Killzone 3 Demo Impressions

Posted: February 10, 2011 by Tim Utley in Reviews

Killzone 3 demo is out now exclusively for Playstation Plus users in either its regular format or in 3D.  The demo revolves around Sev and Rico searching for a commanding officer on some antarctic-esque Helghan base.  So I figured I would check it out and see if anything new was added to the Killzone franchise.  To be honest, it doesn’t feel like many changes were made from its predecessor.  I say not many because some things did feel different and were different.  The graphics for Killzone 3 are still top notch and the set pieces are truly a sight to behold.  The combat feels a little more fluid with new melee take downs and the shooting is little tighter than in Killzone 2.  The movement on the other hand still feels heavy and sluggish.  The dialog is still very cheesy and your AI compatriot Rico is as retarded as ever.  If you get killed by a Helghast, Rico will revive you, but he won’t eliminate the enemy threat first.  So this results in you being revived only to be killed almost instantly by the same Helghast that killed you the first time.  The layout of the controls might be daunting to some, but the demo will acclimate you to them fairly quickly.  The highlight of the demo for me was the introduction of the Jet Pack.  It was a blast to fly around and mow down Helghan soldiers like fish in a barrel.  All in all Killzone 3 will be a good game to most and a great game for Killzone fans.

The full retail release of Killzone 3 will be available on February 22nd in a Standard edition for $59.99 and the Helghast Edition for $129.99.  I am still unsure if I will be purchasing it day one, but if I do I will be sure to post more extensive impressions of the game.

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