Killzone 2 review (PS3)

WildArmed | 1935d ago | User review
Reviewing: Killzone 2
I was a non-believer. But, this experience has changed me!
Killzone 2 has proved on many fronts. Graphics, game play, sound, etc you name it.

I'll start with Graphics. When Sony showed that Target render at E3.. it doesn't justify how good this game looks! It has a gritty atmosphere which is why you don't see many bright colors and i get that. The character animations, environment (its destructible!, weapon animations, etc are all extremely detailed. Back was such as day when graphics meant sacrifice of gameplay, and the vice versa. PlayStation 3 has proved that wrong with many games now. This is probably one of the best console graphics to date, heck I'd put it in one of the best graphics for any game category.

Game play is amazing. With a perfect cover system, which is 'icky' at first, but within an hour into the game it'll become natural. Same goes for the 'weight' of the weapons. This initially put me off from the game, but I came back to it and found much pleasure to be had. The multiplayer is where the game truly shines. Its faster and better than the Single Player (and I thought that wasn't possible). Warzone is a truly great way to play multiplayer. It gives you random objectives to complete together as a team. Instead of just 'Capture the flag' (Search and Retrieve) or Team Deathmatch (Bodycount)you get to do all of them without a loading screen! (or going back to the lobby!) The badges and class system to something to be pleased with. This is the successor to the famed 'Team Fortress'.

Here are the classes of online multiplayer:

Rifleman:

The default multiplayer character is assigned when no primary badge is selected. A secondary badge may still be added. Riflemen can start with most weapons, except for the specialized ones.

Engineer:

Primary badge ability: Sets up an automated turret which targets the enemy.

Secondary badge ability: Repairs ammunition dispensers, mounted guns, and automated turrets.

Medic:

Primary badge ability: Revives downed team mates.

Secondary badge ability: Throws a health pack, which can be picked up by other players.

Scout:

Primary badge ability: Uses a cloaking suit to become near-invisible.

Secondary badge ability: Tags all on-screen enemy players with a hidden marker, which broadcasts their coordinates to team mates.

Assault:

Primary badge ability: Dons heavy armour twice as strong as normal.

Secondary badge ability: Temporarily boosts running speed.

Tactician:

Primary badge ability: Throws a coloured smoke grenade, which serves as a spawn point.

Secondary badge ability: Requests air support from a sentry bot which targets the enemy.

Saboteur:

Primary badge ability: Assumes the disguise of a randomly selected enemy player.

Secondary badge ability: Throws a sticky, proximity-activated C-4 charge.

Now to the Sound in the game. 7.2 channel audio, need I say more? Well, yes I do. The one flaw in the amazing sound recordings of Killzone 2 is the voice acting. It's not bad, but it could have been better. But scolar visari's Voice acting makes up for it. The best voice acting since last June. :D (Yes, David Hayter ;)) The explosion, bullets everything sounds the way it should. (this is a common feat among the next-gen games FYI)
Ups
Great Multiplayer{Innovative mechanics (SP and MP){Mind blowing Graphics and Sound (7.2 channel baby!)
Downs
Controls are not as customizable.{Voice acting not so great (except Visari)
Score
10.0
Graphics Innovative and great!
10.0
Sound Best I've seen. (or on par with the best)
9.2
Gameplay 7.2 channel surround woot! Need to work on voice acting though ;)
9.4
Fun factor Initial frustration of controls are the only thing holding it back!
9.8
Online Too deep and fun to comment on :)
10.0
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
Snatcher  +   1935d ago
Some downs you forgot to mention.
-No variety.
-Long loading screens.
-No co-op
-Unbelievable hard to aim when you start playing.
Snatcher  +   1935d ago
Ok. Think what you want ChuBear.
I don't care. All I know is that I have played the game and I base my opinion off it. Believe it or not. I don't want to argue with you.

EDIT: Omg, I replied to wrong post -.- I'm sorry about that.

Why could there not be a delete comment feature?
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halo3_640p  +   1922d ago
You never played the game
the game is 10 in everyone's books except those of BOT like u

play iphone game halo 3 rather
Snatcher  +   1935d ago
Some ups you forgot to mention.
-The boss fights are REALLY much fun.
-SixAxis controls for placing mines is fun and entertaining.
-The AI is one of the best ever.

;)
Chubear  +   1935d ago
Sounds like you're just going of what you've read on the internet :/
Chubear  +   1935d ago
I don't understand your voice acting thing
I've been seeing that used to down Killzone II by many who had didn't like it or were negative about the game even before it launched. It's almost like they had to find SOMEHTING to dig at it

cause the voice acting is one of the best I've seen in any FPS with only the likes of Half LIfe and even that's by a hair. Playing Killzone II was like watching a movie on the sci-fi channel.

I think this is one thing that people want to make stick with Killzone 2 but it's bullshit. MGS4, as you mentioned, didn't have any better voice acting so please save that BS or give examples as to where the voice acting in MGS4 were obviously or overly better than Killzone II.

All these PS3 exclusive games like Killzone II, Uncharted, Mgs4, Heavenly Sword etc all have great voice acting so I'm not so sure why people are trying to make this stick with KZ2 that it has average or low quality voice acting.

When a game makes you feel like you're watching a movie and not a comic book then that's exceptional in my book.
NNNW  +   1935d ago
imo they dropped the f-bomb too frequently but that is just my little personal irk with the SP mode. Ah and there were some voice sync issues as well.

Been playing MP after completing the game so I don't really bother about the SP now haha. The MP is AWESOME.
pansenbaer  +   1934d ago
Chubear. I agree. Too me, the voice acting was top notch. However, the script needed work. Like NNNW said, the F-bomb was pretty silly. And some of the jokes were pretty sad. So I think that's what people really mean when they say the voice acting was terrible.
Chubear  +   1932d ago
What the hell you mean they droped the F-bomb too frequently? it's not a teen rated game it's a mature rated game and that's exactly how military men in combat talk.. even worse.

So GTA4 didn't drop the f bomb frequently?

You having a personal preference to dialog doesn't mean the voice acting was bad. Hell, some new people to KZ like yourself had a distinc hate for Rico's character. He evoked an emotion out of you. There's no what the script writing or voice acting was bad cause you wouldn't even give a damn about the Xters.

Please, apart from the likes of HL, show me another FPS that had voice acting even remotely close to this. geow voice acting was the poster child for chessy but I never once heard anything about that in any reivew. Halo3 was run-of-the-mill and no where as chaotic for some of the language and emotions translated by the xters.

So please tell me, or better yet, post links to dialogs from any FPS or shooter in general that came up to the standard of KZ2. Hell, I never heard of anyone criticizing voice acting in a FPS 'till KZ2 but all of a sudden it became a main focus of many reviews, interesting.
Milky  +   1933d ago
I thought Killzone 2 campaign was good but not great, some parts were really cool though. The multiplayer too, although Im hooked on the ranking system, it all gets quite repetitive.

Thanks for putting the rank details up there though.
BeaArthur  +   1933d ago
You are right the voice acting isn't bad, it is some of the worst I have ever seen. The writing is awful (even worse than Gears of War) and is only surpassed by the horrible acting. You are entitled to your opinion but seeing you say it's not bad makes me wonder if you were paying attention.
TheColbertinator  +   1932d ago
Pros

-Great graphics

-Great Class system

-Great multiplayer

-Great sound effects

Cons

-Generic campaign

-Generic enemies

-Generic storyline

-Its not on PC.M/k is better suited for shooters.Dualshock is suited for interactive screensavers like Flower,Flow etc.

-PS3 exclusive (lol)
8.8/10
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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