IGN Preview NYCC: Killzone Hasn’t Aged Very Well

IGN - Can the gloss of HD save it?

Sometimes, the illustrious Greg Miller – my boss on IGN PlayStation – says “old game is old,” and I often take issue with him when he does. There are plenty of bygone titles (like River Raid, for instance) that will always be awesome regardless of how much gaming has evolved. And my favorite game of all-time, Mega Man 3, is 22 years old. So Greg and I don’t really see eye to eye here.

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NastyLeftHook03018d ago

Can the gloss of HD save it?

its a PS2 game! lol. save it...

jerethdagryphon3018d ago

1 its a fps they generlly dont age well after 6 ish years

2 its a console fps

Haha1233018d ago

Plus its a fps that got fairly average ratings to begin with..

NastyLeftHook03018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

when i first seen it, it blew me away. best shooting game ever made.

DasTier3018d ago

"1 its a fps they generlly dont age well after 6 ish years ".

Hmmn, the almost 11 year old Halo:CE begs to differ.

jerethdagryphon3018d ago

really look closer basic bump mapping and texture tricks cant counter a very low geometry engine.

halo looks nice because the texture artist dis amazing work with flare bloom and procedurals

interior work however is quite lacking basic and well boring

Larry L3018d ago

Personally, Killzone 1 is my favorite of the series. I loved the rediculous amount of kickback and muzzle lift. It made me better at all FPSs. I remember playing BF2 online on PS2, and totally sucking. I would get like 1 kill for every 10 deaths if I was having a good game. Killzone came out and it was FAR more hard, but with the dark tone, awesome weapons all with secondary fire, and 3 or 4 of my favorite MP maps of all time (beach head, park terminal, canyon crossing and core), it kept me hooked for YEARS.

It was really the only FPS I played until CoD4 came out Nov 2007. I got REALLY good at it too. Just before CoD4 came out, I went back to the PS2 BF2 just to get another taste of a more "realistic" style FPS, and I was no longer 1 kill for 15 deaths.....I had turned that ratio completely around. I credit the amazing but fun difficulty of Killzone 1 with that. It was SO hard to be good, that it made ALL other FPSs child's play in comparison.

This HD remaster fixes the few issues I had with the game, which was all the audio dropouts, framerate drops, and even freeze ups the game had durring the campaign on PS2 (oddly enough, it ran perfectly online).

The author of this preview does get it wrong on a couple things. The controls are mappable like he eventually said after bashing the default set-up. But what he obviously missed in the options was the toggle for turning zoom (and also crouch) between "hold" and "toggle". So you can make it exactly like CoD's controls if you please.

He's also right that there is absolutely no aim assists on Killzone 1 (neither did Killzone 2) which I find to be a good thing, and is probably the reason the game made me so much batter than I was at FPSs pre-killzone 1. That along with the huge kickback on weapons is what makes the controls seems so "finicky" as he put it. Killzone 2 took most of it out but it still had some, and no aim assists, which is why gamers bashed the controls imo....because they were so used to the comparitively EASY CoD4.

Another hit against the original controls is the sensitivity. My PS3 has BC, so I can still play my original disc, and just like I had to originally, the sensitivity needs to be turned down quite a bit to make up for there being no aim assist. This is likely still the case with the HD remaster.

Luckily this author didn't get his hands on a sniper rifle, he'd REALLY be crying about that I'm sure. Because if you move your character while zoomed in with it you come out of zoom unlike just about every other FPS which allows you to move all you want while zoomed in with sniper rifles.

Killzone 1 is THE # 1 hardest FPS of all time imo when it comes to actually being good at the game due to the kickback, muzzle drift, no aim assists, and enemies taking alot of bullets to drop (in MP).
I expect most reviews to bash the game just like this previewer did because of all these things. But all those things are why for me Killzone 1 is still my favorite console FPS ever. I'll miss the online, I'd gladly pay more to have it. But at least the offline version with split-screen is still in which is just as good since you don't have whole teams spamming 203s and pull-sniping like the original's online was plagued with.

Eyeco3018d ago

Half-Life 2 is almost 10 years old yet that game can still hold its own , especially in comparison to modern shooters with its suprisingly long campaign and innovative level design and physics.

