Killzone Shadowfall Review27th November 2016
Killzone Shadowfall was launched alongside the PlayStation 4 console back in November 2013. It’s the fourth instalment in the console version of the series. The Killzone series is one of those shooters that just could be great but always slightly seem to miss the mainstream audience Killzone Shadowfall again falls into this category but not quite as much as the other previous releases.
It is, to say the least, an exceptional first-person shooter.
What’s the Story in Killzone Shadowfall?
The main story campaign of the game will take up over 10 hours of your time. This is about right as you don’t feel like it’s dragging on too long but at the same time you don’t think to yourself, “is that it?” The levels are diverse enough to keep you interested but the variety of enemies feels rather lacking. Once you have completed the story you will forget what has just happened.
Shadow Fall is set thirty years after the events of Killzone 3. Two rival factions, known as the Helghast and the Vektans live side by side in a futuristic city that is divided by a massive wall. In the middle of a cold war that is about to spill over the edge is you, a Shadow Marshal tasked with maintaining the delicate balance.
You respond to fearless attacks to stealthy infiltrations or all-out combat, you’ll be expected to adapt and think on your toes as you have to face a variety of escalating events that could destroy your home world.
Killzone Shadowfall is Stunning and Beautiful
Being a console launch title there were a lot of expectations for the first wave of games to be impressive graphically. Killzone Shadowfall does not fail to deliver. At launch, it was by far the most stunning looking next gen game out there. Its colour pallet is more colourful than previous games which tended to opt more for the generic dark greys and browns.
When you first start to play the game you really do think wow, especially at the sense scale of the environment when flying in at the beginning of the game. It is awesome and so is the level of detail. Characters look great; you can see the beads of sweat on their faces.
If this is what graphics are like at the beginning of the PlayStation 4 life cycle, we can only imagine what they will look like towards the end of this new generation. The game is an excellent showcase for the Playstation 4.
The game plays really well, it is highly polished and the controls are well balanced. The overall pace of the game is slower than that of Call of Duty but faster than that of Battlefield. A couple of gripes that can be said are that there isn’t much variety with the enemies and the OWL, which is your handy drone that can do a number of tasks. Tasks such as become your shield, fire upon enemies, hack security panels, become a zip line amongst others. These are nice additions but you only ever seem to be allowed you use the OWL in certain places. More freedom of this feature would have been nice.
Online is where this game really shines. The multiplayer maps are well made and diverse, from close combat maps to the larger open maps that give you a little more time to compose yourself. All DLC maps are free, which is an added bonus.
There is a robust matchmaking system in place and with the ability to create your own online warzones means that the possibilities are endless. One minute you could be playing in a war zone that only allows knives and the next warzone you play could be snipers and knives only. The customisation of online games really does keep things fresh, it also encourages playing for quite a few months.
As with most FPS games these days there are a huge amount of challenges to complete in online multiplayer. If you are into completing challenges then you will definitely keep coming back for more.
There is plenty of DLC that can be purchased from the Playstation Store such as; loads of skins, spotlight moves, player cards and other packs.
Killzone is not a bad game but it doesn’t quite sit up there at the top with the CODs and Battlefields of the world. It is a graphically beautiful game with strong online multiplayer that will keep you playing for quite some time.