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

Thursday, 3rd 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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  1. Dralen

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

    #1 3 years ago
  2. back_up

    Awesome for US
    but US should not get MP

    #2 3 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 3 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Yeah, its the MP demo and in full English.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    And its now up on the EU Stores.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    We’ll have video and shots for you ASAP.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Fin

    BEST GAME EVAR.

    #7 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  10. Mike

    How long did it take to DL?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    Very quick. About 10 mins.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Gekidami

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

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Mike

    Nice. I remember the MGS4 beta

    *shudders*

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    Video in about half an hour.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Deacon

    Do we get jetpacks and ‘tings ?

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

    #15 3 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 3 years ago
  17. sony_sucks

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

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Patrick Garratt

    :D

    #18 3 years ago
  19. back_up

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

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Shifty

    @19 its a poor mans call of duty

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Hybridpsycho

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

    Go back playing your shitty game.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    Hmm. Can’t join games any more.

    #22 3 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 3 years ago
  24. ReeceHeywood

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

    #24 3 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 3 years ago
  26. Johnny Cullen

    Gonna try it later on with Move.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Gama_888

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

    #27 3 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 3 years ago
  29. OrbitMonkey

    @28 I second that.

    #29 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  33. OrbitMonkey

    @17 your rather…

    #33 3 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 3 years ago
  35. Redh3lix

    @32 – Strikkebil

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

    #35 3 years ago
  36. russdude13

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

    #36 3 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 3 years ago
  38. OrbitMonkey

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

    #38 3 years ago
  39. reask

    Nice one Orbit, :)

    #39 3 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 3 years ago
  41. Dralen

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

    #41 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  44. reask

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

    #44 3 years ago
  45. Gekidami

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

    #45 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  49. Isaaclarke37

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

    #49 3 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 3 years ago