Killzone 2 is perhaps the most-anticipated PS3 release in the console's short history. It's got graphics to die for, action that'll melt your eyeballs and multiplayer that'll keep you fragging long into 2009. Given that the Guerrilla Games-developed shooter is set to blow everyone and their dog away when it comes out in February, we here at VideoGamer.com thought we'd bring you a series of Killzone-tastic features every day this week to help you get in the mood (if you're not already!). Today, we bring you an in-depth look at Alpha Squad, the four-man team sent to the planet of Helghan to bring down big bad guy Scolar Visari.

Sergeant Sev

Military Profile
Full name: Tomas Sevchenko
ISA Security # - 021-332-3390-99
Service: 6 years
Rank: Sergeant First Class

Appearance
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Height: 6'2
Weight: 215 lbs
Eyes: Dark, volcanic blue
Hair: Black (but shaven headed)
Distinguishing marks: Scar on right cheek, Theater tattoo from Arcturus '69 on palm of left hand

Biography
Sev is Killzone 2's main man, and who you'll be controlling throughout the game. He is Guerrilla Games' answer to Master Chief and Marcus Fenix. He is, as you'd expect, a hulking marine, with Arnie-sized arms and a somewhat interesting haircut. Born to a solid, respectable family in the northern city of Vekta, Sev enlisted in the army against his parents' wishes, seeing it as his patriotic duty to defend the homeland against Helghast aggression. This youthful idealism acquired a more personal edge when members of his own family suffered during the Helghast invasion, an incident which still plagues Sev with nightmares. Despite this, Sev displays a responsible, by-the-book approach to his duties and the mission. He's not as well-educated as his friend Garza, with whom he fought numerous battles on Arcturus, but he is intelligent, observant and a fast learner. He is also a natural leader and by the time of the Helghan deployment had led units of up to a hundred men, earning mentions in dispatches and attracting the attention of Colonel Templar himself. Templar saw something of himself in Sev and followed his rise through the ranks, until a fatality in Alpha opened up the position of second-in-command to Rico.

Master Sergeant Rico Velasquez

Military Profile
Full name: Ricardo Velasquez
ISA Security # - 021-332-4130-55
Service: 12 years
Rank: Master Sergeant

Appearance
Gender: Male
Age: 38
Height: 6'1
Weight: 240 lbs
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black
Skin: Dark Brown
Distinguishing marks: Scar from KZL

Biography
Rico is Killzone's version of Augustus "Cole Train" Cole from the Gears of War series. He's big, absorbs loads of hits and has a tough-talking attitude. He's also, effectively, your boss, being the battle-hardened veteran of the war on Vetka and leader of Alpha Squad, and spends much of the game by your side dishing out orders. Coming from a large family in the poor industrial south of Vekta, Rico was a born fighter, first with his older brothers, then on the streets. He found himself drifting into petty crime before enlisting in the armed forces to escape trouble. The military swiftly became his first true home and he never looked back. His naturally combative nature was honed by training and numerous battles, turning him into a superbly effective soldier. After his squad was wiped out by Helghast, Rico fought alongside Captain (now Colonel) Templar during the SD platform crisis, becoming a national hero. However, during the battle to free Vekta from occupation, he was captured by the Helghast and tricked into betraying his own side by the ISA traitor General Stratson.

Head to page two for background info on Alpha Squad's Lance Corporal Garza and Corporal Natko.

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Triggerhappytel@ KZNubs

The most notable difference to the Gears characters is that here they are more proportioned like normal soldiers, and don't look like they shoot up 20 CCs of steroids every morning for breakfast, as is the requisite criteria to be a Gears character. Saying that, it does look like the game will have similar levels of testosterone. I wonder if there will be a level set in the gym? :D

It's also perhaps worth remembering that the first Killzone had the quartet of soldiers thing going a couple of years before Gears did.
Posted 09:19 on 21 January 2009
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KZNubs

Oh boy...Sev is not a hulking machine. RICO is. Nothing like Gears of War characters. Anyone who has followed the series would know so.
Posted 01:18 on 21 January 2009
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Wido

I'm looking forward to drop into the Killzone universe as Sev and know about each characters background.

Yes, in a way it does feel like GOW for the PS3 as of each character having some experience and being bonded together, but saying that there is no kind of carmine character unless Garza ends up going away in a familiar way like carmine in the first GOW.

Good stuff and I'm looking forward to the review :)
Posted 19:38 on 20 January 2009
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Norman D

well, I guess I agree that in terms of gameplay AI they're a little similar to GoW characters, but seriously, they are totally different.

thanks for this though, got a couple of bits of info I didn't know about yet
Posted 17:00 on 20 January 2009
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kleptic

Natko did have a scruffy beard at one point...can't tell if it was changed in these pics, but I think it was removed...all the characters got some major facial changes for the final build...Sev lost his mohawk...which kind of sucks; his new thing looks like he last got his hair cut when he was 11...and his head slowly grew out from underneath it...

and natko definitely had some grossnes for a little while...as several screens used to illustrate his dirty flavor saver...and garza's hair is much more pronounced than his shadow he used to have...

yes...I have watched way too many videos for this game...
Posted 16:37 on 20 January 2009
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Triggerhappytel

One thing: Natko doesn't much look like he has "a mustache and beard". You're not mixing him up with Garza, are you?

Good stuff here - I am guessing you guys have a copy of the finished booklet and that's where this info comes from? It's not helping though in making the wait any less painful :(

Also - nice to see someone in a game who is ginger. That is all.
Posted 14:53 on 20 January 2009

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Release Date: 27/02/2009
Developer: Guerrilla
Publisher: Sony
Genre: First Person Shooter
No. Players: 1-32
Rating: PEGI 18+
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