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  • Summary: Two years after the Helghast assault on Vekta, the ISA is taking the fight to the enemy's home world of Helghan. The ISA goal is direct: capture the Helghast leader, Emperor Visari, and bring the Helghast war machine to a halt. Assuming the role of Sev, a battle-hardened veteran and a memberTwo years after the Helghast assault on Vekta, the ISA is taking the fight to the enemy's home world of Helghan. The ISA goal is direct: capture the Helghast leader, Emperor Visari, and bring the Helghast war machine to a halt. Assuming the role of Sev, a battle-hardened veteran and a member of the special forces unit known as the Legion, players lead a group of highly trained soldiers on a mission to take out the Helghast threat. For Sev and his squad, the invasion of Helghan is just the beginning. Tasked with securing Pyrrhus, the Capital City, the team quickly discovers that the Helghast are a formidable enemy on their home planet. Not only have they adjusted to the planet's hostile conditions, they have also harnessed a source of power they can now use against the ISA. Sev discovers his squad isn't just fighting enemy forces – their fiercest opponent may be the planet itself. [Sony] Expand
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  1. Positive: 90 out of 94
  2. Negative: 0 out of 94
  1. It's true that Killzone 2 is filled with moments that can handily be described as inspiring awe. Each scene is incredibly well detailed, from the gaps in jerry-rigged cover points letting you sneak in a killing headshot to scarred and scratched textures, the planet feels entirely believable... Without a doubt Killzone fans, action and shooter fans of any stripe will instantly tag this sequel as a powerful contender for best game of 2009. [Feb 2009, p.38]
  2. Killzone 2 is an exceptional first-person shooter.
  3. Killzone 2 rises from the ashes of the E3 2005 trailer to prove itself as even better; the most outstanding, immersive and technologically advanced first person shooter available for any console on the market. The dark and grim world created by Guerrilla hosts a crude conflict on Helghast soil, divided in 10 acts packed with a variety of situations portrayed with an epic tone. With a polished enemy AI, a huge multiplayer, a well balanced and powerful arsenal, 7.1 sound, great voice acting among some other strong points, few complaints can be made; only the lack of coop and some roughness in the allied AI. The rest is faithful and loyal to the promise Guerrilla made 4 years ago. Mission accomplished.
  4. This is easily the most immersive FPS game you can play now, or anytime in the near future.
  5. Killzone 2's been hyped waaaay, too much, of course. And, no, it doesn't live up to the hype, because if it did it would be the greatest FPS of all time, which it isn't. But it is the best PS3-exclusive to date.
  6. Killzone 2 is a rock solid First Person Shooter, developed with care and essential for the PS3 Line Up. It’s a peculiar title, realistic in the approach, dark and gloomy, conveying a strange perspective about war and obedience. The single player experience is linear and not that long, but the multiplayer is perfect, stressing a tactical aspect that is not so diffused in the other exponents of the genre.
  7. This is an average, generic experience. For all its lofty ambitions and hype it is an unbelievable failure, a real disappointment for all PlayStation 3 owners.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 272
  1. JoshBoynton
    May 14, 2009
    10
    No doubt this is the best shooter on the PS3, perhaps any console. Obviously the graphics are the best seen on a console, even playing rivalNo doubt this is the best shooter on the PS3, perhaps any console. Obviously the graphics are the best seen on a console, even playing rival to the top PC games as well.

    The Single Player campaign is not the poster boy of the game, but it excels nevertheless, inviting you into the multiplayer experience perfectly. Players are forced to think intelligently (something unheard of in COD/Halo/Resistance), with impressive AI and devastating aiming (especially on Elite mode), the SP is not a mode to be ignored or looked down on!
    Now onto the star of the game. The multiplayer mode of Killzone 2 really >makes< the game. A well made set of game types combined with balanced weapons and classes allows for an enjoyable experience not often found. This is down to two main reasons, the maps - which allow fair and competitive play for both sides equally - and the longevity - each game you play will be different, not once will a game play out the same. Combined these allow the game to thrive into one of the best shooters on the market (if not >the< best).

    DLC is something always on gamers' minds these days, and GG has not left Killzone 2 alone. The Steel and Titanium pack recently released has given 2 maps, Vetka Cruiser and Wasteland Bullet, adding new levels of tactical gameplay which were perhaps missing in the original maps. Perhaps the real bonus though, and music to old fans ears, is the possibility of maps from the originall Killzone, as "retro" maps have been confirmed. Not only are more maps being introduced, but GG are always making patches, improving gameplay and fixing any errors.

