After one pre-rendered trailer, 135 developers, 40 million dollars, and a typhoon of internet abuse, Guerrilla has finally done it - they've proven to the world that Killzone on PlayStation 3 not only exists in playable form, but looks just as good as the "target footage" shown at E3 2005. At an exclusive unveiling in Los Angeles, Games Radar were treated to a live 30-minute demo of the game in action, with director Mathijs De Jonge and producer Steven Ter Heide playing a level in real-time, with a Sixaxis, on PS3.
It's instantly clear how different Killzone 2 is from most other first-person shooters. Not in terms of concept or gameplay, but in that it's so robust and dynamic. Surfaces shatter and crumble when your bullets hit them, characters move realistically through the environment with weighty animations and the levels are densely packed with detail and spot effects like power lines wobbling in the wind. While a lot of the set-pieces in Resistance and Call of Duty 3 were amazing, it felt like more like you were a spectator rather than actually taking part. Killzone 2 changes all of this.