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Sony Expects Killzone 2 To Match Or Surpass MGS4 Sales

Although most all of us will agree that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a defining experience of the generation, it still didn't match the sales numbers of blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto IV and Halo 3. This is one of the reasons Hideo Kojima has said he wants to "start from zero" in 2009 and find a way to compete with the big boys. This would mean appealing to the Western audiences as well as the Japanese gamers.

But with the ever-increasing interest in the FPS genre in Japan, and its already immense popularity in North America in Europe, Sony expects Killzone 2 to explode. V For Video Games recently spoke to a Sony representative who says they fully expect Guerilla's hugely anticipated title to eclipse the sales mark of MGS4:

"It would be a lie to say Sony has not invested heavily in Killzone 2 and each individual at Guerilla games has worked even harder to satisfy any expectations kept by the company and their loyal community. I do see the game breaking a barrier with a huge variety of groups and expect it to see sales as good as Metal Gear Solid 4 if not beyond it."

Perhaps this won't come as any surprise to some of you, but it'll be interesting to see how Japan responds to a game like this. We're relatively certain that most other parts of the world will all flock to the stores to pick up Killzone 2, but will the title's obvious quality sway the traditional tastes of the Eastern gamer? How high can it go? Might it even approach the astronomical sales of GTAIV? Quality is great, but Sony wants sales...

Related Game(s): Killzone 2

1/6/2009 Ben Dutka

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King James
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 10:17:34 PM
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U heard the Sony Rep ppl. GO BUY THE GREATNESS! and met me online.

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wasim
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 4:46:33 AM

well it will happen

By KZ2's launch there would be 23-25m ps3s worlwide

KZ2 will boost sales of ps3s no doubt but it will obviously sell more than MGS4 since PS3 would be having almost 2x the install base

also FPS games have wider appeal in USA and EUROPE and KZ2 is easily the biggest FPS of this gen

KZ2 will break 10m in lifetime sales

MGS4 will break 6m in lifetime sales too

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 3:39:02 PM

KZ2 10 million? I would be surprised if it broke 6.

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Schmitty
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 10:18:30 PM
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The japanese probably wont like it, based on past shooters in japan.

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King James
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 10:27:32 PM

Shooters are more popular in Japan now.

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Advent Child
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 1:42:45 AM

Yea but they liked Haze...

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MetalHead09
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 3:00:04 AM

well if they like haze then this game should blow them away and sell them on the fps just like the rest of the world. i would like to get haze actually, i liked the demo and i dont think the visuals were all THAT bad. sure it aint no resistance or gears but it still looked cool to me.

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Tim Speed24
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 7:29:58 AM

I'm tempted to try Haze if it comes down to twenty dollars.

I just bought Fracture for twenty dollars and its not bad. Its a good looking game.

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Qubex
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 11:11:24 AM

Metalhead08... I think Haze would probably be quite good; but if I had a choice I would get TimeShift!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 4:38:47 PM

The haze demo was interesting, but the game sucked! What a waste of my $60.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 11:14:22 PM
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Sadly, I expect this to be true too. A masterpiece in storytelling being overshadowed by a FPS is an all too frequent occurrence.

And this is from someone who isn't even anti-FPS.

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wasim
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 4:47:19 AM

KZ2 is the GOD OF ALL FPS

KZ2 is a masterpiece too

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GoldenShadow
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 11:15:07 PM
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I too have high hopes for the sales of this game.

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ps92117
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 11:22:09 PM
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at least this one is defenetly exclusive forever, wonder if they will do a kz3 just imagine what that would b like

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TheBand1t
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 11:33:57 PM
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Who gives a chit even if it WASN'T exclusive? It would be a travesty not to buy it if was multiplat.

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somethingrandom
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 11:43:26 PM
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Well, I guess they REALLY wanted to re-define the FPS genre, otherwise it wouldn't have taken so long...

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Blaiyan
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 1:01:38 AM
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Why is my hand shaking? Expectations like this make me nervous. Not really but I just don't think my fellow ps3 gamers buy as many games as you'd hope. With the exceptions of milked franchises. I certainly want and hope KZ2 does millions but what is sony's timeframe for it to pass MGS4? A week, month(s), year?

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 2:22:31 AM
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I hope it does surpass Metal Gear 4, I NEED MORE TARGETS

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Crono
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 2:25:24 AM
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That's crazy, it will never surpass MGS4 sales with it's established worldwide fanbase. I'm just hoping for a high-quality game, great sales and Playstation exclusives don't seem to go hand-in-hand (unless it's a phenomenon viz MGS).

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Tim Speed24
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 7:32:42 AM

Traded MGS4 a month ago. But I still have COD4. There were ALOT of MGS4 trade-ins on the shelf at GameStop but no COD4....that says what the people want if you ask me.

KZ2 will sell very well, Fact.

