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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 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. For the most part Killzone 2 is utterly, mesmerisingly brilliant and polished to perfection: the gunplay is solid, the controls, once tuned to your liking are superbly weighted and intuitive and the action, when good, is relentless. Time will tell whether or not the single player campaign will be held in as high regard as we’d all want it to be, but right here, right now, this is as good as it gets. [single-player review only]
  2. 100
    With its unparalleled graphics, incredibly well-paced single-player campaign and in-depth multiplayer offerings, Killzone 2 has established its place among top-tier console shooters. Expectations on Killzone 2 had reached ridiculous proportions; here's one of those cases where the game actually lived up to them.
  3. Replay value is enormous with the in-game collections, trophy support, and online stat tracking.
  4. 92
    For a developer whose previous games have been little more than average, Killzone 2 is a landmark achievement. Guerrilla has pushed the boundaries of what we’ve seen on PlayStation 3 by creating an all-action shooter that’s far closer to the original E3 teaser trailer than we could ever have imagined. It’s not perfect, sure, but it’s arguably the best FPS on PlayStation 3 and one that is, in this reviewer’s opinion at least, superior to "Resistance 2."
  5. Technically it's a masterpiece with unparalleled graphics. Online it's only beaten by "Call of Duty Modern Warfare." The campaign is a bit short, but there are some really impressive scenes that I just wished were longer. Overall it's one of the best games in recent years and the most impressive-looking game ever.
  6. Killzone 2 is a game which gives war a glorious edge. The cinematic style of the single-player campaign brings forth memories of classic war stories as an elite group of four soldiers battle against a malevolent enemy.
  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 268
  1. JoshBoynton
    May 14, 2009
    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 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!
  2. RealG
    Apr 20, 2009
    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
    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. TyeS
    Dec 4, 2009
    They told us that this game would look amazing. They were right. What we forgot about is that it would also be an incredibly responsive FPS with a great online component. Oh and it looks amazing. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2011
    Rent it for 7 days but definitely I'll buy it. Great FPS! It's not a difficult game, final boss is a joke (in normal mode), it's short and a bit repetitive but you'll still get a great experience. Among greatest FPS. Multiplayer game is excellent. Story is ok and graphics are pretty nice. Buy it! Expand
  6. DS
    Jul 29, 2009
    I waited for four long years and all I got was a mediocre first-person-shooter. This game looks brilliant, no doubts there, but in terms of story, gameplay, and controls... it just doesn't deliver like Call of Duty and other FPS. I bought a PS3 just for this game. It ended up being my first and last game I ever bought for such a fantastic system. Expand
  7. Jan 12, 2012
    Its just bad ok

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