The Glue from Immature Gamer writes: So Killzone 2 came out about a year and a half ago and of course if you knew what Killzone 2 was back then, you were also aware of the hype, flamewars and just all around chaos that came with Killzone 2's launch.
Still one of the best FPS around
it really shows what this game is, and it is a 9/10 once the hype goggles wear off its a fair judgement ps should do this for GTAIV
I'll give killzone 2 two pros: Graphics and re-playability (for me imo) I like the graphics of this game THAT much.
Killzone 2 came out just over 1 year and 1 month ago.
is the sole reason I purchased an HDTV in January '09. I missed MGS4 in HD, along with several other titles, no way I was going to miss out on this graphical beast.
PS3 is the sole reason I purchased an HDtv. I did my research and when I found out about HDMI and the benefits of it, I said I had to splurge on the HDtv to make my gaming habit complete. KZ2 only further vindicated my purchase. And the graphics of the game didn't really get to the jaw dropping level, for me, until the level after Sev jumps off the bridge and has to proceed through a sewer pipe. That moment, when the lightening is crackeling, and the grit and dirt within that sewer pipe seem to actually be in the room with you.....wow...just wow. Great great game. Just hope next time around they fix the vision perspective (i.e. your guy shouldn't seem to be 4 feet tall).
and i'm not a FPS fan. the game looked that great that i had to buy it. and obviously MP is great too. the fact that i played KZ2 MP (n became a General) says a lot. n yeah, i bought HDTV because of PS3. i mean i had to. who wouldn't?
It was a fun game. I loved the features they had like the dynamic gameplay and the proximity chat. My only complaint was that the controls were too weighty for multiplayer maps that consisted of way too many choke points. I don't mind weighty controls (Battlefield) and I don't mind chokepoints, but they shouldn't belong together.
February 2009, how is this a year and a half ago? This really bothers me, bullshit titles.
Hands down the most accurate and unbiased review of KZ2 ever...
But this game is good, its not the best FPS ever, not split screen (reasonably though with the graphics) but its fun. nothing really revolutionary, but fun. still an 8/10 for me.
he said large community and i about fell out of my chair... i guess when a game has no more than 3000 on at a time it is considered a large community on psn. a large community is what MW2 or halo have... well over 150,000 halo players on at the same time to this day and MW2 has about 500,000 people on at a time. those are big communities, and sorry kilzone is a small weak community in comparison. dont get me wrong, i am a kz2 fan, but kz2 is now nothing but a spwan killing mess. it is full of arrogant fanboys who think they are super skilled. somehow the picture got painted that killzone was a hard game, and the fanboys think they are gods of fps's. any person who has came over and played kz2 with me has said the same thing... "OMG YOU DONT HAVE TO AIM IN THIS, IT SO EASY TO GET KILLS." if you know how to play, you dont even have to move the right stick, you can just strafe into shots. there are no tactics used anymore (unless you count spawn camping). kz2 is great, but its also a perfect example of how the gamers ruin a perfectly fine game.
Killzone 2 looks amazing and is a ton of fun to play. It is still one of my favorite online shooters. I am really looking forward to the third one.
Just not spectacular IMHO. But no FPS is to me. They get so boring. And the graphics dont just "blow me away" like some people say on here. "everytime I put Killzone 2 in the graphics just blow me away" really? It looks better than Halo 3 and other FPS but nothing this gen has blown me away since gears of War came out. Hell, I will go as far as to say since Uncharted and/or Heavenly Sword. Since those games, you get some that look a little better, you get some that look a little worse. Nothing that just blows stuff away. Plus I was spoiled by Crysis Warhead, LOL.
Ahh.. yeah, Crysis will do that a person.. KZ2 had really nice "cinematic" "post effects" I think they called them. Like grain and that VERY nice motion blur, and the shaky camera and weight (environment effects were/are still top-notch too). It all made for a pretty experience on a console and much different than everything else (I noticed Fear 2 used grain but it didn't look very nice imo). The only other game that really wow'd me like KZ2 did was Black on PS2/Xbox. It felt a lot like that for some reason. Maybe it was the kick the guns had. They did the gunplay right in Black and KZ2 so maybe that's why I make that connection.
I agree with Software Lover. Killzone 2 WAS the best FPS I've ever played for like a year, but it eventually got boring, but thats not really a ding on it since nearly all FPS's get boring at some point. But I'm ready for Killzone 3 though. Its the only thing stopping me from buying a 360 and getting Reach.
