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AndrewII
01-08-03, 12:14
For those that know,this PS2 game for the longest have been hyped as Sony's answer to Bungies Halo. Anyhow's I'm excited at the moment.
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Finally, the phoney war is over. For over a year now we've been sworn to secrecy. Forced to bite our lips as the rumour mill went into overdrive. As far back as April last year, we knew that Guerilla Games (then known as Lost Boys Games) was working on an apparently groundbreaking shooter with the working title of Kin. Today we can confirm that the game is very much a reality. It's called Killzone. We've seen it. And it looks like the absolute bomb.

Killzone is set in the near future. Mankind is busy colonising the galaxy when a vicious interplanetary war breaks out between the ISA (which is still loyal to Earth) and a militaristic faction know as the Helghast. Despite the sci-fi premise, we aren't expecting to see any outlandish aliens scampering across the battlefield. Killzone is based on 20th-century warfare, and the term itself refers to a tactic used to force enemies into an area where they can be easily wiped out.

The single-player game tells the story of four ISA soldiers who are operating deep behind enemy lines on a near suicidal mission. It's thought that the game begins in the immediate aftermath of a devastating Helghast attack. Earlier this year OPS2 was shown a video of in-game action which seemed to confirm that the game will start with your squad trapped in a killzone. From what we've seen you're pinned down in a derelict building and surrounded by the Helghast. To make matters considerably worse, more stormtroopers abseil in from the Aliens-style dropship hovering overhead. Within seconds the bullets are flying and jaws are dropping.

What really looks impressive about Killzone though - other than the teeth-rattling bark of the assault rifles and the lush, richly detailed environments - is the sense of being caught in the middle of a massive conflict. We watched soldiers wading through shallow rivers, coshing each other with rifle butts (just wait until you see the glorious reload animation as you slap another magazine in) and manning fixed machine gun emplacements. Oh, and the sniper scope looks particularly creamy, as do the diffuse lighting effects, originally pioneered by Ico.

As for the visuals, there are several cinematic influences, with Starship Troopers and, inevitably, Aliens being the most obvious. Certainly the body armour worn by the ISA soldiers is instantly reminiscent of James Cameron's bug hunting epic. The gritty style also suggests the art team at Guerilla has been watching a lot of Black Hawk Down. We also reckon there must be a 2000AD fan at the Netherlands-based developer because there definitely seems to be a hint of Rogue Trooper too.

As far as multiplayer modes go, there's no official word yet, but you can probably guess why we're so excited. You can expect a barrage of info on the game between now and its release. But for now, gaze at the first ever genuine screenshots. You're looking at the future.

Killzone will be released next year through Sony.
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[ 01. August 2003, 13:29: Message edited by: AndrewII ]

AndrewII
01-08-03, 12:17
The game is squad-based and, although players only control one character, three more will provide covering fire. Each character boasts different abilities (one is handy with heavy weapons, for instance, while another specialises in stealth) and you'll be able to play through the game four times - each time with a separate character. Developers Guerrilla say that this will give the player different challenges and experiences.

There will be a total of 21 weapons in the game - each of which will also have a secondary fire function - including rocket-launchers, grenades, mini-guns and missile-launchers. In addition, there will be at least five fixed-position weapons.

The player's heath meter works in a way similar to that of Master Chief's shield in Halo: whenever damage isn't being taken, it gradually returns to full health.

The current version of the game already houses three playable levels set in slums, a shopping mall and a river bed. Apart from the occasional drop in frame-rate, it's looking very promising indeed. Visually, it offers some of the most detailed and aesthetically pleasing textures on PS2.

Killzone's structure is set around set pieces, of which there will be around two 'memorable moments' in each of the 26 levels. Set pieces unveiled so far include a gunship dispatching several abseiling enemy troops and another based around a collapsing bridge. The game will also support full online multiplayer games, although this has yet to be seen up and running.

The game, which is due to be released in autumn 2004, takes major 20th century theatres of war as its inspiration, from the trenches of the Somme to the street fighting of Stalingrad to the guerrilla warfare of Vietnam.

