KIL­L­ZONE 3 (MA15+)

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PS3, $109.95

★★★★ In the af­ter­math of the nu­clear ex­plo­sion, the Hel­ghan city of Phyrrus is in ru­ins — its build­ings de­stroyed, ve­hi­cles torched and free­ways col­lapsed. A charred, cratered land­scape is all that re­mains, with thick smoke gust­ing across the deso­la­tion, leav­ing the air choked with ash.

This is the bro­ken world through which play­ers make their way in the open­ing level of Kil­l­zone 3.

It’s the lat­est ca­su­alty in the es­ca­lat­ing war be­tween the In­ter­plan­e­tary Strate­gic Al­liance (ISA) and the Hel­ghast.

The fact the nuke was dropped by the Hel­ghast on its own city shows just how far it is pre­pared to go. How­ever, the ISA is still fight­ing and, as Sergeant Thomas ‘‘Sev’’ Sevchenko, play­ers will find them­selves swept up in a tightly paced shooter ex­pe­ri­ence. Stranded on Hel­ghan and bat­tling over­whelm­ing odds, the ac­tion never stands still.

One mo­ment play­ers are sneak­ing through an alien jun­gle, stealth­ily ex­e­cut­ing en­e­mies one by one, the next they’re jet­pack­ing around de­serted arc­tic sub­sta­tions or wreak­ing hi-tech havoc from in­side a gi­gan­tic ex­oskele­ton.

The ba­sic cover-based game­play is fa­mil­iar, but Kil­l­zone 3 breaks it up.

The PlayS­ta­tion 3 keeps up with the ac­tion well, though the game pushes the sys­tem too far oc­ca­sion­ally, re­sult­ing in stut­ter­ing in some of the most ac­tion-packed se­quences. Even so, it’s an im­pres­sive-look­ing game, and the vis­ual de­sign has real panache, mak­ing this gritty world colour­ful and in­ter­est­ing.

The mul­ti­player suite is nice and ro­bust, thanks to de­cent maps, modes, classes and up­grades. Out to­mor­row.

Ac­tion-packed: Kil­l­zone 3 of­fers a tightly paced shooter ex­pe­ri­ence.

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