Killzone: Shadow Fall PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2013
Metascore
73

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
    91
    Thankfully, Shadow Fall handles far better than its predecessors that were hamstrung by the limited abilities of the PlayStation 3. It’s perfectly smooth to play, and there’s no longer a button to attach yourself to cover — simply crouching behind a chest-high wall will hide you, and pushing forward against it will let you stick your gun out to shoot.
  2. Jan 2, 2014
    90
    Kill Zone Shadow Fall is a very enjoyable first person shooter on the PlayStation 4 that really showcases the power of this next-gen console with some fun gameplay tweaks.
  3. Nov 14, 2013
    90
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is a very good tech demo for the PS4, but also an excellent FPS with nothing to be ashamed of in front of Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts in terms of gameplay and multiplayer experience. Sony's game does even better with an open gameplay, where the use of the combat drone was well thought out at start. Shadow Fall is maybe a bit less spectacular and fast-paced than Killzone 3 in it's solo mode, but it gained in open-mindness much to our enjoyment. The exploration is a new element to be reckoned with which is a good thing when you know you're going to spend hours staring at those marvelous graphics that set the tone for the story. Giving the player some choices, that's the mainstay of a game which keeps its promises in spite of a few polishing flaws. A game that offers a very good solo and multiplayer and should appeal to most gamers.
  4. Nov 13, 2013
    90
    I like Killzone: Shadow Fall for its change of direction from previous series games, as well as its change of pace over other first-person shooters. Guerrilla has tried a few new things this time around, and should be commended as such. I welcome the almost sandbox-ish level approach, and the stealth segments did a nice job of breaking up the standard shooting action.
  5. Games Master UK
    Dec 19, 2013
    89
    Gorgeous-looking and filled with fresh tactical gameplay. [Jan 2014, p.64]
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    Feb 13, 2014
    88
    A very good and varied multiplayer FPS. Some things, like the big attack/defend scenarios, were better on Killzone 3. [Jan 2014]
  7. Nov 13, 2013
    88
    Guerrilla Games needs to recognize that it's not plot points and politics that move its games, but the bullets and guns. If the campaign could take a step back from the spectacle to focus on core concepts and feedback loops, the qualities that make the multiplayer suite so flexible and entertaining could make the campaign even stronger. Killzone Shadow Fall is easy to recommend as a launch title, and it's also a fantastic shooter on its own merits, regardless of hardware or history.
  8. Nov 13, 2013
    87
    Once again Guerrila did what it knows best: a game with fantastic graphics, a fascinating narrative and gameplay with highs and lows. Killzone: Shadow Fall is a competent shooter you would like to try on PlayStation 4, although some flaws prevent it from becoming a killer app for the console.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Dec 2, 2013
    85
    This is the reboot the series needed. If you own a PS4, you own this by default. [Christmas 2013, p70]
  10. Nov 25, 2013
    85
    An enjoyable - if ignorable - single-player campaign with some fantastic graphics coupled to an excellent multiplayer mode.
  11. Nov 13, 2013
    85
    The amazing visuals aspect, the great variety of levels, and the fantastically developed story turn Killzone Shadow Fall into the best game of PlayStation 4 and the franchise. Welcome to the Next-Gen.
  12. Nov 13, 2013
    85
    The single player is quite varied when it comes to weapons, levels and gameplay elements. The OWL also offers players a few interesting tactical choices, which make certain sections of the game highly replayable. Top that off with some great visuals and a high framerate, and we’ve got ourselves a great shooter that’s worth buying for the single player alone.
  13. Nov 28, 2013
    84
    Visually simply the best Killzone yet and mechanically more varied then before, Guerilla Games delivers an entertaining shooter for the PS4 launch. Unfortunately the AI didn’t yet reach the next generation.
  14. Dec 2, 2013
    82
    If only it had banished even more of the claustrophobic corridor gameplay and had just a little more effort taken with the storytelling, it could have been a truly classic launch title. As it is, it’s still a sterling shooter that shows off the potential of the PS4’s powerful hardware, and an easy recommendation for PS4 owners looking for their futuristic shooter fix.
