Killzone: Shadow Fall PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

Mixed or average reviews - based on 88 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 88
  2. Negative: 0 out of 88
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  1. Nov 20, 2013
    If you have a PS4 and you enjoy a more methodical FPS and want to see some really pretty visuals, Shadow Fall is a good choice.
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    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.
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    Visually, the game is absolutely beautiful. In addition to the fact that it’s not a typical brown shooter, some of the cut-scenes on Vekta will take your breath away and make you realize that next-gen is here, and wow is it pretty. It’s just a shame that the fun I initially felt with Shadow Fall’s campaign faded away as the end missions droned on for far longer than they should have.
  4. Dec 4, 2013
    On the strength of its incredible visuals and excellent multiplayer I would recommend Shadow Fall to Killzone fans, but early adopters of the PlayStation 4 looking for a good single-player experience would do better to look elsewhere.
  5. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2014
    Shadow Fall does a great job when you want to show your friends what the PS4 is capable of –it looks gorgeous, especially on a big screen. But the visuals are where the whole next-gen thing ends, as gameplay-wise it’s just an old, traditional shooter, solid but not breathtaking. The writing is poor, there’s absolutely no breakthrough in terms of the AI and there are no memorable moments in the campaign, which by the way drags on for longer than it should (it took me about 9 hours to finish the game and I spent the last 2-3 hours eagerly awaiting the credits). The multiplayer does not disappoint though. [01/2014, p.56]
  6. Dec 20, 2013
    Playing through Killzone: Shadow Fall is a rollercoaster of wide-eyed splendour, tempered by the nagging realisation that it’s all window-dressing, disguising the same old experience underneath the god rays and particle effects.
  7. Dec 12, 2013
    As a launch game Killzone: Shadow Fall is an excellent showcase for the PlayStation 4, showing that the path is well defined and that we can only dream about what's coming in terms of future games.
  8. Dec 11, 2013
    There remains nothing truly revolutionary about Killzone, its story and characters are still unfortunately bland, its fiction hints at greatness that has never quite emerged. Yet Shadow Fall emerges as the best in the series, approaching that ideal single player balance between the weighty, war-torn shooter of old and the more nimble and varied globe-trotting adventures found in Call of Duty, paired with the most refined, and in-depth multiplayer the series has featured yet.
  9. Dec 9, 2013
    If you don't like playing online, don't buy Shadow Fall just yet - either wait for a serious discount or forget about it entirely. The game isn't worth buying just for the campaign, which turns out to be poorly designed, kind of boring, uneven and unoriginal. New Killzone is really pretty, but its biggest asset is a well designed, engrossing multiplayer mode.
  10. Nov 28, 2013
    Shadow Fall shows what Sony's new machine is able to do in terms of graphics, but behind its beautiful façade there's a by the numbers first person shooter that you won't remember in a few months.
  11. Nov 28, 2013
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is so full of influences, struggling to balance so many different ideas across the eight or so hours of single-player that it fails to settle cohesively. Even worse, nothing here feels particularly new. Killzone: Shadow Fall is an immensely enjoyable shooter but one busy distracting itself from being anything more.
  12. Nov 27, 2013
    Among the launch games for the PS4, this is definitely a title to be taken into serious consideration. But, at the same time, you have the distinct feeling that the next few FPS for this new console will wipe out the memory of Killzone: Shadow Fall in a matter of two or three years.
  13. Nov 26, 2013
    Killzone Shadow Fall on PS4 is a good console FPS, but not necessarily a great Killzone, although being more subtle than usual and visually impressive.
  14. Nov 26, 2013
    A true showcase of PS4's power, Killzone: Shadow Fall is the best launch game for the newly arrived system. On the downside, it seems quite rushed and the newly implemented gameplay ideas are not fully developed.
  15. Nov 20, 2013
    Keep Killzone: Shadow Fall in mind if you’re looking for a multiplayer shooter that shows off what the system can actually do. If you’re one of those that are lacking the subscription to Playstation Plus, needed to access the multiplayer, then you will likely leave the game disappointed at a poor single player experience and you can do much, much better in the launch lineup than this.
  16. Nov 19, 2013
    Shadow Fall's measure of success feels shallower than past games in the franchise, but all told it's a complete package for launch or Holiday 2013 PS4 owners.
  17. Nov 19, 2013
    Despite being beyond brilliant at times, Killzone: Shadow Fall misfires in many of the same areas as previous entries.
  18. Nov 18, 2013
    Cleverly progressive one moment and tediously predictable the next, next gen Killzone has all the same strengths and flaws as the older games – just now with even better graphics.
  19. Nov 15, 2013
    Shadow Fall serves up decent sci-fi themed first-person-shooter action complete with teases of what the new console generation has in store for us. It’s not particularly inspired, nor is it anything to write home about, but as something to make your early adoption feel justified, I think Killzone does the trick.
  20. Nov 14, 2013
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is not going to win over the masses, especially those who never cared for the series to begin with. It is, however, a fine shooter with a fun story, and a multiplayer mode that fans can sink hours and hours into.
