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GF Rating
7.5

19250 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Amazing, but not perfect

posted by SkinnyJr (DEERFIELD, IL) Feb 28, 2009

Member since Jan 2008

162 out of 194 gamers (84%) found this review helpful

There was a lot of hype surrounding Killzone 2, and while the visuals live up to what was promised, the gameplay isn't as perfect. Weapons carry some serious firepower and "heft" with each shot which really lets you "feel" the power. The gritty war torn planet is amazing to look at if you take the time to stop and look around. Enemy AI is at genius levels when playing on the harder settings- They will outsmart you time and time again. While the story isnt as impressive as some other shooters, you'll be so caught up in the non-stop action, that it doesnt really matter. Hit detection is indredible- it seems as if each death has its own unique movements.
On the negative side- The controls are a little sluggish, which will take some time to get used to. It was a huge problem for me,and is the reason Im not giving it a 10/10. Sluggish controls, combined with the challenge of the game can make for some frustrating moments. On the easier difficulty settings, if you find you're being over run, you can simply run up to an enemy and stab them. As smart as they are, they are powerless against a madman running with a knife.
I liked the multiple settings for the button layout. Im more comfortable with Call of Duty 4's settings and, lucky for me, there was a layout that was nearly the same thing. (Setting = Alternate 2)

The multiplayer is where this game really shines though. It has a deep ranking system that blows Call of Duty 4 out of the water. You have the option of creating your own four-man squad within your team, and can respawn near your squad leader so youre never a step behind.

This game lived up to all of the hype- visually. If you have the patience for the sluggish controls then you will not be disappointed.This is the best looking shooter on any console, period and well worth your money!

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

It's like driving a Porsche without power steering

posted by Timezones (TOWSON, MD) Jun 2, 2010

Member since Jun 2010

13 out of 15 gamers (87%) found this review helpful

This game has truly amazing graphics, huge levels, cool guns, interesting story, and just the right amount of difficutly. There's only one thing keeping it from being one of the best FPS games ever.

CONTROLS!

Unfortunately if you're used to the flawless Call of Duty control scheme, Killzone 2 might have you pulling your hair out every once in awhile. They feel clunky and it's hard to be precise (just wait till you use the sniper rifle). The inability to map your buttons really hurts as well, and I can't figure out why a state-of-the-art PS3 game doesn't have this option. You'll get used to them after awhile, but it never feels quite right.

Definitely worth a spot in your queue though!

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Not perfect but very close

posted by Immolateus (LITTLETON, CO) Mar 2, 2009

Member since Nov 2003

46 out of 56 gamers (82%) found this review helpful

The graphics of Killzone2 are simply spectacular, words cannot describe how good this game looks (I’ve tried, I rewrote this sentence 20 times and gave up) best graphics I’ve ever seen. Very realistic visuals and physics. The motion capture blended with the physics engine makes every enemy fall uniquely and realistically, and when you miss your target the environment either crumbles, explodes, or sends sparks and dust flying to the point of not being able to see your enemy cause there it too much debris in the air. FPS cover system is wonderful, similar to Rainbow6.

The campaign/story was well done, shares many common themes with other FPS games, nothing new but not bad (I had fun), voice acting could have been a little beter. But after all the game was produced in Europe where English might not be the first language. No major acting complaints. (acting was on par with Gears of War, plenty of poorly written lines, campy, tough-guy soldiers speaking)

Controls were bit sluggish at first but thankfully the game allows you the freedom to customize the control sensitivity and layout (took me a day to figure out my controller settings).

Only bad thing I will point out is the unbalanced difficulty level at end of game. I played every level on Veteran difficulty except for the last part of the last level The only reason I gave this game a 9 instead of a 10 is because of the frustrating "boss fight". If I had to describe the last fight in one word it could best be described as "infuriating" way too hard. ( I can’t image how hard it would be on Elite difficulty, nevertheless I simply restarted the last checkpoint at Trooper diffuculty and finished the story) Only other complaints about the game are too trivial to even mention.

Multiplayer is fantastic, ranking/class system well done and will keep me playing for a long time.

Killazone2 is a must own PS3 title and deserves a score of 9 of 10

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