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Published on January 22nd, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey

Killzone 3 Multiplayer Open Beta Available February

In a month Killzone 3 will hit store shelves but you know what? A whole month is a lot of time to wait for the awesome that is Killzone 3. Well I have some good news for the impatient: the Killzone 3 Multiplayer Open Beta will be available for download on the PlayStation Network on Wednesday, February 2nd.

The beta is available to all North American PS3 owners at no cost. The Open Beta will run for twelve days, 2nd-14th, which should be plenty of time to scratch that itch to kill Helghast in brutal multiplayer arenas. The game boasts new precision controls plus you have the option to play using the PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D.

The multiplayer level offered in the Open Beta will be ‘Frozen Dam,’ an asymmetrical map set in an old dam facility, which can be played with all three online multiplayer modes: Guerrilla Warfare, Warzone and Operations, along with the offline multiplayer mode, Botzone.

The different multiplayer modes are as follows – Taken from the PlayStation Blog:

  • Guerrilla Warfare (16 players)
  • Guerrilla Warfare is a standalone multiplayer mode similar to classic Team Deathmatch: You and your teammates must try to kill as many of the opposing team as you can before the timer runs out. In this mode, only the downstream monitor houses and repair bay are accessible, giving the map a very frantic pace.

  • Warzone (24 players)
  • If you’ve played Killzone 2, you may already be familiar with Warzone. It’s a round-based multiplayer campaign that consists of five randomly ordered mini-missions. In this mode, the power house and penstocks directly under the dam are accessible as well, so there’s more room to come up with different strategies and approaches to your goal.

  • Operations (16 players)
  • Operations is a new multiplayer campaign which aims to deliver a more cinematic, story-based gameplay experience, similar to that of Killzone 3′s single-player mode. It consists of a sequence of linear mini-missions, in which the ISA must try to secure the docks and destroy the dam, while the Helghast must try to protect the dam facility.

  • Botzone (one player and up to 15 bots)
  • Botzone is an offline multiplayer mode ideal for those looking to get to grips with the controls, the weapons or the map layout before going up against live players. Each of the aforementioned multiplayer modes can be played offline, against CPU-controlled opponents.

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