Killzone 3 is yet another PS3 exclusive first person shooter. It came out earlier this year in February and while this review may be late to the party, K3 is still a damn good game. It solidifies how to make a great AAA FPS, a good sequel, and a great PS3 exclusive.
The Killzone universe is a bleak one. Earth’s ISA faction is at war with the planet of Helghan for one reason or another. Players are Sevchenko, a sergeant, whose partner, Rico, killed their leader, Visari, at the end of K2. In the beginning of K3, the ISA learns this was a mistake. With a plan to invade/destroy Earth, Sev and the unit he follows must escape the planet as well as stop the invasion. The ISA space marines screaming, “fuck yeah” at every moment may be goofy at times, but the characters are actually likable especially the enigmatic villains. It’s a high budget action movie that just so happens to be a game and that’s not a bad thing.
The gameplay, while simple as far as FPS games goes, feels great. While most of the game is played shooting down hordes of creepy orange goggled Helghast soldiers with various guns, there are changeups. Players will pilot jetpacks, mechs, turrets, and vehicles, among various other things that keep the combat both fresh and exciting.
The overall presentation is fantastic. The graphics are some of the best on the PS3 and have improved slightly from K2. What distinguishes K2’s look from K3 is the environments. Where K2 was bleak, dark, and brown, K3, while sharing these traits, takes players to more colorful regions from time to time. For example, Sev must navigate through a jungle rife with odd plant life and psychedelic colors. It’s a nice change of scenery when the browns and blacks start to get old. The character models, voice work, and overall sound design of the score and sound effects are nothing short of top notch.
If there’s anything to complain about in Killzone 3 it’s the length of the campaign, which is about 6-8 hours. And at times, the game is blazingly difficult. Still, these things are so minor that it’s almost not worth writing. It’s well polished, fun, has the inclusion of co-op, and an actually good and addicting multiplayer. This game is not be missed by fans of shooters and previous Killzones.
Score: 5/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on September 24, 2011 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.