Like the menacing mask of a Helghast soldier, Killzone‘s vast mythology hides more than meets the eye. Playing as the intrepid ISA forces, gamers have been going up against the tyrannical rule of Helghan space-Nazis for years now, without ever stopping to consider that they themselves might be the bad guys. Though hardly a fresh take on the Killzone mythos, the ‘Helghast as goodies’ hypothesis does appear to carry plenty of merit, especially since developer Guerrilla Games seems to (indirectly) endorse it.
The latest trailer for Killzone: Shadow Fall, aptly captures this sense of duality, reminding us of the often-contradictory efforts of the player-led ISA. Flipping between scenes of battlefield action and ‘Shadow Marshall’ oath-taking, the minute-long, live-action video manages to be both patriotic and subversive, as the trailer’s central character continually fails to fulfill his vows. Necks are snapped to the sound of life-preserving promises, civilians die and body counts mount up.
Check out the video up top, to decide whether you’ve been fighting the good fight, or brighten up your (perfect) day with the latest, Helghast-occupied PS4 trailer.
In other Killzone news, Guerilla Games unveiled an additional trailer this week -this time doing so with something of a twist. Opting to forego the usual upload channels, the Dutch developer went straight to source, by offering players an exclusive, ultra-high bitrate clip of the game’s multiplayer suite in action.
Available to download via the official Killzone website, this 1080p, 60 frames per second shooting gallery employs minimal compression techniques, to give players a truer sense of the in-game Shadow Fall experience. In explaining the move — which requires a relatively large 541mb download (nothing on the actual game’s 40gb requirement) — Guerrilla’s Michiel van der Leeuw told the PlayStation Blog:
“There are limitations to streamed video on the internet […] In order to properly demonstrate the framerate and resolution we achieve in Shadow Fall‘s multiplayer, we’ve captured and lightly compressed new footage that we’re not offering through a video sharing service.”
Given the typical fidelity issues associated with video sharing websites, Guerrilla’s decision to permit direct downloads appears to make perfect sense. What may not make sense is for other, more significant trailers (i.e announcements, debuts and so forth) to follow suit, and in so doing, potentially cripple their own server networks. High-res videos are all well and good, but guarding the latest trailers behind overworked interfaces could lead to negative backlash from fans more accustomed to YouTube’s lower-res, instant accessibility.
Is Killzone: Shadow Fall the PS4’s current killer app? Where would you rank the franchise amongst Sony’s other stock? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check in with all of the latest Killzone news, right here on Game Rant.
Killzone: Shadow Fall launches November 15, 2013 alongside the PlayStation 4 platform.
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Source: PlayStation Blog