It is the dawning of a new generation with the release of the PlayStation 4 and what better way to grab the attention of the gaming populace than with astonishing visuals. When it comes to releasing a new home console, having exciting software plays a vital role, but the best way to attract customers is through a more simple practice: visual attraction. Sony’s PS4 flagship title, Killzone: Shadow Fall, is a beauty when it comes to looks, but is there any substance to be found in this launch title?
The Killzone series has always been loosely based on and inspired by real-life events. For example, Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 each had many World War II parallels. This method of storytelling has made the jump to the PS4 with Killzone: Shadow Fall as the premise of the game is similar to that of the Cold War and Iron Curtain.
Soon after the close of Killzone 3, the war between the Vekta and the Helghast comes to horrific conclusion. With the majority of the Helghan planet devastated by a chemical fire, the surviving Helghast population is taken to Vekta. The Helghast reside on half of the planet, aptly named New Helghan, sequentially forcing the native Vektan people to abandon their homes. Though the war is over, tensions remain high between the two races and an extravagant wall is erected to keep the two separate from each other.
Enter Lucas Kellan, a Shadow Marshall who knows all too well about the atrocities the Helghan military. As a child, Kellan and his father attempt to flee their home on Vekta, but, unsurprisingly, his father is killed by Helghast soldiers in the process. Kellan is then rescued and raised by a Shadow Marshall.
The premise of Killzone: Shadow Fall is interesting as it shows the Helghast in a more understanding light. In Killzone 3, we were given an inside look at the workings of the government and their ambitions. Shadow Fall touches on concepts like racism and shows some of the struggle that befall the Helghast.
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