Set in the near future, in a period of planetary colonisation, it revolves around a savage conflict between forces that are still loyal to Earth (the ISA) and a separatist, militaristic faction who call themselves the Helghast. The game follows your squad of four soldiers on a suicidal mission behind enemy lines, as they fight to undermine and defeat the Helghast forces following their devastating Blitzkrieg attack on the human colony.

Adds Edge, "As the game takes place in the near future, you won't find any laser guns, aliens or warp holes. 'We wanted to come up with our own epic war,' says [commercial director at Guerrilla] Martin de Ronde. 'However, we drew inspiration from many 20th century conflicts because we wanted everything to be recognisable. To have weapons that fire green blobs may look nice as a special effect but it takes away from the gratifying aspects of war.'
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Technical

Killzone has been rumored to use NURBS (Nonuniform Rational B-Splines) rather than polygons. NURBS use a mathematical representation of shapes rather than a geometrical (which is what Polygons are). A Mathematical equation determines the shape & such of the visuals. So, when you look at how the PS2 has an extremely powerful ALU (moreso than the XBox's, considering PS2 has 6.2 Billion Floating Point Operations per Second, while the XBox has roughly 3, I believe - don't quote me on that), you can see how using the PS2's mathematical strenghts you can go really far. Only the newest PC video cards can do NURBS (GeForce 4 might, and I'm almost positive ATI's new stuff can), and as far as I read PS2's the only console that can do NURBS.
Also, think about this - mathematical equations can be changed. Since there's a textured mesh drawn around the shape the mathematical equation creates, the mesh can change as the equation changes. Meaning that if you pistol whip a thin sheet of aluminum for example, you change the equation representing it, and it will change the math equation to represent a dent. The texture will move to still cover the representation - new polygons would have to be drawn if it used polygons, and that takes up more memory & such, and it's one more thing you have to program in. I'm really no expert on this stuff, but that's what I got from it. In short, Killzone CAN put out stuff like Half Life 2 and Doom 3, and it COULD surpass Halo 2 (MGS3 already does, if you ask me). NURBS may also reduce the need for anti-aliasing, and those "jaggies" XBox execs love to talk about aren't even remotely an issue

Techno Notice
01-08-03, 12:17
Halo beater?

Probably best call it that for legal reasons.

Halo Clone sounds more fitting, however.

AndrewII
01-08-03, 12:25
Screenshots

http://eu.playstation.com/iw_images//assets/images_uk/a_z/k/killzone/ops2_killzone_screen1_big.jpg
http://eu.playstation.com/iw_images//assets/images_uk/a_z/k/killzone/ops2_killzone_screen2_big.jpg
http://eu.playstation.com/iw_images//assets/images/previews/k/killzone/killzone_02_big.jpg
http://eu.playstation.com/iw_images//assets/images/previews/k/killzone/killzone_04_big.jpg
http://eu.playstation.com/iw_images//assets/images/previews/k/killzone/killzone_06_big.jpg

tlr online
01-08-03, 12:27
Thanks Andrew.

AndrewII
01-08-03, 12:56
For those curious about what NURBS are,without going all technical, its simpily curved surfaces. Here's some exsamples of a NURBS model:

http://www.turbosquid.com/Previews/Content_on_6_10_2002_00_39_27/nurbswrinkleman.jpgDF3FA92A-24AE-48CA-B43D0841BAA0CB56.jpgLarge.jpg

http://www.turbosquid.com/Previews/Content_on_6_15_2002_20_12_11/NurbsAlien.jpg1C8460C9-7E98-4467-BEA5B4BA2F94E70E.jpgLarge.jpg

http://www.turbosquid.com/Previews/Content_on_6_15_2002_20_12_11/NurbsDemoHead.jpg474A2681-03B6-418F-9D249216936620BB.jpgLarge.jpg

tlr online
01-08-03, 13:02
Very impressive. That's gotta be done using MAX or MAYA.

Fugitive Lara
01-08-03, 13:06
hehe i wonder if gav can do that http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

tlr: i've enabled my PM's

Draco
01-08-03, 22:58
Originally posted by tlr online:
Very impressive. That's gotta be done using MAX or MAYA.Not exactly...

Max and Maya, as well as Lightwave, Milkshape and all them use polygons to render third dimension models...

NURBS uses none...

Kaminari
01-08-03, 23:06
Good evening, Master Dragon :cool: