Killzone 2 review (PS3)

Re4er | 1946d ago | User review
Reviewing: Killzone 2
What happened?
I regret to say that after playing this game I wanted to go play COD4. I don't know if this is a bad thing but I do know that once I finished the game there was, well nothing much left to do. The storyline provides a thrilling, action packed experience. With many different weapons to choose from and walls to shoot apart. But I found myself in a state of repetitiveness; about half way through the game I noticed that there really wasn't much new or exciting about this game at all. Maybe because I expected much more from it.

Sure there are some boss battles that provide an extra thrill every once and a while and the occasional turret mounting and explosive barrels exploding, but I found I was doing the same thing pretty much all the time, duck pop up and shoot, duck pop up shoot another guy and repeat. The cover system was useless for me; I'd say I used it around 5 times throughout the whole game and usually by accident. It just caused frustration and glitching.

I tried the online component of Killzone 2 and I wasn't impressed one bit, I actually have to say that I enjoyed the skirmish mode better. This is because it's more intense and the Ai friendlies actually do something because it looked like they're more engaged in the battles.

I also have to say I was disappointed that there was no offline co-op campaign. I bought this game and went over to a friend's house; we were both hyping to play it together only to find out that there was no co-op. Very, very disappointing.

But overall I think this is an average FPS and I've definitely seen better on the Playstation 3.
Ups
Excellent Graphics and lighting effects{Fun skirmish mode{Incredible skirmish Ai
Downs
Online lacks addictiveness and fun{No replay value{Bad Campaign Ai
Score
8.0
Graphics Ok game play. It's been done before and better. Specifically with the cover system.
9.5
Sound Excellent graphics, some of the best of seen. But still not the best. Nice but sort of weird and dark polish to the game. The locales are mostly identical. Could've had a jungle or beach, something to show off the game a little better.
9.0
Gameplay Good sound. The explosions, enemy callings and death yelling, gunshots, and thunder all made the game come alive.
7.8
Fun factor The campaign was fun the first time through. But extremely boring the second. Watching helghast burn to death is fun. Online is what brings the score down for me. One word, Horrible. Skirmish is fun and great but it wears down quite quickly with the limit of maps and classes.
6.5
Online I didn't enjoy the online experience anymore than I enjoy watching players run around in circles, into walls or into enemy bullets. Maybe I would've enjoyed it more If I hanged out in the lobby more often looking for the bigger more exciting games.
7.9
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
ThatCanadianGuy  +   1949d ago
Sounds like you haven't even played the game..
Jerk120  +   1945d ago
Sounds like he has.
ThatCanadianGuy  +   1945d ago
But in reality he didn't.

Read my comment below.
-PINNER-  +   1943d ago
I thought it was odd that he said, "I found I was doing the same thing pretty much all the time, duck pop up and shoot, duck pop up shoot another guy and repeat". And then in the next sentence claims "I'd say I used (the cover system) around 5 times throughout the whole game and usually by accident".

How is Skirmish mode more intense than Warzone? So playing multiplayer against the AI is more intense than playing against real people who think, strategize, and communicate. From the sound of it, I'd have to say that he didn't put more than an hour into the online.

Last of all, he said, "I regret to say that after playing this game I wanted to go play COD4. I don't know if this is a bad thing but I do know that once I finished the game there was, well nothing much left to do". Ahh... question, what else is there left to do after any FPS campaign mode? Answer: Play Online. Since he is making this statement in comparison to CoD4, I would like to know what else CoD4 offered after completing it's story mode. That game didn't have Co-op or anything extra to do after the credits rolled.

