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Empire: Killzone 2 Review

Empire writes: "For a four-star game, there's a lot broken in Killzone 2. The acting is appalling for starters, with a shitstorm of two-bit actors hamming their way through the story and rotting any sense of immersion. The lack of a co-operative mode – something the developers promise will be corrected with a download post-launch – is also criminal as fighting alongside companions is one of the solo game's main draws, and there's a nagging sense of déjà vu throughout as the interplanetary plot feels like every other futuristic blaster you've played in recent months."

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Huh3491d ago (Edited 3491d ago )

wow another great review for killzone 2 thank you so much sony for another high quality ps3 game

sahar2433491d ago (Edited 3491d ago )

sorry but i dont believe this review

TheTwelve3491d ago

This is hardly a great review. But it will probably get the most hits...the bastards.

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hay3491d ago

It's a bit too negative for a review if you ask me. And 2 paragraphs? I can write more about any game without playing it...

Endorphin3491d ago

This game is as good as F.E.A.R. 2 thank goodness!
/casm

GWAVE3491d ago

I'll say it:

WHO is Empire? No, seriously. This no-name website does a 2-paragraph review complaining about acting (Gears 1 and 2, Halo 3, CoD4, Army of Two, and pretty much any other shooter out there suffer from bad acting) and a lack of co-op (apparently games like Bioshock, Metal Gear Solid 4, and GTA4 don't need co-op to garner their high scores) and I'm supposed to take them seriously?

Oh well. We all knew it was going to happen: bitter video game journalists are mad that Sony not only met expectations, but exceeded them. Boo hoo, fanboys.

UnwanteDreamz3491d ago (Edited 3491d ago )

I would be happy with this "review" too if the author had not given the new Prince of Persia game 5 out of 5. I also do not agree with marking the game down for no co-op and then saying this would be fixed after release.

Edit: I just looked and this hack gave Star Wars the Force Unleashed 5 stars. David McComb you fail!

anh_duong3491d ago (Edited 3491d ago )

"Killzone 2 may not be the killer game it promised to be, but it’s still worth owning a PS3 just to play it." - empire

and they gave it an 8???????????? a game worth buying a console to play for is a pretty good game if you asked me.

wildcat3491d ago (Edited 3491d ago )

COD4 had pretty decent voice actors in my opinion. I haven't played any of the other games you mentioned. As for KZ2's voice actors, I admit they're a little awkward from time to time, but considering the overall quality put forth in the presentation, I'll choose not to criticize so harshly.

sonarus3491d ago

that review was a bit short but its all good. They didn't even touch on the multiplayer oh well. Their only cons were with poor voice acting and lines as well as no coop. If thats all they can say about the game then i'm happy

I also noticed they gave star wars perfect score. Their credibility just shot through the ceiling lol

jwatt3491d ago

That's still a great score but that's the problem with this game being so hyped. This is the reviewers chance to be more popular by going against the grain. If they would have gave it a 5 out of 5 people wouldn't pay attention but by giving it a 4 out of 5 now people are asking who is empire. They've just made thier name more popular and more known.

Tony999Montana3491d ago

lol... Do you any of you know that Empire is a magazine about movies? It's game reviews are not important.

UnwanteDreamz3491d ago

I was going to mention all the movie stuff, I guess you confirmed it bubbles.

Chris3993491d ago

PS3:
Uncharted (4/5)
Resistance (4/5)
Resistance 2 (4/5)
Killzone 2 (4/5)
Heavenly Sword (4/5)
Motorstorm (4/5)

360:
Gears of War (5/5)
Gears of War 2 (5/5)
Halo 2 (5/5)
Halo 3 (5/5)
Left4Dead (5/5)
Blue Dragon (5/5)
Crackdown (4/5)

Notice a trend? Blue Dragon, really? I'm usually not prone to believe conspiracy theories, but this pretty much proves it. Eurogamer is the same way, they simply refuse to award any PS3 title with that coveted "10".

addic3491d ago

Thats the full "review":

Review
For a four-star game, there’s a lot broken in Killzone 2. The acting is appalling for starters, with a sh*tstorm of two-bit actors hamming their way through the story and rotting any sense of immersion. The lack of a co-operative mode – something the developers promise will be corrected with a download post-launch – is also criminal as fighting alongside companions is one of the solo game’s main draws, and there’s a nagging sense of déjà vu throughout as the interplanetary plot feels like every other futuristic blaster you’ve played in recent months.

