It’s a sad truth that the Killzone series is just not as popular as it should be. When it first appeared on the PlayStation 2, it was intended to be a PlayStation-exclusive answer to Halo, and while each game has been solid in its own rights, it remained in the shadows of Call of Duty, Halo and others. However, a new console generation is here and Killzone has emerged guns blazing. Shadow Fall is a fantastic game, well worth your money and attention, especially if you’re getting a PlayStation 4.
- It’s gorgeous – Shadow Fall is, without a doubt, the prettiest console FPS out there. Battlefield 4 is a looker, for sure, but it can’t compare to SF’s sweeping vistas and intense colors. Oh, and the game runs at a solid 60 frames per second with little to no slowdown, no matter what’s happening on screen. It also runs at 1080p native, so it’ll be even more impressive on your big TV. SF also benefits from some incredible art direction, thanks in part to its sci-fi setting and civil war-stricken world. Speaking of its setting…
- Sci-fi setting – Whether you’re a fan of futuristic sci-fi or not, Killzone stands out among Battlefield and Call of Duty thanks to its colorful and vibrant setting. SF is set 30 years after the events of Killzone 3, but even if you haven’t played the previous games, you’ll get a basic idea of what’s going on. Story aside, a future setting is a breath of fresh air compared to the flood of modern-day-military-shooters we have on ours plates. Planet Vekta is colorful, with lush forests, huge skyscrapers with neon signs and more. Killzone used to be criticized for being overly brown and grey, but that’s definitely a thing of the past after seeing SF in motion.
- Multiplayer (specifically, Warzone) – Warzone is one of Killzone’s biggest features, and for good reason. What makes Warzone fun is the objectives the team have change every few minutes. Capture the flag changes to king of hill, which changes to attack a point and so on, keeping the game moving. There’s no killstreaks or perks, which may make the game feel a bit basic, but gameplay backs it up. The gunplay is solid, the weapons look cool and handle great, and it gives everyone a fair shot. Add to that three classes with specialized abilities (such as a turret, shield, air drone, cloaking and more) and you’ve got a recipe for a fantastic time.
- It’s a PS4 exclusive – This is a biggie if you’re getting a PS4. If you want a strong exclusive game to wow friends and family, this is the game to get, especially with Knack being a let-down. This game gives us a great view into the power of the PS4, and we’re incredibly excited to see where the console goes from here. Killzone is a strong PlayStation franchise, and with the success of this game we hope to see it grow to be PlayStation’s own Halo like it was intended to be.