Killzone the franchise has been somewhat star-crossed since the beginning. Hyped up by the press as a "Halo killer," the original Killzone fell a bit short of initial expectations. Some ambitious design was marred by bugs and glitches in the gameplay, which dragged down review scores into the decidedly "average" range.
After a well received PSP spinoff, Killzone 2 has finally hit store shelves. The game has had to shoulder enormous expectations from its first unveiling, with many questioning the veracity of the first teaser trailer shown of the game. It was up to Sony to prove the doubters wrong and win converts with the promotional campaign before and after the game's launch.