Maybe Guerrilla should have added an extra 10 min. airplane level, that would have made it better.
#1.3 (Edited 1943d ago ) | Agree(3) | Disagree(2) | Report | Reply
Major_Tom  +   1946d ago
Yeah I gotta side with Canadianguy, did you play five minutes then put it down? Looks like you're just beefing the online just to go against the grain and it's factually false to add.
#2 (Edited 1946d ago ) | Agree(9) | Disagree(4) | Report | Reply
Jager  +   1946d ago
Bad AI
You have NOT played Killzone 2.
LeGenDx  +   1946d ago
did he really say BAD A.I?
if he did then he did not play the game. i would aim for their head an they would move within 1 sec trying to dodge me.

k i just read ur review.. the thing that got me the most is this

" I bought this game and went over to a friend's house; we were both hyping to play it together only to find out that there was no co-op. Very, very disappointing."

i even wonder if u even got 20 % of the game or did u just rush through it.

theres been news for months that this didnt have co-op
socomnick  +   1945d ago
well the enemy ai is great in this game, friendly Ai is kinda bad.
news4noobs  +   1946d ago
wow
we discovered the one and only honest ps3 user. good review!
Snatcher  +   1946d ago
This review is right on the money.
Killzone 2 is average at best. The game has absolutely no fun factor, no variety, bad storyline, bad voice-acting, long loading screens and no co-op.
LightofDarkness  +   1946d ago
Afraid I must agree. It's very reminiscent of the Doom III problem: excellent technology, average game. The game relies heavily on it's technical prowess alone as justification for it being a great game. I haven't enjoyed the on-line component thus far, and the single-player is only slightly above average as modern shooters go. That's MY opinion of the game after two play-throughs and about 4 hours of on-line play. I just don't care to play the game any more unfortunately, I was banking on the on-line being as great as it was hyped to be, but it has thus far failed to engage me. I really wanted to love this game, but I must say I've been disappointed some what. I'm getting that GTA IV feeling again...
thor  +   1946d ago
I REALLY wish that KZ2 had had bad graphics.

If KZ2 had had bad graphics, it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to say "it's got great graphics, but not so great gameplay". The reviews which showered it with praise would still be there.

There's something which REALLY irritates me about people who complain about HIGHLY CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED games because of minor problems, and then play a game that got average reviews and say "oh it was quite fun actually". It's as though people's expectations affect inversely their experience of the game.

Look at the evidence. 99% of reviewers obviously disagree with you. Even Edge magazine, the review with the LOWEST score on metacritic, praised the action and the multiplayer. In fact, they LOVED the multiplayer - their only major compaint was with the story. The lack of co-op DOESN'T AFFECT YOU when you're playing single-player and multiplayer! I.e. if KZ2 had co-op, the single-player or multiplayer wouldn't be any better; it's just that you're using the lack of co-op to bash the game.

Because KZ2 has great graphics, it not only gives you an excuse to bash the game, it actually affects in your mind your experience of the game. Every second you're playing you look around and think "wow, these are some great graphics, but let me ignore them and analyse the gameplay so much that I stop enjoying it".

KZ2 is one of the only games I have seen which has taken so much flak for having great graphics.
info  +   1944d ago
IF YOU DON¬T FINISH THE GAME, DON`T REVIEW IT
now there is a simple concept for all the windger to understand. Do you like it when a teacher marks you down without even going through all your test ?

There you go. I am not going to rate a game without finishing the game, then you have a valid opinion.

This goes for this review which is nto even close to being called a review as well as the more "professional ones" out there (hint hint Edge reviewing resistance 2 with a few lines hinting at online same for killzone.
-PINNER-  +   1943d ago
@5.2
This is called the college radio effect. When people like an underground unproven artist, some one not well known. They like to cling to it like it has personal meaning to them, then the band hits it big, gets a couple songs on the radio, and signs on to a major label. The people who liked them in the beginning, now feel the band has sold out and they stop buying their new music.
Same thing goes for video games. People just have a hard time not being biased toward something they have pre-determined to be to popular. Now that's not to say that on the other side some people aren't to forgiving to a game because of it's popularity. GTA4 for example was a really good game, but the reviews tended to gloss over a lot of the problems. Where as in Kilzone 2's reviews we saw a lot of nitpicking cause some people were determined to find problems.

