Killzone 3 Preview (PS3)

Of all the big console shooters that 2009 had to offer, Killzone 2 was undeniably the most gritty, atmospheric and visually stunning. It did more than simply build on the original - it presented PS3 gamers with a gorgeously apocalyptic world of rage, despair, and evil-looking fellas with glowing, demon eyes.

I'll call this one "The Preying Mantis"

Hence, when approaching the next in the series, it's somewhat unsurprising that Guerrilla Games have opted for a heavy dose of the same, but bigger. Killzone 3 picks up where Sev and co left off, laying into the amber-eyed Helghast with ridiculously over-powered weaponry. I took the upcoming instalment for a spin at the Sony Playstation Beta Rooms, and while it successfully retains all the qualities that made number two so glorious, I was personally hoping for a bit more than simply Killzone 2 all over again.

The demo began with an aerial assault on a Helghast base, with Sev manning a beast of a minigun. Metal walkways and pillars flash by, and every enemy falls as they're peppered with the deafening spray. The guns feel just as beefy as before, and give the player a great sense of power. There is every feeling that at that moment, you are an unstoppable being of destruction.

Enemy helicopters rush by and soon taste your bullet barrage. Forget taking the pilot and gunners out - just blow up the entire chopper instead. As the explosions light up the scene, there's just enough time to glance around the huge backdrops and notice just how jaw-dropping it all looks. It doesn't exactly wipe the floor with KZ2 in the looks department - on the contrary, it looks very much more of the same - but it's still easily one of the best looking games on the PS3.

Your team then descends on the fortress and continues on foot. This was the point at which my admiration began to wane a little. While it's all as breath-taking as we've come to expect, a part of me couldn't help but think that the remaining demo could quite easily have been ripped straight out of Killzone 2. The guns, the enemies, the dark, metallic setting, the storm clouds keeping the action pitched in unnerving gloom - it began to feel less like Killzone 3, and more like Killzone 2.5.

Of course, this won't trouble fans of the original setting one bit, but I was personally hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the more interesting scenarios. While I thoroughly enjoyed Killzone 2, the very samey environments began to grate towards the end, and I'd hoped Killzone 3 would branch out a little and explore more diverse scenes.
These new contact lenses are really burning my eyes

Fortunately, the final game is set to keep people like myself happy, with jungles, space stations and snow-covered wastelands to explore. Guerrilla Games has also said that levels will be much larger this time round, giving players more space to roam and explore. Hopefully these new environments will meld well with the original flavour and give Killzone even more of an edge over the competition.

The last section of the Beta Rooms demo redeemed my faith, with some new enemies to gawp at. I dropped down into a tight spot with the rest of my team, and suddenly the sky seemed to come alive as several Helghast wearing jetpacks descended on our location. These guys move quickly through the air and rain gunfire down on you. They're genuinely scary, and I found myself hiding behind machinery and hoping they'd go away.

As if that was going to happen! One swooped in and began to empty his clip in my direction. I returned fire, and at first my bullets didn't appear to do much. Then a stray bullet hit the airborne soldier's gas tank, and with a satisfying boom he became to weave uncontrollably around, screaming the entire time, before his lifeless body hit the deck with a crunch.

These are exactly the kind of moments that make Killzone so fantastic, and I can but hope there will be plenty more to come. Players will also get the chance to don a jetpack later and take to the skies, so you can return the favour to the Helghast troops below, or maybe even take part in an epic mid-air shoot-out.

I also gave the demo a playthrough with the 3D capabilities in place. It was a little underwhelming, to say the least - far too much of the action felt blurred and out of focus, and I've seen plenty of other games do a much better job. Still, this is only the alpha build right now, so hopefully these problems will be sorted by early next year.

Neither the Playstation Move integration or the multiplayer were available to play yet, which is a shame as the multiplayer in particular was a huge selling point of Killzone 2. It's safe to assume, however, that not much will have changed to terms of gameplay, look or feel. Expect new maps, extra modes and more clan-enabled options to keep you very busy.
Warning: Do not use whilst constipated

Killzone 3 is shaping up nicely, then, and we can't wait to get our hands on the next available showcase. It may all feel a little too familiar right now, but as a wise man once said, if it's not broken, why fix it? Rest assured, if you adored Killzone 2 as much as we did, this is going to be the perfect way to start of your year of heavy-duty gaming. Killzone 3 will be released on February 28th 2011 for Playstation 3.

Most Anticipated Feature: Getting a group of friends together for some free-for-all multiplayer blasting.


By Ridgy (SI Core Member) on Aug 04, 2010
If I had a console, I think it'd be a PS3, mainly because of LBP but also because of the Killzone games, I'd just eat a Pc version for breakfast. Liked the captions!
By hellweed (SI Core Member) on Aug 04, 2010
I am hungry this game. Need to push friend into buying. Dont have PS3. Yet.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Aug 05, 2010
Get a PS3 Ridgy, just LBP makes it worth it. :P Killzone 3 sounds fun enough and hopefully it will be diverse and fun enough for me to consider it to be a worthy investment considering the fact that I can't buy that many games due to the fact that I'm a poor student. :P
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Aug 05, 2010
Killzone 2 was a true FPS. I think this just might be Sony sucking more money. I wish I was wrong :)
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Aug 07, 2010
may i ask what LBP is ? Because i have a PS3 and i dont have that .... i think ,
i have the first Killzone for the PS2 Though. Never bothered with the 2nd installment .
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Aug 07, 2010
What is LittleBigPlanet? You missed a lot didn't you ;) Well this site is for gaming, so check it out for yourself - LBP is to complicated to be explained xD
Killzone 2 is better than the first one...