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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrillzone 3?, 6 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Killzone 3 - Move Compatible (PS3) (Video Game)
Just to add to the positive reviews, I found this game to be a good escape for a couple of hours. I don't have Move or 3D, so i'm unable to comment on those.

I'll keep it short.

Negatives first:

- Aside from McDowell (who is THE highlight of the game for me) and Winstone, the voice acting is rediculous. Guerilla have improved Rico's character, making him less of a hate figure and have removed Natko (present only on Co-Op campaign) completely, but some of the dialogue would have been best unsaid.
- On second hardest difficulty, I finished it in 6 hours. Fun 6 hours, though.
- I wanted story resolution and I didn't get it. When will it end?
- This one is probably my fault, but I have played KZ2 SO much, there was nothing that new offered in this one. There are lots of minor improvements, though.
- After spending about a year on Bad Company 2, I now know what a brilliant multiplayer shooter feels like. I really got into KZ2, but when BC2 came along, that was it. The reason I stopped playing KZ2 online is present in this one. I prefer Battlefield.
- It takes itself REALLY seriously. Even Metal Gear has its lighter moments, but this is bleak and humourless to say the least.
- There is no human interest. I know there are millions of Helghan civilians on Helghan, but where are they? Any interaction with the civilians would have given us a little more insight into the Helghan frame of mind.
- Just when you think you are in cover, you are proven wrong, but this does make the game very challenging at times. A definite plus.

Positives

- McDowell and Winstone are brilliant diversions. Their cutscenes are a welcome change of pace to the bonkers action going on.
- Less effing and blinding.
- This game is unbelievable to look at, and I have a sweet PC. This game will be repeat played on Elite difficulty, just like the first one, because it has incredible environments and satisfying, solid gameplay you want to go back to. Definitely an improvement over KZ2.
- This is a thrillride of a game. If it were a film, it would be directed by Micheal Bay. If it were an album, it would have been made by Linkin Park. I don't especially like either of those two, but you just get swept up in the bonkers action going on like in Transformers. The fact I lost a whole day playing it and not once got bored is a testament to how well the devs have designed each level.
- There were moments where I was speechless. Gobsmacked, even. The PS3 has a habbit of handing out these moments quite liberally like in GoW3 and Uncharted 2. If you want the full fat PS3 exclusive treatment, go for this.
- I have played it through twice and I am looking forward to playthrough number 3. It's a tough, challenging game.
- If you liked KZ2 multiplayer, this should provide a good continuation.

In summary, this is one of those quick fix, guilty pleasure, oorah marine games like Gears of War 2, and like Gears 2, I really enjoyed it. Few games do this sort of thing better. This is a good solid game, no question, but it still lacks something. The village level in Uncharted 2 was remarkeable in the way it introduced a human element to the game. Same as in HL2 when you travel through the appartment building right at the beginning. Even Gears 2 had an emotional storyline running through it, even humour ("I got your back like a buttcrack!" said Dizzy). This game is JUST shooting. If you are comortable with that, then go for it. If you like shooters, go for it. If you go in with modreate to light expectations, you should be pleasantly surprised. But if you go in expecting a deep, meaningfull, emotional experience like Mass Effect 2, you should think twice about buying this. 8 out of 10.
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