It's quite possibly fair to say that Killzone 2 carries more weight on its shoulders than any game before it. Gamers, critics and even the public are not really appraising this title simply on its merits as a first-person shooter, but as the saviour of the PlayStation 3. Perhaps LittleBigPlanet carried a similar degree of expectation as the key to turning around the fortunes of Sony's beleaguered third-generation console, but then, LBP didn't also shoulder the burden of years of hyperbolic visuals.
For a game that seemed doomed by its own ostentatious parading, Killzone 2 drops the bomb on other shooters with its eye-bleedingly good visuals. The gameplay packs punches you can almost feel and comes side-armed with a rounded multi-player aspect, cocked and with the safety off. It misses out on a higher score due to its vapid characters spouting forgettable dialogue and the seemingly daft omission of cooperative and split-screen play.