Killzone: Shadow Fall Review
Killzone: Shadow Fall Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Guerrilla Games
Pub: Sony
Release: Novemebr 16, 2013
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Another bit of technology featured is a sort of tactical sonar that can be used at any point, as long as you don’t overcharge it, to mark enemies, cameras, and other environmental points of interest on your screen. These are denoted by an orange outline that can be seen no matter what is between you and the object or enemy, for a short period of time. This, coupled with your Owl, is at the heart of the experience of Killzone: Shadow Fall, taking what could have been a bland PS4 tech demo and turning it into something fun and interesting. Conversely, enemy AI leaves a little bit to be desired. While it is by no means incompetent, it certainly isn’t the smartest AI I’ve ever ran into, with enemies gathering at certain points for easy multi-kills, losing track of me after simply running behind a wall, staring right at me, and not engaging until I shoot them, or engaging me even though they can’t see me. It must be said that the AI isn’t horrid, it just doesn’t give you the feel that the Helghast is an organized fighting force, more of a collection of mindless drones. These issues don’t occur all the time either, just at random points throughout the game, which becomes only mildly frustrating.

Killzone: Shadow Fall Screenshot

The soundscape of Killzone: Shadow Fall is a competent one, with the exception of some spotty voice acting on the part of our protagonist, Lucas Kellan. Honestly, he talks too much. His voice seems weak and underpowering next to other voice actors in the game. The rest of the audio in the game does what it’s supposed to do and not a whole lot more. It’s quality work, just nothing that will transcend its intended purpose. On a side note, audio logs play through the speaker on your controller, which was pretty cool the first time I did it, and it made me feel as though I had picked up the audio log and had it in my hands, which added to the immersion of the game.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall is a solid launch title for the PS4. It delivers the next-gen experience without cramming it down your throat too much, which is a great change of pace from previous console generations. While it obviously presents what the PS4 is capable of, the developer was careful after the beginning of the game to make sure that the Killzone experience was delivered, no matter what platform it was delivered on. This is definitely a good thing. All-in-all, Killzone: Shadow Fall brings more good things to the table than bad, and a robust multiplayer component gives it a lot of playability past the campaign. This exclusive next-gen shooter is one of the reasons to own a PS4 at launch, and even though it’s not perfect, shooter fans will no doubt enjoy Killzone: Shadow Fall for what it is–a good game.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: November 16, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Next-Gen visuals are showcased here for sure.
4.0
Control
Tight controls translate very well to the Dualshock 4 controller, but some annoyances rear their head.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A competent soundscape that is sometimes marred by weak voice-acting.
3.5
Play Value
A weak single-player story is strengthened by solid online play.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • A new breed of hero for a new vision of Killzone: Play as Shadow Marshal Lucas Kellen, equal parts elite soldier and master spy. Representing the ISA's finest and entrusted with stabilizing an ever-deteriorating cold war, your choices will determine the world's fate.
  • The benchmark cinematic shooter of the next generation of gaming: With breathtaking environments, jaw-dropping futuristic setpieces; and deviously smart enemy AI - Killzone: Shadow Fall is a true showcase for the unbridled power of the PS4 system. The new DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller and its refined analog sticks and improved triggers further enhance the shooter experience.
  • Utilize an expansive arsenal of futuristic weapons and gadgetry: As an elite operative of the ISA, you have a vast selection of multi-purpose weapons and tech at your disposal. The game-changer, however, is the OWL, a versatile, commandable combat drone that functions as an extension of you, dramatically augmenting your abilities and offering a host of new tactical options.
  • Tense, realistic cold war sci-fi: On a divided Vekta, one in which bitter enemies are forced to coexist, constant discord threatens to unravel into all-out war.

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