Killzone 2

Killzone 2 Review for PS3

On: PS3

Sony's FPS is coming to the PlayStation 3. Despite a lukewarm reception on PlayStation 2, this is one of the most hyped games for the system.

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9Out of 10
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The game is not without problems - the generic protagonists being one of them.
The game is not without problems - the generic protagonists being one of them.

The game is not without problems - the generic protagonists being one of them.

Which are, in no particular order, story, dialogue, personality and the complete non-event that is the promise of skewed morality. First, the story. The premise is that the ISA has invaded the Helghast home planet in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to capture Scolar Visari, the Hitler-esque dictator who's got his trigger-finger on the nuclear warheads he nabbed at the end of the PSP game, Killzone: Liberation. The plot might have been interesting, but really it's not. You don't care that the Helghast has some kind of secret weapon up its sleeve. You don't care about any of the human characters, whether they're from the four-man Alpha Squad or the ISA at large. Indeed the game almost admits that the plot isn't the point right from the off - there's little effort at explaining what's gone before, what's going on as you're playing or what effect the anti-climactic ending has on the story as a whole. The point, rather, is to point, shoot, kill, and be impressed.

The dialogue is another bone of contention. Testosterone-fuelled, profanity-filled one-liners have grated for a couple of years now, due in no small part to the popularity of the Gears of War franchise. Although not as ridiculously meaty as Delta Squad, Alpha Squad's members are just as stereotypical - muscle-bound US marines with personalities so devoid of complexity that they make WWE wrestlers look like Oscar-winning actors.

That's to be expected, perhaps. A necessary gaming evil, maybe. What's more disappointing is how Killzone 2 completely ignores the promise of moral ambiguity Guerrilla made in the run up to the game's release. This won't be a clear cut, black and white, good guy versus bad guy yarn, we were told. Are the Helghast simply misunderstood? Should we be surprised they've got issues when their home planet is ravaged by relentless gales and terrifying electrical storms? Is Scolar Visari just doing right by his people? None of these questions are even given a cursory glance until the game's last moment, an event that feels more like a primary school right and wrong lesson than philosophical beard scratcher. No, forget tear-jerking drama or shocking twists, Killzone 2 is all about blowing stuff up and looking great doing it. It's no more complex a conundrum than that. Anyone expecting any more from the game will be disappointed. Anyone expecting any more from the game is missing the point.

The multiplayer is absolutely class. It's called Warzone, a mode that pits up to 32 players in an ISA versus Helghast kill-em-up broken up by dynamically switching five-minute objectives. At the end of a Warzone match, which can last up to half an hour, whichever faction has won the most missions wins the round, and experience points are dished out accordingly. Killzone 2's got an in-depth progression system as well as seven playable classes to sink your teeth into. Think Team Fortress 2 spliced with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and you're halfway there. It's all a bit confusing, but about as good as anyone could have hoped for. Much of the appeal won't be known for a few months, of course, but Warzone could be the best online experience on the PS3.

Killzone 2 is a triumph of processor power - showing just what the PS3 is made of.

Killzone 2 is a triumph of processor power - showing just what the PS3 is made of.

Why isn't Killzone 2 a perfect 10? The lack of a co-op mode is the biggest reason. It seems an odd choice, not just because co-op is modern day shooter de rigueur, but because it feels as if the game was built for it and then, right at the last minute, the feature was cut. For about 90 per cent of the game you're playing alongside at least one other member of Delta Squad. More often than not it's two of you versus the world, or a boss. There are times when you'll play Killzone 2 and think, wow, that would have rocked with a mate, and then feel a little sad because you're not. Even if the game's too demanding to allow two players to take on the Helghast on one console, why not facilitate the feature across PSN?

Killzone 2's been hyped waaaay too much, of course. And, no, it doesn't live up to the hype, because if it did it would be the greatest FPS of all time, which it isn't. But it is the best PS3-exclusive to date. Better even than LittleBigPlanet and Metal Gear Solid 4. Two years into the console's life cycle, the undoubted graphical potential of the machine has been realised - Killzone 2 unleashes the power of the PS3 - nothing on any console comes close. The sheer OMG!-ness of the experience makes Killzone 2 worth buying a PS3 for. And, given how much they cost, that's one hell of a compliment.

