Killzone 3
E3 2010: Killzone 3 Hands-On - In the Zone
Written Thursday, July 01, 2010 By Dave Olsen
The little skiff is making its way through the snowstorm while the sea is raging far below. The snow is blowing all around us, as the target comes into view. It’s a huge oil platform just offshore. Four Helghast run out onto the deck and open fire. As they open fire, our mini-gun is aimed and we open fire at them. Moments later all four are down and the skiff moves to the lower section where we set our sights on the new target, which are the supports for the platform. As they explode, the platform collapses and we move from one platform to another killing Helghast and destroying fuel tanks in the process. On the last platform, a Helghast ship is preparing to take off and after it’s destroyed, another Helghast ship enters the fray and starts taking aim at the ISA skiffs. An intense burst from the mini-gun later and there’s another Helghast ship down. Job’s a good ‘un.

That’s pretty much the the opening of the Killzone 3 E3 demo, which was incidentally divided into three parts, and even though this is a pre-alpha version, the graphics are sublime and a slight step up from its predecessor, Killzone 2. As far as the controls go, the control scheme even on its first showing felt tight and responsive, and we have to say, we rarely came across many problems while we went hands on with it. The environment though for this demo was far different than anything you'll have seen in Killzone 2 and in fact, they hark back to the original’s white snowy plains more than anything. Luckily for us, the arctic level on show is one of many, more diverse environments promised by developer Guerrilla for the much anticipated sequel.

While we’re comparing the third installment to the second, it must be said that the first part of the demo alone had more chaos, destruction, and bombastic explosions in it than any portion of Killzone 2 did – a positive sign of things to come. One other noticeable difference in the demo was that the Helghast this time around – from an AI perspective –seemed to have been brushing up on their tactical skills at War Camp – a real life made up camp for the purposes of this analogy. While they were a formidable opponent in the second in the series, they seem to be a little bit smarter this time around, making much better use of the cover and the environment.

Back to the action…

Things suddenly take a turn for the worse for our ISA friends, and the skiff is unexpectedly blown out of the sky by a pesky Helghast with a rocket launcher. Reaching the next platform on the ground is now the next target. Our ISA chums are still adopting to use the trusty mini-gun from the skiff and if that fails, there's always the ever-reliable assault rifle – you can’t go wrong with the standard tools of the trade. Each weapon does have its advantages and disadvantages in this scenario of course. The mini-gun allows you to move through the checkpoints like a tank. More slow and methodical, but with enough firepower to take anything down, while the assault rifle now has the added advantage of the new brutal takedown. Decisions, decisions.

Seeing as we like to experiment, we opted for the assault rifle and their new brutal takedowns. Once you try one, you want to try it again to see how many different animations you can get. It involves pressing L1 twice: once to kick the Helghast, and a second time to perform the kill. It’s not rocket science, but the question you want to know is, how brutal, right? Well, one involved a Helghast ending up with a broken neck and another, saw a Helghast get stabbed in the chest. Our favourite though? Why it’s the one that sees a knife jammed in the blinding, bright orange eyes of a hapless Helghast. Brutal? Absolutely, but pretty damn entertaining and a cool addition to the game.

The other new thing that has been mentioned ad nauseum are the jump packs. No, they are not jetpacks. They are jump packs. Seeing them in action gives you an idea of how they’ll be used in the game. The jump pack boosts you up and then you push yourself forward using the jets to reach a new area. This will make for the addition of platforming sections to Killzone 3 in a roundabout way and it does add a slight advantage in combat since you can boost to a higher point and move behind your enemies pretty easily. However, what goes around, comes around, and fighting off jump pack-enabled Helghast is hardly an enviable task for the exact same reasons. That being said, having them take off on you and get behind you quickly, makes for some super fun and challenging moments.

While Killzone 3 may not advance the series that much over the second in terms of graphics and gameplay, it looks as though it will be a worthy sequel if only for the new gameplay features mentioned herein. Unfortunately, only the single-player campaign was shown on the E3 showfloor and there is no word yet on what the multiplayer will bring with it. What’s even more unfortunate is that we have to wait until next year to continue the adventures of Sev and Rico, but at least we can sleep soundly in our beds tonight knowing its first showing was a resolutely positive one.

Killzone 3 is currently slated for a February 2011 release.


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Comment #1 by perdie
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 02:45:50 PM
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looks awesome cant wait!!

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Comment #2 by Dreadnought190
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 03:19:08 PM
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This game sounds fabulous!!! I hope there isn't a super long elite difficulty final battle like part 2 did. That part was rough. This game is gonna rock baby, YEAH!!! Time to kick some more Helghast ass, WHHOOO!!! =P

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Comment #3 by Sin-City-Big-Boy
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 03:30:41 PM
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#2 hope you right about Elite man.. I'm still on the last part check point 2 it's hard ass fuck. But this game looking better n better. Hope they don't fuck it up like RDR.

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Comment #4 by mjc0961
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 04:20:14 PM
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Man, why do I keep reading these things? All they do is make me want the game more, but obviously I can't get it yet. :(

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Comment #5 by Cromag2
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 05:26:00 PM
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Game looking good so far, just hope they dont nerf the controls this time around, then backtrack, change them again, then backtrack again... Oh also, I wish Rico would die of natural causes before K3 comes out, worst character - ever.

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Comment #6 by Da_Dope_Boy
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 08:03:06 PM
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Wow gonna play KZ2 now! :P

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Comment #7 by Robert Tupuhi
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:51:40 PM
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cant wait looks mint

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Comment #8 by dradon2
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 05:28:24 AM
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looks prtty good

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Comment #9 by Reaper-1911
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 05:31:14 AM
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I am so excited!

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Comment #10 by kkmmnn
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 06:07:00 AM
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@3 - i didn't know anybody fucked up RDR...??

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Comment #11 by deltakong
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 09:34:54 AM
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"While Killzone 3 may not advance the series that much over the second in terms of graphics and gameplay"

That statement is very inaccurate as what was demoed at E3 was PRE-ALPHA

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Comment #12 by OProffessorChaosO
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 11:11:21 AM
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the third image looks like 3rd person cover which means ill buy it sounds sad i know but i just dont feel comfortable with 1st person cover

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Comment #13 by Dreadnought190
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 03:37:42 PM
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@2 Don't worry man, I'm sure you'll get it! I got damn lucky, I got my last grenade (I luv the grenades in KZ games =D) and I think I killed a rocket soldier with it during the second checkpoint, then the next checkpoint came. Unfortunately it does take some luck for that part. =( Hope you complete it!! =D

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Comment #14 by vault-tecccer
Sunday, July 04, 2010 @ 10:24:18 AM
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modern warfare 2 and bad company 2 is a shit against this game

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Comment #15 by Dhughes60
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 08:05:34 PM
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sounds great im gettin the whole killzone series cnt wait 2 play them

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Game Info
Guerilla Games


US February 22, 2011
Europe February 25, 2011
Japan February 24, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1-2
Online Players : 2-24
ESRB: Mature
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