  21. It will dazzle players with its next-generation visuals and give them fun things to do with Sony’s newfangled controller...But when the launch hubbub dies down and you’ve played through your day one bundle of games, this probably isn’t the game you’re going to come back to for seconds.
  22. Nov 13, 2013
    Killzone: Shadow Fall loses its sheen at times, usually when pursuing moments that are cinematic but not sensible. As a shooter, it's better at thriving on eye-catching environments and supportive combat abilities that don't just come for free.
  23. Nov 13, 2013
    As much as I enjoyed my online time with Killzone: Shadow Fall--and as much as I will enjoy lots more time with it, unlocking perks that allow me to personalize my weapons--I missed Killzone 3's jump pack, which brought a nifty nimbleness to the battlegrounds. I missed it in Shadow Fall's disappointing single-player campaign, too, which sorely needed a shot of adrenaline.
  24. Nov 13, 2013
    There's a lack of confidence here that contrasts starkly with Guerrilla's dazzling, sure-footed command of the new hardware. It's a game that any new PlayStation 4 owner will be proud to show off - but it won't be one they remember by the time PS5 rolls around.
  25. Nov 13, 2013
    In fact, here’s a handy metaphor for Killzone: Shadow Fall’s ending: Imagine finishing a meal in a restaurant, and then for dessert having the chef drop his pants and take a huge, steaming turd on your plate. I don’t care how good dinner was – and in this case, it wasn’t anything to call the Michelin Guide folks about – but when the very last thing you’re served is easily the worst part of the entire experience, it can’t help but leave a lingering bad taste.
  26. Nov 19, 2013
    Essentially, Killzone: Shadow Fall will impress you from a technical standpoint, but not so much from the actual gameplay.
  27. Nov 13, 2013
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is a pretty game, gorgeous even. But the demand for moments to punctuate trailers or demos forced a sacrifice of story that it never quite recovers from. The OWL will find its place in history as one of the few controller-based mechanics to actually entertain, while the time spent in free fall may make players actually consider a plummet-related death.
  28. Jan 15, 2014
    Whatever the reason was for making Shadow Fall in the first place, the result is a mixture of bland, annoying and weird.
  29. Jan 2, 2014
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is a very traditional first-person-shooter that doesn’t achieve anything new. The graphics are impressive and the frame rate is good but it’s hard to get invested in either the action or the story. As a launch title for a new console, it’s passable.
  30. Dec 29, 2013
    Multiplayer’s not much better, and is a rare area in which Shadow Fall suffers technically, the action slowing to a crawl when things get busy thanks to an unlocked framerate.
  31. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 28, 2013
    Overhauling core mechanisms almost killed the new Killzone. If it weren’t for the multiplayer, the only thing left would be an average shooter with no discernible style or content. [Issue#237]
  32. Dec 16, 2013
    Killzone: Shadow Fall isn’t the great launch title that Sony was hoping for with its shiny new box. The campaign is too varied in quality to bring a worthy single player experience. For every high point you experience, there’s a low around the corner, and the last bits of the campaign were so monotonous and unexciting, thanks to typical cliché gameplay for the genre that is mixed with tedious level design.
  33. Dec 3, 2013
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is a game you can toss into your new PlayStation 4 to get a glimpse of the possibilities of next gen. In some years it’ll be remembered as a rather timid launch game, but right now it can capitalize on being one of the consoles first games. It’s a competent shooter with a lacking campaign.
  34. Dec 1, 2013
    Killzone: Shadow Fall's multiplayer just about makes it a PS4 launch title worth investigating, as its campaign is either entirely competent, and at the worst very frustrating.
  35. Nov 29, 2013
    Ultimately this is pretty yet uninspired.
  36. Nov 18, 2013
    Multiplayer may be fun, but it plays too safe to overcome the genuinely disappointing single-player campaign.
  37. Nov 17, 2013
    It's a quality multiplayer shooter paired with a lackluster campaign that starts out with promise that it completely squanders by the time the credits roll.
  38. If it were possible to punch a video game [in] the face, Killzone: Shadowfall would be sporting a giant shiner right about now. The first-person shooter will test the patience of the most excited new PS4 owner...Shadowfall is needlessly difficult – and the only reward for overcoming its toughest sections is a sense of gratitude that you’ll never have to do them again.
  39. Nov 19, 2013
    Shadow Fall opens capably but quickly deteriorates into a series of boring firefights against thick enemies, interspersed with the genre's hoariest touchstones and some ill-conceived non-combat sections and mechanics.
  40. Jan 22, 2014
    In attempting to juggle so many balls at once, it simply loses control and bats them all over the place in a crazed, lurching frenzy as it tries to stop the whole thing from falling apart.
  41. Dec 5, 2013
    Frustrating and generic gameplay rounds out an otherwise technically impressive package. Killzone: Shadow Fall should have been another solid entry in an above-average franchise, but instead it succumbs to all of the usual launch game pitfalls, and a decent though unimpressive multiplayer suite can’t save it from mediocrity.
  42. Nov 13, 2013
    That absence of meaningful evolution might be Killzone: Shadow Fall’s biggest sin. For all the next-gen bluster of its visuals and the repeated blunt-force attempts to ram a message home, Guerilla’s first shot on the PS4 retreads shooter cliches, and poorly. In a launch lineup crowded with shooters, Killzone: Shadow Fall sits at the bottom.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1888 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 94 out of 468
  1. Nov 15, 2013
    I just got this game, been playing it for hours.

