Thursday, 3 February 2011

Killzone 3 multiplayer demo thoughts.

Well, lucky for us UK residents, the highly anticipated multiplayer beta for Killzone 3 is now available to download from the Playstation network. So let's have a quick look at what's on offer.

Firstly the game modes. There is "guerrilla warfare", which supports up to sixteen players, the awesome "warzone" with it's constantly changing objectives and "operations" which are missions based on catching/killing different mission types. There is also the bot mode, where you can fight against computer controlled bots.....self explanatory really.

Nothing much has changed class wise. in the demo you start off just being able to pick a certain class, and though battles you earn points for kills etc to unlock different weapon types and perks. The usual engineer, medic are all in there.

The demo is pretty much Killzone. Nothing really has changed. After playing COD/Battlefield for the past several months I haven't touched Killzone in an age, so returning to the game took some adjustment. I'd forgotten just how sluggish the controls can be.....trying to get a bead on your enemy with the gun was like an anorexic trying to hold a two-stone iron bar level. However, after upping the sensitivity a bit and getting a few games under my belt it all came flooding much so in my second game I was the highest scoring member on my team! That's a first for me and Killzone! The game is also compatible with Playstation Move, so if you want to can waggle along to your hearts content.

The map, with the "must have been up all night trying to come up with a name for it" name Frozen dam, is a great little map. Set in a snow-laden industrial zone there are a tonne of choke points, with lots of high level walkways and rooms to rack up the kills. It's not that big, but it's deceptive as it feels bigger than it actually is thanks to the lower cellar type areas and the huge multi-leveled walkway in the main open area. Within a few games you start to recognise certain areas and instantly find a few favourite points to camp out in.

Unfortunatly I only got to have a few games on the one mode, Guerrilla Warfare. I attempted to get into the others, but after several blank screens and in one instance a wait of around twenty minutes trying to get into the game I gave up. But seeing as how it's just more Killzone I don't think i'm missing anything spectacular. Although i'll try again later because if i'm missing out on bloody jetpacks i'll be pissed.

So that's the demo. It's Killzone through and through, so if you're not a fan, it won't convert you. However, based on this map (and I can't wait to see the other maps....mmmmm, jetpacks) it looks like it will be another solid multiplayer game for the PS3.

And you just can't beat hearing Ray Winstone barking objective orders at you.....

For more details, have a look at the game's website right here.

Killzone 3 is released on 25th February, 2011.

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