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Clarification: Killzone 2 Review Emargo Lifts On February 2

The long wait is almost over, but it's not going to end quite as soon as some may have hoped.

Erroneous reports have surfaced around the Internet that said the review embargo for Killzone 2 is January 29, but that's not accurate. From the start, the embargo date has been February 2, and that hasn't changed. Some people were willing to believe the 29th date because the game may ship to mainland Europe on February 25, which is two days sooner than the North American launch of February 27. Hence, it might be logical to assume that a two-day difference would also apply to the embargo, but this really isn't the case. No legitimate online video game publication should be posting their Killzone 2 review before Monday, and that's that. The good news is that these reviews will really flood in once midnight of the 2nd rolls around; many sources have had the game for quite a while, and they're just itching to post up their analysis. We're one of those sources, and while we certainly won't give anything away in terms of the overall score, we will say it's gonna be high. ...as if that's any sort of staggering revelation.

Anyway, we just wanted to clarify; the questions of "where's your KZ2 review?!" might start to pop up in the Comments section, but just don't believe that January 29 nonsense. It's Monday, February 2, and that's the day when you can officially begin to salivate for the most anticipated game of the year.

Related Game(s): Killzone 2

1/28/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (47 posts)

Robochic
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 9:40:39 PM
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Good to know Ben, thanks for the heads up. Can't wait for you're review on this game.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 9:43:29 PM
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Wow, how much does that say about a game when you're not just anticipating the game's release, you're anticipating just being able to read the REVIEWS! That's sick! I mean, I have never...evereverevereverever eagerly awaited the chance just to read reviews of a game until KZ2.

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DragonSphere
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:08:22 PM

I know what you mean. On the one hand, I'm pretty eager to see a general consensus of the game, but on the other, we all know the flood of reviews will make it that much harder to wait 3+ more weeks for the game to actually ship out... In a way I kinda wish the embargo lifted much later, say a week before the game hits, just so we don't have to deal with reviewers rubbing in our faces on how great the game is...

No offence of course :) I just want the damn game to be out already!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 11:14:28 PM
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How about February 1st right at midnight Ben?

As much as I'm looking forward to your (or was it Arnolds?) review at PSXE, I CANT EFFING WAIT to read the negative reviews from Xbot-sites just for laughs.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/28/2009 11:17:02 PM

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 11:42:32 PM

They wouldn't dare mock this game with bad ratings. A large Xbox forum has already given the game a lot of praise, muahah!

>=]

Yes! Buying Resistance 2 tomorrow.
I had to say it xD

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 12:37:37 AM

I got R2 for xmas, it's bomb-diggity exciting. And I was shocked at the high level of maturity online while using my new headset.

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Banky A
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 1:11:30 AM

Yeah. I hired it for 2 days (2 days ago) and it's awesome. Though the campaign was surprisingly easy on Difficult (which I finished in record time as my 1st play through). Nothing like the recent COD: WaW on Veteran.

I hope Killzone 2 will be a bit more challenging (but not as tedious as COD5 Veteran and Mega Man 9) and have the same kind community xD
Which I'm sure it'll have.

Even the first couple levels on Superhuman were easier than the first play through (though it's just going through the same old).

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Banky A
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 1:15:35 AM

I'd also like to add, I just had a 30 VS 30 1hr (approx)sniper war.
It was too epic. I ranked 2nd in 'my' 1st round but got demoted to 5th in the 2nd, and I'm n00b so what does that say about them.

That is all.

>=]

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coverton341
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 10:42:32 AM

Yeah the official X-Box Blog gave their hands on impressions about the game and they gave it very good impressions. You should track it down and read it, it is actually well thought out and put together nicely and then you should read their comments section. Now that is priceless.

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wasim
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 12:29:19 AM
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I expect a 10/10 for the game

KZ2 is an absolute masterpiece

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Banky A
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 1:17:43 AM

It is.

But I expect and 9.7-8 or 9.999999999999999* from Arnold's review.

;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 2:18:20 AM

Hey Bank what's your PSN? We should start a crew.

