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Killzone 3 Co-Op Hands-On Impressions

(This is a very early impression of Killzone 3, but wanted to get my impressions up while it was still fresh)

Before I really start I would like to point out that I loved the game play of KillZone 2. Each of the weapons in the game had weight to it. Some called it "clunky controls", which seemed to hamper the sales as we've moved more and more into a "Call of Duty society". Faster is better or so the folks over at Activision claim. So for the people, like me who learned KillZone 2's controls, I didn't like it when I read that KillZone 3 was going to follow more of the CoD formula and go away from what Guerrilla Games had established with KillZone 2. After playing KillZone 3 with a close friend of mine yesterday (the co-op campaign no less), I have this to say.

KILLZONE 3 IS AMAZING. At least for the 30 to 45 minutes we played. The Helghast are aggressive, smart, violent and purely intense. This is not a game where you can just run and gun. Gunfire comes from everywhere, grenades will come from all sides and if you're not careful, the Helghast will flank you and you  will die! My friend and I were taken out of the fight quite a few times as we moved through the game. There was one time that I got so wrapped up in the new melee attack system that I was running through attacking everyone, at least till the Helghast soldiers started pulling back and throwing grenades my way. Then, of course, it was time to pull the guns back out. Very fun, very intense and oh so enjoyable.

Each weapon has it's own "weight" and the characters each feel different (different as in there own speed and weight) from KillZone 2. So it seems GG went for a more weapon focused change to the controls. Instead of them all being some form of "heavy" they made each weapon feel more "real". Another thing I would like to point out is that in Killzone and Killzone 2, the Helghast could take an un-godly amount of bullets before finally going down. In KZ3 the max seemed to be about 4 bullets and they were down (on average). The usual head shot took them out with one bullet, but that has been a standard thing in gaming for the past 10 years (and in life since forever).

Anyway, this is my early impression of KZ3, let me know what you think in the comments below or on the facebooks and twitters.