  15. Dec 1, 2013
    81
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is an uninventive but still largely enjoyable shooter, with rich visuals and a solid multiplayer experience. Poor dialogue and narrative keep the game far from the best out there.
  16. Nov 26, 2013
    81
    Visually stunning, the debut of the series on PS4 is a fresh experience with some good ideas and a different feeling than the rest of shooters. No matter how you look at it, it's a great choice to see what your new PS4 can do.
  17. Hyper Magazine
    Dec 29, 2013
    80
    A long, compelling, satisfying and simply gorgeous campaign with a serviceable but less engaging multiplayer element. [Feb 2014, p.66]
  18. Dec 20, 2013
    80
    Depending on what you're looking for, Killzone: Shadow Fall is either a hit or a miss. If you're looking for something to showcase the power of the PS4, this does the job very well.
  19. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is essentially a heavy shooter of the classical design that, however, won't surprise by its content. Still, it's a great fun, and its graphics will take your breath away. Besides, it has a pretty elaborate multiplayer game.
  20. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    In a world of ultra short hyper active single player campaigns, Killzone: Shadow Fall delivers a contemporized piece of excitement, that manages to leave a nice taste in your mouth after eight hours of action. The multiplayer simply keeps you going for quite a while longer.
  21. Dec 2, 2013
    80
    There's no doubt that [it] is far and away the best PlayStation 4 launch title. It feels fresh and innovative throughout – after playing it, we checked out Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4, which felt one-dimensional and strangely old-fashioned – looks stunning and through its beautifully fettled multiplayer side, offers infinite replay value. It towers above previous versions of Killzone in terms of quality and taking a much more interesting approach.
  22. 80
    One of the strongest launch titles of the PlayStation 4 is definitely Killzone: Shadow Fall. But that is mainly due to stellar graphical fidelity and a solid multiplayer. While the story is great, some of the characters are lacking. What we are left with is a top tier first person shooter, that might be forgotten in a few years even if right now it is the title to buy to show off your new PS4.
  23. Nov 29, 2013
    80
    It sets a very high benchmark for what can be achieved on Sony’s new console, while only giving a hint at what innovative gaming experiences are waiting to be discovered in the hardware’s future.
  24. Nov 29, 2013
    80
    A reasonable, lengthy but frustrating single player campaign paves the way for a compelling multiplayer experience the likes of which you’ve never seen before – visually speaking, anyway.
  25. Nov 27, 2013
    80
    It’s beautiful. So wonderfully crafted, and a real step up from the PS3 generation of shooters. There’s more good design than there is bad, and it’s really something you should be experiencing for the visuals, sound and setting alone if you buy a PS4.
  26. Nov 27, 2013
    80
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is undoubtedly one of the best games that could be released alongside the PlayStation 4. Its varied play style, its addictive multiplayer and its graphic potential conform a spectacular and entertaining title able to display all the possibilities of the new console.
  27. Nov 26, 2013
    80
    An encouraging start to the Guerrilla Games saga on PlayStation 4.
  28. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    Again, Killzone might not have won all my heart. The unresolved story, uneven pacing and deficits of the AI prevent Shadow Fall from being that unmissable evergreen, Guerrilla undoubtedly were hoping to create. But it won my utmost respect. Contrary to many other launch titles past and present, this actually does feel like a step forward. The devs quite clearly had their minds set to more that just being in stores on day one.
  29. Nov 24, 2013
    80
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is visually stunning and shows how powerful can be the PlayStation 4. The main Campaign Mode has few boring moments but it's a perfect showcase of Sony's new hardware. This is one of the best launch titles to impress your friends with your brand new console.
  30. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    A good game, and it hints at a rosy future for shooters and video game in general. I remain disappointed at the surprisingly outdated drawbacks, such as audio balancing, silly AI and occasionally unconvincing acting, but the result is still agreeable.
  31. Nov 17, 2013
    80
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is not a perfect game. It has design flaws and the story is lacking, but it’s a whole lot of fun and a great showcase for what the PS4 can do.
