Killzone 3: The Story So Far — Bringing You Up To Speed On The World of Killzone

Posted on March 01, 2011

Killzone 3: The Story So Far -- Bringing You Up To Speed On The World of Killzone

It’s been nearly seven years since Killzone was first unleashed on the world, and while many of you are intimately familiar with the story of the Helghast Empire vs. the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance, many more of you have been scratching your heads and wondering, “Why should I care about Killzone 3?” We’re here to set the record straight, get you up to speed, and tell you everything you need to know, even if you’ve never touched a Killzone game in your life.

Read on for the full history of all the games, and you’ll be trigger-happy and ready to plow into the newest installment.


On face value, Killzone is a first-person shooter, designed by Guerllia Games for the PlayStation 2. But there’s a lot more to it, isn’t there? What’s the story behind the conflict?

In the distant future, space colonization becomes extremely popular after nuclear war has left the Earth blasted and nearly inhospitable. Luckily, mankind has the technology required to colonize space, and they begin spreading throughout the Solar System, and beyond. Corporations also join in this massive (and expensive) venture, including the Heglhan Corporation.

Killzone 3: The Story So Far -- Bringing You Up To Speed On The World of Killzone

Early on, the Company discovers Alpha Centauri, which is orbited by two planets: an Earth-like planet with oceans and trees (which they name Vekta, after their president), and a desolate, dead planet which they name Helghan, after the company. They begin settlement on Vekta, while using Helghan as a staging ground and outpost.

However, other colonies and companies recognize the strategic value of the Alpha Centauri system, and it isn’t long before heads clash. The United Colonial Nations impose an embargo on Helghan, which is meant to stop their dominance of the territory in the system. Helghan ignores this, and is then invaded by the United Colonial Army. The UCA overwhelms the Helghan forces, and boots the settlers from the company offworld to live on Helghan in the First Extrasolar War. In the meantime, the UCN has discovered that they need a broader force to exert military force, and they create the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance.

With the ISA now living on Vekta and enjoying its resources, and Helghan banished to the harsh and industrial planet Helghan, a new, charismatic leader begins taking charge of the Corporation: Scolar Visari. Born with the ability to breathe in both the harsh atmosphere of Helghan, and the normal atmosphere of Vekta, Visari begins rising to power and after staging an attempt on his own life, he conducts a coup and cleans out the Corporation administration, and declares a new Helghan Empire. He quickly builds up the Helghan military, and declares war on the ISA with an invasion of Vekta, sparking the Second Extrasolar War.

Killzone 3: The Story So Far -- Bringing You Up To Speed On The World of Killzone

“Our forefathers embarked on the greatest exodus in the history of all mankind. An exodus for freedom, Helghan became that freedom. Our new world changed our bodies. At first, it weakened us, but in fact, we were growing … stronger. In the time you have given me, I have rebuilt our nation, I have rebuilt our strength, and I have rebuilt our pride! Our enemies at home have been reeducated; we have given them new insights into our cause. On this day, we stand united once more. On this day, those driven to divide us will hear our voice! On this day, we shall act as one, and we shall be ignored NO MORE! Defenders of the Helghast dream, NOW IS OUR TIME!”

Thus begins the events of the first Killzone, where you play ISA Captain Jan Templar, desparately fighting to hold off the Helghan invasion after Vekta’s orbital defense stations have failed, and overwhelming numbers of Helghan quickly overrun the unprepared ISA forces. Through the game, you discover that the orbital defense stations were deliberately taken offline to allow the Helghans to invade, and that there is a high-ranking traitor amongst your own. This same traitor plans on reactivating the platforms to take out the incoming Earth Defense Fleet, which results in the climactic battle of the game.

As things end, the Fleet has been saved, and Templar ponders what might come next for him and his fellow soldiers.

Killzone 3: The Story So Far -- Bringing You Up To Speed On The World of Killzone

Killzone: Liberation

In 2006, Guerilla Games returned to the world of Killzone will the PlayStation Portable title, Killzone: Liberation. This third-person shooter has you controlling Jan Templar again, this time picking up two months after the events of Killzone. Several key hostages have been taken by the Helghast, and Templar and his team work to free them. In the fifth and final mission, available via DLC, it appears that Templar’s friend and fellow solider Rico Velasquez has been serving as another traitor, but in the climactic fight you’ll discover that he was framed, and you have to do battle with the real traitor.

Killzone 2

Sony set E3 2005 on fire by showing a tech demo of Killzone 2, which was to be a title for their upcoming new console, the PlayStation 3. Jaws dropped and pulses raced, but it would be two more years until we saw actual gameplay footage, and another two more until the game actually came out. Talk about a wait.