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played this game at my mates,slight delay in the controls and movement?slight:its like your moving in treacle,its a nightmare,unresponsive controls in a 1st person shooter is about the worst thing imaginable,if werent for the graphics this game would have got a much lower score,buy COD4 instead
Posted 11:22 on 01 June 2009
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It's a f***** awesome game. Just play it!!!
Posted 03:07 on 18 March 2009
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this game is great buy it now if u havent already. they could ev made online ranking system better though got general rank in 3 days
Posted 22:45 on 17 March 2009
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The consoles couldn't handle this game @ 60fps and 1280x720, but they could always drop the resolution like cod4 and many other games. I prefer a game to be 720P at least, so I say leave it alone.
Posted 02:56 on 04 March 2009
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Zadam , i thought it did..............................!?
Posted 17:18 on 02 March 2009
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Why can't this game run at 60fps? Cod 4 runs beautifully and KZ2 just looks choppy. I think its time for all games to hit the 60fps mark.
Posted 16:47 on 02 March 2009
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Posted 16:17 on 27 February 2009
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magichater@ Black_Douglas

Just got my Killzone 2 through the post I am dying to play it but if I put it on mnow chances are I will be late for work :blushsmile:
Posted 09:51 on 27 February 2009
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Hello Zadam, all I can add to your comment above is it looks to me you were playing a demo but it doesn't seem to me it was Killzone2 , you must be mistaken.............................say gooodbye to your xbox360 now! today!
Posted 09:30 on 27 February 2009
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I just played the demo tonight... I don't see what all the hype is about the graphics! Sure the physics look great but the textures and other things don't look any better than whats out there now. Yes and everything was very grey. And I wonder what native resolution they were using? I don't know about this review, sounds like a fanboy rant to me. As for me I own all 3 consoles this generation and I like them all. I just wish the PS3 could deliver something that truly blows the 360 outta the water.
Posted 01:12 on 27 February 2009
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I think the review is well written with good style and valid points. I bought my PS3 for lots of reasons; a full media centre, not just game-play, but the graphics capability, when used well in a game, is what really blows me away. Odd...I still get a buzz out of playing DOOM.
I downloaded the demo and will now be getting the game. As for the AI, I just had a Helghast decide that sticking his head round the doorframe for me to take pot-shots at wasn't so bright and started to just push the gun round the doorframe to shoot at me. That is kinda impressive.
Posted 19:29 on 26 February 2009
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Come on

this was legitametly the stupidest article ever, first is the fact you can take away points for an additonal feature like co-op cod 4didnt have it and its better than cod 5 which has it, and second of all ps3 users had cod 4 along killzone tow is a gears of war killer thats what it was made to be
Posted 03:18 on 11 February 2009
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coder-oktay , I don't know what on earth you are talking about, and neither will anyone else i suspect, and out of all these positive posts regarding killzone2 , you are being very very negative, but plese feel free to enjoy killzone 3 when it might appear on the xbox 720 in about 4years.
Posted 16:48 on 10 February 2009
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Well well coder-oktay,

It seems that you can do nothing but launch flak at the graphics by comparing them to your own knowledge of "maya" program. What have you developed lately???

Whether the technical/ graphical aspects of KZ2 meet your irrelevant tech-talk in your second to last post, you cannot simply discredit this games' obvious graphical acheivements.

KZ2 looks nothing short of brilliant. While you sit there and whinge about it's textures and dated graphics, accept that what Geurilla have done has been done exceptionally well.
Posted 04:38 on 10 February 2009
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didn't like the controls at first....... but after playing the demo a load, im not sure this isnt the best game ive ever played. it kinda reminds me of the first time i played mario 64. controls were difficult to grasp but once i was in the sweet spot it was very hard to put it down.
Posted 07:01 on 08 February 2009

Game Stats

Killzone 2
Out of 10
Killzone 2
  • Frantic, relentless action
  • Brilliant multiplayer
  • The best graphics we've ever seen
  • No campaign co-op
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Release Date: 27/02/2009
Platform: PS3
Developer: Guerrilla
Publisher: Sony
Genre: First Person Shooter
No. Players: 1-32
Rating: PEGI 18+
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