to life.

Gameplay has had an overhaul yet Guerilla Games managed to keep both the veteran players of Killzone 2 and newcomers happy and contented. The heavy feel is back in it's full glory but the controls are much smoother than they were in Killzone 2, you will not bump into walls or doors like you did in the previous game which had a stiff feel to it. All the controls have been refined and one would even shed a tear knowing that Guerilla Games actually succeeded in perfecting the controls in the true Killzone fashion.

The online portion of the game is so massive that a second review might suffice. To keep it brief, you have a similar ranking system like you had in the previous game only this time around you unlock these points that you can use to get weapons and perks. The point system has also been reworked as you will find it much easier to gain points; Killzone 3 rewards you with points for virtually everything you do whereas in Killzone 2, the point system was rather unforgiving and for lack of a better word, "cheap." Maps are huge and bursting with details, you will most likely die the first few times for being continuously distracted by the breath-taking scenery. Class system is back with a few changes, the saboteur is now called the infiltrator. Other changes include what weapons they carry and of course what their perks are. New game modes include Operations and Guerilla Warfare. Operations literally puts the top 3 players in the cutscene in an objective-based match spanning three very critical objectives that need to be completed in a very short amount of time with the ISA invading and the Helghasts defending. Guerilla Warfare is your standard team deathmatch and Warzone returns from last game.

Killzone 3 is what a $60 game should be. It has incredible longevity, it fully exercises the power of the playstation 3, it's fun multiplayer will leave you neglecting every other game coming out this year. The satisfaction of hearing that kill notification "brilippp!" chirp thingy never gets old, it's really satisfying! Buy Killzone 3 today and prepare to be engulfed in the atmosphere of pure chaos and destruction!
Ups
graphics king
addictive multiplayer
beautiful score by Joris De Man
Downs
Shorter campaign than last game
Lacking more operations maps
abrupt ending
Score
10.0
Graphics
10.0
Sound
10.0
Gameplay
10.0
Fun factor
10.0
Online
10.0
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
Raendom  +   1303d ago
Agree with this review SO much. 10 seems generous, but trust me, it's not. It deserves nothing less imo.

Especially agree with your points on the story.

But only 9.5 for sound? What does it lose .5 for? Just curious because I think it has the best sound design in any other game, ever. Rivaled in terms of actual SOUND only by Battlefield BC2, but the thing is Killzone 3 actually has a really good musical score that complements everything and I don't think BC2 has that.
Game0N  +   1303d ago
Thanks.
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awiseman  +   1301d ago
Its funny when you look at the average of critics and then look at the user score on this site and you can quickly see why I call it n4ps3fanboys(g)
jammydude  +   1300d ago
Thanks for the input, you one bubbled fanboy turd :)
ps3bestever  +   1303d ago
Agree with this review SO much.
InFAMOUS1  +   1303d ago
Just finished my first play through and I agree with EVERYTHING you just said.. Especially the ending.... It was just...Over... Seemed like a bad Hollywood ending where they just ran out of money, but in this case I would say they were required to do it for the the paving for KZ4. Great Review!!!
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   1302d ago
One of the better and HONEST reviews that others should have given. Story is good, animations and controls are improved (even though Im a Kz2 fan) and obviously, there's nothing more one can say about the graphics.
SP gameplay length is NOT a problem. Give me a shorter, jampacked quality offering over a lengthy, dull, rinse and repeat type, anyday of the week. Pretty much how I felt about Heavenly Sword.
@inFAMOUS 1
I think the ending sets up the story continuation for Kz4.
Game0N  +   1302d ago
your absolutely right, despite KZ3's shorter campaign, the pacing was amazing. From the stealth mission to when you have to rescue narville, it was really a fun ride.There are definitely other games that have long but boring campaigns...and in this case less is more.
DeviateFish  +   1302d ago
Looking forward to playing this game.
With that out of the way, 3 negative points and still 10/10?
LunaticBrandon  +   1302d ago
Totally not a pile of fanboy nonsense.
guitar_nerd_23  +   1301d ago
I'm enjoying it so far, just starting to feel natural with the sharpshooter.

I don't think the story's much cop like the major reviews, but I didn't really expect a good story from this game and it does me good to get an arm rest very 20mins or so for a short cutscene and watch some stuff blow up, ties it all together just fine and cetainly doesn't detract from the experiance.

edit: I love the bits where you controll mechs in particular they should make a mech combat game.
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Kon  +   1301d ago
what the.... 10 for EVERYTHING?? I mean... really?
taylork37  +   1301d ago
Single player gameplay was a lot better than KZ2, but it was extrememly short. Not to mention the terrible ending.

You pointed these out but still gave it a 10/10. Does not make sense.

I think it fits perfectly in the 9/10 range.

They also took out a lot of feature in the multiplayer that didn't make sense. (Stat tracking and replay)

Awesome game, but not a perfect 10/10.
Game0N  +   1301d ago
reason being is because their not enough to deduct actual points, it was just a case of "i want more" which is a sure sign of a good and satisfying experience. I pointed it out as a heads up but it's definitely not enough to bring the score down in anyway shape or form. Thanks for the feedback! :)
never_waste_a_bullet  +   1301d ago
is this the general consensus for this game, or is it just you?

If it is, I think I'll pick up a copy
NBT91  +   1301d ago
Nope. It is a fantastic Game by all means but not this perfect :P
D3athc3ll  +   1300d ago
i dont agree on this review. Sorry but Killzone 3 may have the best graphics on consoles, but it really aint that good!

But if it is your opinion on the game, then enjoy it.
But you need to play more games, try rockstar's games next!

Red Dead Redemption
GTA IV
LA NOIRE

Mass Effect 2 (not rockstar)

tHEN again, its your opinion about Killzone 3, but no game deserves 10, and 10 for everything?? Fanboy...
jammydude  +   1300d ago
It may not be 10/10 perfect, but in my books it's a solid 9.5/10. It really is that good, go and play it :)
TheGreat_1  +   1296d ago
"released Killzone 2 about two years ago and the expectations were immense; graphically and control wise." You troll on my review and not only did you literally gave all 10's but you basically say the controls were great in Killzone 2? They were HORRIBLE, absolutely horrible.

If Killzone 3 takes away from Killzone 2's MP and you still give it a 10? That makes no sense and contradicts yourself my friend. Killzone 3 is a great game without a doubt, but to give it all perfect scores like it's a masterpiece, which by no means it isn't, is ludacris.

You practically contradict yourself during this entire review and as most people have already commented on here, this is a very biased review and you are clearly a huge fan, to the point of being blind to the games issues.

Don't be butt hurt because I only have it a 9/10 and gave an honest review. A 10/10 for online? Pfft. If the online was 10/10 why do you think they're patching it? Severely? I guess when custom matches FINALLY comes back it'll be a 20/10

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Killzone 3

Average Score 8.5 Reviews(345)
Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
US 22 February 2011
EU 25 February 2011
AU 24 February 2011