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E3 2008: Killzone 2 Impressions

Last year, we first got a sample of Killzone 2. We remarked the game for its wonderful sense of scale, the immersion, and how stunning it looked and moved. This is Killzone 2's third E3 appearance (the first being the controversial trailer in 2005), and the game remains one of the busiest titles on the floor.

There are things we liked and didn't like about Killzone 2, but the overall package is definitely that of a winner. The animation, as many of you have seen from footage, is top notch stuff. Killzone 2 is one of the most fluid moving first-person shooters you'll ever lay your eyes on. Your allies and enemies move about realistically, and even properly react to being shot.

We noticed streaks of blood will be left on the floor if a dead enemy happens to slide across it. We also noticed how much on-screen action goes on all around you, it's practically never ending. The backgrounds are filled with a plethora of details, such as the aforementioned action, and structures placed all around you.

Which leads me to mention how diverse the environments are; you won't find yourself running through the same looking rooms and areas, like you would in other FPS games. Every section of a stage has a distinct design and layout. Moreover, the stages are huge, not just in scale, but also in length.

Shooting feels satisfying, but perhaps the game has too much recoil, making it very difficult to do run-and-gun movement. It's still somewhat difficult to even shoot when standing still, but less so than running. Additionally, perhaps this can be attributed to the E3 demo, but it takes too many shots to take down an enemy. I'd have preferred a maximum of three bullets to end a foe, as opposed to what seems like twice that amount.

Killzone 2 is shaping up extremely well, and judging by this E3 demo, it's a very tightly build first-person shooter. The game was presented in Sony's reel of 2008 games, so we can only assume that it's been pushed back up to a holiday 2008 release.

Related Game(s): Killzone 2

7/16/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (13 posts)

MirrorSoul
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 2:04:28 AM
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Arnold were you able to see the multiplayer modes like IGN did. I read it over there and it sounds SSIIICCCKKKKK!!!! lol. The only problem is that they said it would have 32 player matches and that sounds like a little much. If they knocked it down to 24 I think it would be jus right(Jus my opinion since I never played it lol)

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 4:27:11 AM
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PS3fanboy had a glowing preview of KillZone 2. You guys are digging the game. Those trailers look amazing. Is this some sort of horrible conspiracy to get me excited about yet another shooter? Socom, Resistance (PSP and PS3 flavors), Far Cry, Fallout, and KillZone. It's starting to piss me off.

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aaronisbla
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 4:36:37 AM

Shadow i know the feeling. I use to abhor FPS games. I played some back in the day like turok and goldeneye.

Then it started, slowly but surely. Killzone 1. i got a little hooked on it, especially multiplayer. Then i heard it was "supposedly" a Halo killer. So i tried Halo and liked it quite a bit.

Black came out and it was extremely fun, but something was missing. It couldn't satisfy this itch i had.

I left fps games alone for a bit, fast forward to ps3 era for me, CoD4 hits. Still hooked to this day. Then im told resistance was a major hit when it landed on ps3 launch so i sacrificed the $60 to buy it, loved every moment of it.

Now im hooked on fps games and im really looking forward to the ones coming out soon

Give in, its ok to get excited

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Minishmaru
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 9:54:45 AM

I'm on the same boat as you guys...but they do seem to be force feeding alot of FPS games down our throats so its not like we got much choice in the matter.

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Deleted User
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 6:49:33 AM
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Kilzone looks like a PLAIN FPS.

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AscientDire
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 7:39:34 AM
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Hey guys...this just in...K2 is being simul. released on the 360

Not!

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Deleted User
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 8:33:08 AM
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I seriously wouldn't mind trading multi-platforms: Gears 2 for Killzone 2

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Minishmaru
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 9:55:07 AM

Yeah...I'm not that crazy about the 360...but Gears of War was definitly a game I was jealous of.

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MirrorSoul
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 11:09:30 AM
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Yea I loved Gears when I had my 360 but it had bad lag online. Hopefully they fixed it and I can pick it and Resistance 2 up.Those should hold me over till Killzone 2 comes out......Whoomakes me shiver just talkin bout it lol

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The_Chimeran
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 1:11:40 PM
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Wait i'm so confused i thought that the 360 was the king of fps's. Killzone 2, Resistance 2, socom for ps3 and gears of war 2 for 360. That just doesn't make sense.

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Minishmaru
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 1:48:28 PM

don't worry I'm sure that M$ have a game they wanna cop...I mean create....:-P

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MOB
Saturday, July 19, 2008 @ 9:49:08 PM

um you do realize some of those aren't FPS right? And by the way the 360 has Halo 3,COD 4,Unreal Tournament 3,Orange Box and many more. And matrixkurt Gears of War 2 is going to own Killzone 2 even though Im buying both. Just wait and see. Gears of War alone won more than 30 Game of the Year Awards if that's not a sign of whats to come.

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seismictech
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 5:01:17 PM
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MOB, you're on drugs.

first off, halo 3 shouldn't be considered a viable FPS anymore compared to what's out now. second, cod4, unreal tournament, orange box, and many more or on the ps3 too. did you think it's exclusive to the 360?

and no, gear 2 didn't own killzone 2. the beta of killzone 2 alone owned the whole game of gears 2 and i've played both.

if killzone 2 doesn't GotY, i will be pissed because i've played it and can easily say it's the best FPS out right now. i will still enjoy playing cod4 though ;)

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