Killzone 3 is a Shooting game available on the PS3. It can be played in Firstperson Singleplayer Cooperative modes.
Killzone 3 is a Shooting game. Shooting games present a world in which the character must shoot their way out of dangerous situations. They provide the player with an array of weapons tailored to specific tasks. This unavoidably involves a combination of fisticuffs and gun based fighting that dictates the violent nature of these experiences. Beneath this harsh exterior though is often an intricate tactile game - and this is usually what drives the player.
Killzone 3 can be played in a Firstperson mode. First Person games view the world from the eyes of the in-game character. You don't see the character themselves apart from their hands, gun or possibly feet as in Mirror's Edge. Because of the imediacy of the experience and sheer volume of visual information the player is offered First Person games lend themselves to the shooting genre. The FPS view enables players to immerse themselves in the experience and react quicker to events in the game. Other games have used a first person view to deliver an unusual perspective on an old genre - Mirror's Edge for example delivers a Platforming genre through a First Person view.
Killzone 3 can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Killzone 3 can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Killzone 3's motion controls, Jetpacks and split-screen multiplayer are all very welcome, but don't hide the fact that this is essentially more of the same. No complaints about that from me though.
Killzone 3 picks up where Killzone 2 left off, following the story of a futuristic special forces fighting the fascist Helghast empire. The plot has Sev and his comrade Rico caught in the crossfire between political factions, and will provide more insight into the Helghan enemy's culture.
Killzone 3 for PS3 adds variety but loses the series' visceral experience. I was teed up for a gritty, ear-splitting story in a desolate landscape, but I got a whistle stop tour that emphasised variety over the raw feeling of combat.
A second chance encounter with the previous Killzone led me to a renewed and deep respect for its alternative take on the space marine adventure. I loved how the battles seemed chaotic, dangerous places to be, rather than the shooting galleries we've become used to.
Killzone 3 creates magical moments of technological greatness. Electronic engineering and peripheral design work together wonderfully, but beyond the gadgetry there isn't quite enough videogame.
I was looking forward to Killzone 3, I needed a nice solid PS3 exclusive shooter for my 3DTV. While donning my 3D specs, it only seemed appropriate to try the motion sensing technology of the Move controller as well. I rounded the whole ensemble off with the Sharpshooter plastic machine gun.
Killzone 3's first foot forward may be a terrifyingly violent and intense shooter, but beneath the brawn beats a friendly gesture controlled heart.
Killzone says as much about Sony as Halo does about Microsoft. The two companies compete with very different perspectives. While Halo excels in the enemy encounter and over delivers modes, functions and even iterations of their big franchise, Killzone 3 impresses technologically.
Killzone 3 hits the usual notes, add in 3D and Move controls though and you have something not only very functional, but really rather exciting. This feels like the future.
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