Game Informer: Killzone 2 Review

Killzone 2 is the best-looking shooter on the PS3, which puts it in the running for best looking shooter ever. Even better, the game doesn't fall back on its visual splendor, but offers tense, polished gunplay that sets it beside the other great console combat games. The campaign is a machismo-laden chest thumper, with a story that exists largely to move the character from one impressive locale to the next. A frequently intense but occasionally frustrating multiplayer component fleshes out the experience. With the exception of its stunning graphics, Killzone 2 doesn't do a whole lot that you haven't seen before in other titles. But what it does do, it does with aplomb.

Killzone 2 is a fantastic addition to the PS3 catalogue. It makes good on the promise of its original unveiling nearly four years ago through unceasing action and breathtaking visual fidelity. It doesn't change our level of expectation for all first-person shooters, but it does give us all a good reason to keep playing them.

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GiantEnemyLobster3541d ago

Can't even get a 9. And this is supposed to be a system seller? LOL

redsquad3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

Guess your fanboy blindfold made you miss those many '9' scores it got then?
Still a great score, still a great game - You can't change that now no matter how much you wish you could.

TheOutsider3541d ago


pswi603541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

can anyone tell me how GameInformant can tell between an 8.75 and a 9?

Just wondering...

I mean, maybe reviewers can start using more decimal places seeing as how these reviewers are getting so accurate with their numbers

"we give it an 8.754916667333" lmfao

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HighDefinition3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

I`m pretty sure the MP is gonna cause a new addiction called.....Killzoism. I`m gonna suffer from Killzoism.

Plus 8.75 is a great score, considering it`s NOT multiplatform.

madmonkey03541d ago

i think this might see alot of the COD4 players or r2 players on it. and it will have a masive longevity. assuming there are no problems with the servers at launch, like socom had.

HighDefinition3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

I guess Insomniac helped out alot w/ things like that, they know how to make NO LAG MP games., like it`s goin out of style. I remember hearing Insomniac was helping them anyway. And your right COD4 players are gonna eat this up.

sonarus3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

I don't know if the multiplayer will be that addictive. With the onslaught of good multiplayer games this generation has dropped upon our laps, its hard to stick to one game.

Halo 3 and COD4 are the only games this gen that have stood the test of time. Warhawk died off when COD4 came along. KZ2 will be great fun for sometime but more likely until the next game comes out.

All in all a good review. Guerilla games really stepped up their game to deliver an excellent shooter into our hands

GWAVE3541d ago

Their reasons for the 8.75 are a bit out of place. I'm not complaining about the score, since anything above an 8/10 is great, IMO. It's just that their reasoning doesn't match up.

Maybe I'm not reading it right, but their main reason for knocking the score is because KZ2 "doesn't do a whole lot new" (which is odd, considering the Clan system, seamless mission-to-mission multiplayer transition, and cover system are all new) yet that's it. Usually a game is knocked for being boring, glitchy, or for having bad graphics. Very few games actually do something "new" when you really sit down and think about it, so why is this new criteria invented for Killzone 2?

Just curious...

Aquanox3541d ago

Dark Sector is a clear example of a game knocked up (a lot) for not being innovative.

It's a compilation of great games, mainly reminiscent of Gears 1. Therefore, it received an score in accordance despite being technically great. Of course it wasn't in the level of Killzone 2 but the score knock off was also immensely bigger.

Close_Second3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

How exactly did Insomniac deliver leg free multiplayer?

I live in New Zealand and there is no option to only search for or play in games being hosted in my part of the world (i.e. New Zealand and Australia). As a result, its a lag fest.

COD4, Battlefield: Bad Company, COD:WAW and Resistance 2 all have what 'd consider to be sub-par console lobby systems. The Halo 3 lobby still provides a shining example of how it should be done.

I appreciate that game developers code for the many and not the few however, why should I then pay full retail price for a game where the multiplayer component of the game will be gimped as a result?

KillaManiac3541d ago

@ Sonarus....apparently you didn't read IGN's PSN Online activity report they just recently did. Warhawk is far from empty.

darthv723541d ago

From playing the multiplayer beta to playing the single player demo...are there any graphical sacrifices being made?

Resistance 2 graphics in single player are better than in multiplayer and I can understand the reasoning. To keep the play fast and furious with so many people on screen some sacrifices were made to the overall detail.

Will the same thing happen for kz2 multiplayer?

HighDefinition3541d ago (Edited 3541d ago )

Sorry for you.......

R2 runs 60 players for me, like it`s nobodys business. Never seen a hiccup or anything. Same w/ RFOM w/ 40 players.


I`ve heard it`s little to nothing. The only things that`s different between SP and MP is the cover system.

callahan093541d ago

100% disagree Sonarus. Warhawk didn't die with Call of Duty 4's release. In fact, it still has one of the biggest online communities on the PS3. I didn't even buy Warhawk until about 2 months after COD4 came out, and I got addicted as hell to it, and it had a huge variety of games running on tons of dedicated servers all day, every day, with tons of people playing it. I also think the style of multiplayer is totally different from COD4. It's third-person, and largely vehicle-based, health doesn't recharge automatically, and other differences, too. It's still my favorite multiplayer game on PS3, easily.

Sevir043541d ago

but to this day Warhawk is perhaps the most played classic PS3 game released all most a year and a half ago. the game is packed with plenty of online servers, it helps that they continue to update the game with patchhs and fixes and new expansion packs. Warhawk even beats out Resistance 1 who is still alive and kicking for Ps3 online gaming.

Tapewurm3541d ago

Throughout the years in Gameinformer, Reiner's reviews have been pretty spot on. At least to me... He has proven over the years that he knows his sHtuff when it comes to games. I know all reviewers have different opinions and likes/dislikes, but at least for me, Reiner has a keen eye and good taste when it comes to the games he reviews...whether you like his score or not...he is pretty much dead-on all of the time. 8.75 is not a bad score, but was the -.25 really necessary.. :) Reiner says 9.0....I will agree with him.

Aquanox3540d ago

I have just noticed that Killzone 2 has fallen from the original 95 at metacritic (with the first, exclusive bunch of reviews) to 92% - With the general, non exclusive reviews included.

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Mr Microsoft3541d ago

This game seems like it's just going to be phenomenal. I can't wait to get it in a few weeks!

Spike473541d ago

frankly, I can't wait to see how they will review the next first person shooters this year when most lack innovation.

Tryst3541d ago

Very good point.

coming to thing of it, what FPS are coming on this year?

rhood0223541d ago

The Chronicles of Riddick
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Shellshock 2
Halo: ODST
Section 8

inbfour3541d ago

a short review. But still a good score none the less.

Nineball21123541d ago

Based on what I've read, it seems that most others believe it's a bit better than that, but that's fine.

Based on all the positives listed, it just seems they would have scored it no lower than a 9 however.

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