But as an exercise in mood and thrills, Killzone 2 is superb. Staged on a grey, industrial alien planet, the ramshackle buildings, ruined factories and hastily erected barriers are a refreshing change from the fanciful worlds of other space-age blasters, every inch of the game world bursting with detail and making every skirmish genuinely gripping. And with AI-controlled companions who fight like real people and add colour and depth to the plot, Killzone 2 may not be the killer game it promised to be, but it’s still worth owning a PS3 just to play it.

Bubble Buddy3490d ago

Thanks for the full review? It must have taken them faster to write the whole review than to watch the first cutscene. heh.

BattleAxe3490d ago

I think that whats happened here is the reviewer got an upset stomach from something he ate before doing the review. He probably went to go crap it out after writing the review.

callahan093490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

This is by far the least trust-worthy review I could have imagined. 80% is a great score and all, but holy hell, they gave Gears of War 2 a perfect score! They trash-talk the hammy voice acting in Killzone 2 and praise the dumbass meathead testosterone-fueled crap going on in Gears of War 2? Look, Gears 2 is a fun game, but to praise that crapfest of characterization they had going on and then to bash Killzone 2 for essentially the same thing is just ridiculous. They said this about Gears 2's story "fresh approach injecting the bravado with tragedy and drama." Hahaha. That makes me laugh.

The Gears 2 review is at least twice as long as this short little itty bitty piece of crap write-up on Killzone 2. How is that even fair? They mention exactly NOTHING about the online multiplayer in Killzone 2 (but of course they find time to say they're going to knock points off because it doesn't have co-op). The Gears 2 review claims that the best parts of the game are online, which is a load of crap, because I have Gears 2 and that game STILL, more than 2 months after release, has tons of glitches, bugs, dropped connections, and awful lag online.

Hmm... so they find some things to nit-pick about, which show double-standards like the comments about story/acting in KZ2 vs. Gears 2, and they don't even mention online in KZ2 and give it a worthless short as hell review.

This review pisses me off. I'm sorry to type about it so seriously (I'm actually not as angry in real life as my typing would have you believe, this review is quite meaningless to me, but when I see crappy "journalism" I write fervently about it for ... well, I guess because it's a hobby of mine!)

Oh, and they gave Resident Evil 5 a perfect score, too. I hated the demo of that game (so sue me). Hell, they even saw fit to give Star Wars The Force Unleashed a perfect score!

So, they give 2 measly paragraphs to Killzone 2 and don't mention it's multiplayer AT ALL (not a single word)? Yeah, that sounds legit, hahaha. And what about the fact that in the game section of the site, every single solitary multiplatform game has the 360 box art shown? Whatever. I can't possibly trust their game reviews.

AnttiApina3490d ago

I think you should praise GG more than Sony. They've done great job!

pixelsword3490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

*NOTE* TWO paragraphs? I'm sorry; he didn't play it. You can write more on the Beta than what this "journalist" did for the entire game.

Killzone 2 (2009)
Review
For a four-star game, there’s a lot broken in Killzone 2. The acting is appalling for starters, with a sh!tstorm of two-bit actors hamming their way through the story and rotting any sense of immersion. The lack of a co-operative mode – something the developers promise will be corrected with a download post-launch – is also criminal as fighting alongside companions is one of the solo game’s main draws, and there’s a nagging sense of déjà vu throughout as the interplanetary plot feels like every other futuristic blaster you’ve played in recent months.

But as an exercise in mood and thrills, Killzone 2 is superb. Staged on a grey, industrial alien planet, the ramshackle buildings, ruined factories and hastily erected barriers are a refreshing change from the fanciful worlds of other space-age blasters, every inch of the game world bursting with detail and making every skirmish genuinely gripping. And with AI-controlled companions who fight like real people and add colour and depth to the plot, Killzone 2 may not be the killer game it promised to be, but it’s still worth owning a PS3 just to play it.

Mukiwa3490d ago

Bless ye and your altruistic ways! Truly this site does not deserve the hits when they deem sheer bollocks like this "review" to be available to an unwitting public.

