• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 27, 2009
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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. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    100
    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 311
  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. May 20, 2013
    10
    This game deserves to be considered as the best fps on the PlayStation 3. The graphics are really great, the sounds are good too, the singleThis game deserves to be considered as the best fps on the PlayStation 3. The graphics are really great, the sounds are good too, the single player is not too short, and it has good atmosphere. As most fps games, this build on the multiplayer very much, and it does great in this aspect too. The 32 player matches are fun to play, but unfortunately nowadays sometimes you can't find a game with more than 15 players. As a part of the Killzone Trilogy this is one of the best offers you can find. 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. Mar 18, 2019
    9
    Killzone is a a rare series where the sequel is the best in the series , among-st borderlands and banjo kazooie. killzone2 rose from the mildKillzone is a a rare series where the sequel is the best in the series , among-st borderlands and banjo kazooie. killzone2 rose from the mild dumpster fire that was killzone 1 to forge an identity for it self and make a huge splash despite the advertisement debacle.

    Story: you play as sev an isa soldier who is part of a small what seems to be spec ops division of the isa. the story is probably the weakest part of this game , and characters are kinda boring . rico returns from killzone 1 but he was much more over the top in killzone one , here he is still a rough tough angry and violent man but he cares about his friends and squad mates . Sev being the player character is mostly silent and when he dose show emotion it dose feel awkward and unwarranted , like when one of the characters dose die ( wont tell you who) he gets angry and him and Rico start fighting and that felt out of place to me. besides little awkward moments the story flowed really well and had excellent pacing
    Story: 8/10

    World building: killzone's best aspect to it is 100% its world building and killzone 2 builds on the first killzones lore in big ways . and this really just feels like one event in a bigger story, to the way every thing looks to the helgan planet to even the helgans ideologies vs the ideology of the isa every little bit of lore is in service to either the game play or the story. i like the world war 2 feel to the lore but with a sci fi spin on things makes for a truly great world
    World building: 10/10

    Graphics: killzone 2 looks great , animations are very dynamic alot of thought was put into the reload animations , mostly because they are well made fictional guns . lighting is well done and the colour pallet is dark and neonish witch over all helps set the gritty cinematic tone for the game. for the ps3 this game looks great and even holds up today in 2019
    graphics 9/10

    Gameplay: first person shooters are a dime a dozen these days but killzone 2 manages to set it self apart in terms of game play in little ways. like how most guns are actually inaccurate and shooting for center mass is a legitimate strategy in this game where in other games id be aiming for head shots. the cover system in this game is innovative taking cues from 3rd person cover shooters but done in a first person view it makes it so much more immersive. the games difficulty is just right and a solid game direction makes for a great cinematic game a huge step up from killzone 1
    gameplay: 8/10

    sound design: for killzone 1 sound design was poor even having no battle music, BUT killzone 2 said none of that this time , all the music is cinematic and has an industrial feel to it witch goes along with the lore and story , and voice acting has greatly improved as well , lines are well spoken and not super cheesy ( maybe a little cheesy but not super ) all the guns sound cool and makes them a joy to shoot .
    sound design:8/10

    8+10+9+8+8=43
    43/5= 8.6

    killzone 2 is a triumph over its predecessor and breaks the mold to become one of gameings greats
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  5. Dec 28, 2021
    8
    Atmosphere: 9
    Enjoyment: 10
    Gameplay: 8
    Graphics: 7
    Music: 7
    Story: 8
    Total: 8.17
  6. StuartL
    May 7, 2009
    7
    Visuals: 8/10 The post processing and particle effects are fantastic, and the lighting is just incredible. everything else Visuals: 8/10 The post processing and particle effects are fantastic, and the lighting is just incredible. everything else though.......texture detail is horrible, character models are lacking, not enough variety as the same textures are reused all over the place in obvious places (the cracked walls being a big offender). Sound: 8/10 Excellent apart from the characters dialogue. Tried to make it too macho, just comes across as painful. Gameplay: 6/10 The input lag just absolutely kills any hope this game had at being the 'halo killer' everyone wanted it to be. Deny it all you want, but there IS input lag and its NOT a design decision. At a guess I'd say that the PS3 simply cannot handle all that is going on while maintaining instant input response - think of it like playing Crysis on a PC on High settings, when your PC is only really capable of playing it on Medium. Also the campaign is far too short, especially for a game thats been in development as long as this. 5 hours MAXIMUM on anything but the hardest difficulty just doesn't cut it these days. The actual gameplay is as generic as it comes too. If you've played any FPS game in the last decade you've played Killzone 2. The single weapon + pistol system is a HUGE gamebreaker, as it discourages the use of the heavy weapons such as a rocket launcher since if you carry that around and come across a bunch of enemies you've only got 2 shots then what? A pistol. Horrible decision. Multiplayer: 7/10 Warzone mode is great, as is the Client Side Hit Detection, but some dubious classes and not enough levels let the game down. Lag is also a problem in 99% of matches (even on 8mb ADSL2+) due to the location of the dedicated servers, and the ranking system is so shallow and weak that youll be done with it in 15-20 hours, leaving you with nothing more to gain from further play. And again, the input lag ruins it. Having to fight with the controls constantly to get the character to do what you want WHEN you want it is beyond forgiveness. Being a HUGE fan of the original, I so wanted Killzone 2 to be the best game I've ever played. It's not though, it's nowhere near it to be honest. Halo killer? Not a chance. Call of Duty killer? Nope. Haze killer maybe. Better luck next time Sony/Guerrilla. Expand
  7. KenTran
    Mar 9, 2009
    0
    Wow! Talk about an average game with great graphics. While the game is not actually a zero game, the way people are hyping it with 10'sWow! Talk about an average game with great graphics. While the game is not actually a zero game, the way people are hyping it with 10's is most likely because of the wow factor of the graphics so I have to give it a zero to even it out. lol Expand

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