Killzone 3's multiplayer suite will be releasing as a free PlayStation Store download next week, confirms the PlayStation Blog podcast. This "standalone" gameplay experience contains all the maps and modes of the full version - though as you'd expect, ships with a level cap that can be lifted with a one-off payment of $14.99. European pricing and release details are still TBA, but we assume that Sony plan to roll out the package next Wednesday.
Considering that you can pick up a copy of Killzone 3 for between £13-£15 at the moment, this offer isn't particularly good value, but will be useful as a free demo.
Brendan recently dropped a comprehensive overview of Killzone 3's meaty multiplayer offerings, and I think it's fair to say Sony's spectacular shooting is enjoying all sorts of success online. And rightly so; blending a balanced roster of classes and weapons with an array of beautifully crafted maps and modes, Killzone 3 is among the best multiplayer shooters around right now. And if you're a regular online, you'll be pleased to hear Guerrilla is offering a triple XP weekendClick here for more
We've had plenty of time to get stuck into Killzone 3's multiplayer since release although the PSN crisis interrupted our play for a while. Since then there's been a patch to tweak gameplay and multiple double XP weekends to tempt us back. Missed out? Then check out what you've been missing online and offline.
The 32-player multi-mission Warzone matches from Killzone 2 return and will be very familiar to series fans. Newcomers will probably recognise the contents from other shooters. However, unlike the competition, you'll play all the following modes in one match. With the winning team being those who can win the most modes or 'rounds.'
Assassination randomly chooses a player as a target who must be killed while the other team try to protect him until the time limit passes. Both teams get a turn before the next round. Another objective involves moving a propaganda radio loudspeaker, in a similar way to capture the flag matches. Holding territory zones is another objective and Search & Destroy games see teams trying to plant or defuse explosives. Matches usually end with a good old team deathmatch, which acts as a good way to finish the game in a balls-to-the-wall bloodbath.Click here to read more...
The Playstation Network is back up and running - for now. And to celebrate its return, Sony are offering Killzone 3 regulars the chance to stockpile XP for a day or two, with a double XP weekend planned for... right now! It'll last until Monday evening, so flick on that dust-loving behemoth, boot up Guerrilla's action-packed shooter and reap the rewards.
Killzone 3's double XP weekend is the latest in a slew of rewards and incentives showered upon us by the hugely apologetic Sony. Black Ops is already in the midst of a two-day double XP haul itself. And it shows no signs of stopping, with Sony promising "even more" is on the way at "a later date". So along with double XP weekends, free games and the like, what else can Sony offer us to wash away the bitter, bitter taste of PSNgate? [Joystiq]
As an avid gamer and film fan, I desperately want to enjoy 3D, but so far it's been a massive letdown. So where better to try and boost my enthusiasm, than a huge arena packed with the latest TV sets and 3D games? Gadget Show Live, time to wow me.
First of all I head on over to the games area and get stuck into a bit of Killzone 3 on a Sony Bravia. When I played an early demo of the game last August I wasn't impressed with the 3D at all. Six months later though and the game has rocketed past my expectations.
The most impressive scene I witnessed was the early level where you're inside a mech-walker, scouting out a route through the broken Helghan Capital. The depth of the mech's cockpit was incredible, it really added to the feeling of scope and made me realise how big the mech actually was. Bullets fired directly at you seem to be more realistic too thanks to the extra layer of depth they travel through. Errant bullets to your left and right lose the effect a little though.
Considering the PS3 has to create duplicate images to create 3D, I couldn't fault the framerate or the crispness of the graphics. The picture didn't seem to be darker either which is usually a problem with most 3D images thanks to the tinted lenses. In short, brilliant.
Despite the news that Jon posted yesterday about THQ's shares plummeting, Homefront has risen to the challenge of competing with the other first person shooters on the market and silencing some of its more sceptical critics, by beating Killzone 3's day one sales.Click here to see how Homefront's doing so far
As we speak, thousands of men, women and children of all ages are forcing elemental critters to do gladiatorial battle, with Pokemon Black and White releasing last Friday and taking first and second place in the UK All-Formats Top 40. This leaves EA's eagerly anticipated Fight Night Champion licking its wounds in third, reeling from Nintendo's stunning one-two punch. Just below, Bulletstorm slips two places to fourth, it's 46% drop in sales edging it just above last week's chart topper, Killzone 3, which sinks to fifth with a 58% drop. The rest of the top ten is as follows; 6. Black Ops (3rd last week), 7. Just Dance 2 (5th), 8. Fifa 11 (4th), 9. Dead Space 2 (6th), 10. Wii Party (9th).The rest of the top 40 and juicy statistics inside!
Bulletstorm and Killzone 3 have gone head to head in their first week on UK shelves, and you might have expected the controversy surrounding Bulletstorm's content to propel it into a mighty lead. However, the numbers tell a very different story. Does either franchise have what it takes to unseat Black Ops from its mighty throne?Click here for more details...
I wish Bulletstorm and Killzone didn't have to share a release date. It's like choosing between a steak and a burger; I can't do it! Well actually I can, and I'm afraid I'm too obsessed with launching a grenade up an inbred mutant's rear to plump for Guerrilla's theater of war. However, I expect Killzone 3 to shift a million or more this coming week, and if you already gorged yourself on the Open Beta and find the selection of multiplayer maps a bit stale, don't fret because a DLC pack is already on its way.Click here to find out more about the 'Steel Rain' map pack