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  • Summary: Years ago, the success of planetary colonization resulted in the human settlement of several planets. The majority of these colonies have aligned to form the ISA. However, a ruthless, militaristic separatist faction known as the Helghast has distanced itself while secretly planning to scaleYears ago, the success of planetary colonization resulted in the human settlement of several planets. The majority of these colonies have aligned to form the ISA. However, a ruthless, militaristic separatist faction known as the Helghast has distanced itself while secretly planning to scale an all-out war. Killzone takes place during the initial Helghast blitzkrieg of the nearby colony of Vekta. When Vekta City's orbital defenses mysteriously fail, the Helghast land and deploy their troops rapidly and with ease. As the planetary defense forces are overrun and scattered into the city, your first objective as an ISA member is to escort a high-ranking official to an evacuation point. Drawing inspiration from classical military conflicts of the 20th century, Killzone captures the intense reality of warfare between the ISA and the Helghast. [Sony] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 67
  2. Negative: 3 out of 67
  1. 100
    It's graphically stunning, the sound effects and music immerse you into a tense and exciting atmosphere of total chaos, a strong story compels you through a long single player campaign full of variety and challenge against tough enemies and the fully online multiplayer mode can be played split screen with a bunch of bots for those without a network adapter.
  2. While the frame rate occasionally dips and pop-up hasn't been totally eradicated Killzone looks stunning. However, Killzone's total focus on fire fights means that anyone that doesn't relish the thought of scrapping for every inch of territory, yearning for puzzles, switches, vehicles to pilot or woe-betide, aliens, should look elsewhere.
  3. 80
    In spite of its sorted technical problems and humdrum story, Killzone provides a great ride; perhaps it's a testament to the game's surplus of style and ambiance that it remains enjoyable throughout.
  4. You PS2 owning FPS junkies are no doubt going to love this beast, and the rest of you will have some fun with this game too, just don’t be disappointed when you realize that Killzone's not the ground-breaking experience I think we were all expecting.
  5. The game is just too ambitious for the aging PlayStation 2. The frame rate, control and save game issues make the game a hard unforgiving slog rather than fun at times. But despite that there's a lot to be admired about the game.
  6. The innovative controls for the sniper rifle don't allow the player to pull off precise headshots when they're needed most, which leads to rising frustration.
  7. 30
    Like the game’s aiming, Killzone misses the mark by a mile. Afflicted with so many niggling problems it has ended up a shambles of game which barely delivers on any front.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 87
  2. Negative: 14 out of 87
  1. JaniV.
    Jan 4, 2005
    10
    Best first person shooter ever made for console. Awesome graphichs, gameplay is almost perfect and the feeling on the battlefield is so close Best first person shooter ever made for console. Awesome graphichs, gameplay is almost perfect and the feeling on the battlefield is so close to real war. Expand
  2. ThomasMc.
    Nov 21, 2004
    10
    The best PlayStation2 FPS game EVER. In my opinion, Killzone is the game-of-the-year, but then again MGS3:SE/GT4 are yet to release. The best PlayStation2 FPS game EVER. In my opinion, Killzone is the game-of-the-year, but then again MGS3:SE/GT4 are yet to release. It's still a VERY good game! [to say the least] Best graphics I've ever seen [it'll blow you away], and top-notch audio also. The story is very interesting [although short!], and the characters perfect. And of course the weapons are what makes a shooter, and Killzone delivers with the greatest looking/sounding/killing guns ever in a single game. I want to play again already [thanks to four characters, game will differ!] Guerrilla delivered with this one! Expand
  3. Jan 19, 2013
    10
    Killzone (PLAYSTATION) attempted to beat Halo (XBOX) and well they are both epic but I prefer Killzone because its really the Sci-Fi genre IKillzone (PLAYSTATION) attempted to beat Halo (XBOX) and well they are both epic but I prefer Killzone because its really the Sci-Fi genre I like in Video Games. Alot of people don't like Killzone because it tried too much to be the PLAYSTATION version of Halo but after Killzone 2 and 3 came out everybody shuted-up. I see on METACRITIC that K1 got 70/100 and K2 got 91/100 and K3 got 84/100, um I don't care what those guys say for me K1 is the best out of the trilogy, Its campaign is a real challenge, the graphics I'll pass on that one, the characters are Bad Ass and Killzone deserves 10/10. Expand
  4. AdrianC.
    Sep 19, 2008
    8
    The game has it's flaws and the framerate is definitely an issue at times during intense action, but I think that it's still a The game has it's flaws and the framerate is definitely an issue at times during intense action, but I think that it's still a solid game. I wasn't a big fan of First Person Shooters on the PS2, and Killzone was one of the few FPS games that I actually played on the PS2 and overall I liked the game. I think the story was pretty good and the Single Player portion of the game was pretty fun to me, but it was frustrating at times not being able to jump over objects and having to wait until a "jump icon" appeared in order to leap over a small object. I'm glad that in Killzone 2 you'll be able to jump with just a press of a button. The Single Player is fairly linear, but the majority of Shooters are linear anyways. Obviously Killzone 1 could have been better but I think that for the most part it's a good, solid shooter for the PS2 and to this day I still play Killzone 1 on my PS3. Expand
  5. MikeT.
    Mar 9, 2007
    7
    Ah, Killzone. The game that Sony promised would be a Halo killer, and never was even close to that. It has bad level design, iffy controls, Ah, Killzone. The game that Sony promised would be a Halo killer, and never was even close to that. It has bad level design, iffy controls, bad framerate, empty levels, and many other noticeable problems. People who say this game is better than Half Life or Halo are either blind or are HUGE fanboys of the PS2. It does have many redeeming features however, the most obvious of these is the amazing reload animations. It feels metallic and heavy to reload any weapon in this game. Good Luck to Gorilla Games while they make Killzone 2, because the first one was not a memorable title. I hope they fix some of the glaring gameplay problems instead of just bringing pretty visuals. Expand
  6. JarodXG
    Apr 6, 2004
    7
    I read at a cover of a magazine (PSM?) that this will be the PS2 version of Halo.

    Microsoft's too proud not to make a PS2 version of
    I read at a cover of a magazine (PSM?) that this will be the PS2 version of Halo.

    Microsoft's too proud not to make a PS2 version of the game.

    In fact, me thinks Microsoft really doesn't have any plans in pursuing marketing goals for the Sony console.

    Well, if they don't want to, fine with me. But know this: somebody else will.

    Right now, I'll give them a score of 7 for effort, but I will later change my score when the game's out.
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  7. RichardC.
    Nov 5, 2004
    0
    Lag every good damn second...

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