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February 27, 2011 Posted by Irene Lee in Previews

Killzone 3 Open Beta

Today I realised that the Killzone 3 Open Beta was out and I had not downloaded yet! So as soon as I got home I downloaded the 800MB file before getting ready for some Killzone multiplayer action.

Controls The first thing you immediately notice is the controls feel a lot more responsive than in Killzone 2. I was happy to see this was the case. I understand that originally it was to make the experience feel more real and weighty, but I saw it as more sluggish than anything else. For the beta version, you only get two options for the button layout. I am hoping the full version allows you to customise the button controls further as it did feel restrictive in Killzone 2.

Graphics The next thing you'll notice in the beta are the graphics. As expected, the visuals are gorgeous and really set the scene for the game. I've always thought that Killzone 2 to this date is the best looking game on the PS3, and I can see Killzone 3 will deliver the same quality. Animations are smooth and I enjoy the cut-scenes in the operations multiplayer mode.

Sound One of the things that stood out for me in the sound department was when you get shot and die. Your character will begin to cry in pain from his wounds before he respawns again. I was taken aback by this at first, maybe because I'm a girl and don't particularly like to hear the sounds of a person in pain, but it does add an element of realism. If you were to get shot with a few bullets, who wouldn't wail like a bitch?

Multiplayer At first glance, a lot of people may think this is just another First-Person Shooter but it's so much more. This time around, the guys at Guerrilla have added a new gameplay mode called Operations.

Operations is a new multiplayer campaign which aims to deliver a more cinematic, story-based gameplay experience, similar to that of Killzone 3′s single-player mode. It consists of a sequence of linear mini-missions, in which the ISA must try to secure the docks and destroy the dam, while the Helghast must try to protect the dam facility.
I really enjoyed this addition and look forward to playing more of it once I have the full version of the game (to be released on 25/2/11).

If you'd like to try the beta for yourself, just head to the PlayStation Store on your PS3 and download it for free. For those that really love this game, you may also be interested to know that PlayStation Australia is organising an Australian Killzone 3 Event Comp. All you have to do is to tell them in 25 words or less why you are the ULTIMATE Killzone fan. Send your entry in via email with your PSN ID as the subject line to competitions@au.playstation.com.

I've already sent my entry in. Hopefully I'll see you there!

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