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Killzone 2!

The most anticipated Playstation 3 game of 2009 has finally hit the streets, but will Killzone 2 be able to live up to the massive hype surrounding it?

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Bringing The Fight To Their Door: In the first Killzone - also a Playstation exclusive - the planet of Vetka was forced to defend against the invading Helghast army. After repelling the Helghast and significantly cutting their numbers the people of Vetka chose to take action and invade the planet of Helghan, the home of the Helghast.

You play as "Sev" a solider with the ISA army on the frontlines of battle on Helghan. You will be tasked with eliminating enemies, blowing up key objectives or infiltrating a stronghold and attacking from behind your enemies' back.

The story mainly tells of the ISA's invasion of Helghan and the battles that you and your squad encounter on your way to victory. This epic journey is not at all easy however.

Putting Up A Fight: Killzone 2 takes you across many battlefields and combat situations where you will be left to fend for yourself against dozens of Helghast troopers alone. You will be forced to fight your way out of entire buildings infested with Helghast that continue to press forward. You will have to shoot, run and hide to survive from legions of relentless foes.

Killzone 2 is a very difficult and fast-paced game that never allows the opportunity to slow down or relax at any point. You will constantly be engaged in numerous firefights without any rest. No ammo drops, no reinforcements, and at times, nobody to help you out.

From rundown buildings that are seemingly abandoned to Helghast strongholds that you will be forced to fight your way into and then out of, you will constantly be engaged in a battle.

I See You: The Helghast soldiers themselves account for much of the difficulty. The enemies you will face will always be Helghast, but some breeds of your opposition will be tougher to take down then other.

The standard issue stormtroopers that you will face off against are no walk in the park to defeat. They have reinforced armor and are very durable to gunfire and even grenades. Depending on the weapon you are using it can take up to a half-clip of rounds to kill a single Helghast.

Much of the Helghast's power comes in numbers. You will often be forced to confront with dozens if not several dozen Helghast at a single time.

Also, Killzone 2 features unsurpassed adversary AI that will conquer you time and time again. Enemies will slowly approach you as you hide behind cover as well as use their own cover to their advantage. They are also not afraid to come at you in a swarm in numbers or flank you and your team.

The Helghast will move and dodge as much as a human would to keep his life going for another second. It is very difficult to catch a Helghast in the open where it is the most vulnerable. Each and every solider will only move out and attack you if they think the time is right.

You do not fight alone though, as you will most always be accompanied by your friend and fellow solider "Rico" who often shares the same duties as you. Rico will aid you in combat as well as complete his own objectives and fend for himself when forced to.

In addition to Rico, at times you will also be fighting with squadrons of other ISA soldiers against massive Helghast armies.

Rico, as well as other aids to you will also use strategic cover and will only pop out for a quick shot at times they think are opportune.

The Killzone 2 AI is by far the most impressive Artificial Intelligence we have ever seen. The Helghast are tough and out up a fight.

Not As Safe As It Seems: Killzone 2 features a very interesting cover system that allows you to shield yourself from most gunfire by propping up against anything that can withstand bullets. From pillars and walls to gates barrels you will be able to at least try to take cover behind essentially anything in your environment.

In Killzone 2, cover is a must and is absolutely necessary to survive for more then 15-seconds during combat. Fortunately, the tile manages to pull off a rather impressive cover system that fits right into the gameplay as well as the feel of the game.

When you wish to take cover all you have to do is press the L2 button and you will crouch and hide behind anything you see as fitting protection. While in cover you will remain in the first-person perspective and be able to see around or over the cover you are using.

This gives you the chance to plan your movements when you finally decide to pop out for a quick second. You will also be able to blindfire from any angle as well as come partially out of cover for a much more accurate aim.

Taking cover behind anything is very realistic and you will see bullets whizzing past your head and plowing into your shield as you wait for the perfect opportunity to counterattack.

An aspect that adds to the realism of taking cover is the fear that your sanctuary from death may not be as strong as you previously though. Your cover may occasionally break apart before you at any time leaving you open to gunfire.

The cover system in Killzone 2 impressed us quite a bit and showed us that cover could be very well done in a first-person shooter.

In The Army Now: In addition to the cover, the actual gameplay in Killzone 2 is immensely realistic as well. From the gunfights to the environments, there is no doubt Killzone 2 is one of the most authentic games we have ever played.

During combat you will be using a variety of guns from Helghast rifles to ISA chainguns that all have their very own look and feel. Each and every gun you encounter has a unique touch to it. There is no doubt you will have a preferable weapon in a very short amount of time.

