Killzone 2: Forgive The Hype, This Will Be A Defining Experience
Okay, look- we're not the biggest fans of insane hype. We merely report the news, and it's not our fault that half the headlines these days have "Killzone 2" in the title somewhere. However, this may be the only instance where we can't hear enough...and that's because the feedback is so unbelievably positive, we have to start believing that Guerilla's shooter might be the single defining experience of the generation so far.
Here's an example: another recent headline has an Italian journalist known as TTP on NeoGAF talking about the game; he has the final build of Killzone 2, and despite the embargo, he has to heap praises on the game well ahead of time. Here's what he had to say-
"My god. Preview code looks almost like pre-alpha compared to final. Every minor issue I had with the game has been addressed with chirurgical precision. Almost feels like a GG dev was hidden behind the sofa taking notes at every "mmh" of mine during my preview code run. And there are quite a few differences in how things unfold so it feels fresh despite having played this early stages to death.
I can confirm that Guerilla Games have paid particular attention to criticisms made in the gaming press, such as ground textures, up-close textures when taking cover and the artificial intelligence. Everything has been improved for the final build."
Yeah, well, he's not the only one who currently has that final review build in his hands, and we're more than ready to corroborate this guy's testimony. However, we're waiting for the embargo to lift same as everyone else, and we can't go into details. What we can do, however, is gather up all the information over the past few months since the beta released, combine that with our own experiences with the game, and come to the following conclusion: Killzone 2 isn't just a blockbuster. It's not just a great game. For this generation so far, it may be the great game; the one production that becomes an instant measuring stick. In other words, everyone will compare future games to KZ2 for many years to come.
You have to realize, we don't like seeing the same thing over and over again, either. We imagine our readers and most gamers out there are pretty sick and tired of seeing "Killzone 2 this" and "Killzone 2 that." That is easily understood, but if you haven't played it as some of us have, and if you can only read the words...well, you can't fully comprehend what we're saying. That Italian journalist is only one of many, and we'll leave you with one final question: of all the amazing games in the past, can you think of one that blew every last journalist and critic away? And I mean, there's not a single one who's only lukewarm on this; it's basically unanimous. When's the last time you saw this? Even with the likes of GTAIV and MGS4, you could always find a few haters out there....but not this time. And that's exactly the point.
Related Game(s): Killzone 2
1/8/2009 Ben Dutka