Play PS4-exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall free for a week, no PS Plus membership required

Beginning March 4, you'll be able to take a stab at the multiplayer component for Guerrilla Games' action game completely free.

Looking for a new game to play next week? Have a PlayStation 4? Guerrilla Games has announced on its website that you'll be able to play the multiplayer component of Killzone: Shadow Fall free for a week beginning March 4.

Better yet, you won't need a PlayStation Plus subscription to play Killzone: Shadow Fall during the free period. A subscription to Sony's premium service ($50/year) is normally required for all PS4 online multiplayer games. The free access week for Killzone: Shadow Fall does not include access to the game's single-player mode.

Guerrilla Games has timed the free week to coincide with the release of Killzone: Shadow Fall's first free map pack. And you'll not only be able to play on new maps, but also take part in a new community challenge, the developer said. The free week runs March 4-11.

For more on Killzone: Shadow Fall, which has sold over 2 million copies to date, check out GameSpot's review.

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192 comments
guitargladiator
guitargladiator

as amazing as the visuals are, i wasn't really impressed with the multiplayer during the last free weekend, but i'll give it another go since it's free

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Played the 24 player over the weekend. It was lot of fun. had to mute the kids. But it was fun.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

This is a good reason to jump back into its mp. I played a few rounds the other day, and had a blast. I wish they had more games where people could give the mp a try for a few days.

megakick
megakick

I would b*tch about paying for a crappy network at least MS improved there service for XBOX ONE.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Wow, the crybabies about paying a fee to play online. My god are all of you those lazy people that get free insurance and room and board off the working class? I work for my money and I do what the hell I want. For you kids it's called a damn choice. Make it instead of whining about it. Least pretend you've grown a set and put those big boy pants on. Get a job and a home and then complain.

trinidad1234
trinidad1234

It won't let me download it because I have it on disc installed toothed console but don't have the disc no more.

orktar_bunbun
orktar_bunbun

They already did this before and I already know that it sucks ass. At least I only wasted by time and not my money :)

mjonk2pc
mjonk2pc

So are all you people that are bitching about paying for ps plus the same ones that defend paying for xbox live because of its supposed superior servers? Pretty sure if Sony had been smart and charged for it from the start, they would have "better" servers too. I personally have never had an issue with Sony's online. Aside from the hack issue, which was probably funded by Microsoft. Strange how no issues of theft came up, just put the service down.

madmatt2013
madmatt2013

I really only bought this game because of the lack of games right now. The multiplayer is just ok for me i played it for maybe 2 days and was bored personally. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

That's nice. although I don't see a reason for not having this game and a PS+ subscription already.

NaszadyJ
NaszadyJ

I think it is good because it will give people a chance to properly try the game before deciding if it is worth buying or not. Of course with the drought of exclusives for the PS4, chances are anyone semi interested in this game already owns it. Steam does this sort of thing all the time, they give you a weekend to play a game for free. Of course, they offer the entire game experience, with the exception of not being able to earn trading cards or such for the game.But still, something is better than nothing in getting to try a game.

xdluffy
xdluffy

Isnt that how much the game is worth anyway? Hehe

Tommi88
Tommi88

What idiot doesnt already have ps+?? Seriously, its like you get to play a demo for a week and they spin it to look like they give shit for free.

Shango4
Shango4

KZ:SF multiplayer is damn fine.

I like the maps, weapon balance and gunplay is good. The community is much smaller than COD & BF, but it is still easy to get some great games going. The leveling up via completing challenges is a nice twist instead of the usual xp.

If you have a PS4, and like online FPS then give it a go.

Shango4
Shango4

The biggest story here is that the map pack is free. Those idiots! How do they expect to rip off customers if they give shit away?

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

I hate how people bitch and moan about psn+ when it gives you really good games for its value (especially if you have all 3 consoles) you can't justify not liking the service when its the minimum list paywall is one thing when MS LIVE IS the forced requirement that literally gives you no value for buying it. iv had it for 3 years now, i'm no rich person i buy games when it think they're worth it, but considering i have over 100+ games and iv spend like £80 (someone else paid my first year), thats less then a £1 game and i get titles like borderlands 2, bioshock infinite, AC3, metro last light, far cry 2/3, infamous 2, just cause 2, dead space 2, saints row 2, sleeping dogs, mass effect 2, etc etc (i can quote nearly every game thats been on it btw i haven't even quoted ps vita games). im sorry but even on a steam sale it would cost me over £200+ to buy all thoes games. i have a ridiculous library of games that i can download any time i want and i've paid pittance for it.

bluefox755
bluefox755

"No PS+ required."

Take notes MS.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

An average game at best, can't go wrong giving it a try for free.

haze0986
haze0986

while the graphics are amazing, the game is just not for me....i enjoyed killzone liberation on psp but that was because of the play style, fully blown console killzone doesnt appeal to me

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

The mp online service is great as far as I can tell. I never had many issues on my ps3, and it seems flawless on the ps4. Also most people get ps+ for its perks like getting good games every month.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@megakick  Really? Because I have both PS3 & PS4 and feel the PlayStation 4 runs all online features and gaming modes much more fluid on PSN network.


However you're being a fanboy/ girl, so whatever. .