Toys aside, the shooting mechanics are what really seals Killzone 2's gameplay. When firing any weapon, you will experience a slight recoil as well as a short "kick" each time you squeeze off a round.

Each time you kill an enemy it is enormously satisfying, especially since the Helghast are eerily realistic in everyway.

The gameplay featured in Killzone 2 is spectacular and easily surpasses anything currently available on the PS3, and possibly even across all of the consoles! There is no true way to explain how it feels when you let out a spray of bullets across the battlefield with a turret or when you launch two missiles straight into a group of enemies.

Simply because the gameplay in Killzone 2 is virtually unrivaled doesn't mean it still doesn't have some flaws.

During gameplay for unknown reasons the game will stop and display "Loading" on the screen for a moment before you will be able to get back to battle. This most often occurs indoors before you turn the corner or run up stairs.

This "Loading" probably helps keep the game keep running incredibly smooth during combat and battles, but nevertheless at times it can be a little excessive.

Lets Go Men: In addition to the superb single player campaign, Killzone 2 also features a spectacular multiplayer mode that will keep you entertained long after you see the end credits roll.

The multiplayer in Killzone 2 features five distinctly different gameplay modes that keeps you on your toes during matches as well as provides a nice amount of variety.

You will be able to choose from Capture And Hold, (capture strategic points on the map) Search And Retrieve, (pick up and return items to a specified location) Search And Destroy, (destroy, or defend a target) Assassination, (eliminate a randomly chosen member of the opposing team) and a simple Team Deathmatch, called Body Count.

Each and every one of the modes are extremely intense and keep the action flowing for several minutes per match. During a match, the mode (and your objectives) will change during gameplay.

The actual gameplay is very intense and does not have much of a learning curb at all. If you played a few minutes of the single player campaign, you will at least be able to survive in the multiplayer.

Oddly enough, the matches are not nearly as strategic as the single player is. The matches play out more along the lines of a Call of Duty or Resistance 2 multiplayer competition.

Of course, that is not to say you can jump into the game and own off of pure luck and a massive clip. Killzone 2's multiplayer still requires you to be skilled to some degree, and in fact, the most skilled multiplayer foe the Sniper tends to excel in Killzone 2.

All in all, the multiplayer is very impressive and intense. There is no question Killzone 2's multiplayer functionality can and will be filled with players and will keep you amused for a long time.

One Of A Kind: One of the biggest expectations relates to how impressive the visuals are in Killzone 2, and we are happy to report that you will not be disappointed with what you see.

The first bit of graphical goodness you see will be in a cutscene. The cutscenes you see be able to enjoy during the course of Killzone 2 are absolutely brilliant and are unrivaled by anything we have ever seen. Everything from facial animation to minute details such as a small scuff on a jacket or mole on a face bring Killzone 2's cutscenes to life.

The same can be said about the actual in-game visuals. What you saw in gameplay trailers years ago were often not cutscenes, but actual gameplay that you constantly see during Killzone 2.

First off, the ISA soldiers look as if they walked in from a major battle, with holes, chips and tears on their clothing and body armor. The soldiers look very impressive and lifelike.

The Helghast look even better then the ISA soldiers though, as they are a real treat for the eyes (if you can get close enough to one to look at it).

The Helghast have glowing red eyes and dirty, war torn body armor that looks like it has been being used for years. They are highly detailed and menacing and their constant relentlessness and battlefield wits add to their image.

The environments are highly detailed as well as immeasurably massive in scale and mass. Everything you see is absolutely astounding and could dethrone graphical powerhouses such as Gears of War 2 with ease.

Loud And Clear: The audio in Killzone 2 is also impressive, and the voice acting of the characters you encounter are very well done.

Gunfire rings out across the theatre of war and you will also be able to hear a change in the sound effects depending on if you are outside or within a small corridor.

Rent vs. Buy: Killzone 2 was the most anticipated Playstation 3 game of the year and possibly even the most anticipated game of the year period, and for good reason.

Killzone 2 impressed us in every single field, from the gameplay and storyline to the visuals and enemy AI. This game is of the highest quality and has been proven to now be a worthwhile franchise.

There is absolutely no way any PS3 owner should miss out on Killzone 2 or any of it's many, many impressive features.

Killzone 2 is essentially a flawless game that only has amazing features and touches. We tried very hard, but it is virtually impossible to rate this game any lower this it is currently rated or to find any flaws that would damage any part of the game.

Report Card

Killzone 2 is essentially a flawless game that only has amazing features and touches. We tried very hard, but it is virtually impossible to rate this game any lower this it is currently rated or to find any flaws that would damage any part of the game. (Krakrabbit.com)


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