Today Killzone announced it will offer a free multi-player weekend next week to promote the newly released game Shadow Fall. The only catch is that one must be a member of PlayStation Plus (PS+). Actually, PS+ members can already start pre-loading the multiplayer game on Tuesday. The free multi-player weekend officially begins on December 27 at 6pm ET, and will run through December 31, 6 pm ET.
As if that is not enough to make for a Happy New Year for gamers, Sony has also decided to allow one’s multi-player record to be carried over from the free multi-player trial into the actual post-offer game experience.
Shadow Fall claims many advancements over its predecessor, Killzone 3, such as the ability to perform melee kills while diving from high places, tossing one’s knife at a second enemy, and even hackable spider mines that can be sent to explode in an enemy’s face.
When Killzone announced the free multi-player weekend for Shadow Fall next week they also announced another bonus: if gamers really enjoy the game, then developer Sony will also let them carryover their multiplayer progress from the free multi-player trial into the actual game.
The Killzone website promises an intriguing adventure where one becomes, “A new warrior for a new era of war, your missions will range from quiet infiltrations to all-out combat. You will need to be methodical and ready to adapt, as any misstep could lead to mutually assured destruction…”
Shadow Fall allows for 24-player game action. That breaks down to two teams with a maximum of 12 players each. However, it appears Killzone: Shadow Fall has its work cut out for it. It is not hard to find gamers who believe that Call of Duty and even Battlefield 4 rank as superior shooter games. Critics say the action moves too slowly. However, fans maintain Shadow Fall is well thought out and was never intended to be exactly like Call of Duty or Battlefield 4 in the first place.
Indeed, critics of shooter games have been trying to tell us there is a connection between shooter games and school violence ever since 9-11. Commentary today on the website GunsandGames.com mentions the possibility that the recent Arapahoe high school shooting might lead one to think these kinds of things are being planned. From an outsider’s perspective it might even seem as if these things are being rehearsed by playing games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Battlefield 4.
For those who want to be in the know, one can always preview the Shadow Fall game for free in a video titled, “Killzone: Shadow Fall Walkthrough – Chapter 4 Part 1,” available at Tele-management.ca. Gamers should find it interesting, but parents would probably be disturbed if they took the time to watch it. It’s that … gory.
Part of the reasoning behind allowing players to begin downloading the game Tuesday in anticipation of next week’s free gaming bonanza is that 12GB of the game must be downloaded in order for the game itself to be able to begin. It should also be noted that players must already have downloaded the single player version of the game in order to enjoy the free multi-player download. As Killzone announced the free multi-player weekend for Shadow Fall next week they also noted it will be covering all of the U.S. and Europe in real time.
Alex is a ghostwriter and business consultant, a Ph.D. in social psychology, author of numerous books, experienced as a college professor, in sales and management, and a business owner.
By Alex Durig, Ph.D.