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Killzone 3 beta live in US and Europe – screens and video

Thursday, 3 February 2011 11:08 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony’s Killzone 3′s open multiplayer beta is now live in both the US and Europe, following a small delay for the American version.

Killzone 3

Developed by Guerrilla Games.

Single-player demo coming February 9.

Full game releasing in late February.

Q&A – PlayStation 3

Q&A – Killzone

The taster comes in at 802Mb. It’s up on the PS Store now under “Latest”, and will be available until February 15.

It includes a single map, the MP05 Frozen Dam multiplayer level. All game types in the final game are included, so you’ll get the classic Team Deathmatch mode Guerrilla Warfare for 16 players; the mini-mission-based Warzone for 24 players; the single-player-like Operations for 16 players; and Botzone, an offline mode you a single player and up to 15 bots.

The beta is completely open. Anyone with a PSN account can download the client. The beta also supports 3D and the Move motion controller.

Also, from Friday, February 4through Sunday, February 6, Sony will be handing out 20 Limited Helghast Editions of the game each day. US PS Blog team members will log on to beta each of the three days to randomly select players in matches. Winners will be notified via the email address associated with their PSN account.

Killzone 3 launches in the US on February 22 and in the UK on February 25 for PS3. See our recent chat with Guerrilla’s Steven ter Heide here.

Reviews are now live.

Have a look at shots and videos from the EU tester below.

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50 Comments

  1. Dralen

    Looking forward to giving this a try out today. This is basically going to decide whether I buy it or not.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. back_up

    Awesome for US
    but US should not get MP

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    A demo is up on the Japanese Store right now. I’m guessing its the MP one, but i cant read Japanese, so…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Yeah, its the MP demo and in full English.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    And its now up on the EU Stores.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    We’ll have video and shots for you ASAP.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Fin

    BEST GAME EVAR.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. ReeceHeywood

    *turns PS3 on*

    *waits for display settings to correct*

    *After many times and minutes later PS3 realizes the TV can’t do 1080p and offers 560i not 720p*

    *Prompted for Firmware update 3.894876.968*

    *Downloads firmware – 2 minutes*

    *5 minutes to install firmware*

    PS3 – “Have a good day.” *turns off* http://tinyurl.com/ps3dammit

    This beta better be fucking good. :|

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    Shots there. Those are straight off the board at 720p. They’ve been slightly sharpened and saved for web in Photoshop.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Mike

    How long did it take to DL?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    Very quick. About 10 mins.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    Took me about 5 mins. And about 3 to install.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Mike

    Nice. I remember the MGS4 beta

    *shudders*

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    Video in about half an hour.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Deacon

    Do we get jetpacks and ‘tings ?

    Looking forward to playing this some more after the PS+ beta.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Patrick Garratt

    There’s the video. Again, you’ll see why I’ve changed my name by deed poll to “Trigger” Garratt.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. sony_sucks

    Looks average, plays like shit. who buys this rubbish?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Patrick Garratt

    :D

    #18 4 years ago
  19. back_up

    @17: it’s not halo don’t worry :lol:

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Shifty

    @19 its a poor mans call of duty

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Hybridpsycho

    @20
    lol, comparing Call of Duty with this. You’re mad.

    Go back playing your shitty game.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    Hmm. Can’t join games any more.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. M2Kx

    There’s nothing better than killzone or crysis news. Both make the PS and PC fanbois crazy, gotta love this :P

    (both suck imo, btw)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. ReeceHeywood

    Played about an hour of it, really good. Much of an improvement over Killzone 2.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Aimless

    I jumped straight into Botzone to give the Move controls a try. They’re going to take some getting used to — namely in regards to finding the sweetspot when it comes to turning control — but after a bit of fiddling the headshots were coming thick and fast.

    First impressions are that performance seems quite a bit better than the earlier Beta and there’s been several additions/balance tweaks. Looking good.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Johnny Cullen

    Gonna try it later on with Move.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Gama_888

    tis downloading at home, will be playing it as soon as im finished with uni :D

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Detale

    I’d be interested in your thoughts on the Move controls Johnny, this may be the thing that finally makes me buy into the whole Move setup.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. OrbitMonkey

    @28 I second that.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Redh3lix

    I played the hell out of Killzone 2 and gotta say was a little disappointed they nerfed the responsiveness of KZ3 for those COD fannyboys, but I’ve still got a lot of love for the game. Forgot just how much I enjoyed the combat audio in Killzone. Absolutely fantastic through a loud stereo.

    Instabuy for me.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. spiderLAW

    Looks pretty good. Killzone screenshots never justify the final product though. Looks muh better on screen in motion.
    This is good looking, especially considering its a Beta using an alpha build.
    2-22-2011 cant come any sooner.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. strikkebil

    message to EU players. if u cant go online, change region to North America. worked for me.

    overall the beta is ok. its not as good as kz2, and i dont think it looks as good, cos of all the intrusive hud. guess we can thank the 8 million ppl who bought cod for that. but in the end its a good shooter and its day 1 for me.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. OrbitMonkey

    @17 your rather…

    #33 4 years ago
  34. ninjanutta

    LOL,looks shit and plays shit???? Ah! only got a 360 have we little man?get a job or give a blow job,get money,buy ps3 and enjoy the game thats gonna rip cod apart.I like blackops,dont get me wrong but killzone is far more varied and tactical..Its for adults though so im guessing the haters are 12 or maybe even 13 at a push.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Redh3lix

    @32 – Strikkebil

    ….. check options, you can turn off the HUD.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. russdude13

    I cant wait to play this. Mine is downloading now.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. reask

    Just played 2 games.
    I don’t like the click r3 for zoom but it seems OK so far.
    I will have more time later to give it a good try.
    Might try Botzone to get used to controls.
    Can you configure controls?

    #37 4 years ago
  38. OrbitMonkey

    @37 Yes, plus they have a default setting that is a carbon copy of COD controls.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. reask

    Nice one Orbit, :)

    #39 4 years ago
  40. spiderLAW

    @38
    Thats what KZ2 was missing. Custom controls. I like the COD layout better but i want to set my own settings somewhat….cant wait to try it.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Dralen

    @37 Yeah, I changed the controller settings to alternate. Works much better.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. xino

    I would advise people not to try Move online…kill death will be 4/10!

    use Move for Single Player.

    although the accuracy for Move is SPOT ON! but configuration is really perplexing! Making you go back and fort just to make sure you have the right config:/

    #42 4 years ago
  43. reask

    Have been waiting 10 minutes now to get connected and nothing.
    I played earlier and got in instantly.
    Anyone else getting this?

    #43 4 years ago
  44. reask

    Now getting error 8001.
    Bye Bye KZ3.
    Same shit with 2 not been able to log in.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Gekidami

    ^ Yeah! They could have beta tested this shit fir- hey wait…

    #45 4 years ago
  46. reask

    No need to get touchy gek.
    There was another beta up and running if memory serves me right.

    Fact is KZ2 will not let me log in for the last 9 months so I gave up.
    Phoned Sony and they said it was my router been set to strict nat type or something.
    Phoned my IP and they said it was open.
    I just gave up then and never went back.
    Have spent about an hour tonight on KZ3 and cannot get on.
    Restarted game 4 times and nothing.

    Things like that tend to annoy me when I have other good games to play so I will probably try tomorrow and if it is still the same I will be leaving well enough alone.

    Crysis beta works fine, reach beta worked fine.
    This simple kind of stuff should be well ironed out before you go open with a beta imo.
    Too much competition out there.

    I know you reckon I am an xbot at heart but I tend to play both and seem to have none of this hassle with live.
    UC2 I had problems with on line as well but got it sorted eventually.
    Anyway maybe its just me I dont know but this is what happened and I asked had anyone else been getting the same.
    I could care less which is better I just want hassle free multi so It is now off and I am going back to the crysis beta.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Michal Przyszlak

    I can’t believe there are actually people who miss the old laggy-as-shit (caused by actual input lag) controls. KZ3 is much better in this respect. Still it’s no Modern Warfare 2 – even though it tries really hard.
    I love the visuals and surround sound (A M A Z I N G).

    #47 4 years ago
  48. HauntaVirus

    To be honest, I’ve been playing most of the day and I’m not too impressed.
    I just cannot get used to the input lag which they claim is just the “feel” of KZ. Your weapon literally moves slightly AFTER you push the analog stick…it’s very annoying. I’m sure all games have some input lag but something is seriously FUBAR with the controls. I will most likely be canceling my pre-order.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Isaaclarke37

    Whoever was playing with all do repsect, sucked big time.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Crysis

    I CBF with any of these generic shooters right now, screw Halo, CoD, Killzone, MoH & Crysis. I’m still hoping BF3 will be a true sequel & not another “CoD killer”, games that set up only to beat another game will ALWAYS fail.
    I personally think the Battlefield series has the best MP shooter formula which is probably why i loved the Star Wars Battlefront games, guess i just like the warfare feel to the game, not the arcade feel (CoD/Halo).
    Despite the arcade feel, the only FPS I’m sure that i’ll buy this year would be Resistance 3.

    #50 4 years ago

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  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]