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Epic's CliffyB Loves Him Some Killzone

You know, most all developers are gamers themselves. And real gamers put their entertainment first.

Just as we've often proclaimed our appreciation for the fantastic Gears of War franchise - heck, I've played both and the third will be mine on day one - Epic's Cliff Bleszinski also loves to play the best titles available...even if they're not on his platform of choice. Epic Games is well known for Gears and CliffyB hasn't done much on the PlayStation side of things, but so what? He recently Tweeted that he just picked up his copy of Killzone 3:

"And yes, I support our products but more importantly I support GAMES. Got my #Killzone!"

And there's a link to him holding his copy. Remember, Bleszinski and Company's shooter, Bulletstorm, also hit store shelves on February 22, so this guy could very easily have ignored KZ3 and promoted his own product. But hey, we already told you Guerrilla's game was pretty great, and a whole lot of other sources have said the same thing. And by the way, here's Guerrilla's response to CliffyB's Tweet:

"@therealcliffyb Have fun playing #Killzone3!"

Related Game(s): Killzone 3

Tags: kz3, killzone 3, cliff bleszinski, cliffyb

2/22/2011 9:05:09 PM Ben Dutka

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Veitsknight
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:29:26 PM
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Awesome. I myself wanted to play Gears of War 2 (played GoW 1 on the Pc, but I can't afford an xbox atm.

On another note: Dragon Age Call to arms is at the 300 thousands at the moment. We should be able to make 1 million in time :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:41:38 PM
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Good for him, why does everything need a # in front of it now? Am I #World?

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Nickjcal
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:38:57 PM

Hey world I gotta few things i'd like to ask ya. If you could email me at opred24@live.com. Thanks

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:07:46 AM

I think the # has something to do with Twittags. I don't use it, but it always seem to accompany Tweets, so...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 7:39:02 AM

Okay dude, check your mail.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:44:57 PM
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I hope Cliffy broke out one of his wallet Benji's for the Helghast edition, LOL.

Who knows, maybe someone at Guerrilla will return the favor & buy the Epic edition of Bulletstorm.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:46:17 PM
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I got myself a copy too, where's my headlines? =p
"some day Temjin, someday"

Yeah, I got it too and played about 4 levels or so. (I'm in the trench part with the flame thrower dudes)
It's good stuff. I wanna do a user-review, i think.
I will say FPS games this gen are really beginning to feel overly played out to me. Most of the couple hours I spent were about as great as I could imagine the linear genre being able to achieve within their current design. And for as superbly done as it all is, I can't help but feel almost... bored by it? Maybe bored is the wrong word. More like, a road that feels very well trodden to me over the last few years.

Yeah, I know, I suck.
It's great, though. It really is just me. It's 9 caliber no doubt.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:51:24 PM

I know what you mean Temjin. FPS' seem to be losing their appeal, but at least Killzone is quality and different enough to hold its own.

Getting my copy tomorrow, and can't wait. I stopped playing CoD when all my friends and I got bored, now we're just waiting for something better to come along. I'm hoping Killzone 3 scratches that itch.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:33:50 PM

Don't feel bad Temjin, this road well traveled feeling is the only reason I'm not on top of KZ3 right away. Even when you mix it up way past the boggy confines of CoD, it's still the FPS genre. It's hard to get away from that. I'm hoping Duke can do it.

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Shams
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 12:53:53 AM

I can relate at some level, Sensei Temjin. As yourself, DanceMachine and World were also saying, this is something peculiar to FPS's.

What I mean, for example, is that I've played a lot TPS's, possibly more than the number of FPS's I've played...Uncharted 1 & 2, Gears 1 & 2, Deadspace 1 & 2 (well, I'm at the very end of 2 atm), inFamous, GTA4 and DLC, RDR, Vanquish, ME2...yet, I'm no less psyched about Uncharted 3 and inFamous 2.

Am I just as excited with what the FPS genre may have in store, even with KZ3, Resistance 3, Rage, and HL3/HL2:Ep2? Not quite sure.

Since I share almost identical gaming inclinations and interests as yourself, the fact that even the first 4 chapters aren't mindblowing to you concerns me, so I'll be eager to learn about your impressions of more of the game, and even the MP.

But, I am really interested to see for myself how GG raises the bar further with their AAA sequel, which is why I made sure to place my Amazon preorder yesterday (the $20 credit didn't hurt, either), and I'll be revisiting KZ2 this week while I wait for my order, so as to keenly notice the improvements

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Temjin001
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:30:36 AM

Thanks for the input guys.
Master Shams, while thinking about it some more, my KZ3/FPS sentiments has more to do with it really feeling like a high quality CoD game. THat is, the whole way the combat and action (generally) plays out is extremely remincesant of a CoD. It's a ultra high intensity fire fight that relies heavily on taking shots at dudes from cover. My other fav FPS games don't model themselves in play quite like that. Where the combat can, or does, progress in many different ways. They're usually less intense and chaotic because of it, but I like that. That's more my type.


