Why “Killzone: Shadow Fall” is the Most Important PS4 Launch Title

It hasn’t been the smoothest of sailing for Killzone since its debut on the PS2 back in 2004. It was brought into the world kicking and screaming as Sony’s doomed-to-fail “Halo Killer” that never really stood a chance to begin with. Gamers weren’t convinced that it could out-do Microsoft’s flagship series and it didn’t take long for those the beliefs to be substantiated as Killzone launched to a lukewarm reception and decent yet painfully disappointing sales.

It’s perhaps just as important for this game to deliver for the future of the franchise as it is to deliver for Sony’s next console. If there’s ever a time for Killzone to break out and become one of the Sony’s premier franchises on the level of God of War, Gran Turismo, and Uncharted, it’s now! There are no other first party games overshadowing it and for many people it’s going to be their first experience with the franchise and the PS4. A great first impression would do wonders.

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dedicatedtogamers1774d ago (Edited 1774d ago )

I'm excited for KZ:SF. I'm not even that big of a KZ fan. KZ was ok. I loved KZ2. I got bored with KZ3 and stopped playing it 2/3rds through the game.

And yet, KZ Mercenary and KZ SF both look like really, really awesome shooters. You could erase the KZ branding and I'd still want to buy them.

darthv721774d ago (Edited 1774d ago )

im really looking forward to it. After the cliffhanger that was KZ3 i am really excited to see where this next chapter goes.

@dedicated...that would be a really good idea. It would be somewhat reminiscent of in halo 2 how you could play as the covenant.

although a dedicated helgast game would be much more deep and involving than a few chapters here and there. I know what you mean about the initial story. most just look at the surface and decide if its worth their time or not.

Me, i really like the story of KZ and halo for that matter. Many just dont get the gist of the story and how important it is to really understand why the game is the way it is...where its going unless they take a step back to explore the under tones.

dedicatedtogamers1774d ago

Oh man. The story.

I'm always so torn on the story. If you just play the games, the story (especially the characters) are really terrible, IMO.

And yet, if you dig into the lore and the backstory, it's incredibly interesting to me. I wish to death that Guerrilla would give us a fully-fledged Helghast campaign that allows players to explore the struggles of the Higs, because


It's pretty clear that the Helghast aren't necessarily the "bad guys".

pyramidshead1774d ago (Edited 1774d ago )

I always wondered why the Helghast were British lol..
Was there ever a reason stating why?

JunioRS1011774d ago

I know, I beat KZ2 and KZ3, and I'm sure this isn't going to be a true direct sequel, because they'll reserve that for a full fledged KZ4, but I'm still excited to see where this universe takes us in Shadow Fall.

cannon88001774d ago

Killzone games are awesome. Oh and by the way I have some really good news. Killzone official page in facebook confirmed that secondary fire is back for killzone shadow fall! Check it out.

AzureskyZ1774d ago

Granted i think KZ is gonna be an important and awesome launch title-- but we havent seen the entire lineup yet and sony could be sneaking couple of darkhorses announced at either tgs or gamescom-- i think its too soon to say this is THE most important title.

iamnsuperman1774d ago (Edited 1774d ago )

I am expecting more "launch window" titles at Gamecom especially from the European developers with TGS showcasing the Japanese stuff.

Killzone is important and it might put more people onto Killzone being a launch title. I like the Killzone franchise which means it is a must buy for me but I can see why other people don't. I does look good and I am very interested to see the setting they have done. From the general setting you can see it is drawing strong parallels to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and I hope they take cues from that

guitarded771774d ago

I'm a Killzone whore... so any other launch announcements is just icing on the cake. Having Killzone and Battlefield at launch is all the shooter I need though. I want some more action games announced. Planetside 2 is my other big shooter, but it won't be there at launch... but I'm okay with that considering KZ and BF will keep me busy.

I kinda wish they just announce an Uncharted or God of War, even if it's two years off. I just want a HUGE announcement so haters can GTFO with their "where's the Uncharted or GoW".

If Sony announces any new games at GamesCom, I think there may be a WipeOut announcement, or possibly a Media Molecule announcement since the conference is Euro-centric. WipeOut is said to be in development for PS4. The MM announcement may be less likely since they want everyone focused on Tearaway.

