DF Retro returns! It's just over ten years on from the release of Killzone 2 on the PlayStation 3. Join John Linneman for a look at the game's controversial beginnings, to its final, technologically astonishing result.
Without a doubt a technical masterpiece for PS3 tech.
Amazing game. Hopefully Sony makes another killzone with the tone of killzone 2. I don't know how guerilla games made these games at that time working with such little specs because those ps3 killzone games rivals a lot of new games this generation. Playing killzone now on a ps3 seems like magic. Now I see why horizon zero looks flipping amazing on a regular ps4.
Simply my best online experience to date.. Was my first fps as well.. A graphical marvel and amazing gameplay. I prefer by far the progress system in kz2. Didn't let go of it until I saw that platinum pop
Yeah Guerilla Games are absolute tech wizards, raising the bar for graphics with nearly every new title they release.
Yes, I want a remake or remaster of K2 and it was the best MP game of last gen for me. More than Resistance 2 mp coop.
KZ2 was very impressive. The dark tone and war torn atmosphere was amazing. There’s so much action going on combined with lightning, wind, smoke, storms, and particle effects. It crazy what they pulled off. I’d die for a KZ2 Remake on PS5.
I can only imagine what that would look like with the Decima engine. It'd be glorious.
@Omnisonne It is on Decima Engine.
Imo the best killzone,
I had this game at launch and even on an SDTV the game looked amazing. Got a nice HD set later and was re-blown away, haha. KZ3 also looked astonishing, and to this day has some of the best-looking snow and water effects I've seen in a game yet. These games are over-due for remasters, maybe they'll do them on the PS5 or something at this rate...
My favourite killzone - back when Sony still made decent FPS titles. Today they've left it to third-parties. Times like this I wish BC with PS3 exists on PS4, but that's another conversation. KSz2 looks good. It could still compete with today's games.
Or, OR... They left the FPS genre, at the the conplete discretion of their first party developers. Last time I checked, Sony gives their 1st party freedom to create.
Did not mean to come off condenscending, [Redact], [Redact]
I know the series isn't as successful as HZD, but I really miss KZ. Hope to see GG come back to the series with everything they have learned from HZD. I just find myself wondering what a Kojima Productions collaboration w/ KZ would be like (very long stretch I'm sure, but would be cool imo).
Well they hired two Major R6:Siege devs last year.
I actually prefer the look of the PS3 Killzone games to KZ: Shadowfall. The locations and the overall look of the games were much more interesting.
You gotta remember at the end of the PS3 generation everyone was sick of military shooters. Anything that wasn't bursting with colour was labeled "generic" and considered a CoD copy. It's kinda the other way around now, with games like Overwatch, Fortnite, Far Cry New Dawn and Rage 2, you'd be hard pressed to find an old school shooter with a gritty aesthetic like Killzone
And everyone was tired of "corridor" Shooters which is why today we have all these empty and pointless open world games.
The industry shifts, the PS3 era everyone was gunning for a Halo Killer, COD came and flipped the industry on the head with the corridor scripted campaigns. And everyone wanted that kind of success. FPSs now have gone open world and are less frequent, because we've really become super saturated with just COD. At this point I'd love a new Killzone but more than anything. I'd want them to Remake KZ2 on PS5 at 60/120fps GG seriously are incredibly talented developers who pushes the technology forward every time. And now they've mastered their craft. Horizon is proof of that, they can take the same time and effort and release a Killzone game with the same level of nuanced and rich story telling and character development, with riveting action and we will have a Killzone that surpasses KZ2.
I think it was partly a response to criticism that the first 3 games were quite dark, brown and dingy in appearance. I personally liked Shadowfall a lot and though it got way more negativity than it deserved. As for the first three titles, I think they were fantastic. It's weird because the critics all seem quite negative about the series these days whereas the game playing public seem to really love them when you see comments sections like this one.
I think with a shadow fall it was a matter of location cause it’s set on a future Vetka. The previous 2 Titles Took Place on Helghast. There is that scene and shadow fall where are you revisit it and it looks phenomenal. So I did prefer the look in shadow fall by the location wasn’t as interesting
Oh man, remember how most bashed KZ2 because it was dark, brown and gritty. No bright colors lol! I mean its Helgan lol!
I’m still amazed the backlash this game got for its weighted style of play. I was able to put some good long hours into the multiplayer before the servers closed last March. Brought back many memories of 2009. Even played offline warzone last feb27th to celebrate 10 years. Long live Helghan!
I always loved the weighty and more realistic feel of KZ2. Much better than the ridiculous levels of agility in games like COD where you can spin around while holding a Browning M1919 as if it was made of nothing. I've held an M1919 and if you try spinning around with that in your hands you're just going to keep on going.
I loved the weight and feel of the gun play in KZ2 when it came out. Didn't they try to change the feel in the multiplayer when all the Halo fans started complaining about the movement and basically ruined a great game.
While the visuals are always talked about, I think the animation also deserves recognition. The way those Helghan scum bastards get gunned down is ridiculously satisfying. I don’t know another game that has that feel.
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Killzone 2 is legendary game & better than Horizon imo
They are two different games so it is hardly fair to compare one with the other imo.