@CARRIER I do agree 100% on the BLACK reference. Definitely KZ2 got that BLACK-like feeling. I love it, the shooting is really satisfying and brutal. Helghats AI makes everything more challenging. EDIT: LOL. This review was pretty good "but in all honesty when the only loadout available to you is “Grunt With Assault Rifle,” you don’t want to play with a room full of Generals." I went through the above situation when joining a friend's game. I regretted it badly. Never been so owned in my life. EDIT2: Good job haters, keep hitting disagree for no reason. Loosers.
wasn't you all 360 pro before or maybe I'm thinking of someone else Edit: And yea I can't wait for KZ3
you know getting mad at disagrees and saying bad things about people that disagree with you just compels people to click the disagree button right? Besides why would you care? your own opinion should be the only one that matters to you, I just don't understand people that get worked up by random people on the internet disagreeing with them. On Topic:this is a pretty good review and I think all games should be re reviewed a couple months after so that the hypes worn off or if the game shipped with bugs that made it a poor experiance they may have been fixed(ie Socom Confrontation)
@Dark Who said I'm worked up? having some disagrees is not a problem, but having them for no reason and with such an innocent comment made me think it was a hater doing.
The reviewer is an idiot in one respect. When a game launches that has progression in multiplayer, and you are days or weeks or a year late in getting online, you are going to take a beating initially. That is so prominent in every game with progressive online that one might think the writer has never played online period. Otherwise the hard earned advances of consistent players would mean nothing.
Awesome review. The score is perfect and the author described it well. I like the parts where the author mentions what it isn't like, and the indirect criticism they add to other games that are over hyped to no end. I think you can all guess what they were, but yeah. A year and a half later, and they think it still holds up as the best. I'd have to I agree for the most part, a lot of people missed out on KZ2 because they may have missed a prestige during the time it took to play through it and get a high online rank. I knew a guy that made up his mind that he would not try it because he had people who play CoD 4 that he played with who didn't own KZ2. He got me to play CoD 4 with him, and I couldn't even enjoy it after playing a bunch of KZ2. It felt so...I dunno. Sloppy? Floaty? Cheap? Not satisfying basically. I doubt the dude ever tried KZ2, he went immediately on to Nazi Zombies after CoD 4. Poor guy.
no body bought killzone everyone bought cod killzone was jus eye candy gameplay is soft
naw, not sarcasm, he thinks auto aim and no recoil is hardcore.
Huh?! It's a nine because it's a really good game besides we are constantly seeing articles comparing Crysis 2 to Killzone 2. But yea you right COD's Hardcore Auto-aim is MUCH better game than Killzone 2. /s
Yea Killzone 2 was an awesome game! It's a good idea to do reviews of games a while after they're released. Instead of just rushing through the game and reviewing, the reviewer actually takes his/her time with the game and the result is a great review :) Edit: @ disagrees ...why disagree? Care to explain?
You said "was".
Well I said that because last time I played it was like a month ago and I've beat the story already. So I was referring to it in the past tense. I wasn't bashing the game in any sense at all lol. Here...Killzone 2 IS an awesome game! Better? :P
and its still fun to pop in and finish again =) + if you want a challenging FPS, you don't need to look further than KZ2
KZ2 on elite is pretty unforgiving ..
Loved my 2 months of endless hours of play into it, got the platinum and continued to play for probably hundreds of hours, it was a masterpiece of a FPS, played it the other day and the comunity is still going strong. Can't wait for E3 and the Killzone 3 this christmas annoucement :P I can dream can't i haha
last game took 4+ years, they can't just rush out another one in less than 2 years. who knows though...maybe. i guess the engine is already built and they could have started right away on it. but i'm sure someone at gg or sony is smart enough to say, "take another 6 months, it's not worth it to rush the game out when we know we'd be going up against halo (and probably gt5)." i know the games are exclusive to their respective consoles, but many of us own both. all i know is, kz3 better have co-op...preferably full campaign co-op.
I've only just completed Killzone 2 for the first time ever just last night. I only bought the game a few months ago and I only began playing it for the first time at the beginning of this month, even though it's been out for well over a year now. I've enjoyed playing it, it's a very good game indeed. The action is fast, frantic, furious and brutal. The enemy AI is incredible, the Helghast make more than formidable enemies. Very good graphics and effects. It has a simple storyline, but it's still somewhat entertaining. The only thing I did'nt like about Killzone 2 is that some parts are so frustratingly hard that the game just really annoys you to the point of wishing it would end then and there! Other than that it I'd say it deserves a good score of a 9. I'm not really a big fan of first-person shooters but Killzone 2 is definitely the best FPS on the PS3 and I'd recommend any PS3 owner to include it in their library of games.
What were the parts that made you wanna snap the disc? The only thing I recall being really annoying was like... The fight leading up to Radec and then Radec himself. I didn't have a clue as to what I was supposed to do while he teleported around, and I didn't know about the "stand in the corner" trick, so I got myself hacked up a lot.
