• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2004
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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 67
  2. Negative: 3 out of 67
  1. AceGamez
    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: 50 out of 97
  2. Negative: 18 out of 97
  1. [Anonymous]
    Nov 1, 2004
    10
    It's not a one-random-thing-after-another shoot-em-up but it's not supposed to be. It's an immersive FPS that sets out to do It's not a one-random-thing-after-another shoot-em-up but it's not supposed to be. It's an immersive FPS that sets out to do something uncommon - tell an actual story set in a semi-realistic setting. It's a great game with great graphics, great AI, a great story, and exceptional level design. It is serious competition for any other FPS available but, unfortunately, it may have been overhyped. Expand
  2. EvanT.
    Jul 22, 2004
    10
    This game should not be passed up, this is a great example of a game that has been given alot of hype, and is actually true to its word. It This game should not be passed up, this is a great example of a game that has been given alot of hype, and is actually true to its word. It feels like Call of Duty with a tactical feel to it like Rainbow Six, you can say, which is based in the 20th century. The game has a total of 26 levels, 30+ weapons in all, and 4 playable characters all with their own story. The game is fueled with tons of emotion and epic experiences. So if you are looking for a unique and innovative shooter, then Killzone is for you. 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. JacobB.L.
    Feb 7, 2005
    8
    The graphics are among the very best on the PS2. There's some noticeable slowdown at times. Sound is acceptable. Gameplay is so far The graphics are among the very best on the PS2. There's some noticeable slowdown at times. Sound is acceptable. Gameplay is so far good, but sometimes your objectives are not so clear, and I have to read a FAQ to get help with the levels, even in "easy" mode! Well, I guess I suck at video games, cause I allways play at the "Easy" setting! But all I wanted to say, was, that this game has got lots of style, but it might not be to everyones taste. Expand
  5. AaronH.
    Jul 24, 2005
    7
    Some games are fun despite the problems. I really liked this quite a lot.
  6. JasonM.
    Mar 21, 2008
    5
    70 is very generous... They paid too much attention to graphics and forgot to make the game good.
  7. Dec 24, 2016
    0
    The game is very very ... very bad, bad gameplay with poorly done animations that deform the modeling or the script of assassination thatThe game is very very ... very bad, bad gameplay with poorly done animations that deform the modeling or the script of assassination that sometimes does not execute the animation correctly, It is difficult to point out the constructions are very bad, and its history is like a movie Of class z, The multiplayer is more of the same, It is painful that something like this came from sony. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

5
#5 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
2
#2 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004