Killzone has been delayed to Feb 09. Will it be worth the wait?
Killzone has been delayed to Feb 09. Will it be worth the wait?

Killzone has been delayed to Feb 09. Will it be worth the wait?

Killzone 2 has been delayed to February 2009. That's perhaps the most shocking news to come out of Sony's recent PlayStation Day in London. Definitely more shocking than, say, the fact that the PS3 has outsold the Xbox 360 in Europe. So I headed over to the ridiculously small Killzone 2 booth Sony had erected to get some answers and, hopefully, some hands on time with one of the PS3's most anticipated titles.

The booth was manned not by staff from developer Guerrilla Games, but by SCEE staff, staff who were perfectly knowledgeable about the game but perhaps a little ill-equipped to answer questions on the delay. "It's to do with our publishing schedule," said one. "We saw our line-up for 2008 and thought we could push it back." In other words, Sony doesn't want its two premier shooters, Killzone 2 and Resistance 2, going up against each other and suffering from reduced sales as a result.

Common sense prevails then. But that won't stop Killzone fans who have been waiting patiently for the sequel feeling bitterly disappointed by the news. Onto the second burning question then: will Killzone 2 be worth the wait? We joined the ridiculously long queue to get 20 minutes with the game to find out.

The first thing that hits you is the graphics. Whatever your opinion of the infamous 2005 "is it in-game or isn't it?" trailer, three years later and it looks like Guerrilla has made good on its promise. The graphical detail really is tremendous. Soldiers' faces contort realistically, enemy Helghast react differently depending on where you shoot them, explosions rain in from all directions, flying soldier carts land at a whim and platforms and cover crumble as the going gets tough. It really does look like the sci-fi version of the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan. I'm impressed. Taken aback even. And all this from just looking at someone else playing the game.

Killzone 2 is the most beautiful grey game we've ever seen.

Killzone 2 is the most beautiful grey game we've ever seen.

But it also looks very grey. Very, very grey indeed. Whether this is a criticism or a compliment will depend on your personal outlook on the shooter genre as a whole, one which some say has grown a tad stale from focusing on being gritty. The Killzone 2 level demoed at PlayStation Day, called Corinth River (actually the second mission in the game, following a tutorial mission), is perhaps one of the greyest video game levels I've ever seen. The vehicles are grey. The soldiers are grey. The ground the soldiers land on in their first encounter with the Helghast is grey. The industrial structures, one of which you eventually infiltrate, are grey. Like I said, Killzone 2 looks very grey. It's the best-looking grey game I've ever seen.

But how does it play? From what we can glean from the 20 minutes or so it took to complete around five objectives from the start of the game's second mission, it's a solid, functional shooter that ticks all the right boxes, but leaves us feeling a tad under-whelmed in the wow factor.

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If Killzone 2 came out in 2005 with graphics looking like the infamous CGI trailler Sony was flaunting it would have been INSANE!!

Unfortunately for Sony the so called less powerful Xbox 360 console blew many people away with a little Gears Of War demo running on alpha kits in real time, grey or not grey this was no CGI trailer based on GPU or CPU calculations unlike Sony.

Its taken Guerilla almost 3 plus years after showing the CGI to get this thing looking close, However it certainly appears that Guerilla has managed to pull it off, but its not February 2009 just yet.

People forget that Gears 1 was in developement a good few years before Killzone 2, and it still remains the benchmark for many developers to date.
Posted 20:42 on 22 November 2008
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Killzone 2 looks more perfect every time i see it i will be getting this game on day 1 no matter what. Gears of War 2 won't even come close to this graphics not even Crysis this game will make the rest look like amateurs well not Resistance 2. PS3=Gamer Dream System Where Real Gamers Play.
Posted 19:42 on 20 May 2008
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Actually, bumblebee has a very valid point about Crysis...there really wasn't too much goin' on at once screenwise...but it was a sleeper hit, just like the first Killzone...

If you ask me, Sony should focus on hypin' THIS game up, instead of tryna build up that Haze bulls**t, which has absolutely NO innovation/eye-appeal whatsoever...even the demo is bland...