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PS3_Wizard
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 8:43:37 AM

If you're starting a crew I want in:

PSN ID: Tron_04

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 1:58:31 PM

You got it Tron, I'm building a list catch me under DonovanTheICEMAN

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Qubex
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 2:15:45 AM
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Regarding negative reviews... the reality is this... and it doesn't matter what the Xbots say... Killzone 2 will be an experience, it will also vindicated the Ps3 technically and prove what can be done...

It was also prove that multi plat releases (in general) are poor in comparison to developing and optimising a game on a target platform..

Afte Killzone 2 the COD game series will never be the same... let me tell you.

Let me also tell you that game companies making future shooters will have to pull up their socks and do something incredible... otherwise... get ready for alot more HAAAAZZZEEEE!!!

I know... I was in the Beta for a month!!!

Finally if the Xbots criticise to the point whereby they are factually and obviously DELUDING themselves... then welcome to SinCity guys... they are simply and "truthfully" not being honest in the slightest... to themselves and the wider world...

Q!

"i aM HOMe"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 2:19:26 AM

The only "Haze" I want exists as a strain of smoke :)

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/29/2009 2:20:29 AM

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rell
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 9:30:48 AM

qubex I was in the kz2 beta too, when I check my email and sony gave me a beta I was ok let me try this gameout downloaded got connect to the servers quick, I was like OMG this game is beautiful the rest is history.

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opsdaddy
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 5:14:04 AM
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@Qubex: Nicely put--you really nailed it.

Hey guys, today a question occurred to me that I'd like some input on:

If KZ2 is as good as they say, could that jeopardize the sales of follow-on muliplatform FPS titles, thus adversely affecting the future development of shooters for the PS3?

Case in point: when COD 4 came out, it so eclipsed the quality of other shooters that I didn't purchase another shooter until COD: WaW came out. I know I'm not alone here. However, I purchased numerous titles in other genres during the same time-frame. See the trend here? Imagine how long we might wait before anyone raises the shooter bar again--it could be years. Where will the PS3 FPS market be then?

Your thoughts?

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coverton341
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 10:47:23 AM

I honestly think that if it fairs as well as it is going to (see what I did there) then it will push developers to build up teams for the respective platforms themselves and actually learn the systems independently of one another. I think it will have an opposite effect than you think on the FPS genre. I think it will push developers of the genre to strive to make their games on par or better and that is a good thing all around, and the only downside I really see coming from it is that FPS games may take longer to come out while dev teams get them just right

Just my 3 cents though

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noshownogo
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 5:38:04 AM
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what ever happened to all the advertising promised by Sony for Killzone2? Are they going to advertise after it launches?

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PS3_Wizard
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 8:46:37 AM

Yeah I'll be damned if Sony waits till after the game releases to properly market it. I have still yet to see any commercials or and thing about the game.

If you guys give me enough thumbs up, I'll personally find the Sony Marketing Lead and beat the living mess out of him/her.

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Skwidd
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 8:02:50 AM
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Whats an Emargo, Ben? :)

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PS3_Wizard
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 8:50:50 AM

em⋅bar⋅go   /ɛmˈbɑrgoʊ/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [em-bahr-goh] Show IPA Pronunciation
noun, plural -goes, verb, -goed, -go⋅ing.
–noun 1. an order of a government prohibiting the movement of merchant ships into or out of its ports.
2. an injunction from a government commerce agency to refuse freight for shipment, as in case of congestion or insufficient facilities.
3. any restriction imposed upon commerce by edict.
4. a restraint or hindrance; prohibition.
–verb (used with object) 5. to impose an embargo on.


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Origin:
1595–1605; < Sp, deriv. of embargar to hinder, embarrass < VL *imbarricāre, equiv. to im- im- 1 + -barricāre (*barr(a) bar 1 + -icāre causative suffix)

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Banky A
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 3:15:00 PM

LOL Wizard.

Skwidd meant that with slight sarcasm. 'Embargo' was spelt wrong in the article title hah.

>=]

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rell
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 9:21:37 AM
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Hey Bank Alexander I going to buy R2 tomorrow my psn id:hustleman24, and to eveyone feel free to add me.

