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Killzone 3 Preview: 3 Reasons It Will Rock 2011

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Killzone 3 Preview: 3 Reasons It Will Rock 2011

Release Date: 25th February 2011
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Not long to go now before we touch down on Helghan again to get stuck into Sony's PS3 exclusive, first-person-shooter, Killzone 3. It's the only series Guerrilla Games have been working on for years now, so we're really expecting great things from them, especially considering how much they squeezed out of the PS3 last time. Here are three reasons it's shaping up to be one of the finest shooters of 2011.

1: Improved Single Player Campaign

Things were wrapping up nicely towards the end of Killzone 2, until [SPOLIER] idiot ISA meat-head, Rico, martyred Scolar Visari, which would prove to enrage the Helghast and give them more reason to fight than ever. But before Helghan can truly unite as one to repel the earth forces of the ISA, a new leader must take the throne.

Killzone 3 Preview: 3 Reasons It Will Rock 2011

There are two new characters vying for the vacant seat. The CEO of Stahl Arms, Jorhan Stahl voiced by the always brilliantly evil sounding Malcolm McDowell and his his opponent, Admiral Orlock, voiced by Ray Winstone. Expect a plot that focuses on the Helghast more this time around, delving into their history and what's left of their humanity. We're not expecting a Flags of Our Fathers / Letters From Iwo Jima mutually sympathetic balance, but it's looking more interesting than the plot from Killzone 2 already.

Gameplay has been tweaked subtly to improve on Killzone 2's impressive combat. Aiming is less sluggish now and even the Helghast seem to have finally realised that headshots are lethal and they should just die already. New melee moves are considerably more violent with eye-stabbing and throat-slitting showing a gruesome level of detail. The cover-system was still a mess when I played the game a while back, but fingers crossed it'll work better by release day. Or better yet, just scrap it and bring back secondary fire to the weapons again. That single shotgun round on the Helghast rifle in the original was just unbeatable.

Killzone 3 Preview: 3 Reasons It Will Rock 2011

Everything's better with jetpacks too. Ok, they're more jump-packs here as you can only use them to hop around, but seeing as there's a machine gun attached to it, we're not complaining. The inclusion of a few on-rails shooting sections are a welcome addition to the team too and with any luck we might get a go in a tank again like at the start of Killzone 2.

2: Move Compatible

Killzone 3 will also mark the first major gamer's game for the PlayStation Move (sit down Resi 5, you were crap with a pad). Developed from the beginning to support (optional) play with the Move and Navigation controllers this is looking good. The Navigation controller will act like the left analogue stick on a pad while aiming and rotation will utilise the Move sensors when you point at the screen. One potential issue is for left handed players, who might usually use their left hands to aim a gun peripheral. Moving around will feel a bit alien using your right thumb. If you've tried playing Wii games like The Conduit, you'll know what I mean.

Left or right-handed though, I'm sure you'll want one of these:

Killzone 3 Preview: 3 Reasons It Will Rock 2011

Yeah? Thought so. The PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter will be released in time for Killzone 3 and should help to really immerse you into the game with its assault rifle-like shell. With a completely customisable button setup and rate-of-fire switches, it's gone straight to the top of our list of plastic things we're pretty sure we can't live without. It'll also work with the upcoming Socom game. Black face camo sold separately.

3: Online Multiplayer

Going online across Helghan will be better than ever thanks to a refined unlock system that will reward players with weapons that Ratchet & Clank would be proud of. Triple-barrelled shotguns, machine pistols, WASP rocket launchers and awesome mech suits are set to become fan favourites. The jump-packs will take the online madness to the skies for the first time, but the armoured mech suits are were the real killings are to be made thanks to the machine guns and rocket fire erupting from its arms. Unlike most mechs, it can sprint and jump too making it impossible to escape out in the open.

Killzone 3 Preview: 3 Reasons It Will Rock 2011

The unlockable perks will be familiar to fans of the last game, but there are a few additions and evolutions. One of those being the improved radar that not only shows opponents as blips on the radar map, but also indicates their positions through multiple walls, making it impossible for them to hide and supplying you with loads of ambushing opportunities. It can be countered with a cloaking perk, but during the beta, the radar one outbalanced it significantly. When playing against a small number of people who hadn't unlocked it yet, I found it practically made me invincible. I'd imagine things will be more balanced by completion though.

Game modes don't really seem to have changed despite a few name changes. There's a team deathmatch or modes where objective change on the fly. Holding positions, blowing up / defending targets, assassinations and moving propaganda speakers (capture the flag) all return as familiar objectives. The maps will reflect the locations of the single player game. So expect snowy tundras, dams, power stations, polluted broken cities, wastelands and maybe even a few jungle locations which were sadly missed during Killzone 2.

