- Publisher: Sony
- Developer: Sony
- ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Pros: Remastered Killzone, Value For Three Underrated Games
- Cons: Not Much New If You Already Own Them
Many PS3 owners came to the series with the breakthrough "Killzone 2" and so the remastered version of the original "Killzone" may actually be the most enticing title in this trio. Released in 2004 for the PS2, just as that console was about to become obsolete, "Killzone" was a decent game but didn't make nearly the waves of its two sequels for definite reasons. Five years later, "Killzone 2" took the world by storm with its non-stop action and deep multiplayer offering. It was followed two years later by "Killzone 3." "Killzone: Liberation" was released for the PSP in 2006 while "Killzone: Mercenary" is being prepared for the PlayStation Vita in 2013.
Get to cover, kill the enemy, and do it again. With the exception of a few unique set pieces (particularly in "Killzone 3"), the gameplay here is pretty straightforward. And the storytelling leaves something to be desired. I think that's the biggest problem with the way critics have approached "Killzone" and the franchise's biggest flaw. It doesn't really give you characters to care about in the battle against the Helghast Army. It just gives you non-stop action.
If you know that the storytelling is lackluster going into this series, the action should be enough to keep you entertained. It comes down to how well the combat is executed. Games like the "Killzone" titles need a consistent and building pace. We don't want to get bored with the repetition of warfare and we need to feel like things are getting more intense without getting frustrating. "Killzone" has the most flaws and looks a little dated, particularly in the A.I. department, but the two sequels were underrated when they were released and still are today.
While the first game is the most flawed, it is also really the only new portion of this release given that it has been HD-remastered and given trophy support. The other two games are essentially the exact same as they were upon their release. In fact, if you pop in the "Killzone 3" disc, as I did, it just accesses the same saved game data as when you probably played the title two years ago. So if you have "Killzone 2" and "Killzone 3," the only thing you're really buying here is an upgraded "Killzone" and all of the multiplayer map packs released for the second two games.