    - Gameplay: Its Solid! the gun play is spot on very realistic in a way. Doesn't have that
    I just got this game, been playing it for hours.

    - Gameplay: Its Solid! the gun play is spot on very realistic in a way. Doesn't have that fast paced exaggeration from COD or BF4. Weapons feel heavy and the animation if fluid.
    - Graphics: Killzone shadow fall: Its probably the best looking FPS game right now. High res sharp texture, beautiful scenery and one best particles i have seen in a game.
    - Multi player, 24 players 60 fps, it has dedicated servers and its a blast to play, Maps are well designed not to big and not to small. And the custom Warzone multi player maps is pretty awesome.
    Single player: is around 10 hours, Story is decent but nothing spectacular good voice acting and facial animation, characters don't fell dull as in previews Killzone games.

    Buy it!
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  2. Nov 15, 2013
    A worthy launch title for the Playstation 4, if this is the start of next gen then things can ONLY get better. I need not tell you howA worthy launch title for the Playstation 4, if this is the start of next gen then things can ONLY get better. I need not tell you how stunning this game is, but instead the gameplay feels fresh, the story is a thrilling new take on war, using a cold war setting rather then throwing you head first into a hot war.

    Sure it has it's cliche action movie set pieces that you know like the back of your hand, but what do you expect. This is Killzone, this isn't here to win an academy award. It's here to give you a mindless thrill ride and it does it effortlessly.

    I felt fully immersed in this world, only taken out of it by some small and rare slip ups from the AI system. But that is my only negative here today.

    Multiplayer is back with a vengeance and will keep you coming back for hours on end, I need not tell you more.

    Just a perfect launch title, a franchise we know and love but with the perfect twist to usher in the new generation.

    Game on.
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  3. Nov 15, 2013
    Why is this game the best game possible for the PS4 launch I'll tell you why.

    First of all, it is gorgeous. Not only the technical part of
    Why is this game the best game possible for the PS4 launch I'll tell you why.

    First of all, it is gorgeous. Not only the technical part of the graphics, but also the artistic direction. Everything is just beautiful, and I caught myself quite a lot of time just looking at the view.

    Then, I really appreciate the fact that Guerrilla didn't want to make the same Killzone as the 3 first before Shadow Fall. The campaign is longer, and better. Some might complain about the fact that it has lass action and more exploration, but in my opinion, it was a very good choice. No more running towards any Hellgast you'll see. Well, you can still do it, but you can also be more sneaky, and it's just great.
    The OWL is another interesting add to the game, but I feel like it may be a little bit too effective sometimes.

    The OST of the game is just amazing. Each side of the Wall (You'll figure out what this is by playing the game) has its own atmosphere, and it's just eargasmic.

    The storyline is better than the previous Killzone games, but still far from perfect: it has a few action movie cliché, but it's still very nice: the war is more subtle, no more "nobrain" charges and no more bad guys and good guys. Yes, the Helgast are a threat, but the Vektans are far from being "clean" in this war. It's not as manichean as it was before, and this is also a very good thing. The campaign is 9-12 hours long, and it's quite a ride, for sure.

    The multiplayer is also very fun, and you can make your own rules, on the maps you've chosen, and trust me, if you're into MP, you'll spend dozens of hours playing.

    In a nutshell, this game is good. And by good I mean VERY good. It's gorgeous, fun to play, much longer than the others FPS launch titles (*cough*CoD BF4*cough*), the storyline is well written, the OST is very good as well, etc...

    The first Killzone game is still my favourite, but Killzone Shadow Fall is the best from the series.
    Well done Guerrilla.
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