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Crono
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 8:11:48 AM

That's not really relevant.. you still need to get the game in people's hands first and foremost. I agree that people are less likely to trade in online shooters because they have more replay value and that people will enjoy Killzone 2.. but without proper marketing, they won't even know about the game. Most consumers in the market aren't the guys at PSXExtreme or any gaming website who check reviews etc., they just make impulse buys at what looks like a hot game.

Resistance 2 should have done numbers way closer to Gears 2 if it was marketed correctly. LittleBigPlanet could have been an absolute phenomenon.

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Tim Speed24
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 1:56:10 PM

Well I don't know about you but I keep the games that I really like and trade the ones I don't.

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ec0li
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 2:52:08 AM
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The only thing Sony has to do now is do a great job of marketing it. It's arguably not even as popular as the Resistance series and Resistance 2 was not exactly burning up the charts. Forget about Japan as a battleground for fps. Obviously they have to focus on the western markets. They've got to take a page out of Msft's book and market it like Halo and Gears. It's a combination of hype that get's early big sales and great reviews that provide the legs for continued sales.

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wasim
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 4:48:51 AM

KZ2 is in a league of its own

IT cannot be compared to other shooters

Trust me lot of xbots would buy PS3 just for KZ2

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Crono
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 8:05:28 AM

I have full faith that Sony will do yet another horrible marketing job. Microsoft market their products in no particularly clever way, but they do it *enough* for people to take notice; Sony do need to take the same MO if they want bigger sales than MGS4. It's certainly a far more accessible game to the European and American markets, and if they were to really make this game known it could certainly be one of their best-selling games to date.

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Fatcat3788
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 3:50:18 AM
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They need to stop making assumptions like this. This kinda crap is one of the reasons why people think the ps3 is failing. Even if it doesn't sell as many copies as MGS4 I am almost certainly positive that it will sell a lot, but people will still say that it wasn't what Sony was expecting and more doom and gloom talk will commence. Seriously though. This game is looking to kick some serious ass and I can't wait for it!

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TheRaPtuRe
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 5:28:20 AM
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everyone with a ps3 has to get this game, if you don't then you are letting down the ps3 and dont deserve to have one, simple as.
get behind your console for once and push this game!

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karneli lll
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 6:26:10 AM
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its less than two months to KZ 2's release and not one ad on tv. If Sony wants to win the lottery then should'nt they buy a lotto card?

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King James
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:10:30 PM

TESTIFY!

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 7:49:52 AM
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"It would be God's honest truth to say Sony has not invested enough in Killzone 2..."

fixed

This game is GIGANTIC! Where the hell is the huge marketing blitz? Sure there's a lot of buzz on the internet and with the hardcore gamers, but karneli is right. Where are the TV commercials? Has ANYBODY seen a single one? Where are the promotions? Jeezus f***ing krist!!! I've promoted this game more than Sony has!

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King James
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:12:59 PM

lol...U and me both Troy. But SONY spent loads of $$$ on Guerilla building this engine/game for the PS3. Trust Sony spend the R&D $$$. Now the marketing $$$...IDK.

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isaya85
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 8:32:44 AM
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I agree with you guys above they need to advertise this game to death I think they should start now to get people in the know so they can be ready to purchase it on release day



PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

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rell
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 9:40:47 AM
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only time will tell, I played the beta I love it, now I want the single player mode.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 10:04:04 AM
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Eurogamer have a hands on preview for anyone interested.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/killzone-2-hands-on_6

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 10:34:07 AM

We had a hands-on weeks ago.

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King James
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:14:32 PM

yea....Everyone had a hands-on preview. Early December.

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PS3_Wizard
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 10:18:44 AM
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Too much hype and advertising can have detrimental effects to. Look at Halo 3. That game was hyped more than most blockbuster movies. I think everyone expected too much from the game which is why so many people were a little disappointed.

Not to say that people as a whole didn't like Halo 3, I'm just saying everyone I knew and review sites online was expecting a bit more. Yes Sony should make more advertisments, but not as much as microsoft did with Halo 3.

Moderation is key...

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 10:25:17 AM

The only effect Sony will care about is sales. And for that, moderation is the thing to avoid.

But, yes, once games get overhyped and fail to deliver on something, they get treated like crap. Like the way I look at Fable. More like Fail.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 11:29:03 AM

The difference here being that KZ2 LIVE'S UP TO the hype!

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Zorigo
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 11:30:58 AM

remember haze, if it hadn't been hyped so much it would've been accepted and not slated so much

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 10:56:29 AM
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I doubt it, and MGS4 will still be a better game after Killzone 2 is out.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 11:29:54 AM
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mgs4 is the best game of the generation so far, and although there will be toher good ones, mgs4 is just the best.

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Tim Speed24
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 1:58:32 PM

That's your opinion.....and your welcome to it.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 11:43:34 AM
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"The difference here being that KZ2 LIVE'S UP TO the hype"

Oh? You have played and finished it, then?