RobDev
RobDev

@Kinguard73  "Wow, the crybabies about paying a fee to play online. My god are all of you those lazy people that get free insurance and room and board off the working class?" that might be the most retarded thing i've read all day. WTF does that even mean? For some people the fact that online was FREE before and isn't now is an understandable gripe and i doubt they are pay for it with food stamps. Having money doesnt make paying for something that used to be free ok. I personally don't care, i signed up years ago for the discounts etc but having money is irrelevant to this.

hoebolord
hoebolord

@Kinguard73  XBL charges a monthly fee


"LOL why would you pay for online, here at the PSN online is free like it should be"


PSN charges a monthly fee


"Wow, the crybabies about paying a fee to play online"

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@Kinguard73  Though you seem very rude, let me go out of my way & break it down for you. It's likely because many do not agree on paying for a service that was once free through the PlayStation 3. 


However Sony can improve the online service through a fee, so I for one welcome it. Plus it's only if online multiplayer is your way of play? Personally I prefer local. As connection is terrible in my part of the world.


Nonetheless for someone who claims to be all grown up, (indeed taxes are lame :/) set an example will you! You're complaining just as much.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I would suggest deleting the game install, then downloading this.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@mjonk2pc I never bothered with an Extortionbox. I don't even believe paying Sony or Microsoft a fee for online multiplayer will improve anything if your ISP is the problem. I didn't have a problem with PSN until I had to change ISPs after an expensive accident forced my old one to drop the service. Virginmobile Mifi was the service I could get afterwards. It was pure crap compared to before. My problem wasn't Sony, it was my ISP. Paying Sony won't fix the problem.

mjonk2pc
mjonk2pc

You just aren't very intelligent are you kane?

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@kane6911 You mean they blackmail more people out of money. I despise both Sony and Microsoft for their online multiplayer fees. I want to see Sony go third party or sell their franchises to another company that respects their users and doesn't try to charge them an extra fee for online multiplayer. Microsoft can go bankrupt for all I care. 

Also, Nintendo's been around much longer than both of them.

RobDev
RobDev

@Tommi88  lots of people don't have it for many different reasons. But then again only an idiot wouldn't know that.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Tommi88 People who weren't impressed at what they offered during the welcome back program and people who prefer to get their discounted games from Steam. Also, $50/year is not free, so don't try to confuse people with that lie.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I now have a ps4, ps3, and vita. I have more ps+ games than I could possibly have the time to play.

RobDev
RobDev

@bluefox755  temporarily in this case

Netflix, DC onoline etc, ect however is a different story.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@bluefox755 Unfortunately, it's only temporary. If it were permanent, then I'd admit Sony would be taking a big step towards greatness.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@RSM-HQ @Kinguard73 I just hate the whining with the lack of any common sense. People wanted a better online so to have their own servers instead of using us as hosts cost them money so the fee is only logical to provide better service. it seems people this day and age gripes and moans if everything isn't handed to them on a silver platter. Makes me want to break into one of those well boy back in my day speeches =) But point taken thanks you for being more civil than I.

mjonk2pc
mjonk2pc

I hear that. Where I used to live, the only service I could get was satellite, super slow and a bandwidth cap. I have 30 Mbits/sec now and it's awesome. I had two xbox 360s at one point and they both burned up but while they were working, I never saw this supposedly superior service anyway. So I'm not sure what people are bragging up. My ps4 screams along pretty beastly. I love shadow fall, it's a fun game, far more balanced than COD or Battlefield. My addiction now is Don't Starve, if anyone hasn't tried it, give it a shot. It takes awhile to get the hang of it but once you do, the hours fly by and your girlfriend will kick you out for not paying attention to her. You won't care though, just like I didn't.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Multiple times? The one big hack was by anonymous. If they want your network to go down, it goes down. Microsoft has live accounts hacked and stolen all the time, and does nothing for those affected, google it if you don't believe me. Sony had a really bad situation, dealt with it, and tried to make good with customers. It sucks, but these things happen, just ask Microsoft.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@RobDev @Kinguard73 damn how old do you need to be to grasp the concept!? Well stupid is as stupid does. Congrats on knowing how to be vulgar. It's often said first sign of ignorance is when one faces adversity one spews forth foul language.


Here's a quote you should live by.

" best thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt."

No doubts here! =)


RobDev
RobDev

@Kinguard73 @RobDev  i'm 34 years old dickhead so patronizing me after that clusterfuck of a comment doesn't work. 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Yeah, I got bored of cod on the first black ops, but I play bf4, and these games seem to give huge, unfair advantages to experienced payers. I played shadow fall mp and was giving as good as I got. I couldn't believe how many weapon options I had right from the start. Quite frankly I think a challenging fps mp should take away perks from experienced players, not give them noobs heads on a silver platter.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@neowarrior121 @chrisx2k3@haze0986 Is it really a remake of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for Sega CD? I would have thought games like that would have died out by now.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@Tommi88  tommi if that game was around £10 i would agree with you, hell i would even say you were right but for how much it worth to the price its being sold for this game is garbage. it does not meet the standards or its worth for how much people paid for it. 

Tommi88
Tommi88

@neowarrior121 @chrisx2k3 @haze0986  Ryse does look a lot better graphical wise, but the story was pretty short! But i enjoyed it, it was a really nice action game with a lot of blood! :)