The Let's Play Archive


by Blind Sally, nine-gear crow, et al.

Part 20: Chapter 6, Stage 2


Deep within the Vekta swamps, lies a Helghast firebase, crudely and quickly fashioned, jutting from mud.

Enter Templar, Hakha, Luger, and Rico [Velasquez]

Lo, thither layeth a firebase.

Yea, yonder tis a Code 3-3 firebase. A forward outpost used in campaigns for large pre-emptive attacks.

Twouldn't be much trouble to circumvent the ghastly villains.

We could punch a whole straight through it.

Hark, our priority hath not changed: reach the SD platforms. The earth fleet must be notified of the danger that awaiteth them.
Verily, we shalt do as Luger suggests and go around.

Pray listen, Captain Templar, you said but not long ago that our chances of success were but naught and nil.
Such odds could be improved were the reinforcements at younger firebase disrupted.
It is said that a confused enemy is more easily played.
They art words that every soldier of subterfuge should be familiar with.

So, the mighty brain agrees with the grunt. That's a first.

Yea, it is also said that a monkey, given ample time, will write the works of Shakespeare.

[Exit Hakha]

Thou two agree on something. Mark this moment, Luger, hell hath frozen over.
Let us move. We shall attack the firebase on my signal.

[Exit Templar and Luger]

What the fuck is a Shakespeare?


WHAT INDEED!? If you haven't played Killzone before, you may have thought the premise for this LP was utterly daft and ill-reasoned. Heck, you might still think that so. It didn't spawn from nothingness, spat out of some vagrant æther into the subforum, no. The idea was first sparked from this fateful line said by Rico Velasquez himself.

There's no prize, I just wanted to celebrate the LP making it this far.

I love that centuries into the future, it's the Helghast that make sure their schools teach Shakespeare, not the Vektans. I'm not sure what that says about the respective cultures?

chiasaur11 posted:

That the Helghast have one.
Ahem, anyways, at the firebase there's sometimes a few sentry bots floating around the entrance. None appear in our run, as you probably saw:

I believe the sentry bots only appear when Hakha or Templar are chosen to play through the chapter. In fact, the entrance of the firebase is one of the few times where the gameplay truly deviates from each character. When you play as Jan or Rico, it's still pretty much just brute forcing your way into the camp. If you play as Hakha, you also have to hack the sentry bots. If you play as Luger, you cross over to the other side of the entrance, climb a rope, and sneak into the rear of the camp, completing the level backwards, so to speak. It's not much, but it's a little interesting.

And to switch gears from the slightly amusing, to the mildly frustrating, what's the deal with the identical glowing switches?

I spend more time than necessary trying to push this button because Templar asked the player to look our for a button. This one would make sense, wouldn't it? I hadn't pressed it before. It's big, green, and sticks out like a sore-thumb in the game environment. And hey, look at that, when I stand near it an action button appears! But it's the action button for the Scylla machine gun, so I wind up awkwardly unattaching and reattaching myself to the gun fruitlessly because the true button was an identical console a few feet away from this bunker.


Helghast Hover APC

This is a repeat. We've been seeing Hover APCs since the opening cutscene, and have even blown up several ourselves. These are the unique Multiple Rocket Launcher variants I mentioned waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the second update. They don't bother us much, though, because they're really here to provide us a target to disrupt in the firebase. They explode real nice because the insides are stuffed full of rocket ammunition.

Red Crown posted:

Going kinda far back to the analysis of Chapter 2, stage 2 & 3, there's a little more to the fascist/nationalist imagery in the history than you talk about. For example, changing the language is a popular move among autocrats, especially post-colonial ones. It's usually limited to changing a couple of words on a whim, but sometimes there'll be a systematic effort to remove loan words. The biggest and best example is Ataturk's post-Ottoman Turkey, where the Arabic script was wholly replaced by a Latin based script.

Furthermore, the creation of a new word to describe the state (if you want to use a fancy and fun word, a "neologism") has also been seen in Earth's autocrats: the mercurial, oddly dressed, and now very dead Mummar Qadhafi of Libya coined the word "jahamirrya" to describe his Socialist Arab Paradise. Literally, it means "peopledom".