Early review scores from major sources have already hit the Internet like a ton of bricks, and the lower-than-anticipated scores beg the question- does Killzone 3 miss the lofty mark?
It's a question we're not ready to answer just yet, but the 8.5s from GameSpot, IGN, and CVG, the 3.5 from Joystiq, and the 7 from GamesTM seem to stand in contrast to the 9 from OPM, the 10 from PlayStation Lifestyle, the 9.5s from GameZone and PSU, and the 9.4 from GameTrailers. So what to believe? Is this an elite AAA title or not? What are the complaints from those who don't see fit to award it a 9+ score? Well, I can tell you this- we have no idea, because we're not going to look. We don't go into reviews after reading everyone else's; that can taint the process. After writing the review and deciding upon an overall score, we might check out other sources and even allude to them in the review, but that's about it. Maybe that's why so many gamers have come to trust our reviews over the years.
But you know, perhaps there are plenty of legitimate reasons behind the 8-ish, "good but not amazing" scores. Guerrilla took the weight away; that defining characteristic from KZ2. Well, the weight isn't entirely gone, but KZ3 certainly feels more like any other FPS now. Or maybe it's just because Guerrilla aren't the greatest storytellers. So what's the deal? There's a significant difference between an 8.5 and a 9.5 and the review discrepancies have generated plenty of discussion. But wait…one last theory exists: many have proposed the idea that Killzone is essentially the whipping boy for certain critics this generation. In other words, it's the idea that no KZ could ever score over a 9…because it's called "Killzone."
In direct comparison to games like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Halo: Reach , where does Killzone 3 stand? Where does Guerrilla's latest stand in relation to the top-tier titles of the generation so far? Aren't those the question we're supposed to answer in our review? Maybe to some reviewers, it's more important to talk about the hype and how KZ3 compares to KZ2. For us, we'll stick to the present and the facts, and then see how it stacks up. If that's all right with you guys.
Related Game(s): Killzone 3