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WeView Verdict: Killzone 3

A killer response.

After last week’s lacklustre response to the WeView feature on Split/Second Velocity, we picked a game we knew was sure to spark some interest. Killzone 3 is the PlayStation 3’s exclusive FPS flagship and it gained a fair amount of critical praise when it was released back in February with its current Metacritic rating sitting at a very respectable 84.

In our own review of the game, we awarded it an enthusiastic 9/10 with Alex stating that “it’s not perfect, but it’s smart enough to know that, instead offering a ballistic run-through that’ll keep you busy until it’s complete.”

But what did you think? Well, there were fifteen people who were keen enough to have their opinions counted with the overal response to the game a positive one.

BIGAL_1992 managed to be very succinct in his summary of the game, getting straight to the positives:

A top-notch shooter with meaty gameplay, weighty yet fluid controls, lush graphics, a surprisingly engaging storyline and a first-class multiplayer.

Other’s where not quite so enthusiastic about the storyline with EldavO going so far as to say “While the actual storyline is nonsense, the campaign is excellently paced with a good mix of stealth sections, on-rails setpieces and hollywood blockbuster moments.” He also points out that his “first playthrough only took [him] about 6 hours but it was enjoyable enough for [him] to crank up the difficulty and start playing again after the credits rolled.”

Cartman_101 points out what he thinks is a backwards step for the graphics in comparison to Killzone 2 but he does note that “The color palette has also changed from a dark greyish one to much more vibrant , lush one, which is quite good and adds much more life into the levels.” Something that MuggleMind agreed with, calling them “fuzzier” and assuming that visuals were kept in check to make room for the 3D implementation.

Of course, any serious look at the game, this long after release, would have to feature some commentary on the multiplayer and in this respect teflon has us covered:

Multiplayer’s aggravating for KZ2 veterans. So much of it has changed, and little for the outright better. If you come from outside of KZ2, you’ll likely love it, though. I ‘m disappointed GG couldn’t find a better middle ground.

Some people, however, really enjoyed the multiplayer with yl_ksaa saying “Multiplayer is why this game is best FPS out there” and boiler calling it “the jewel in the crown of Killzone”. El_Mariachi noted the thing that all great multiplayer games manage by pointing out how compelling it was:

I am still terrible at the MP, but I keep coming back for more, in the hope that this time I will be a bit better, and get that one “awesome kill” that I look for in every match.

Most comparisons, interestingly, weren’t with contemporary FPS games like the latest Call of Duty or even the Halo games, they were with this game’s predecessor. Roynaldo‘s best summary of the game was to say “Lets just say it isn’t Killzone 2, not by a long way”. That sentiment was echoed throughout many of the reviews you posted, with Mickey2010 pointing out the differences in difficulty too:

I remember the final battle on Killzone 2 against Visari; it was tough… I spent about an hour or more trying to beat it. KZ3, I walked through with ease!

On the whole, you noted some shortfalls in the game but generally thought it was well worth playing, with the majority of ratings (10) firmly urging us to Buy It and a spattering of people (4) saying we should pick it up in the Bargain Bin. There was one review that didn’t use the correct rating system so couldn’t be counted but even that review gave the game 8.5/10.

The final WeView rating for Killzone 3 was Buy It.

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23 Comments
  1. TURRICAN-808
    Member
    Since: Jan 2011

    Killzone 2 MP was chaos on some maps, i loved it. I might pick up KZ3 when its cheaper.

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:03.
    • R4U Eldave0
      andUandU
      Since: Aug 2008

      Keep your eyes peeled. I’ve seen it selling recently for around 14.99 :)

      Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:17.
      • cnutard
        Member
        Since: Apr 2011

        Where? I was looking around the internets yesterday thinking about picking this up and the best I could find was £24.99 for both the collector’s and normal editions so decided to leave it a while longer.

        This is for a brand new copy though, I don’t buy second hand.

        Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 13:13.
      • Pitcher-T
        Member
        Since: Jan 2009

        I think. Play.com had a good deal on for killzone 3. As dave said it was about 15 pound

        Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 14:03.
      • Bankzy108
        Member
        Since: Sep 2009

        It was £9.99 on Bee.com the other week – it sold out fast and I managed to bag myself a copy. Great game, just getting into the online now! Keep your eyes peeled, a good site to check daily is HotUKDeals – there are loads of games posts telling the cheapest places so just look out for Killzone 3. Good luck and hope to see you on the battlefield! =]

        Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 14:38.
      • cnutard
        Member
        Since: Apr 2011

        @Bankzy – Cheers for the site. I’ve seen it before but never thought about using it for games, mostly just pizza ;) If it can help me grab a great game like KZ3 for a tenner though I will definitely have to keep an eye on it.

        Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 15:26.
      • Kronik76
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        ‘I was looking around the internets yesterday’. There’s more than one internet?

        Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 18:03.
  2. jcor
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Only got the game last week (22 euro on zavvi.com) and finished the single player campaign on Friday night. Thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through, haven’t dipped in to multiplayer yet though.

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:06.
  3. Darth Newdar
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    Choose a game I can review! You can choose from F1 2010, FIFA 10, LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, WipEout HD, Joe Danger, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX and Super Stardust HD.

    Sorry to be demanding, but otherwise I feel guilty for not playing enough games. :)

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:17.
    • elpablo79
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      Pac-man! That game is fantastic off psn. Excellent way to bring a classic up to date

      Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:45.
  4. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Best multiplayer evah.

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:17.
  5. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    I was seriously impressed with this. Mostly because it’s the only FPS multiplayer I’ve ever posted a positive record on. ;)
    The Medic is extremely good.

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:23.
  6. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Just didn’t like KZ3, I was a HUGE fan of KZ2 and loved the MP, but KZ3 for me has ruined the MP. Didn’t like it one bit, which is why I traded it in. Shame really.

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:26.
  7. spikenik90
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    I’ve been in two minds whether or not to buy this for ages – KZ2 was amazing and the online MP was one of my faves, but the KZ3 demo did nothing for me and my interest in online MP has dropped like a stone in the last few years.

    I guess I’ll probably give the demo another shot sometime, or pick it up when its cheaper – at least the recent map pack bundle is pretty good value if I manage to get back into it again.

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:26.
  8. elpablo79
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    I actually enjoyed the multiplayer as much as KZ2. Ok, it is different but not in anyway that stops me enjoying the gaming appearance itself

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:48.
  9. OllyBobs
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    I will BUY IT!

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:52.
  10. Dan Lee
    Common like the rest of us.
    Since: Jun 2010

    Still on my pile of stuff to play.

    Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:59.
    • aerobes
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Oh Danski, DO IT! :D

      Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 13:02.
    • xdarkmagician
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      It should only take you about six hours, lol. seriously though, great game, there’s just not enough of it.

      Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 13:26.