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.
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.
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 I remain disappointed at the surprisingly outdated drawbacks, such as audio balancing, silly AI and occasionally unconvincing acting, but the result is still agreeable.
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.
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.
Worse than its predecessor, Killzone 3 (a great game). Worse than its counterpart released for PS Vita, Killzone Mercenary. Killzone Shadow Fall really feels like the downfall of the franchise. Impressive graphics, but short and slow gameplay, with few clashes, bad story, multiplayer with no incentive to return, exclusion of the common split-screen modes of its predecessors. Things only got a little better with the launch of Intercept, its coop DLC, but it doesn't fit that assessment.
This is a mediocre game that is absolutely ruined by the lazy and frustrating level design in the last level of the game. It's like Guerilla ran out of time and released it without doing any QA on the final level. Avoid this game at all costs, even though you can get it for virtually nothing these days, it is not worth your time.
SummaryThe events of Killzone Shadow Fall take place thirty years after the events of Killzone 3. Set in a time of planetary colonization, the game focuses on the conflict between the Vektans and the Helghast, two rival colonist factions inhabiting a remote planet. For 3 decades, both factions have lived side by side, separated by an enormous s...