In the story, players take control of a new soldier, Tomas “Sev” Sevchenko, a member of the Legion unit of Special Forces assigned to Alpha Team. Sev and his soldiers are sent on a mission to eliminate antiaircraft support, so that the incoming ISA invasion force can land on Helghan. However, the Helghast have harnessed the electrical power on the planet, building giant arc towers that can eliminate any threat and fry soldiers instantly.

Killzone 3: The Story So Far -- Bringing You Up To Speed On The World of Killzone

Scientist Evelyn Batton discovers that the arc towers are powered by Petrusite, of which large amounts can be found in the Tharsis Refinery on the outskirts of Pyrrhus, the captial city of Helghan. Sev and company decide to investigate, but several members of his team are taken hostage by Colonel Radec. Radec interrogates them, hoping to learn the codes for stolen nuclear weapon “Red Dust” that he possesses, stolen from the ISA.

Sev and group eventually work their way free, and return to their ship the New Sun in the ISA fleet. However, the Helghast have invaded the fleet, and all the ships are boarded. Colonel Radec works his way to the bridge of the New Sun, and mortally wounds the fleet commander. Someone very familiar to Killzone players. He steals the nuclear codes, and then leaves. In a final act of defiance, the dying fleet commander crashes the New Sun into the Tharsis Refinery, destroying the Petrusite defense grid.

The ISA regroup and try to invade Visari’s palace to stop him, but a nuclear bomb is set off in the city, destroying most of it, and cripping the ISA forces. Sev and Rico battle their way towards Visari, facing Colonel Radec in the process, and eventually capture the leader of Helghan. But his words tempt Rico past the point of no return, and he riddles Visari with bullets. As he dies, Sev looks to the skies and sees an enormous Helghast fleet, set to attack.

Killzone 3: The Story So Far -- Bringing You Up To Speed On The World of Killzone

Killzone 3

Killzone 3 opens immediately following the events of Killzone 2, with the Helghast devolving into chaos and civil war following the loss of their leader. Various political factions fight for control of Visari’s throne, with two major players trying to win: Admiral Orlock and Jorhan Stahl. You’ll once again take control of Sev as you try to to stop a Helghast regrouping and subsequent invasion of Earth. Of course, with new games come new abilities, and Sev can jump into jetpacks, or even remove some mounted weapons to carry with him.


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Shippin’ Out February 20-26: Killzone 3, Bulletstorm

Posted on February 20, 2011

New release slate led by Guerrilla Games’ third Helghan title, People Can Fly’s shooter; Knights Contract, de Blob 2 also out.

Last week Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds led all new releases, but this week’s focus replaces fighting with first-person shooting.

Leading the pack this week is Killzone 3. Due out on Tuesday exclusively for the PlayStation 3, the title is the second Killzone title to debut on Sony’s high definition console, following 2009’s adored Killzone 2.

Killzone 3 will be available in two versions, a standard $60 release and a $130 limited-edition package with a replica mask and helmet of the series’ signature Helghast armies. While the headgear is the centerpiece of the extra goodies, the collector’s edition will also include a 6.5-inch articulated cloaking Helghast marksman action figure, an art book, and a voucher to download multiplayer maps, the game’s soundtrack, and more.

Out this week for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC is People Can Fly’s controversial first-person shooter/kicker Bulletstorm. Developed by Epic subsidiary People Can Fly, Bulletstorm is built around a skillshot system that rewards players for dispatching enemies in creative and often gory ways.

Those who purchase the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm will earn access to the multiplayer beta for Epic Games’ Gears of War 3, which will most likely kick off in April.

Also out this week is Knights Contract for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Knights Contract sees players following the unlikely duo of the witch Gretchen and the immortal executioner Heinrich. Though Gretchen actually died at Heinrich’s hands, she has been resurrected and now controls the scythe-wielding warrior. Together the pair struggles to save the world from a “black spell of death” and a supernatural army called the Harmonculous.

As Heinrich, gamers string together appendage-dismembering combos while the computer-controlled Gretchen uses her magic in a supporting role. Players will also be able to coordinate the pair’s attacks by issuing mid-melee commands to Gretchen, as well as executing finishing moves. While Heinrich is invincible, players will need to protect the vulnerable Gretchen if they want to complete their quest.

Gamers looking to get messy can pick up de Blob 2 this week. Unlike its predecessor, which debuted only on the Wii, the sequel hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS on Tuesday.