In the end, review scores are just a gimmick to get people to go to a website or buy a magazine. If they didn't have a number attached to the review, people just wouldn't care about them as much.
Dsnyder  +   1946d ago
LOL
you fail. Read my review instead because my reviews are right!
viers002  +   1946d ago
Its an FPS
I just wanted to ask how has the cover system been done before, and better? This is a first-person shooter with a first-person cover system. This has never been done before. What could you possibly be talking about?
Calvin_ISA  +   1940d ago
^^
QOTSA own, man. I like the avatar. :D .|m|
felidae  +   1946d ago
i think nothing beats Halo online!
Gun_Senshi  +   1945d ago
Counter STrike, COD2, COD4, Battlefield 2, Quake 3, say hi
Tiberium  +   1941d ago
^^^
maybe cod4, but the rest of those games no way.
ThatCanadianGuy  +   1946d ago
Just as i thought.He never even played the game.
Just checked his profile on PSN.O trophies.

If you would have even played a single level on Killzone 2 you would have atleast 1 trophy.

*sigh* 360 fanboys..so desperate & jealous.
Firstkn1ghT  +   1945d ago
LMAO
You were that butt hurt that you had to look for his profile? WOW! It's just an opinion dude. This game has gotten a few 7's from gaming journalists also.
r2kcipher  +   1945d ago
@Firstkn1ghT LMAO who's worse the guy who wrote a 5 paragraph review on a game he never played. or ThatCanadianguy420 for exposing his fake review for what it is.
ThatCanadianGuy  +   1945d ago
You make it sound as if it took some giant effort or something?
I took 20 seconds out of my online play time.

Sure lots of people have posted their review of Killzone 2.
Then again, they actually played it.
Lex Luthor  +   1945d ago
Gotta agree, online is seriously getting boring now and lack depth and addictiveness.

Thanks for not being blind.
Firstkn1ghT  +   1945d ago
I tried it. Thought the game was boring. Weak selection of weapons, weak variety of enemy, mutliplayer offers nothing new, control is non responsive. I'd give the game a low score also. We could be looking at possibly the most over rated game of all time.
Snatcher  +   1945d ago
Agree firstknight.
This game has absolutely NO VARIETY. That makes it bad. Its just the same red-eyed albino soldiers. Also, the bad storyline and voice-acting makes it even worse. The campaign sucks plain and simple. The only good part is the multiplayer.

I have to disagree on one thing. The controller IS responsive. Its just like that the game is, its realism man.
ceedubya9  +   1945d ago
I haven't played it yet
haven't even played the demo. So I won't comment on the quality of this game right now.
tda-danny  +   1944d ago
Thank you for this important input...
Gun_Senshi  +   1945d ago
LOL
At people that didn't even play game and comment.
Silly gameAr  +   1945d ago
Bad Campaign AI?
Man, that was the best AI I have seen in a FPS! Play that sucker on Elite and say Killzone 2 has bad AI.
Chubear  +   1945d ago
on elite? Please, play it on easy and the AI will whoop your arse.

KILLZONE II, THE ULTIMATE FPS - BOOK IT! lol, stop crying and just go enjoy this game XD
#14.1 (Edited 1945d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(2) | Report | Reply
Re4er  +   1945d ago
canadiandude i've got to tell you something!
I don't have any trophies because my internet hasn't worked on the PS3 since trophies even came out. But I have played this and I have played it online. AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE for a good amount of time. I hope this clears up any misunderstandings. I have most of the offline trophies too. lol.
Re4er  +   1945d ago
Sorry if everyone hates me now :'(
Just to point out I don't have a X-box. I have a PS3 and I <3 it. Ask capcomike or haze09 they'll tell you that I have played for a really long time before. Mostly COD4 because that's what there was to play at the time. About the Ai you guys did correct me and I was wrong. But friendly Ai is horrible but I'm still liking the skirmish Ai! Hope you guys don't have any hatred towards me. It was just an opinion. Well, stay gamin' and have fun. Maybe when I get my internet working again we can play and I can show you that I really do have it.
Silly gameAr  +   1944d ago
No one hates you dude.
It's all good. Killzone 2 just isn't for everyone. You just gave your thoughts on the game and some people disagreed. And, you have nothing to prove.
#16.1 (Edited 1944d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Chubear  +   1943d ago
No one hates you
they just disagree with you and also... after reading your review, it's kinda obvious you haven't actually played the game to any significant degree. It's as if you put together a mix of your thoughts from watching trailers, forum chatter and some of the things some reviewing sites that rated this game low for hits to their site.