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King James
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:16:38 PM

Yea he has played it.

@Troy
lol. He doubts the potency of the Killzone 2. The Beta was better that most completed $60 games!!

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 2:19:22 PM

Yes, I've played it. And I'll echo King James in saying that the online beta, which only included 3 boards was more fun and more addictive than most of the PS3 games I have paid full price for. I got Resistance 2 right after getting into the beta, and spent infinitely more time playing KZ2. And R2 was nothing to sneeze at. So, yes, I can confidently say that the beta alone lives up to the hype. They would actually have to PURPOSELY make the final game WORSE in order for it to not live up to the hype.

And, no, I haven't finished it. Haven't had a look at the campaign mode. And, honestly, if they sold this game as a strictly online game with no campaign mode (a la Warhawk), I would gladly plunk down 60 for it.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 3:22:36 PM

Ok, apologies. Too often, I see people having such an overconfident view of a game they haven't played, and end up being let down big time.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 3:33:39 PM

We can PROMISE you that nobody will be let down by this game. And yes, we've played it...a lot of it.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:05:32 PM
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Metal Gear Solid 2 and indeed 3 were better than Killzone so unless this one does something amazing, I doubt it will even come close to MGS4 that game was just simply brilliant.

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King James
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:18:25 PM
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KJ's Ad for Killzone 2:

Killzone 2, You better believe, the HYPE is REAL!!!

*End Commericial

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:31:19 PM
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If they put my in the marketing division I'd see to it that 90% of PS3 owners buy KZ2. I just hate to see great games sell way under what they should because no one even knows about it or fanboyism prevents people from getting it.

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dillonthebunny
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:55:50 PM
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check out the forums in the ps3 section, ive just posted something nice :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 2:28:04 PM

badass footage

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:59:18 PM
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The ONLY reason why it might surpass MGS4 sales it's because it's an FPS. (freaking FPS fans...)

Anyway I'm definitely getting it, but overall MGS4 is still KING!

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FLYING_APE
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 1:22:00 PM
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Does this game have 4 player splitscreen multiplayer ?

This game is going to deliver on the hype but it's not going to redifine fps and it's not hoing to be a masterpiece. Stupid fanboys

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 1:26:10 PM

Actually, no co-op online or offline.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 2:25:20 PM

I dunno. I think the way they've executed the class system in the multiplayer mode is leaps and bounds ahead of previous class-based shooters. I'd call it "redefining." I don't know if I'm allowed to say more than that.

Anybody know the terms of the beta nondisclosure agreement?

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 1:44:12 PM
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If you were looking for competitive, I'd assume so but don't know for sure.

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TheRaPtuRe
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 3:48:31 PM
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we need an exclusive to sell well and compete with xboxs exclusives sales. This could be that game and we need it to be so we get loads more good exclusives

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 3:56:39 PM

Its more a case of attach rate. Every PS3 owner with a lot of games can feel they are doing their part.

The 360 has an attach rate of over 8. For every 360 sold, the owner has 8 games. A very impressive number. Thats what makes multiplatform critical this generation.

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King James
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 4:10:22 PM
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KJ's Ad for Killzone 2:

Killzone 2, You better believe, the HYPE is REAL!!!

*End Commericial

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 4:38:58 PM
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If i remember correectly wasnt Killzone 1 hyped, and look where that went........

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Blaiyan
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 7:39:46 PM

Where? It was a good game that sold 2M copies. On the other side I wasn't aware of any hype. I only found out about and bought KZ1 in October 2007.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 8:45:48 PM

Well, I would love to come up with a game where the original was panned, but the predecessor achieved greatness, but I simply can't think of one. I actually looked through all of my PS1 and PS2 games. Couldn't find one. I guess there's a first time for everything.

And I, for one, am going to STOP singing the praises of this game. I'M getting sick of me hyping up the game so much. I'll just reserve March, April, and some of May to continually say "I toldya so!"

After all...the proof is in the pudding. ;)

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Deleted User
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 8:04:43 PM
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Before Killzone was released it was touted as a Halo killer and suffered mediocre sales. I'm surprised you weren't aware of that.

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boevski6979
Thursday, January 08, 2009 @ 12:47:01 PM
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Is KZ2 going to have a dedicated server? Because COD4 in my opinion could have been the best PS3 game to date if it was dedicated but was ruined through the lack of one.

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dveisalive
Thursday, January 08, 2009 @ 5:01:20 PM
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Kill Zone better not suck like the first one, and the expectations are so high for this game, It has to be almost-like crazy to blow me away, and you no what! My friend had the beta(yes i was envious of him!) and didnt let me play it! and I didnt care for I watch with such a high amazement,a nd this game is gonna sell PS3's PERIOD! day one purchase for me!

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Spartan 117
Thursday, January 08, 2009 @ 7:06:29 PM
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I'm not sure if it will beat MGS4 there are a lot of other good games coming out then too.

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