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Killzone's Campaign May Excel, But Will Anyone Even Care?

The story is becoming less and less important in the shooter world these days.

Those who get into Battlefield and Call of Duty do so because of the multiplayer; many of those individuals don't even bother with the single-player campaign. You can tell them the campaign sucks or it's too short or whatever...they really don't care. They just don't.

At the same time, everyone is expecting the narrative in Guerrilla's Killzone: Shadow Fall to be a cut above, at least in comparison to other games in that genre. After playing Battlefield 4 (and considering my low expectations for the story in Call of Duty: Ghosts), I'd say I'm expecting the same thing. After all, the plots in KZ2 and KZ3 weren't exactly stellar, but I thought they were better than most shooter narratives. There was actually some thought involved.

But look at it this way- Games like Battlefield and Call of Duty will be given a pass if the single-player isn't fulfilling but the multiplayer rules. They care most about the latter. And because Shadow Fall falls into that same category, can we say that the same fans won't give the game a pass if the multiplayer falls short...? I think that's fair. The problem is that the campaign could end up featuring the single best story in the history of shooters, but if the multiplayer is found lacking, the game will be panned by many. Whether you think that's right or wrong is irrelevant; it's true.

But here's the other scary part- what if the story doesn't really impress, either, and all the game has going for it are those impressive visuals? If that's the case, look out for lower than expected review scores and disappointing sales. I hope that doesn't happen, though.

Related Game(s): Killzone: Shadow Fall

Tags: killzone shadow fall, killzone ps4, killzone shadow fall story

10/30/2013 10:19:50 PM Ben Dutka

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 10:37:15 PM

There's a lot riding on this game. Gamers may not care if CoD and Battlefield have no single player but Sony fans expect something substantial from their exclusive campaigns.

KZ2 had a better campaign and sold .5 million more copies than KZ3. I only played KZ2 multiplayer so I can't say if 3's was better or not.

I'm less concerned about what gamers will say about it than critics, I can't see the same person who gives CoD and BF4 a pass on the SP letting KZ slide in the same way.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 10:42:19 PM

Single player games need to evolve with single player values, and not just stay boxed as linear shooting galleries, going from point A to point B. Yes, it's usually nice having cutscenes to drive the narrative along, but that's not enough anymore for the big leagues of single player entertainment.
Many successful single player games these days don't rely on a single mechanic to drive the game play forward. Over the years we've seen single player games feel more like amalgamations of many genres.
When I pause to look at games like Assassin's Creed, Darksiders, Deus Ex, Far Cry, Bioshock, Mass Effect, and Skyrim etc. I see games that encompass many of gaming's most popular playing conventions, all blended into one unique game. Sure, all of these games are predominantly known to belong to a core genre but they all borrow heavily from a formula pot that is considered the most advanced expression of the form.

Military shooters need to stop being okay with just shooting. Yes, that's all we do in multiplayer matches but single player needs to be something much more to stay interesting to single player driven gamers. Otherwise, most will just stop caring about single player anything in military games as it'll all feel shallow and not very rewarding over the long haul.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 10/30/2013 10:43:42 PM

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 10:56:55 PM

They still make a decent campaign for a reason. If Killzone's Campaign is good I'll definitely not complain.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 11:05:49 PM

It's a Sony exclusive, so it should the raise the bar high for the fans.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:12:54 AM

I think the Killzone story has so much potential. It has never been executed as well as it could have been in any game so far. Shame that you have to read on the internet to find out why the Helghast hate the ISA so much and how the Killzone universe began.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:31:54 AM

Unfortunately the many studios think EVERYONE wants to go online.... and just chat... or shoot one another. Well many anyway.

All single player games are linear to one degree or another. Whether you have played the Assassin Creed series, Mass Effect, Bioshock, Skyrim... and even GTAV, you need a linearity.

If you disagree about Skyrim and GTA well they are linear IF you want the game to progress. BUT if you are wanting JUST a sandbox world where you just wander around. That would be called a SIM. And I find thouse aspects of the the above games just boring after a short while. Well, I cannot say that about GTA since I am not fan of the series. But I find it funny seeing all the youtubes out there on what you can do if.... you are bored in GTA.

No matter what some may say... games are linear and they have to be. If you understand the term itself. And stories, like I said, have to be linear. AGAIN, like in previous posts, I wait for the day a studio comes up with the most devious programming where the "game" can evolve in to anything you want it to do based on your respones/actions in game. Whatever the theme or world its set in. AND thats never going to happen in my lifetime. They will try of course but it will be a faked to give you the feeling because technology has not gotten that far. I don't see "HoloDecks" on sale anywhere to install at home. :/

I find it funny when they try to put a little story in multiplayer. I mean really, do they care about the story or do they care about the goal and rewards. Point A to point B.

Keep playing!

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:05:23 AM

comparing KZ to BF or CoD is just stupid there two totally different games catered to two totally different audiences.
hell ones even much more campaign oriented than the others.
not to mention its one of only two first party titles, so if the campaign ends up disappointing its really going to bring down the castle of cards.
after all if SF ends up disappointing, what do we look up to?
oh god help us!!!!!!

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 2:44:13 AM

Killzone has never shined for it's single player story. Killzone is all about graphics and thats it.
After Killzone's 3 5 hour campaign I guess we should be thankful they included one in this new reléase.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 5:45:06 AM

It still has value, look at Bioshock this gen for example. Something which excels as a single-player experience. They tried adding multi-player in Bioshock 2 and it was... not so successful. But then Biochock: Infinite came out and dared to be a FPS without an online mode and its still as serious game of the year contender - Hates of to them for that.

As for Killzone as a series... It's juts never interested me.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 7:37:46 AM

I expect nothing but sweet looking graphics from Killzone. Anything more than that will be a pleasant surprise to me.
But the reviewers will have a hard time convincing me after the free pass most everyone gave KZ3's campaign.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:28:46 AM

It was shocking.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:58:41 AM

Multi player is pretty worthless for me. Single player all the way. I don't play well with others.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 1:47:42 PM

Well I will play eventually and decide for myself regardless of reviews.It's a double standard though that COD and BF gets away with crappy campaigns.

Last edited by DarthNemesis on 10/31/2013 1:48:08 PM

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 8:49:48 PM

well i expect that the campain will be decent and the multiplayer to be gud

happy gaming =)

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