...oh, I'd also like to add that, although entertaining, lookin' at you two (bumblebee and Handwipe) go at each other's necks over a videogame is like watching two limbless retards in a PrideFC slow motion...
Posted 04:16 on 19 May 2008
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Handwipe - "Failed abortion" Classic!!
Posted 14:45 on 12 May 2008
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As I already stated, I thought your first comment was retarded, which it was. But after reading your reply I can see that you are much, much dumber than I originally thought. I think your grandma ****ed her father and your mother ****ed her brother before you popped out.

"Crysis was a nice looking game, but how many enemies were on the screen at once? How much processing was going on at once? Not that much."

Are you ****ing kidding me? There is a reason Crysis is the most demanding game ever created, because it has the most advanced graphics engine and there is a sh*tLOAD of things happening on screen at once. You claim to have played the game but obviously havent. I actually own the game and I can tell you that there is a ton of enemies on screen, not to mention tanks, helicopters, explosions, smoke, particle effects, all in DX10 glory (something the PS3 isn't capable of), all happening at once, AND you can see off into the horizon, no fog, no pop-in. The game doesn't just have the most detailed jungle ever created but the most detailed, photo-realistic world ever in a video game. Your comments are so dumb and ignorant, the only explanation is you must be some seriously inbred piece of garbage. Do you live in Kentucky by any chance? I bet you play the banjo better than the retard from Deliverance.

KZ2 doesn't deserve to be compared to Crysis. Not even close.

Oh, and Crysis actually had color too.
Posted 00:59 on 12 May 2008
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m- IK- e

hey bumblebee john m is telling the truth you are a angry person but that what makes comment boards interesting but dont over do it u dont want to get to angry that you go on a blind rage and decide to kill john m whose real name is matt c but i wonll you his last name
Posted 02:12 on 09 May 2008
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killzone 2 will be a great sequel 2 killzone 1 but does any one know what ever happend to jan and the other characters from killzone 1 because i really hoped that they would return for killzone 2
Posted 02:04 on 09 May 2008
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i agree with wido
Posted 01:53 on 09 May 2008
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From playing the first Killzone on the PS2 is was ok, but not the brightest spark for the Playstation. But I do think it might do well on the PS3, but I don't think it will beat COD 4 standards.
Posted 20:22 on 08 May 2008
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If you donĀ“t like this then shut the f****ing "grey" crap up! How about Gears of War! A lovely game with the same color!! REMEMBER????????????????
Posted 20:10 on 08 May 2008
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Its pretty easy to "bitch slap" these fanboys. I can actually have objective opinions, but since I can for a complete logical thought I'm already one-step ahead of people like Handwipe. I don't think this game is going to be some god-send, but it certainly looks to live up to the graphics it promised back in 05 (something most critics say was impossible). Killzone 2 is going to make those critics (from places like eat their own words by the shovel full. Instead of just taking it like a "man", the critics are now just picking at ANYTHING to validate their bias fanfag360cornhole existence.
Posted 15:41 on 08 May 2008
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Posted 15:28 on 08 May 2008
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John M. the II:

How can I be angry my screen name is bubblebee. Ok now that we have that established; you are a sh*t munching, pillow bitting, twat. As far as your comment about 5-7 Helgasts at once; you must be refering to the gang-bang video with your mum as the star. I understand, she's so ugly she looks like a Helgast. You should probably click on THIS websites video of Killzone 2 and re-count, and take into the concideration that there are abundent particle effects every where. Not to mention all the HDR lighting, post-processing filter effects, and about a dozen other features a slow retard like you might glaze over like a fatboy at a salad bar.
Posted 15:19 on 08 May 2008
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Posted 15:12 on 08 May 2008
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Anyone ever seen the movie The Pianist? It is an amazing film about Nazi war. When they do an AMAZING wideshot on the city after the war the ENTIRE landscape is GREY. Grey is the color of broken concrete and concrete dust from exploded bombshells breaking the concrete into powder. Grey is the right color for this gametime. That is why Gears of War had this scheme as well. It paints the mood of war and makes it more believable than bright red bricks and cherry wood and houses painted of soft blue and yellows. This is Killzone2 not Alice in Wonderland you mindless fu*ks. Grey is to be expected.
Posted 14:10 on 08 May 2008

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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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