Killzone 3 review (PS3)

undercovrr | 1246d ago | User review
Reviewing: Killzone 3
A similar MP experience and a too quick SP experience
I've been playing Killzone 3 for 2 weeks now and here are my impressions/review of the game.

As a huge Killzone 2 fan, I am happy with GG that they added the Coop single player mode. Nothing is more fun than playing Killzone 3 with a buddy. However, after beating the SP in 6 hours on HARD mode, I can safetly say I will not come back to it again, since it is a very forgettable experience. When compared to Killzone 2, Killzone 3 SP misses the mark. Killzone 2 wowed gamers with crazy graphics and a gritty campaign with a memorable villain (Visari). However, while KZ3 has more varied (and beautiful) environments, the plot itself has alot of potential, but is handled poorly by sub-par voice acting, and 2D characters. I still have no reason to feel emotional connection with the ISA or Helghast, since their characters do not develop past the "pissed off" and "sterotypically heroic" behaviours. However, I can say that the campaign does provide a fun one time experience.
Oh and I forgot to add: the sound in the Single player is terrible. The music plays way too loud over the voices, and at times (especially in dramatic moments) its plays too low. Also lip synching can be off.

Now to the Multiplayer, KZ3's biggest strength. First I will start off with the positive aspects. The framerate and stability is much improved since launch due to GG patching the game. Moreover, there are now 3 modes as opposed to 2, with the new one being Operations. Operations makes you work with other people to take down Enemy AI in a variety of objectives similar to the Warzone MP mode. Warzone remains the same, and weapons as well as classes seem more balanced than KZ2. New additions to MP are jetpacks and mechs which are always welcome!

Now to the negative aspects: Controls are more streamlined. What do I mean by that? They have a less weighty feel to them than KZ2, which was what made Kz2 so different than other 'twitch' shooters like COD. In addition, the multiplayer has very few new additions in comparison to KZ2, which makes it extremely similar. Now that may not be a bad thing, but as a person who played Kz2 MP to death, I can safetly say that I got bored of KZ3 MP really quickly. But that is just me, opinions on this may vary. Lastly, the maps. There are only 7 maps that come on the disc, and 3 operations maps. That is a very low number, and unless you buy the DLC, you will get bored fast.

To sum up, Kz3 is a really fun game and pretty to look at game, and should definitely be purchased by newcomers to the franchise mainly due to the Multiplayer. However, Kz2 veterans may wish to save their money due to the lower quality campaign and very similar MP.

Suggestion: Buy for newcomers to KZ franchise
Rent for veterans of KZ2
Score
9.5
Graphics
6.0
Sound Very bad at times, voice acting lacks dramatic punch, and dramatic music plays loudly over the voice acting so you can barely hear it unless you have subtitles on. Also, dramatic music sometimes is too low.
8.0
Gameplay
7.5
Fun factor
8.0
Online Few changes, nothing really new and innovative from KZ2
7.5
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
Kingdom Come  +   1245d ago
Good, fair review. Not distracted by the visuals as to not notice the games generic, "nothing new" gameplay. 7.5 is the correct score for this game. But you can expect others to disagree. The only thing I would disagree with, the Sound score, I thought the music of the game and the voice acting was to a good standard. The visuals were fantastic if not slightly too murky. But, with games (at least for me), it all comes down to gameplay. Sure, you can have nice graphics, but they're meaningless if not supporting fantastic gameplay...
Stewie2k8  +   1245d ago
i think you where a little harsh on the sound... i didnt think the voice acting was too bad, and at times if it was, the helghast voice acting was great. the music was also good (mines never went to high then too low) and the gun sounds are superb.
AntiHeroComplex  +   1245d ago
ill disagree with your review. While i agree that the story wasnt strong, the voice acting was cheesy (not only the sound itself but also what was being said).... The campaign was way more fun than kz2. Not a single dull moment. Yes it could have been longer, but i honestly dont know how u could make it any more fun...

Jetpacks, varied combat, varied environments, etc...
So ill disagree on the gameplay and fun scores.
TBM  +   1245d ago
personally i loved every moment of this game but hey your entitled to your own opinion and there's nothing wrong with that. i just won't agree with you.
ps3bestever  +   1245d ago
A fanboy always would be a fanboy
Kon  +   1245d ago
Because he has a different opinion than you? derp
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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