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First Person Shooter for the Playstaion 3

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  • Mar 19, 2009
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Now I really had no plans to buy this game, ever. I thankfully work with someone who doesn't know the meaning of "shut up" and had been pestering me to buy this game constantly proclaiming that it's the best game of 2009 so far. I did give in and although it wont teach him about anything, it taught me that I should listen to him more as this is sincerely one of the most impressive games I've played on the PS3 so far. One of the main draws for this game is due to the epic and cinematic nature of the campaign mode. This game and its trailer was the benchmark for the advertising of the Playstation 3's hardware capability before the systems launch. The original glimpse of the game was over 3 years ago and now, Killzone 2 is finally here.

The plot of the game follows the ISA as they try to invade the planet Helghan. This follows the original Killzone game in which the Helghan soldiers the Helghast took part in an attack on Vekta. The retaliation of the ISA is a mission to capture the Helghast Leader, Scolar Viscari and bring the Helghast war machine to an end. You take the role of Sergeant Tom "Sev" Sevchenko as you are dropped behind enemy lines along with your ISA unit and fight to secure the capital Pyrrhus. The ISA seem to have underestimated the enemy they were facing as they are not only well armoured and adapted to their home world, they are lead by an insane Colonel Radec and have hidden weapons that will take the entire fleet by surprise.

Now to be a part of the campaign is like being part of a $200 million blockbuster movie that seeks to have a million things going on at once to immerse you into the battlefield scenario. Apart from the cut scenes, the game play is shown from an FPS (First Person Shooter) perspective as you blast your way through massive maps to complete a particular objective. Upon your first introduction to the Helghan world, you're immediately dropped into what is quite obviously a war zone. Throughout the game, there's never a moment where you're left alone to fight a single Helghan fleet. You're mostly accompanied by your pal Rico, but even he goes missing from time to time and you will have to endure a few minutes alone until you both find each other again.

Your enemy is quite basic as they have almost the same vulnerabilities as yourself. If you see them first then they die, but if they see you first, then you better get running as they will kill you if they can. They do have certain differences in your enemies and one of them is known as a "heavy". This is a heavily armoured, drugged up loyal soldier who you can only take down with a shot to the head and making the gas canisters on the soldiers back explode. They also have a mean rapid fire heavy duty gun which you better make sure you don't get hit by. There's also the fearsome Colonel Radec and when you come to face him, you'll wish you were somewhere else entirely as he's sincerely not to be messed with. Thankfully the "cover and peek" system allows you to take cover from that relentless fire whilst your health regenerates so you can go back for the attack.

The multiplayer is also a massive triumph as up to this point the Call of Duty series held the crown as the best FPS online experience, for me anyway. Then Killzone came along and knocked COD off its top spot and is currently mocking the series relentlessly. The multiplayer is much like the campaign in that it takes on a very epic feel with the massive maps and the ability to have up to 32 players in any one game making the chaos even more fun and brutal. The main online game of Warzone takes you through a number of different mini missions to allow your team to get the win. You compete to increase your rank which makes a number of different weapons and character styles available including medic and sniper. With the medic you can revive downed comrades and the sniper is self explanatory but there are a number of other soldier classes which make the experience that bit more enjoyable.

Apart from the multiplayer and campaign discussions, there is one more thing to really talk about and that's the realism of the whole experience and the detailed environments. The cut scenes really make you feel involved in the story as they push the story of your unit and your enemies along with the shocking events that lead to the games conclusion. One of the more spectacular cut scenes is the scene in which a Nuclear Bomb is set off and if you were to compare that to Call of Duty, you would be tempted to laugh at COD's inferiority as the scene is truly spectacular on scale and detail. To shoot your enemies and to see the blood splatter against the wall and fly off your victim also adds that higher level of realism and enjoyment that may seem a bit disturbing, but there's no denying the fun factor.

Genuinely this is one of the best games I've played in a long time. It's fast paced, quite difficult and just a lot of fun. There's a plethora of stuff to see and experience and many ways in which you can take on the game with your team at your side or if you just want to run ahead with all guns blazing. The scale of some of the more intense battle sequences are something you don't see very often and can be very frustrating when you're getting shot and you don't know where from. This game reached a budget of just up to $60 Million and there's no doubting that every penny was well spent. I sincerely can't recommend this game highly enough and everyone should own it, even if you're not a fan of the FPS style of game.

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review by . March 16, 2009
Helghast Soldier
Even since the "gameplay" video was shown back in E3 2005, Killzone 2 has probably been the most anticipated and hyped game for the Playstation 3, and it is finally here, and how does it fare against the massive expectation placed on it?  The result for me is mixed, but it succeeded more than it failed, and it is probably the best shooter to come out since Call of Duty 4.    You cannot discuss Killzone 2 without talking about its graphics.  The game is like a summer …
review by . February 01, 2009
Pros: Great action and solid graphics.     Cons: checkpoint save system, some interiors are to dark for my taste.     The Bottom Line: If you like 3D shooters and own a Playstation 3, then this is a must.     Sony and Guerilla games have combined to produce the first must have game for 2009. Killzone 2 is a non-stop thrill ride that is easily the best first person shooter developed for the Playstation 3 console. The game follows up the …
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Two years after the Helghast assault on Vekta, the ISA is bringing the fight to the enemy's home world of Helghan. Taking the role of Sev, the battle-hardened veteran of the special forces unit known as the Legion, players will embark upon a mission to the planet Helghan to capture the Helghast leader, Emperor Visari, and bring the enemy's war machine to a halt. For Sev and his squad, the invasion of Helghan is just the beginning. Tasked with securing Pyrrhus, the Capital City, the team quickly discovers that the Helghast are a formidable enemy on their home planet. Not only have they adjusted to the planet's hostile conditions, they have also harnessed a source of power from the environment that can be used against the ISA. Sev and his team soon discover the fight is greater than simply addressing the enemy forces; the Legion must also learn how to handle the effects of the fierce enemy planet.
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Video Games, Ps3, Console Games, Playstaion 3, Helghast


ESRB: Mature
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Computer Entainment
Developer: Guerilla Games
Console: PlayStation 3
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Release Date: February 27, 2009
Price: $59.99
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