In the console versions of de Blob 2, antagonist Comrade Black returns to suck the vivacity out of Prisma City, rigging an election to regain control of the commonwealth. As de Blob, players platform their way through the mired Prisma City, spreading color and restoring the city to its once-vibrant nature. de Blob will have a number of new moves and upgradable abilities, as well as a robot sidekick named Pinky. In addition to free-roaming levels, the console versions will feature a 2D underground component.

The DS version will feature exclusively 2D side-scrolling play. The handheld installment sees de Blob lounging in the tropics after having reclaimed Chroma City from the clutches of Comrade Black. In said jungle, however, the evil machinations of Comrade Black collaborator Dr. Von Bolt continue. He is conducting nefarious experiments on woodland creatures. New moves, compatriots, and enemies await de Blob in the DS adventure game.

For further details on the week’s games, visit GameSpot’s New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.


Ys I and II Chronicles–PSP–Xseed Entertainment


Bulletstorm–PC, X360, PS3–Electronic Arts

de Blob 2–DS, Wii, X360, PS3–THQ

The Dreamcast Collection–PC, 360–Sega

Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money–PC, PS3–Bethesda Softworks

Gray Matter–PC–Viva Media

Knights Contract–PS3, 360–Namco Bandai Games

Radiant Historia–DS–DS–Atlus U.S.A. Inc.

Rec Room Games–DS–Destineer


Trackmania Turbo–DS–Dreamcatcher


Bejeweled Blitz Live–X360–PopCap


Gemini Rue–PC–Wadjet Eye Games


Painkiller: Redemption–PC–DreamCatcher Interactive

Trapped Dead–PC–Iceberg Interactive

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Shippin’ Out February 20-26: Killzone 3, Bulletstorm” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Sun, 20 Feb 2011 04:40:25 -0800

Metareview: Killzone 3

Posted on February 05, 2011

You’ve got … way too much time to pore over the Killzone 3 reviews from front to back and between the lines — the game’s not out until February 22. But here’s the secret: The quickest way to an informed opinion is to jump to conclusions, and then just read the comments below them. Got it? Okay … Jump!

  • 1UP (B+): “It’s definitely one of the better multiplayer games available on PlayStation 3 and easily one of the best-looking games available to console gamers today.”
  • Destructoid (10/10): “Killzone 3 is the shooter to beat.”
  • Eurogamer (8/10): “Killzone 3 is a powerful, impressive game that sets an imposing standard for Sony’s 3D, Move-enabled future output; it’s just a shame that in doing so, it’s lost just a little of what made the series stand out in the first place.”
  • GameSpot (8.5/10): “Killzone 3 isn’t the game it could have been, but when it comes to capturing the madness of larger-than-life planetside battles, few games do it better.”
  • GameTrailers (9.4/10): “Killzone hasn’t forgotten its roots — it’s just improved its fundamentals in every way that matters.”
  • IGN (8.5/10): “This may not be the best game on the PS3, but it’s a fantastic option for shooter fans, and the type of title that non-PS3 owners are sure to envy.”

JoystiqMetareview: Killzone 3 originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 04 Feb 2011 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Killzone 3: Story Trailer

Posted on January 11, 2011

VIDEO: The Helghast have returned with new forces, artillery, and prototype weapons in Killzone 3.


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Trailers: Killzone 3 Multiplayer Beta Trailer

Posted on January 04, 2011

A preview of the action that is to come in the multiplayer portion of Killzone 3.


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Killzone 3 Move preview: Point and shoot

Posted on December 19, 2010

Two months from now, Sony will launch its latest salvo in the first-party, first-person shooter wars, Killzone 3. While we’ve already taken a look at the game’s single-player (in 3D) and multiplayer modes, we’ve previously only see a brief video demonstration of another one of its bullet-point features: PlayStation Move support.

I spent a good part of the past week playing the latest pre-release version of Killzone 3, examining the ups and downs of using Move (with the companion navigation controller) to do so in place of the standard DualShock 3 controller. After making the initial, somewhat awkward adjustment to literally pointing-and-shooting Helghast troopers, I can say that my experience has ultimately been a positive one.

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New Killzone 3 Screenshots — Helghan Troopers With Flamethrowers

Posted on December 18, 2010

Brand new Killzone 3 screenshots have been released and they look amazing. Killzone’s developer Guerrilla Games is making sure KZ3 is bigger and better than Killzone 2 and that becomes obvious with these screenshots. They show off some of the more intense battles in the game. The images also show off the Helghan troopers who are equipped with flamethrowers. If you’re as excited for this game as we are, then make sure to check out our Killzone 3 single player preview. Killzone 3 is a PS3 exclusive set to be released on February 22, 2011.

Check out the entire Killzone 3 photo gallery to see all the action.

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