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Killzone: Shadow Fall

SCEA, Guerrilla
Nov 15, 2013 - PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

35%

Critics Recommend

IGN
8 / 10
Eurogamer
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
GamesRadar+
4 / 5
Game Informer
8 / 10
GameSpot
7 / 10
Polygon
5 / 10
Giant Bomb
3 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Killzone: Shadow Fall

Killzone: Shadow Fall is a worthy game to purchase alongside your PlayStation 4.

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It's all the more frustrating that Shadow Fall fails to establish that identity, because it gets so close in its early design and themes. It sets up an open-ended tactical shooter in a cynical world of sci-fi realpolitik - and then bottles it, taking the easy escape route of another suicide mission into empty spectacle. There's a lack of confidence here that contrasts starkly with Guerrilla's dazzling, sure-footed command of the new hardware. It's a game that any new PlayStation 4 owner will be proud to show off - but it won't be one they remember by the time PS5 rolls around.

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Cleverly progressive one moment and tediously predictable the next, next gen Killzone has all the same strengths and flaws as the older games – just now with even better graphics.

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Sure, Killzone: Shadow Fall has its lulls, but it's a mostly enjoyable experience from start to finish. This is no doubt the PlayStation 4's strongest exclusive launch title.

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I had more fun with this entry than any other game in the series

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Killzone: Shadow Fall's multiplayer plays to the series' key strengths. It's too bad the campaign forgot to turn on the heat.

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That absence of meaningful evolution might be Killzone: Shadow Fall's biggest sin. For all the next-gen bluster of its visuals and the repeated blunt-force attempts to ram a message home, Guerilla's first shot on the PS4 retreads shooter cliches, and poorly. In a launch lineup crowded with shooters, Killzone: Shadow Fall sits at the bottom.

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The campaign is a real drag, but Shadow Fall's multiplayer props up the package with its fun, configurable action.

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