MizTv1774d ago

Need me some killzone!!!!!!!

Sadist31774d ago

It's the most pre-ordered launch title because there is literally nothing else worth playing. And don't say that stupid game Knack, or boring Ass Creed

Heisenburger1774d ago (Edited 1774d ago )

Wait so if I am looking forward to *Black Flag and Watch_Dogs then I'm wrong?

Who do you think you are?

*typographical error

r211774d ago

Well arent ya the lil crying angry fanboy? :C

Mr-SellJack1774d ago

Don't u mean Knack?
Kz SF is a generic FPS nuff said and I love Killzone

kratos_TheGoat1774d ago

what kz sf is generic did you play it troll? me can't wait for kz sf to come out I'm hype

Mr-SellJack1774d ago

Y is it not generic,care to explain?What is new that I haven't seen before?Owl,the slow-mo are damn cool and that sheild thing but those aren't massive to be considered as changes and to be an exception from the bunch.Open vast missions?Crysis has done that already.Look I adore Killzone especially its interesting backstory and background and crazy fun missions and look forward to Kz SF but till now the previews are pretty stale,I do like the changes its visuals most notably and I embrace that change but where the hell are the machines and awesome enemies?The franchise should take notes from Resistance which stomps Killzone especially with the story.

Knack is most important imo:
1-Its suitable for all ages
2-Its basic,doesn't have a steep learning curve and looks fun
3-Its a new Ip in the Platform genre!what others are still alive besides LBP and Rayman?none!even R&C faded,recent Sly didn't do much they're cheaper now because they're afraid of taking risks and have disappointing sales and that will continue to every platformer especially if Knack fails
Basically the author is a mor0n and doesn't have a clue about gaming

Ju1774d ago

KZ is as generic as any other shooter. What's the point?

HeavenlySnipes1774d ago

lol @ Knack

Probably the last game I'd get for my PS4 out of all the first and third party games that have been announced. I'd only play it if it came with Plus

Mr-SellJack1774d ago

That's pretty harsh I would prefer it to Just Dance,Eternal Crusade: Warhammer 40,000,Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare,Peggle 2 and a few others
Found this: http://www.ps4playstation4....
cool right?

MizTv1774d ago

That's that I was thinking
It's like how long till its on plus?

Eyeco1773d ago (Edited 1773d ago )


The point is there are 2 more generic shooters it's going up against Battlefield 4 and COD- Ghosts, 2 generic shooters that are FAR more popular releasing around the same time, do you honestly think people are going to buy Killzone Shadow Fall over those games ?

Sony doesn't need the Killzone franchise anymore, there are far too many shooters on the market now compared to 2004, far too many more popular shooters especially, even Halo has a hard time keeping up, this franchise has had 3 games to prove it's weight for Sony but it's failed in that, these games don't shift systems in the way Sony hoped, I mean Killzone 2 costed 40 million dollars, did it really sell like a 40 million dollar game ?

Sony should go back to what defined them in the PS1 era, RPG'S, Fighters, Platformers, Action Adventure, these are genre's that pushed the Playstation brand not shooters.

xReDeMpTiOnx1774d ago

It depends to me killzone 2 was my favorite and one of the best innovating shooters of this gen, then where as killzone 3 kind of just fell off what made killzone good so far.

Ju1774d ago

I loved the 3rd. I understand why people think they screwed up. But it played better (smoother - yea, yea, the weighty controls...nah) and it looked much better. MP was better in KZ2 - they should have kept it with the KZ3 visuals. Guerilla also listened to much to the feedback in KZ2 and changed everything for KZ3 which interestingly backfired. What does that tell you? Don't listen too much. Make your game.

MizTv1774d ago

I agree
Kz2 was my fav fps this gen
The mp in kz3 was nothing I wanted it to be
It has some cool maps but the classes sucked
And 24 instead of 32
That being said I hope KZShadowfall is like 40+ player
Bring back spawn nads
Actually balance the classes
Then ill be a happy dude

Mr-SellJack1774d ago

I might have sad news.I saw 8 players in vekta mall in the interface trailer way back in e3 it might be a private match or they have specific amount of players for the maps and modes maybe.Hopefully mp footage is revealed at GamesCom

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