Love all kzs ,please bring to p5.
i wish they remake it on the ps4.. that would look scary
Great game. I liked both the single player and the multiplayer. The single player was one of the few fps stories I honestly enjoyed. I appreciated the dysfunction of the squad. And the antagonist was equally memorable (at least for me). The multiplayer was a really great time, also. The controls were not floaty and too responsive like other shooters, It had some weight, which I liked. I remember some complaining about the movement in the game, but I thought it gave the gameplay its own style and feeling. And the most overlooked aspect of multiplayer that goes unnoticed... that darn little sound after you got a kill in multiplayer. Man, that sound was so pleasing to hear.
Kinda sad that this game from 2009 has more reactive/interactive environments than FPS games 10 years later. Always thought the move away from physics and destruction in action games was such a lost opportunity, especially since we haven't seen a single game besides battlefield this gen try it.
This may be my favorite Sony exclusive. I still go back to it every now and then and still think about the game.
Man this game holds so many memories for me.It was my first FPS game I took serious playing nonstop from release day.And it was also the last game I ever played with my best friend before he passed away after our last match so much sentimental value:(.
The games ran horribly on the PS3.
Wtf are you talking about?
I played the damn games just a few years ago. Don't tell me two and three didn't dip into the sub-20 fps constantly.
2 and 3 didn't dip into the sub-20fps constantly. Not sure what game you were playing,
Check your PS3 for dust Ted, either that or your emulator wasn't running very well.
I still have my PS3 hooked up and have all the Killzone games. You are wrong, Ted.
Nope. I'm not.
Game never dips below 25, and even so 25 is pretty rare https://www.youtube.com/wat...
Roughly 3 minutes of a game that takes hours to complete; still shows it can't even keep a solid 30fps in a small amount of time.
Still a far cry from running "horribly" and " into the sub-20 fps constantly." here's more proof in other portions from this very video that i guess you never bothered to actually watch https://youtu.be/MC-hiXr69k...
@isa Digital Foundry. The site those of N4G refer to, only when it fits their needs. I'll use your logic though. So you admit the game dips below 30fps - the bare minimum acceptable for a playable experience. I just claim it goes below even what you stated.
"I'll use your logic though." you mean facts? i brought up digital foundry cause that's literally the video this whole comment section is for, and conveniently they always have thorough analysis and empirical data to back it up (they would have pointed out if any scene throughout the game showed a lower average FPS, as they always do for any analysis). And yeah most people would agree 30fps is the bare minimum for something that plays well, but i also think most people, myself included don't mind in the least if it occasionally dips 3fps and on very rare occasions 5fps. Don't know if you played games avidly last gen but games ran horribly most of the time, so this comparatively was really nice. And you can claim it goes below that all you want, but till you have proof it's just hyperbole.
Fine @isa I'll just record myself playing both games if only to prove it isn't up to my standards.
For me One of the best games of all time.
I still have my killzone 2!Ive been saying ps4 and x one were the weakest most minmal console jump ive seen since nes to snes!The last of us Alan Wake GTA V MGS5 and 4 Fight Night Round 3 Gears 3 Assassins Creed MAG Uncharted 2 and 3 all ran in 720p upscaled 1080p as we still see today!The list goes on. What did the Ps4 and X1 offer besides sometimes native 1080p vs what we lossed free online cd ripping DLNA multi channel support linux support multiple sound setup cd player mp3 connectivity phone connectivity the new consoles were a hoax! Ps3 andXbox 360 we’re juggernauts when they released just like xbox game cube ps2 and dreamcast were state of the art when they realeased.8th gen is by far the worst gen ive ever seen!
Unfortunately Sony learned that it just wasn't worth the investment trying to push the hardware like they did with PS3. People just complain that it's to hard to program for and don't take advantage of the extra benefits that they created.
Had less to do with "wasn't worth the investment" and more to do with the fact that there just wasn't any new breakthroughs to be applied. i mean consoles wen't from 2D to 3D, then from SD and standard diffuse and basic normal maps, to HD and complex shaders and bump/parallax maps, and now we went from what, HD to... HD? i mean we got the mid gen jump towards UHD but there just isn't anything new to do, really what more can they do?. We may see a greater jump next gen as since this gen started we got the breakthrough of the Zen based CPUs but even then that's going to be more of a simulations leap than a graphical leap. Even so i still think it was quite a leap, just not right away, i mean look at games like DMCV, U4, RDR2, and Horizon Zero Dawn and show me anything that looks even remotely close on a last gen console, let's not even take into consideration that some of these games are open world AND run very smoothly.
It's crazy what they pulled off in 2009 with 256mb of ram.
Cough Cough and a CPU called the Cell which handles computation a lot better than the cheap mobile jag cpu’s we got stuck with for this gen
Kinda makes you wonder what a beefed up cell processor would be able to pull off on a next gen system. I know it won't happen but it's a nice thought. Too bad they're was so much kick back from some devs and difficulties with the tech.
The ballet of death <3
Shellshock... Fun Vietnam game, regardless of it's flaws.
The opening scene was amazing with Visari giving his speech!!! Awesome. Operation s modecwas my favorite too!!!
Killzone and mag need to brought back. Sony always made good shooters
One of the best shooters I ever played. Simply a masterpiece.
I loved KZ2! They should definitely do a KZ2 & KZ3 remaster.
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