KILLZONE 3 (MA15+)
★★★★ 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.