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Killzone: Shadow Fall Review | GiantBomb

If you're specifically looking for Killzone's unique brand of mixed-mode multiplayer, where the shooting seamlessly migrates from deathmatch to capture & hold to a series of other objectives without pausing or reloading the map, Killzone: Shadow Fall offers that with some interesting ideas that make it slightly more accessible and give it more options than its predecessor. It's a quality multiplayer shooter paired with a lackluster campaign that starts out with promise that it completely squanders by the time the credits roll. (Killzone: Shadow Fall, PS4) 3/5

Mr Pumblechook  +   815d ago
Jeff Gerstmann is a reviewer I trust. Whilst he doesn't love Killzone Shadow Fall's single player campaign he does objectively talk about the features that are good and which some players might enjoy. This is a step up from the partisan 'journalists' who gave scores of 3 and 4 out of 10 because Jeff is not reviewing with an agenda to punish Sony for the New York review event. He is just sharing his experience, bad and good, and trys to help readers make an informed decision.
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Game-ur  +   815d ago
The SP is dragging the score down for this game, but MP is constantly praised, to bad it couldn't nail both but it's great wher it counts.
saber00005  +   815d ago
See to me, I thought it was the Single Player that helped make the game. But what do I know... First Console game I've played in years.... (to say the least). I'm a PC gamer.. I thought the story was well created and played very nicely. At the least, I would rate it a 8 or a 9 out of 10.
Thomaticus  +   815d ago
Killzone single player is good. When reviewers criticize stories they should offer an alternative story. I like the story so far. I have no complaints thus far.
OrangePowerz  +   815d ago
Can't be worse than the horrible BF4 campaign. Oddly enough reviewers decided to not deduct too much for that.

I enjoyed the KZ2 and 3 singleplayer, it was entertaining.
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Dude420  +   815d ago
I don't disagree about the argument on the BF4 campaign. However, BF4 has A LOT more to offer than Killzone's MP. BF4 is first and foremost a MP game, the series always has been. Killzone had more emphasis on SP at first, but then they started focusing more on MP.

Two different games set out to complete different goals, which is probably why KZ is getting lower scores.
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OrangePowerz  +   814d ago
I think you are underrating KZ MP a bit, I don`t know for Shadow Fall since I still have to wait till next week for the release here in the UK, but KZ2 had a first class MP mode and the MP of KZ3 was good as well.
ruefrak  +   815d ago
I love that the PS4 has built in streaming. No need for reviews to help make a decision. Just fire up the app on the PS4 and watch somebody else play it for awhile and I can make up my own mind. It's brilliant.
Pintheshadows  +   815d ago
I've been on Twitch watching people play it and Knack and their opinions are so much better to hear. They answer questions directly and they are honest.
ruefrak  +   815d ago
In a sense, Adam Sessler was right. His career is doomed because of this feature. Something that was once only the realm of the techno-gamer is now something easily accessible to all. Everyone is a streamer now, and I think it's going to change things big time.
And when I first heard about it in February, I thought it was stupid. Now that I see it in action, I'm in awe over it.
darksky  +   815d ago
I'm pretty sure no one cares what these reviewers say. If reviews say its a bad game should all those who pre-ordered the game send it back?

For true feedback ask all those who pre-ordered KZ:SF, COD and Battlefield 4 what they think of the games, not these half-arsed reviewers who play the game for a few hours because they have to as part of their job.
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SonyStyled  +   815d ago
i disagree. im sure theres a few thousand that cancelled there shadow fall pre-orders based of the average reviews. ive never really payed attention to the journalist reviews. i always pay attention to the user review scores once its been out and about for a week or so
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Drekken  +   815d ago
Anyone who canceled preorders based on reviews is missing out on a great experience. KZ is beautiful and the MP is addicting.
svoulis  +   815d ago
I don't understand why people hate on the single player.

In Call of duty, its mindless shooting from point A to point B, with set pieces of good action

In BF4 its mindless shooting from point A to point B, with action set pieces and explosions etc.

In Killzone SF, its not mindless shooting, you have to think about it, Enemies are ridiculously on point and hard. There are tactical options around you, including Rambo style, Stealth, or you could just be a silent killer, so long as you don't get caught.

A lot of reviewers say the game has pacing issues, but I think that's completely up to how you play it. I noticed myself playing this after COD ghost campaign and I kept trying to run into the fray only to die multiple times.
Then I started to use my brain...Got my OWL out..used the zip-line took out 3 snipers silently, picked up one of their rifles, took out the 2 guards in front of the objective, zip-lined again to another vantage point and continued on.

