The second Killzone game came out under some pretty intense pressure. The original trailer seemed, and in fact was, too good to be true. Killzone 3 not only needed to be one of the PlayStation 3’s first killer apps, it needed to be Sony’s Halo. That’s asking a lot for a sequel to a hyped-but-largely-forgotten PS2 game. Did Killzone 2 deliver? Well, it looked really good and the single player campaign had some incredible moments. The multiplayer had an interesting take on the idea of game modes, and ultimately the game was successful. That said, a lot of people struggled with the controls, and the game never felt like it was quite in the same league as Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4. Now it’s a few years later and Killzone is back and better than ever.
Killzone 3 picks up immediately after the ending of the last game. Like, literally, seconds later. Once again you play as Sev and are teamed up with resident douchebag Rico. You’re still stranded on your enemy’s home world, desperately struggling to put an end to the war between the ISA and the Helghast, who are, as you might remember, basically British space nazis. With Brian Cox dead, the Helghast are caught it in a leadership struggle, between the rightful heir Ray Winstone and the chairman of a massive PMC, Malcolm McDowell. The story is great for giving you exciting battles in visually interesting locales, but the actual dialogue is pretty flimsy. Malcolm McDowell is great as the main villain. I really enjoyed that the biggest threat to our heroes was the constant infighting, even though the payoff for that was not written that well.
The actually gameplay of Killzone 3 is so much more satisfying. The controls have been tightened up something fierce, if I hear anyone complaining about the controls this time around, I might have to destroy them. Everything feels faster and smoother. There are a numerous sequences when you won’t be on foot, instead you’ll be the gunner in a few vehicles, drive a mech, and even fly with a crazy jet pack. This is always fun, although I did feel a few moments made it way to easy for you to die. You’re supposed to feel empowered at those segments, not worried about getting blown up.
Killzone 3 is really good. The characters are fleshed out really well, the combat is top notch, the graphics are still shockingly good. The singleplayer campaign will keep you going for a few hours, the mutliplayer many more hours after that. This is an awesome game and a welcome addition among the PlayStation 3 library.