You asked me: " What were the parts that made you wanna snap the disc? " Well to be honest there were'nt too many moments, just handful. But it's not about how many there were, its about how extremely hard I found them! Here are some: The part where you and Rico have to run back through the sandy wasteland and ruins to save Templar and Eve before they get captured by an advancing Helghast unit. The enemies that attacked me along that route on the way back always just seemed to out-flank me and blast at me from all sides. I had to retry that one a good number of times. One was the part where you and the team advance to the Helghast Army headquarters and they defend themselves from a heavily barriacaded fort with concrete blocks and barbed wire. There is the guy in the distance in his machine gun post shooting down at me and all these Helghast foot soldier coming at me and the squad with a barrage of gunfire and bombs. I tried to get closer to get a good shot to take out the main danger, which is the guy on the machine gun post, but the foot soldiers really try hard to prevent it happening. Not even the grenade launcher did much for me, they just came so hard. I had to retry that one countless times. Finally, the part just before you and Rico have to face and kill the last boss Radec. I'm glad you agree with me on this one! That part was so damn hard. I probably had to retry that part about 100 times! There are three different waves of Helghast soldiers attacking from the ground as me and Rico defend our position from up on a podium. The enemies come up the stairs on both sides on the third wave and because they are elite soldiers, they just charge at you fast with rapid gunfire, giving you very little time to change weapons or re-load. On top of that, I got distracted as Radec fires at me from a distance simultaneously and the sometimes useless Rico would always get injured and require my help! I also found fighting Radec quite hard aswell, but I should have thought about that stay to the wall trick you just mentioned (why didn't i think of that?). But I did'nt take as long to beat Radec as I did with the part just before him. One of my favourite parts was using that robotic suit-styled vehicle with the weapons, that was one mean mofo! All in all, It took me two weeks to complete Killzone 2 with intensive gameplay time. What a game!
Thanks for the reply on that one. Yeah the mech was mindblowing actually. It felt so perfect. I think it would be awesome if they threw one or two into the really big levels for multiplayer and see what happens. The day I got my preorder copy I started playing it at like.. 4pm, and stayed up all night playing through it and walked into class without a second of sleep. Needless to say, all I could talk about the next day was KZ2, and how I was going back to play it on Elite right after I got home if I didn't collapse first. There were quite a few parts in that game that just hand you your face back in a bucket, but then there were others that required only the knife, it was great because it didn't let you get too carried away, but still allowed for some fun (Like the lightning gun part and the mech part). I'll hype any game I love playing, even NES games or old arcade games I enjoyed I still like getting excited about. KZ2 has definitely been on that list since it launched.
got more awards than CoD did last year :O and definitely a better game all around and still used as a benchmark for fps still coming out. KZ2 proved a lot of haters WRONG and hopefully now that its built a good name the next will be accepted more.
I mean who can doubt it. Killzone 2 looks THAT good. Throw a grenade and wash what happens when it explodes, it looks beautiful. When you reload your gun it looks amazing. And you can actually imagine how each bullet is hitting and missing the gas tanks (the thing you shoot in first part of game to destroy the bridge.)
As SC is now at 8.6 which is even worse than the 'interactive movie' heavy rain. Fable 2 has a rank 8.9 worse once again as well as Crackdown with an 8.3 worse again. Don't be stupid a 9 is a fantastic score, nor can 2 million sales = flop. You fanboys are stupid, BTW i honestly believe any game above 7.5 can be brilliant for certain people, like i loved MAG and that has 7.6 it is all personal preference but saying a 9.1 is bad is stupid
I have to agree. I bought Disgaea 3 and I think it sits at a 7.9 or even a 7.4. The game is fantastic if you can overlook the graphics which look more like PS2. However, the gameplay that is intact is WELL worth your hard earned cash. To me, it was an obvious purchase just as much as the AMAZING KZ2 which deserves all the 9s and 10s it received.
i was so spoiled by crysis that kz2 wasnt spectacular enough. BUT, then i played it just day before and it was really good. The graphics are brilliant for a ps3 game but what i loved the most were the gameplay elements. If kz3 uses the same gameplay element and even if it keeps the graphics the same, would buy it...
The media will lose the only negative they trully had against it, but if it doesn't have co-op i'll still buy it as it was an amazinf product :)
I was spoiled by Crysis too, but realizing that KZ2 was running on a PS3 and not a high end PC put the "wow" back into me. And yes, coop would make the sequel godly. That was also my only complaint about KZ2. Although making the characters a little less swear happy would be nice, I mean maybe its realistic but I think a little more maturity would go a long way.
I was waiting for this review Ill buy it now :P
graphics top of the line. single player was good. but the online...was just meh...who puts cover system in single player but not multiplayer....that baffled me i hope K3 online will be better...hopefully some co-op but we all know K3 graphics will b!tch slap any game that try to get in its way.
