Play as the members of Alpha team as the ISA invades the Helghast home world. What was to be a straight forward military invasion quicks turns to be anything but simple. The might and determination of the Helghast are far more than what was anticipated. ISA takes heavy losses and countless set backs. Alpha team fights on, taking down key installations and discovering several secrets of Helghan.
From a technical perspective this game is good, a few shortcomings stop me from calling it really good. The graphics are by far outstanding. Cut scenes are near movie quality and in-game graphics show fantastic detail. Impressive considering the game was released in 2009 before a lot of developers really knew how to push the PS3 to its limits. What did not work so well for me was some of the controls. It may have just been an issue of personal preference but I did not like the controller configuration and could not find an alternative that suited me any better than the standard. Pushing R3 to zoom or aim down the sights(as some games refer to it) kind of cramped my playing style as I have a tendency to click this inadvertently, which meant I went in and out of zoom mode many times when I did not want to. Again though, that was more my problem than anything else. One thing that bothered me more was the cover system. Having to hold L2 to stay in cover was bad enough. I don’t mind hitting the button to go into cover but I don’t like popping out of cover just because I let a button go. Add to the fact that peeking out of cover to shoot seemed unreliable. At several times I did get frustrated by trying to lean out of cover but not being able to for some reason and then if I wanted to use zoom mode on a weapon it became even more unreliable.
If you are into first-person shooters then this game should do well for you. I had never played the original Killzone, nor do I really plan to at this point, and I was able to follow and enjoy the game just fine. If you want to make comparisons, this game is to PlayStation what Gears of War is to Xbox. There apparently is an on-line multiplayer mode but given that it is four years old and I don’t feel the need to play the multiplayer portion, I never signed into it. Therefore, no commentary on the multiplayer. As far as the single player goes, it was very well balanced with some varied battle types. Although, the game was mostly based on urban combat by foot soldiers, you did get some chances to drive vehicles and operate mounted guns.
I like games you can get on the cheap and this game is no exception. GameStop had it used, on the shelf for $6.29. If you must have that new game smell, Amazon has it new for about $13. If you really want to go that new game route, Amazon has the trilogy for about $30 and that would be your better deal(besides, you’re going to buy Killzone 3 anyway, right?).