GameGambits3490d ago

No 5 out of 5 stars, because Cliffy B didn't come over in a baby Gap T-shirt smiling like a crack addict, then spiff out 400 lies of how much better it is than the first only to live up to .1% of the hype.

Seriously though if your site operates on a 5 star rating system, then K2 is 5 star. No I'm not saying perfect, but I'm saying meets the criteria of being A) A first day buy B) Outstanding competition for its genre C) Could move a console purchase for someone just to play it. Since K2 meets all of those criteria, then it seems the 4/5 stars + a 2 paragraph review means you don't like having your site as a credible source for videogame journalism.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion though it'd just be nice if they had one, because 2 paragraphs DOES NOT EQUATE A REVIEW.

anh_duong3490d ago

what sony and guerilla games should have done was announced Killzone2 as being available for both consoles (ps3 and xbox 360) so when it gets reviewed empire will give it 100%. but of course delay the xbox version indefinitely.

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Johnny Cullen3491d ago

Oh dear...

A 4/5 it maybe but...

"For a four-star game, there's a lot broken in Killzone 2. The acting is appalling for starters, with a sh!tstorm of two-bit actors hamming their way through the story and rotting any sense of immersion. The lack of a co-operative mode – something the developers promise will be corrected with a download post-launch – is also criminal as fighting alongside companions is one of the solo game's main draws, and there's a nagging sense of déjà vu throughout as the interplanetary plot feels like every other futuristic blaster you've played in recent months."

I see a major sh!tstorm coming on this.

gamesmaster3491d ago

a major sh!t storm indeed, but what gamer in their right mind would listen to empire about video games, i'd rather let my grandma play the game and write me a review. and she has a memory span of 21 seconds.

Statix3491d ago (Edited 3491d ago )

Here are some other review scores from this supposedly unbiased, platform-neutral website:

PS3:
Uncharted (4/5)
Resistance (4/5)
Resistance 2 (4/5)
Killzone 2 (4/5)
Heavenly Sword (4/5)
Motorstorm (4/5)

360:
Gears of War (5/5)
Gears of War 2 (5/5)
Halo 2 (5/5)
Halo 3 (5/5)
Left4Dead (5/5)
Blue Dragon (5/5)
Crackdown (4/5)

I'm not saying that each of those PS3 titles deserve 5 stars, but on the same token, not all of those 360 titles had to receive 5 stars either; judging by history, this website seems to have an awful lot of trouble handing out 5-star reviews to PS3 exclusive titles. I especially like how this "David McComb" character likes to take cheap potshots at the PS3 once in a while in some of his reviews, sometimes making reference to "PS3 fanboys" and even saying how PS3 owners should be glad for a quality new game in their "vapid games library" in his Ninja Gaiden: Sigma review.

Marceles3491d ago

"For a four-star system...oops I mean game, there's a lot broken in PS3...err I mean Killzone 2. Sony err...the acting is appalling for starters, with a sh!tstorm of two-bit graphics, oops I mean acting hamming their way through the story and rotting any sense of innovation, I-I mean immersion."

"The lack of a co-operative mode – something the developers promise will be corrected with a download post-launch – is also criminal as fighting alongside companions is one of the solo game's main draws....and shows teh power of the cell sucks, I HATE SONY"

Btw the devs never PROMISED co-op, that was a rumor. "promised will be corrected"...like no co-op is a problem, sigh...it would be a nice addition but it's not killing the damn game and making it non-purchasable.

"...and there's a nagging sense of déjà vu throughout as the interplanetary plot feels like every other PS3 game you've played in recent months....but worse than Lair and Haze...oh and still doesn't compare to Halo 3." (takes big gulp of Halo 3 Mountain Dew, laces up Halo 3 shoes) "LONG LIVE HALO AND THE 360!!"

Ridiculous.

MGOelite3491d ago

wow reading this i bet they havent even got the review code of the game...

Huh3491d ago

what if killzone 2 is more than just a game what if killzone 2 is a life changing experience

user94220773491d ago

"there's a lot broken in Killzone 2"

that's how you know the site is pure rubbish

Beg For Mercy3491d ago

and they write a 2 paragraph review of the biggest game of the year and give it a 4 but give re5 a 5 outta 5 which has been crucified since the demo WTF ever empire

GarandShooter3490d ago

What he meant to say is KZ2 broke it off in his PS3 hating ass.

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