"Killzone 2" reminds me of a lot of the solid PG-13 action films
I have seen in recent years, be it
or maybe "The
Bourne Ultimaturm"...almost nothing in those films is truly
original. You get stock good guys and bad guys, a little
gunplay, some chases, and some laughs...all the while, you know
what's going to happen but the presentation is so solid that you
In "Killzone 2", the story is hackneyed, the bad guys are all
very bad, your weapons shoot bullets and the cover system isn't even
as strong as other games like the "Gears of War" series. But,
the graphics are SO good, and the controls are SO tight, and the
enemy intelligence is SO crafty that even if nothing about the game
is unique, there is so much goodness to be found here that I have to
recommend it. Playing on the hard difficulty (one short of
total insanity), "Killzone 2" has given me a run for my money, but
it sticks to the basics...pick up guns, shoot the guys with the
glowing eyes, make sure to run from cover point to cover point, and
pop up just enough to shoot baddies in the head.
I was amazed at how interested I was to play the game, despite
the real lack of variety in its missions. The voice acting is
terrible and profane at the same time, so for a couple of reasons,
you'll laugh out loud during the cut scenes. The online
component is good, and actually shows the game's truly unique
tidbit--it utilizes all of the game types (deathmatch, capture the
flag, assassination, etc.) all in the same running 25-minute
standard game. Using an experience points system, you'll have
to play a while to be able to start matches with better weapons and
perks...and, the maps allow for 16-on-16 action, which is great.
However, I wish there was more use of Bluetooth-enabled mics to talk
to other players, and I really wish that kills were more than just a
quiet tink-tink sound instead of the "Halo" system that announces
Rent "Killzone 2", give it a hard run over a weekend, and decide
if the multiplayer portion of the game is worth making a full
purchase. Otherwise, survive and advance!!
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience