Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Killzone: Shadow Fall

“Killzone: Shadow Fall’s release was intended to be the staple title for every PlayStation 4 owner. What wasn’t expected was Shadow Fall turning out to be a reinvigoration for the series – making it not only a thoroughly entertaining shooter but a serious competitor in the 1st person shooter market. It’s certainly time to pay attention because Killzone: Shadow Fall impresses across the board.”


The Gameplay:
It’s absolutely clear that Killzone: Shadow Fall is a product that has learned from previous lessons and mistakes. For what was once a bland, sluggish shooter has now been transformed into a much more fluid, colourful and Halo-style space shooter that is thoughtful and engaging.

Shadow Fall’s campaign is perhaps somewhat disappointing – a convoluted story is thankfully overshadowed by engaging and varied gameplay that sees set-piece battles, strategic group encounters and even a dash of stealth gameplay.


The multiplayer community is who will obviously be the most pleased because Shadow Fall impresses with an array of online content to please a variety of different gamers. Lots of classes, weapon modifications and pleasant variety in maps makes this online shooter worth investing in, especially if you’re bored of the standard Call of Duty and Battlefield gameplay. It feels as if Shadow Fall has taken elements from lots of high-profile games like Halo and Call of Duty to create a new and inspired shooter that’s just a whole load of fun.

The Presentation:
Killzone: Shadow Fall certainly had a lot on its shoulders thanks to some unfortunate launch game delays on Sony’s new machine. As a result Shadow Fall really had to impress and give gamers something to talk about. Fortunately the PlayStation 4’s immense power makes this game look absolutely stunning (Crysis-like) and plays with fluidity and speed without any slowdown issues. Impressive terrains, great character models and attention to detail make the visuals far outweigh the actual depth of story and narration.


The Verdict:
Killzone: Shadow Fall may not be a perfect game, nor is it fantastic, but it’s so impressive to see how a franchise that was certainly on its way down has managed to climb back up, learn from its mistakes and shine once again. This is a game series that has clearly broadened its horizons with influence from many other top first-person shooters and consequentially combining those elements into a very enjoyable and thrilling exclusive launch title for the PlayStation 4. 

Gameplay – 8/10
Presentation – 9/10
Replay Value – 8/10
Verdict – 8/10

Igor Kharin


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