I have progressed a bit farther. I'm deep in the winter/snow level. Very awesome, better than the demo. I really like how the levels in this game ,compared to a CoD or KZ2, have opened up somewhat. A few levels have presented some decent tactical options in play with larger maps.
But something I can't say enough. This game is GORGEOUS.
High quality PS3 exclusives are a full point higher in the technical graphics end than any other games. A multi-plat just doesn't compare. With the exceptions of some crawling aliased edges that sometimes crop up more than I'd like, it's a graphics powerhouse. It also deals with weather/environmental effects more intensely than I've seen anywhere else (the snow level)
In fact, I think this is the first FPS I played where sometimes the graphics feel TOO DETAILED.
Sometimes I have a hard time spotting a Helghast amongst all of the ultra detailed backdrops with crazy lighting effects happening in every which way. It's pretty mind blowing at times. It's like the game needs to paint the enemies bright red or something. As great as games can look,if they have a purpose of being a "game," we still need to be sure they're designed like games, that is, being able to clearly see our objectives.



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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:48:17 PM
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Clear sign that Cliff is a gamer first and designer and businessman second.

When a person loves the format and products of theirs and others creations, it really shows in their own work. (eg. Cliffy B. vs Kotick)

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kraygen
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 9:51:19 PM
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Well I'm glad to see he enjoys quality. So now we just need him to work on a good game.

Sorry people Gears of War holds no love from me, and bulletstorm's demo was better than I expected, but that only brought it up to "I'd play it for free" as opposed to "you'd have to pay me to play it."

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AStiffyIffy
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:41:36 PM
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This is a good thing to hear. Maybe he won't get so much hate from the fanboys, now that he's shown he respects quality and loves great games.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:19:30 PM
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For me right now, after already getting KZ 3 earlier in the day, I'm hyped for getting "Homefront" as my next "new" game.

I'll also be getting Bulletstorm, but either after it drops in price, or during a "buy 2 get 1" free deal.

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Kiryu
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 4:02:35 AM

My next game is going to be the Epic YAKUZA 4!!!!
No ff or gta can compete with this series!!!

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Alienange
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:21:49 PM
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A damn righteous tweet if ever there was one. Supporting games... that's how it's done.

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Shams
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 12:26:20 AM

Heh. Herman Hulst and GG are well aware Epic aimed at stealing some of Killzone's thunder by releasing their new IP, Bulletstorm, during the same release window alongside GG's flagship.

So in their tweet, GG responded in kind: "Have fun playing #Killzone3!" Notice the lack of reciprocation. Can't say I blame them.

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JonahFalcon
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 12:18:10 AM
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Too bad he hates the PS3 controller hehe

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Kiryu
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 12:46:24 AM
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Bulletstorm sucks!

Killzone 3 is Epic!

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:07:48 AM

Eh not really. My roomate got bulletstorm and obviously I bought KZ3. They are both completely different games but both very good. All I hear in the next room is laughing and then an explicative from him n bulletstorm. I've been watching him play it looks like fun.

But your right about KZ3. Just wow! Honestly already the best shooter I've played. I've played a lot and so far it's done everything right. Tons of action and the framerate never hiccups. Lots of shooting, yet mixes it up with vehicles. Yes I'm barely 2 hours into the game and controlled two different vehicles/weaponry! The pacing is fantastic also some of the best! But before I say more I should finish the game!

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Kiryu
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 3:55:12 AM

Yeah it good to watch somebody else playing bulletstorm but when u urself play it u will know the difference.

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SirLoin of Beef
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 8:59:21 AM

I've been having a blast playing Bulletstorm.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:13:38 AM
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Y'know Cliffy... I'd really like to play Gears of War, but I don't happen to own a 360, and am not particularly interested in investing in one. Could you do one of two things for me:
1. Port the series over to the PS3. It would likely net you a few more sales, and more love from the PS3 audience, or
2. Pull a Jaffe and give me a free one. Please?

In all seriousness, I respect this. Here is a guy that is not only acknowledging, but praising, his direct competition. It's an admirable trait. But on hearing that Bulletstorm can be beaten in under six hours, I was put off in a big way. Would any PSXErs be able to give me a rough estimate on the length of KZ3?
Peace.

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___________
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:32:31 AM
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dunno why, KZ3 is totally against his style!

