Killzone 2 Will Rise Above The Haters
Anyone who is familiar with video game forums is quite aware of this recurring phenomenon: if a game either gets too much hype or too much critical acclaim from reviewers, it quickly becomes "hip to hate." All of this boils down to the elitist superiority complex of most insecure forumites (seems like everything boils down to insecurity in this world); just to prove they "know more than everyone else."
As BadAssGamer points out, this trend is already beginning for Killzone 2. Before, some of it was warranted due to the massive amount of hype for something that remained almost entirely unknown. You know, we only had a few screenshots and a very early gameplay video that almost nobody believed was the real deal, so of course, there were plenty of skeptics out there. But now, even after many sources have been able to go hands-on with both the beta testing and an early single-player build, and all of them went bonkers over both, the aforementioned elitist hate has arrived. The "I'm in my parents basement polishing my Master Chief helmet and secretly hoping KZ2 isn't as good as everyone says it is" syndrome. Now, they'll accept the graphics but because they haven't laid hands on it yet, it's "yeah, but what about the gameplay," despite everything we've told them. We've played plenty of Killzone 2. We know what to expect and what it's going to be like...and we know it's going to blow everything else out of the water and help to redefine the FPS genre. We know it, everyone who has played it knows it, and unfortunately, this is baaaaad news for all the jealous haters out there.
See, some games are just so good that even the most rabid of opposer's have to concede defeat. Titles like these don't come along very often, and event though both MGS4 and GTAIV could be considered as hate-defying games, they may not be... The Xbots will try the "yeah, like I want to play a movie" with MGS4 and the GTA haters will say the new focus on realism makes it a lesser experience. All ridiculous, but they've got to come up with something to uphold their image. Well, just warning you ahead of time, haters: KZ2 won't give you any opportunity whatsoever to maintain your skeptical criticism. Prepare yourselves now, because this is one game that will rise above any and all petty remonstrances. We promise.
Related Game(s): Killzone 2
12/27/2008 Ben Dutka