  32. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    When you look past the gorgeous visuals, Killzone: Shadow Fall is a competent shooter in terms of both campaign gameplay and multiplayer offerings. It may not be the most innovative titles on the market, but it’s certainly one of the top stars of the PlayStation 4’s launch lineup.
  33. Most importantly, of all the launch shooters on PS4, this is the only one to try and do something different and vary its formula. Something it also does with visibly new tech rather than shored up current-gen code. It’s a combination that makes Killzone Shadow Fall a great experience and strong start to PS4.
  34. Nov 13, 2013
    80
    Sure, its characters may not be all that convincing, and its multiplayer is more a well-crafted distraction than a long-term destination, but the game as a whole contains plenty of unexpected surprises that make it worth your time.
  35. Nov 13, 2013
    80
    Guerilla is successful in mixing Halo with Half-Life, Prey and Deus Ex, but some frustrating moments and unoriginal multiplayer keep it from achieving true greatness.
  36. Nov 13, 2013
    80
    Its single-player campaign suffers from some AI issues and dabbling in non-shooter gameplay it’s just not good at, but it’s still an enjoyable romp that challenges you to really think about how you’re approaching each fight. And then there’s multiplayer, as hardcore as ever but with a level of accessibility that will allow Killzone’s online community to grow and flourish for some time to come.
  37. Nov 13, 2013
    80
    As one of the first PS4 exclusives. Killzone: Shadow Fall does a great job. Despite some level design shortcomings and a not-so-intriguing plot, the game offers some marvelous moments that makes it the perfect companion for the PS4 launch.
  38. Nov 18, 2013
    79
    Shadow Fall had the challenge of convincing gamers to buy a PS4 during its launch window, and it almost succeeded. While the game definitely showcases the impressive processing power of the PS4 and presents a solid and fun campaign, there are some aspects that feel incomplete. Some game mechanics, like the rappel ability, feel so out of place that they make us wonder what would have happened with a few more months of development. At the end, this is a good and solid, but forgettable, launch title.
  39. Nov 24, 2013
    78
    It still brings some of the most intense campaign gameplay in comparison to other FPS titles at launch, and brings some unique elements (enemy A.I. and the OWL) to make it worth your time and money.
  40. Dec 4, 2013
    75
    Definitely the prettiest game on the PlayStation 4 so far, Killzone: Shadow Fall unfortunately lacks a bit of substance. The multiplayer is absolutely worth your time, though singleplayer isn't very interesting. As Sony's PS4 flagship, we expected more.
  41. Nov 29, 2013
    75
    While the gameplay was OK, there were just too many things in the campaign mode that bugged me. Multiplayer is much better, however, with a solid mission-based experience and smooth interaction.
  42. Nov 25, 2013
    75
    As a whole you can’t go wrong by including Killzone: Shadow Fall as part of your next gen PS4 package. It might be lacking in true next generation gameplay mechanics but it really shines when it comes to the new generation of graphics.
  43. Nov 25, 2013
    75
    Killzone: Shadow Fall offers up incredible presentation and a better-than-average campaign narrative that’s unfortunately more boring to play than it should be. The exciting multiplayer mode injects some greatness into an ultimately good game.
  44. Nov 25, 2013
    75
    With stunning visuals and some intense shoot outs with the Helghast, Killzone: Shadow Fall delivers on of the best experiences for first-person shooters on the PlayStation 4. However, with some boring sequences and certain strange gimmicks – the Owl – it fails to be the best first-person shooter. A good launch game for Sony’s next-gen console, but certainly not the best.
  45. 75
    Killzone: Shadow Fall isn’t the best game for the PS4, but it is the Trophy Wife of the PS4 launch lineup. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and you’ll love to show it to be the envy of all your friends. But beyond the good looks, she’s actually kinda dumb, lacking personality, and can get on your nerves at times.
  46. 75
    In its attempt to iterate on Killzone trademarks, Shadow Fall comes up short of greatness, but has enough tight action and expanded lore to please series enthusiasts.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 2071 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 15, 2013
    10
    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
    10
    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
    7
    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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