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 1:57:04 AM

Any game is his play style. He played and enjoyed Heavy Rain.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 12:48:12 PM

Didn't kno you guys were so close that u kno what games is his style... He's made action games and 1st person shooters, and Killzone is both

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 11:07:21 PM

Zero Credibility, AKA __________

That's just too humorous coming from you....

....especially since just about every game made so far seems to be against your own style(whatever style that may be)!

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 6:14:17 AM
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Damage control.

Didn't he cause a mini shit storm when he said bullet storm was just something to f**k with Killzone? ...a fairly inocuous statement, but it reached boiling point on N4G.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 6:39:09 AM

christ... he said it as a joke

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 6:49:08 AM

I know, but he earned himself a lot of "F**k you" and "Gears sucks" comments.

Now he says he loves Killzone, and the comments have turned to "now this is a guy I can respect" and "I'd check out Gears if I had a 360".

Damage controlled.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 7:42:23 AM

lol, people overreact as a matter of course in this business of being a game fan.

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 8:35:53 AM

You talking about me???!1/

Dude, I will rip off you're head and sh... oh I see. Point taken.

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Snorge
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:36:41 AM

@ RadioHeader
I literally LOL at work...thanks for having people look at me crazy!

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SvenMD
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 7:09:30 AM
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Given the 2 options, I think he made the only logical decision.

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Nynja
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 7:24:28 AM
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Would have been a better response if Guerrilla Games tweeted back a picture of them playing Bulletstorm.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 11:15:25 PM

I'd like to see Guerrilla Games take CliffyB & the rest of the Bulletstorm guys, & work their images into a D/L parody, as giant bobble-headed ISA Troopers.

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pepinoatomico
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 8:24:21 AM
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Man..I hate this guy!!

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 8:43:24 AM
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i wonder what kz3 sales will be like. kz2 didn't even hit 1 million in its 1st year in the us, a region that gobbles up fps. sony exclusives don't seem to get the respect they deserve in terms of sales. u2, a game that won a lot of goty awards, has only sold 3.5 million, while geow2 sold over 6 million. it must be lack of advertising or general lack of buzz in the gaming community, it saddens me a little when halo odst can sell over 2 million in 24hrs, yet killzone 2 just sputtered along. i don't get it, and drives me nuts, sometimes.

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 9:18:24 AM

Don't be so down. Uncharted 2 sold over 5 mill, and GT5 sold over 6 mill - within two months. You just don't see as many sensationalist articles regarding PS3 games.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 7:05:21 PM

This is the second thread (and 2 comments in this one) where I've seen you being morose over the PS3 stuffs selling less than 360's. The last one was an inaccurate comment in the last NGP article Ben posted.

Don't be too down. PS3 is not only performing the best from a technological and production standpoint, but it has the most variety, and will soon overtake the 360 in worldwide sales. Outside the US, it's already beaten it.

Either that or you're a tactful non-abrasive troll. ;) But I won't hurl accusations yet.

Disclaimer: That was a joke at the end...

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Underdog15
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 7:12:05 PM

Make that 3. You copy and paste this comment in the Red Faction thread too?

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:17:19 AM
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sorry for being down, i just ran into this article where some arrogant prick at ms was boasting how about how the halo series outsold all of sony's exclusives combined. i thought that can't be true, but started to to look into it...oh well, quality over quanity.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 6:59:42 PM

What exclusives? Like... PS3 exclusives? PSP exclusives? And why use the "Halo series"? That spans across two generations, while Sony spans across 3 and a handheld.

I dunno... either it's an unfair comparison, or a veeeerrrry inaccurate one. I say, either stick to one generation or include all of them.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 11:24:15 PM

Of course the Halo series sold more, that series was 1 of about only a tiny handful of main games they could call their own.
And since Mass Effect has jumped over to the PS3 too now, only Halo & Gears of Wars series are left as exclusive AAA games. And I can't see Alan Wake, who sold only a piddly amount even as good as it is, becoming a franchise game(but I could be wrong).

Anyway, the PS3 has so many exclusive AAA games to choose from, that it's often hard to pick & choose between 2/3 games out around the same time, unless that gamer is Dig Daddy Warbucks.

But I think that eventually, most Sony's gamers do go ahead & pick up almost all of the cream of the crop games that the PS3 has to offer.


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leatherface
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:36:08 AM
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Watch out Ben, he doesn't like to be called Cliffy B anymore.

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Snorge
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 10:39:08 AM

Why is that? Is he tryna pull a Puff Daddy...wait...P.Diddy...no....wait...Sean Puffy Combs.....no...Diddy? Sh*t, I lost count now.

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 11:21:56 AM

I think its Diddy Dirty Money now!

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 3:20:27 PM
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I dont get why people are so shocked that developers play games too.

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