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vicious54
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 10:39:49 AM
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Only 8 days left for the psn to go down.

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coverton341
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 10:48:14 AM

Que??

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vicious54
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 12:29:29 PM

@coverton

Sorry, meaning there will be too many people trying to download the KZ2 demo.

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N a S a H
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 1:07:44 PM

There's no KZ2 Demo... What? is there?!

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Skatejimmy5
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 11:23:35 AM
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Funny, I just read the review over at GameReactor. They gave it a 10, so no surprises really.

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 12:35:39 PM
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and IGN a 9.4 with Oz following with a 9.

take a look at Metacritic.. theyre all coming now!

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vicious54
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 12:54:50 PM

That is pretty good considering IGN puts xbox on top of their games drop-down box.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 2:02:17 PM
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@ Nasah the demo launchs after the game launches, it you reserve KZ2 at GameStop you get a card that has a code that grants "exclusive" access on Feb 5 for the demo.

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vicious54
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 4:47:00 PM

I thought if you didn't pre-order it, you can download the demo the day before but what's the point. Just pre-order it.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 2:04:10 PM
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PSX KZ2 clan!

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Fabi
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 2:28:07 PM
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So I guess no one cared about the embargo? Cause there are already like 12 reviews out, and it's at 9.6 on metacritic.

I love this quote: "To put it short, this game makes "Gears of War 2" look like a high school attempt at gaming and that is a HUGE compliment!"

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Banky A
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 3:50:03 PM
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Yeah, like ign.com just put up 2 reviews for it.

What's up guys?
And according to their reviews Gears of War 2, and Resistance 2 are higher rated.

o_O

PSN: BankeA

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 3:52:16 PM
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IGN ALWAYS breaks the embargo date. Not sure how they get away with it all the time, but I guess they just don't care.

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Ghosl
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 4:21:01 PM
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yea whats up with that gamepro and eurogamer also have reviews up.

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shadowpal2
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 4:32:04 PM
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I love how IGN always does it so early. It's freaking incredible. Anyway they rated the game 9.4/10 when Australia who always rates almost any game beside ones made by Australians...somewhat low - 9.0/10. WOW that's good though considering how the last Killzone was or at least how they reviewed it.

Great news really. REALLY GOOD NEWS. And also considering Gamepro rated it a 10/10...and Eurogamer who rated MGS 4 an 8/10 gave KZ2 a 9/10 - must mean it's pretty good. Anyway, those guys who have a PS3 and actually pre-ordered this...ENJOY!! You still have like 3-4 weeks to go though lol.

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Random_Steve
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 8:36:04 AM

Eurogamer is so bias. Fable 10 and Killzone 9 me think not. Also IGN rated R2 better than K2-wtf?

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mustang750r
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 5:03:46 PM
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my psn is mustang750r. if you guys are serious we should gather to make a kz2 clan.

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Deleted User
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 6:04:04 PM
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Eurogamer review up since 5 today. I'll ruin the surprise. 9.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/killzone-2-review

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Banky A
Saturday, January 31, 2009 @ 2:02:47 AM

Nawww. I love surprises.

;)

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raztad
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 6:24:56 PM
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Wow! some of these early reviews, left you with the feeling that the author was almost forced by KZ2 awesomeness to rate it high enough in order not to look like biased. I must say that the if a game with similar caliber and even more flaws be on x360, a 10/10 is granted, for sure, instead a 9/10.

The argument that the game isnt doing something new and original is always used to suck one or half a point off from PS3 games score.

In the end of the day, I purchased my PS3 this early in the year because I wanted to be ready for KZ2. I knew it was bound to be an awesome game.

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MetalHead09
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 6:38:54 PM
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man i cant wait for this game. i hope i get paid from my new job in time to get this baby at launch!!!! if not then ill kiss someones butt and borrow the money lol.

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Frenchy17
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 6:52:50 PM
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Yo World and PS3 Wizard, add me to ruckus,
Frenchy17

IGN's reviews are horrible, 9.5 for graphics and say a few technical issues keep it from being a flawless masterpiece. Everygame has a few technical issues, so how do others get 10's in graphics then?

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