That was the moment I realized I love Killzone.
Pintheshadows  +   815d ago
I was really bothered watching Angry Joe play it for his review.

I normally like him but if that is how he plays a game to review it then I am very wary. Not only was he playing it badly (laughably) he missed half the story by paying no attention and reading comments then he complained he had no idea what was going on. He also missed most of the tutorials regarding different ways to play and just played it like CoD and complained when it got too hard. He'd rush straight into the Helghast, not use the OWL effectively and then complain about it being too hard or too cheap.
svoulis  +   815d ago
Yea people don't like taking their time anymore. If its not corridor non stop action, then its too slow. If its nothing but mindless AI shooting at you and missing its a 8.5 (most Ghost reviews)

If it is in fact a tactically well thought out game, that punishes you for not being smart about how you proceed. It gets mixed reviews.

I guess that means SOME people get it.

Add me on PSN maybe we'll play MP sometime

GravemakerLP -PSN
ELCUCO  +   815d ago
I'm loving the SP mode. Its not the shooter on rails that a COD or previous KZ SP was (Though I like those types of games as well). The changes that KZ sp have are refreshing. It has become slower paced and methodical if you choose to play it that way. There are many ways to tackle an obstacle. Owl really makes for a nice addition as well.

There seems to be a good mix of gameplay. Shooting is definitely at the core of KZ:SF as the guns feel great but there is also some puzzle elements, some platforming. Its not a mindless shooter. There is definitely moments that you have to figure out how to get from point A to B, but the challenge is welcomed.

As for the MP...stellar. Any review score (If you're into those things) under an 8 for this game is laughable IMO.
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Drekken  +   815d ago
Well we know things don't change with the new generations of consoles. The Biased media is still alive and well.

And when I say biased, it seems like they are biased towards the big FPS names like BF4 and CoD.

KZ is a great game that I wouldn't score under a 8/10... Graphics are a 10/10 and Multiplayer is at least a 9/10.
LeoDDestroyer  +   815d ago
This is the main problem with recent reviews. There are no standard in place within a company so we often get inconsistent reviews. One review can like a part of the game but another reviewer will not feel the same and judge it accordingly. Luckily for us now with the launch of the ps4 and it streaming features we can get a better understanding of a game and make our choices base off that.
Drekken  +   815d ago
Good point. The live streams really make a review only partially valuable before retail release. There will still be the lucky early owners streaming new games. I would rather watch a stream from a paying customer than a paid reviewer.
saber00005  +   815d ago
I don't mean to question this guy's review, but several things popped up that I thought wasn't really the case for me, nor does it reflect as a negative. I've played and beaten killzone. Though, there are somethings that were annoying (read next paragraph), I thought the game was well planned and just awesome. The story behind this, and you continuing your journey through Veckta was just awesome. This was my first console game I've played (coming from a PC gamer). Me personally, I thought the game was a 9/10. The Campaign and the multiplayer is a lot of fun.

Now for some of the things that bothered me. 3 things

1. Having to press the up arrow to view objectives (why not keep them displayed or toggle on or off?)

2. Zip line only works if you hit the area just right.

3. I find myself wasting my drone's power by choosing the wrong command on the touch pad. Though this is probably user error (ID10T error) it was a little pain.

Now, to comment about the map where you had to power up different parts of the system. Firstly, I guess it all depends on what type of game style you prefer. Do you want a game that's challenging or a straight walk through? Do you want something that is full on heavy metal jacket shooting? Or do you like a little puzzles here and there. Not to mention have different obstacles in your way that you have to solve in order to progress.

Though-out my whole gameplay, I never did get lost. Though I believe it can be possible, it's a tad harder in this game compared to other games (Crysis: alien tower, Amnesia: everywhere and puzzles galore, Dishonored, and there are many others). But keep in mind, you can use your up arrow to get you back on course just fine. My personal preference is to play a game that is more open than most closed games. I'm a gamer who loves to explore levels and learn more about the universe / story behind of where they live in.

I found this game had a great variety of different features / missions / ideas that I never saw before. Whether you be falling and avoiding tumbling buildings, spotting targets for a sniper to take out while escaping from a heavily fortified location, being the sniper and covering your partner, solving puzzles for open certain doors, going stealth to avoid enemy contact or going full on guns blazing. There's a LOT of things going on in this game that, I feel, makes this game 100% unique, and well worth playing.

Just my two cents..
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BABY-JEDI  +   815d ago
Bubbles up for well said
; D
scallywag  +   815d ago
So thats a 6/10. Smfh

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