It's very glaring if you've actually played the game that the person who wrote this review hasn't really played it. Hey, there's a guy on my friend's list who has played the game up to the final stage and stopped and also played 2 games online.

He's not a fan of the game but he's actually played it to some sort of degree. This is defiantly not the case when I read your review.
#16.2 (Edited 1943d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(2) | Report | Reply
Gun_Senshi  +   1943d ago
You have zero KZ2 trophies. If you played even one level you would have at least one trophy
keysy420  +   1945d ago
wht are you talking about
did this guy even play the game, i had a friend say the same thing until he really played it
keysy420  +   1945d ago
wow after reading these comment alot of you guys really didnt play the game their is a reason for the lack of weapons play the multiplayer for awhile before you put the game down and figure out it depth. i havent touched call of duty since release of kz2
Calvin_ISA  +   1940d ago
"Gameplay
Ok game play. It's been done before and better. Specifically with the cover system."

KZ2 is the first game ever to implement a First Person Cover System.

"I actually have to say that I enjoyed the skirmish mode better. This is because it's more intense and the Ai friendlies actually do something because it looked like they're more engaged in the battles."

I played skirmish, too. I have to say that what you said about friendlies is false (for me at least). Most of the time my friendlies would stand around at the base and stare at the walls like they're trippin' on PCP. But the new patch that allows bots online should fix your problem with online. ;)

"Skirmish is fun and great but it wears down quite quickly with the limit of maps and classes."

You can unlock those other classes online. As for the maps. Eight is not enough?

"but I found I was doing the same thing pretty much all the time, duck pop up and shoot, duck pop up shoot another guy and repeat. The cover system was useless for me; I'd say I used it around 5 times throughout the whole game and usually by accident."

You say that it was the same thing over and over again (duck pop up shoot) then you say you only used the feature five times? I think you are lying.

-Now pointing out obvious bias-

9.5 for graphics and 9.0 for sound. Well... I can understand you not liking the art direction or the style, but this game is beautiful. The smoke, the explosions, sparks, lighting, animations, weapon models. Add it all up for SMOKING HOT graphics. What does a locale have to do with graphics anyway? Sound should be a ten as well. Why, you ask? It supports 7.1 for starters. And a whole slew of different languages, and the sounds are nice and clear. A whole bunch of effects like echoing in tunnels and muffling when people are far away/behind something. Sound and graphics are to this date *flawless*.

P.S. This is the longest comment I've ever written. I wrote it so late, that barely anyone will read it. It's a shame. Haha. :P
terrandragon  +   1934d ago
Totally wrong, Time Crisis used a first person cover system. Console game, maybe.
Re4er  +   1871d ago
When I said...
Duck pop out and shoot, I didn't mean that I was using the cover system. I literally ducked took cover popped out and shot. The cover system is useless.

For the online. I can now play it online and check my trophies if you want for proof. The game is not fun online if you compare it to other games like Call of Duty 4 (In my opinion).
terrandragon  +   1934d ago
Look at you PS3 fans...kicking and screaming because of a low score. You don't see that many Halo fans crying about a average score. I wouldn't know anything about Killzone 2, but like someone said before, "it is the reviewer's opinion."
news4noobs  +   1922d ago
well
sales figures and rapidly decreasing numbers for ppl playing online confirm, this is a 7.5 at the very best.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
Remember

Killzone 2

Average Score 9.1 Reviews(419)
Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
US 27 February 2009
EU 25 February 2009
AU 26 February 2009
JP 23 April 2009
Xbox 360 Release Dates