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Killzone Shadow Fall review round-up: critics split on PS4's flagship FPS

All the verdicts in one place...

In our Killzone Shadow Fall review in progress we said the game is "undoubtedly the main draw among the PS4's launch line-up, and makes the likes of CoD Ghosts seem one-paced and two-dimensional by comparison".

Other critics have also weighed in with their verdicts on the game ahead of the PS4 release date of November 15 in North America and we've rounded up all the scores below, along with short excerpts from the reviews.

  • CVG: N/A - Overall, Killzone Shadow Fall is a pleasant surprise. It doesn't seek to reinvent the FPS, but it does inject a much-needed infusion of creativity and originality into the genre.
  • GamesRadar: 4/5 - 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.
  • OPM: 8/10 - A mix of familiar gunplay and just enough new ideas, gorgeous looks and sheer technical wow to make you feel like you're stepping into a shiny new future.
  • IGN: 8/10 - There's never been a better time for everyone to be paying attention to the Killzone franchise, because Shadow Fall is a step in an all-new, very welcome direction.
  • GameSpot: 7/10 - Guerrilla Games remembered what drew me and many others to the front lines of online war, and it's here that Shadow Fall emerges from the rubble and flies into the electric skies.
  • Eurogamer: 7/10 - 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.
  • Polygon: 5/10 - 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.
  • VideoGamer: N/A - Guerrilla Games is a master at creating technically excellent but utterly lifeless titles - the 'game' element is seemingly little more than an interactive showcase for its skills. Killzone: Shadow Fall is both ahead and behind the times, with gameplay sadly falling into the latter category.
  • Joystiq: 3.5/5 - Killzone: Shadow Fall loses its sheen at times, usually when pursuing moments that are cinematic but not sensible. As a shooter, it's better at thriving on eye-catching environments and supportive combat abilities that don't just come for free. It also can't help but blow up its pristine cityscapes before you get to know them, but that just goes with the territory, here on the border between good and great.
  • Destructoid: 9/10 - A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.
  • GameTrailers: 8.8/10 - Guerrilla Games needs to recognize that it's not plot points and politics that move its games, but the bullets and guns. If the campaign could take a step back from the spectacle to focus on core concepts and feedback loops, the qualities that make the multiplayer suite so flexible and entertaining could make the campaign even stronger.