|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Guerrilla Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 27, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-32||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The wonderful visuals are a big component of this attention to detail that ensures Killzone 2 will be a blast to play. The game is full of fantastic looking environments, character animations, and particle effects, and the art direction goes a long way in creating a very believable environment for you to play in. From billowing clouds of smoke to hordes of oncoming enemies to the run-down buildings and landscapes that fill the game, Killzone 2 is a great-looking, atmospheric, and immersive title.
This game also deserves recognition for the level design. It's not necessarily open-ended; the original was quite a linear title and the sequel isn't going to do much different. But the variety of objectives and requirements throughout the game is quite impressive. For those tired of unrelenting "shoot the bad guys" set-ups, Killzone 2 promises to be a breath of fresh air. Whether you're jumping in and out of a tank, covering your allies, or sniping long-distance foes, Killzone 2 is sure to be a fun, varied experience.
And once you throw a fully fleshed-out multiplayer mode into the mix, you've got yourself an instant hit. Killzone 2 boasts 32-player online multiplayer matches (sadly, no local multiplayer) complete with ranked and social match-ups. Achievements online are also a huge part of the experience, and there is a wide range of ranks along with specific achievements that you can obtain as you play more. Plus, there's also PS3 trophy support, which is great for all those who have a newfound addiction to collecting trophies. Finally, add an intelligent respawn system, more than half-a-dozen maps, several play modes, countless weapons, and an intense squad-based multiplayer shooting mechanic and the game boasts a fantastic online experience.
When it releases early in 2009, Killzone 2 promises to offer equally deep single and multiplayer game experiences. The PS3 is getting a number of exciting titles over the coming months, and Killzone 2 is one title that shouldn't be missed. It's shaping up to be a blockbuster PS3 entry and if it lives up to the hype that's surrounding it, it'll be a surefire success.
CCC Freelance Writer