Killzone was a decent game if you looked past the horrible framerate, bugs, glitches and dated look, you would notice some nice level design, but even then, the game was no classic so obviously it isn't gonna age well.

TheFirstClassic3018d ago

@ujean69 Key word is "generally". Halo will always age well.

NarooN3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

@Larry L

I haven't logged in here in ages and I just decided to login JUST to tell you that you win the internets for that post. I agree with everything you just said 1000%.

KZ1 is easily the most difficulty console-exclusive FPS ever created. The game didn't hold your hand at all. No aim-assist, no auto-aim, none of that crap. You had to learn how to aim and learn the eccentricities with each of the weapons in order to be good. The campaign was difficult enough with the relentless intelligent AI, but online was a completely different chapter.

Online was insane. I played that game online from Feb. 2005 up until about March. 2008. Why did I stop playing? I snapped my disc. Why'd I do that? Because I had just got my PS3 in Feb. 2008, and all I was playing on it was KZ1. I decided I had to destroy the disc just to actually PLAY the few PS3 games I had (CoD4 being one of them, which I quickly grew bored of since it was not only easy, but the so-called revolutionary things it brought didn't really blow my mind that much.)

That's kinda extreme but I did it. I bought a new KZ1 disc in early 2011 before they shut the PS2 online servers down for KZ1 just to go back with a few friends; still had about 20+ people playing it at all times.

But man, what a great game imo. Most people who cried about it only hated it because it didn't hold your hand, it wasn't a Halo clone, or they never even actually played it to begin with. I'll miss the 60 minute 'Park Terminal' Assault matches, the 'Core' Supply Drop matches, the Beachhead 60-minute Deathmatches, and the crazy-instantly-overheat-your- PS2 effects generated by the Slums map. Game only had 8 maps, but somehow the game remained fun for ages on end anyway.

Too bad they didn't include online with the HD remaster, though I'll probably pick this up anyway. The framerate drops and audio glitches were the ONLY issues I had with the game, besides the M203 spam in the multiplayer which never got patched, but damn... Still think it's the best in the series as well. Way better story than both of it's successors as well (Liberaton was actually pretty good, too.)

jerethdagryphon3018d ago

i must point out that when i speak of ageing im not talking combat mechanics that have become an institution.

or story or gameplay or even ai.

i refer only to visual assets
textures geometry and liglighting

pixelsword3018d ago

"2 its a console fps"

Old PC FPS don't age very well either, just so you know.

humbleopinion3018d ago

Perhaps Halo aged better, but it was a much better game to begin with. So was the first Riddick game (Butcher bay, remastered in a new engine as part of Dark Athena - it was actually better than the new game), and so has the first Half Life (as can be witnessed in the new Black Mesa release).

To age well you need a solid game to begin with. Guerrilla put much more effort into Killzone 2, and I believe it will fare better if it is also remastered sometime during the next gen.

t0mmyb0y3018d ago

I didn't even like it when it first came out so pass for me.

guitarded773018d ago

I'm not saying it has or hasn't aged well, I'll find out for myself when I download day 1, but I do question whether IGN's staff is capable of fully understanding a game from any generation past. From looking at their overall body of reviews, list, etc... many of the writers seem very young and little understanding of what makes a game good or bad. I think they need some older editors in house to hold the hands of the younger staff when looking at HD remakes, or a series making a return after many years. Just my 2 cents. I'm not being defensive of Killzone HD, just something I noticed from IGN over the years.

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SilentNegotiator3018d ago

It was the only average title in the series. I don't think "aging" is the worst of its problems.

But hey, if you're getting the series pack, whatever. One average game with 2 spectacular games, and you really don't have to play the first one if you don't want to and understand the story.

Nicaragua3018d ago

your right there - Killzone 2 was awesome and Killzone 3 was total shite, so saying Killzone 1 is the average of the series is a fair comment.

Bowzabub3018d ago

People will not be playing this for aesthetics but for the story. Thanks Sony & GG.

Pandamobile3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )


False, you can still crank up a 12 year old PC game to 1080p, or higher.

As long as I can play my old PC games at the default res of my monitor, they'll look fine.

KUV19773018d ago

Because resolution was the only problem with playing a ten year old game. Thank god the poly count and texture/effect levels back then were just as good as they are today.