And the the game that change everything it shows who the real haters are or fanboys it fine to notlike KZ2 but to said bad things or ignorant things like bad controls bad history mode not good grafics not good ai etc etc it shows how ignorant and 5tupid a fanboy could be. Kz2 made people buy HD tvs KZ2 made PC fanboys buy a PS3 KZ2 is the msot hated game ever I have been playing since atari or even before and no game was hated like KZ2
This review just made me pop the disc in and play online. Still sh!t at it, but damn its fun.
ha ha... i also logged into KZ2 MP couple of weeks back (after a long time), and i got whooped! i was wandering around cluelessly becoz i forgot the map. lol. it's still a great game though. it's the only FPS i own.
I too like the game, but I'm so god awful at it. Just need to get used to the controls.
but after the hype died down I decided to pick it up and play it again and just loved it. It's a very methodical shooter, but also tightly paced. There isn't much you can say about the graphics, they need to be seen. Exceptional, exspecially for a console game.
I have to agree Killzone didnt do it for me, UC2 was much better in graphics for me, I felt killzone feel short of in the gameplay. Its to gray and to slow of a shooter for me.
Killzone 2 was in my opinion the best FPS last year. Warzone and the classes really added a great level of variety to keep you playing while the weapons and graphics just devoured your soul. Great game and I expect greatness from Killzone 3 as well.
Best MP after MAG, it takes real skills and calculation for each shot(especially when sniping). Also, the recoil for each guns is amazing. the best part though, are the grenades. The best in any game out there, feels so natural.
great article. while there are flaws in the SP , i'll focus on a detail GG has never fixed for MP. GG never fixed the aiming down the sight (AMS) for the assault rifle. Honestly, (to anyone that plays) just spray, your more likely to get a kill, even in short bursts.
I've never had a problem, though the guns take a lot more effort than most other games to use effectively due to the recoil. But that's one of my favorite aspects of the game.
fix the shotgun stupid range.
The graphics make it good for me, otherwise it's mediocre at best. No matter how much I try to tweak the controls I just don't really like them. Killzone 2 is good eye candy, but the controls are just annoying to me. Games like MAG, BFBC 2, MW2 have much better controls and are more enjoyable for me to play. I don't care if the way they do the controls on those games are "nooby", but they work well to me.
If you normally play more "arcadey" shooters then the KZ2 controls will take some getting used too. My daughter pretty much mastered MW2, 2+ k/d and finally got bored because it was just too easy and got tired of hunting nuke boosters. So she started KZ2, and within days she had mastered the controls and was up to a 2+ k/d again. But even after the first day she said to me "Why didn't you tell me it was so much fun!!". Of course I had a thousand times, but she had her COD goggles on and couldn't see that until she really tried to play it. So people will never learn to like the controls, but I think for most people it would just take some effort to learn the different feel and they will be fine.
Killzone 2 is my personal favorite of 2009 and I'm sure it will stay in my overall top 5 for a very, very long time. I liked this review and it brings up some good points about the pros and cons. Good job.
322 hours' multiplayer later, I can endorse this review.
Personally, Story, graphics, sound, game-play, whatever....... It became the sum of its parts. GG always used the "Theatre of War" tag. Thats what got me. I know you all know what i mean, unless of course , you haven't played it.
They also used "War. Perfected" on a few of the ads, and that's not far off the mark. This game feels more like war than any other game. Most are more like a game of paintball. Sure it may be fun, but they lack the intensity of KZ2. The sound, atmosphere, environment, realistic physics and frenetic action all make for the most immersive FPS out there. Did I mention the sound? This is the game for which surround sound was invented, it's phenomenal.
^-^ Yep , You played it.
Killzone 2 is a great shooter. It's the reason I bought a PS3. There are other games "that have some 8 foot armored cyborg spewing random 80s cliches as he carelessly and easily plows through three different kinds of evil alien all the while shaking the ankle biting midgets off of his heels" that are better than Killzone 2. "Those games'" sci-fi stories are actually a lot more sci-fi driven than Killzone 2. "Those games" include many more features and have much more post launch support, though Killzone 2 looks to have been solid in that area. "Those games" are set in more open environments. "Those games" allow you to drive numerous vehicles. "Those games" allow you to fly numerous aircraft. "Those games" allow you to play co-op with up to three buddies. "Those games" allow you to save your films so you can prove the awesomeness of which you claim. Like I said though, Killzone 2 is an awesome game. There's no need to vaguely put down "those games" as a means to build up Killzone 2. It stands on its own as an amazing game.
its sad that most fair reviews are from a year later reviews
Hey now! I gave it a 9.1/10 nearly a year ago!
Killzone 2 has some horrible dialog ! Too much AMERICAN stereotyped action movie wording! IMHO. This might sound strange.. but I think the MILITARY dialog in TRANSFORMERS was whar gg should've went for. They used a more rouge viewpoint insted of a more professional military venacular like the transformers movies! (watch and listen for just the military parts to see what I mean) <on topic> KILLZONE2 will always be in MY collection because of the awesomeness!