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GF Rating
7.5

19220 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Very interesting shooter. Think HALO for PS3.

posted by TheToad263 (SCOTTSDALE, AZ) Jun 27, 2011

Member since Mar 2011

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

While I had never played the original Killzone, this game looked good enough to me that I didn't care about going into a game franchise on the second title and I am glad that I got it. You play a human soldier who is part of an army who is invading the home planet of an alien race that (in the first game in the series) started a war by attacking the humans. From the beginning, the alien planet comes to life with great detail and the atmosphere and presentation of the game are first-class. The controls and weapons for the game are also very good. All of which makes for a fantastic FPS that is more or less Sony's answer to Microsoft's ultra successful Halo series. While Killzone may not have enjoyed the monetary success that Halo has, it truly is every but as fun and impressive to play. While the multiplayer is still good, it may not be quite the groundbreaking step forward that the original Halo was. However, where the game really shines is in the solo player campaign. The story line is actually quite good for a FPS, a genre that is somewhat notorious for often skimping on the plot details. While it's character development still leaves something to be desired when it is compared to other genres, again, in the world of FPS it as actually above par there as well. The best part is the fact that while the story line and characters are surprisingly good, they do not sacrifice any of the action based game play that are the most important factors in this genre of game. There is a very hearty selection of weapons, as well as a handful of levels that place your character in control of space ship gun turrets, SUV mounted machine guns and more. These extra goodies along with the above average cover-based shoot em' up style FPS game play all come together to make a worthy competitor to Halo and a must try title for any FPS shooter fan who owns a PS3.

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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 193 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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