Killzone 3: Visuals and Tech Impressions

Art Style

Guerilla Games definitely has some high end art talent. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such stylish gas masks, hooded sniper cloaks, or helghast captain costumes. (On the downside, why do the ISA look so generic?)

Secondly, Guerilla must employ the top technical effects wizards; every scene is saturated with the most absurdly gratuitous use of mesmerizingly awesome particle and lighting effects: swirling fogs, floating embers, and exotic lighting make every scene visually addicting to watch.

Stereo 3D

I’ve seen a handful of 3D games already, so the core effect has lots its shock novelty. But combine that with the dramatic visuals and particle effects mentioned above along with the expert application of 3D to HUD elements and scoped weapon use, and the result is mind meltingly awesome.

During this console generation we’ve seen a lot of visual improvements; the move to HD, a twenty-fold increase in geometric detail and texture and shader quality, etc, but I think this tops my list of eye popping moments.

(Next up: Sharp Shooter Control Impressions)

Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor

  1. #1 by Beastxjason on February 24th, 2011 [ 28406 Points ]

    I can only imagine how insane the falling ash looks in 3d after seeing rain effects demo at frys. This game destroys all fps on the market in terms of visuals. It really is amazing to see in action.

  2. #2 by SicSemperTyranis on February 24th, 2011 [ 6405 Points ]

    I totally agree with you on the art style. Not only are the ISA dull but they are boring. I want Killzone 4 to be from Helghast’s perspective. I think it would be cool to be a Helghast solider fighting the ISA invasion of my home world.

  3. #3 by pedro on February 25th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I’m not the biggest fan of 3D, however, I have a question: for how long did you play it on 3D?

    When I go the the movies and watch a 3D film it gets tiresome after a while.

  4. #4 by Darrin on February 25th, 2011 [ 17143 Points ]

    I’ve probably played single player a total of three hours and multiplayer about four hours with stereo 3D enabled. Not all in one sitting of course. I really love it and I haven’t gotten tired of it.

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