Pandamobile3017d ago

Resolution is a huge factor in the overall presentation of a game.

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ChunkyLover533018d ago

Killzone 1 never looked that great and had a ton of frame rate issues, why would people expect something so much different now?
An HD upgraded Killzone is still going to be the same game that people hated back when it released. Unless they went and actually remade the game, its going to have some issues.

NastyLeftHook03018d ago

Killzone is still going to be the same game that people hated back when it released.

and it will be the same game people loved when it was released.

Larry L3018d ago

Yup, but it's actually better since there are no longer those framerate drops and other issues.

And chunky said
"Killzone 1 never looked that good to begin with"

I couldn't disagree more. When PS2's lifecycle was all said and done, Killzone 1 was the best looking FPS on the console except for 1 other game, and that was BLACK.

DigitalRaptor3018d ago

BLACK was an amazing game, and really pushed the visual boundaries for last gen.

TheFirstClassic3018d ago

Supposedly they fixed all the technical issues, so many of the complaints back when it released might not be relevant anymore.

Syntax-Error3018d ago

You do know he reviewed KZHD, so what technical issues are you referring to? He clearly stated that the game is total garbage and he didnt want to complete it because it THAT bad

cannon88003018d ago

Killzone 1 had poor frame rates because the ps2 couldn't handle it. And just so everybody knows, the whole killzone game being the "halo killer" had nothing to do with Guerrilla Games. It was a bunch of douche bags who said it and then people blamed the developers.

Shikoro3018d ago

It's always the people and the media. It can't be helped, unfortunately. :(

wages of sin3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

I don't remember anyone saying GG said that, rather Sony and their more "vocal" fans. It's just like any other Sony exclusive; it got hyped to the sky.

Sony was fully aware how their game was being pegged and they let it ride because they needed to generate the hype. Halo was on everyone's mouth and Sony didn't have an answer. It's not like they had people were coming out of the wood work to refute the claims either. Can you provide links to prove there was an effor to change that perception? Nope.

Nice try.

otherZinc3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )



How do people expect something to change when it was terrible years ago?

If you put a fresh coat of wax on a car thats been in the junkyard for years, would one expect it to run better all of a sudden? No.

Killzone got hyped because it was the 1st proposed "Halo Killer". It never lived up to it.

However, I'm going to beat Killzone 1 again, just to remember what it was like to experience such an overrated game.

Outside_ofthe_Box3018d ago


Not sure why people cant just let others enjoy what they want.

Obviously the HD upgrade is for those that enjoyed the game back then and/or what to try the game out now. I'm not sure why people feel the need claim that people supposedly hated the game, I wonder if it could be because they're a bit insecure about the games they like in comparison?

ziggurcat3018d ago

typically an HD remake involves more than just sprucing up the visuals.

i believe the god of war HD collection had improved visuals as well as getting the frame rate bumped up to 60 since the extra power on the newer system would allow that.

i would imagine that any performance issues in the PS2 version would be ironed out on the HD version.

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ritsuka6663018d ago

" Killzone was never that good to begin with."

Greg is an idiot.. IGN needs to make Craig their poster child.

xPhearR3dx3018d ago

Killzone one was decent at best. Killzone 2 was bad ass though. Loved that game when I had my PS3.

Syntax-Error3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

So he's an idiot because he didnt like the game you liked? That game fell short even when it was new. They laughed at it when it was considered as a Halo killer. Even now with KZ3 it still cant compete with Halo. Then they thought Resistance was going to compete with Halo and Gears and that fell short too. NO PS FPS exclusive can compete with Halo or Gears. It's already been proven. Resistance has been shelved indefinitely because of sales and we don't know the future of KZ yet. The clunky controls are still there and the game never has stellar reviews.

Why pay $15 for a game that cost $5? You guys are sheep. Isn't that the same as slapping lipstick on a pig?

GrahamGolden3018d ago

first of resistance is a FPS,gears is a TPS

second you want to compared genres ? then compare gears against uncharted....from story,graphics,sound and ofc story wich gears had zero to begin with,nominations-awards-goty uncharted OWNS gears either u like it or not admit it or not end of story.

as for the KZ halo killer its stupid ppl like you who goes to the net and post sh!ts like this

MattyG3018d ago

I'll still probably play it just to have the whole series completed.