    Of course the game >does< have some problems. One that irks many gamers is the Assault Class, your standard, double armour, rocket launching, health regenerating fellow. While this is definitely something gamers are not happy about (generally speaking), a well aimed headshot does the job! And the fact they are allowed does not ruin gameplay (and often servers ban this class as well as rocket launchers). The only other issue is the occassional error seen caused by network problems. These have steadily decreased since launch and GG is continuing to patch these.

    So if you enjoy your FPS games this is one to add to your collection. This may not be the best shooter ever (it may well be), but you're certainly missing out if you don't buy it!
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  2. RealG
    Apr 20, 2009
    10
    best fps of this next generation.smooth grafic FSAA and rendered by god with gorgeous effects incredible amount of particles, explosions as best fps of this next generation.smooth grafic FSAA and rendered by god with gorgeous effects incredible amount of particles, explosions as never seen before.smart AI that offers a credible sense of real war and a solid fight.sounds effect are reproduced very very well.amazing musics and soundtracks.on-line rock-steady and hours and hours of funny incredible multiplayer.with this game guerrilla has set the bar over and over the other fps.highly recommended for who is looking for a real fps war simulator.not recommend for the fan of childish fps with auto aim like halo. Expand
  3. DanielB
    Mar 4, 2009
    10
    While I was part of the minority who thoroughly enjoyed the first Killzone, I have to say that Killzone 2 is a major leap forward for the While I was part of the minority who thoroughly enjoyed the first Killzone, I have to say that Killzone 2 is a major leap forward for the franchise. Guerrilla has taken their FPS & made it a gritty, visceral experience that gave me an honest sensation of uneasiness about entering its fields of combat (yes, I almost felt afraid to enter the game it immersed me that much). They have achieved this not only with incredible graphics & environmental detail (from lingering dust in the air & your rifle scope after close explosions to rebar seen under bullet shattered concrete pillars), but they have succeeded in fleshing out the Helgast enemies. They are no longer just the 2 dimensional cardboard cutouts that pop out in fixed locations for me to shoot. From the opening speech of Helghast leader, Emperor Visari (again masterfully portrayed by Brian Cox) I knew this wasn't going to be any ordinary arcade shooter. Guerrilla has given us an enemy as tenacious & fanatical about fighting off invaders of their homeland as the SS was in the later days of World War II. They run & duck under cover when shot at and they cry out in pain when shot. The have become actual characters for me to know & fear. People who have long forsaken any diplomacy (I say people because I felt like I was fighting people, unlike other games such as COD4 online, while a superior game, still felt more like a game of tag) Alas, there is a little bit on the down side. Some of the in game dialogue did get a bit repetitive (Nice shot! yadda yadda) & somewhat juvenile. But even that wasn't enough for me to drop the score down a whole point. This is a game that deserve every one of its five stars from Playstation Magazine. To me, well worth the new release price. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2011
    9
    9/10 = Amazing = An Excellent FPS that looks stunning. A bit to slow for my liking. Some small issues I had with it were definately fixed in9/10 = Amazing = An Excellent FPS that looks stunning. A bit to slow for my liking. Some small issues I had with it were definately fixed in Killzone 3. Expand
  5. Oct 29, 2012
    8
    I enjoyed playing Killzone 2, the graphics are really good and the multiplayer online is awesome, I do however, dislike them fact that someI enjoyed playing Killzone 2, the graphics are really good and the multiplayer online is awesome, I do however, dislike them fact that some players glitch into the surroundings, and can kill you, but, you not them :/ that aside as I don't cheat, I enjoy it :p

    Story mode is great as well, just a good shooter up :D
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  6. DarkWing
    Sep 7, 2009
    6
    Killzone 2 certainly has it's moments,but i expected a lot more of a polished title for game that has been in the making for quiteKillzone 2 certainly has it's moments,but i expected a lot more of a polished title for game that has been in the making for quite sometime,although the multiplayer does make up for the weak campaign it can give you the mix feeling of should i have bough or rented this title? Expand
  7. Jan 12, 2012
    0
    Its just bad ok

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