Killzone 3 Preview: 3 Reasons It Will Rock 2011

The single player mode, multiplayer, and Move compatibility are three strong reasons why Killzone 3 has every chance of being the best in the series. Hell, if you've got a 3D TV you can clock up four reasons why it should be at the top of your most wanted list as the game has been designed from the start to incorporate it. The rest of us will just save up for the Move Sharp Shooter thank you very much.

Killzone 3 will be released February 25th on PS3.

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pp  Jan. 15, 2011 at 14:30

lol KillFlop 3 is gonna flop.......in SALES and Gears of War 3 is gonna OWN KillFlop 3 in graphics. PS3 console is for losers.

Meh  Jan. 15, 2011 at 17:05

You really believe that don't you. You ACTUALLY believe the Gears 3, running on that outdated POS 360 will look better than Killzone 3 running on the beast, the PS3. I can't even comprehend how you think Gears will look better, when Killzone is known for having possibly the best console graphics, same with Uncharted, GT5, Motorstorm etc. There have been zero 360 games this gen that look better than Uncharted 1, let alone 2.

PS3 is for losers? Well, if being a loser is enjoying free online with a huge variety of games like LBP, Modnation, Ratchet, God of War, Uncharted, Resistance, Motorstorm,GT5, Killzone, Metal Gear Solid, MAG, thatgamecompany games and games that push the boundaries like The Last Guardian, as well as RPGs like Demons Souls and FFIV (the 360 really ruined FFXIII, running in 540p on the 360 version on 3 disks while the PS3 was running in 720p on one Blu-Ray), oh, yes, and a Blu Ray player, all on a reliable console that doesn't RROD all the time, while getting built in wifi from launch and not having to PAY for charging cables to charge your controller!! Lol, buy batteries or the charging cable, both suck when the PS3 controller is using cheap mini USB cables that everyone has, honestly the 360 is an absolute joke.

What have you got? I'll help you.

Halo
Gears
Crackdown
Forza
Kinect titles (that reminds me, I didn't mention move games, we have them too)
umm
Splinter Cell?

Well, you certainly don't have Bioshock or Mass Effect anymore...

I didn't even mention older PS3 games like Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, Lair, Haze etc.

So yeah I'm a loser.

Cuz I'd rather be playing PS3 games with variety than recycles generic shooters involving space marines ALL THE TIME.

Adrian  Jan. 15, 2011 at 17:11

Hahaha. Obvious troll is obvious.

You really think GeoW3 will look better than KZ3. Can I have some of what you're smoking?

Storm  Jan. 15, 2011 at 17:53

Your an idiot. Play games.

pp_biggest_pussy_alive  Jan. 15, 2011 at 18:18

^ but-hurt xbox fanboy crying about the fact his red ringed xbox cant handle killzone 3!

idiot_killa  Jan. 15, 2011 at 19:04

I love how the Xbots appear in posts like this.

Andy  Jan. 15, 2011 at 19:19

And they say that PS3 fanboys are the worst, jeez

Felix Kemp  Jan. 15, 2011 at 19:26

I honestly think Killzone 2's multiplayer is the best online experience I've had this generation. I actually sort of liked the 'laggy' controls. It added, for lack of a better word, an uncertain sense of realism.

Craftiii4  Jan. 15, 2011 at 20:12

Lol, im going to get Killzone 3, and gears of war 3, most of my friends have xboxs 360, but i prefer the ps3 more, and all of them say that gears of war 3 will suck. None of them liked gears of war 2. So its most likly that Gears of war 3 will suck, it may sell more as M$ will overhype it as normal, take halo reach, i was really exicted, not been on it for ages now.

matt m.  Jan. 15, 2011 at 22:21

GOW3 doesnt bring much to the table slight change in story new guns not much. killzone 3 in my opion is way beter than "tears of war"

Ryan  Jan. 15, 2011 at 22:27

Your mum is a loser

datdude  Jan. 16, 2011 at 16:24

Unlike most of you losers I will be playing and enjoying both Killzone 3 and Gears 3. And Gears graphics will be great, just like Gears 2 graphics were great. Will it beat Killzone's graphics? No, but who cares. The Gears of War series is fantastic and when compared to Killzone 1 and 2 it is the better series to date. Here's hoping Killzone 3 fixes some of the issues of previous iterations and brings it. I know Gears 3 will.

Matt Gardner  Jan. 16, 2011 at 19:49

Take out the vitriol and there's a very good point here that we constantly come back to: Microsoft's worrying lack of exclusive content on their network, particularly outside of America.

The mistake you make is in lumping Kinect and Move in together. Move is being used to enhance regular gaming experiences, both developing Wii-esque content and being shoehorned into existing franchises. Microsoft are banking on Kinect offering something so different that essentially the Xbox becomes two consoles in one.

My worry is that this will come at the complete detriment of exclusives pertaining to regular gaming on the X360 platform. Microsoft have been terrible at holding onto talent and it'll only get worse now the focus is (and they said it themselves) firmly set on Kinect this coming year.

ODB  Jan. 17, 2011 at 10:38

lol @ irony here

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