Killzone 2 was one of the titles that didn’t get picked for my ‘October – Just Play it‘ from the Year of Shame challenge, however knowing I was about a quarter of the way through the game, I decided to get it finished.
Looking at the trophy list, I started playing this back in 2009, I remember playing it for a few hours and then stopped because back then I struggled with FPSs on a controller. A few months later I upgraded my Hard Drive in my PS3, and this was one of the games that wouldn’t allow you to back up your saves (pre PS+), so I lost them. About a year ago, I fired the game back up and started ploughing through the levels, only to stop again as I found it a very hard game, and no fun.
So, this month, I decided I just wanted to get this game cleared off my pile, so I dropped it to Easy, and started again. I’m not sure how other people have found this game, but even on the easiest setting, I still found parts of the game challenging.
The story arc was good, the game spanned over 10 missions, which all directly followed on from each other giving a cracking linear story. The game felt like the lovechild of Gears of War and Wolfenstein, which made quite a good combination, the bromance squad/cover based shooter of gears, and the futuristic, nazi enemies . You and your squad battle through killroom after killroom of Helghast to eventually have a massive battle at the end of each mission. Now that might not sound too appealing, but each one of these 10 missions was set in a gorgeous jaw dropping environment, which just blew me away. Whether you were on a ship, on a baron wasteland, the attention to detail was mind-blowing….especially for a game that’s now 3 years old.
My only quibble with this game would be the enemies, even on the easiest difficulty setting, the enemies were still very bullet spongey, and unless you got in a couple of good head shots, you you power through a clip quite easily before they went down.
I guess this brings me onto the weapons, even though this is set in the future, with all kinds of future tech, the guns are the same as what you’d expect to find in a modern day shooter, well apart from the Electric gun you pick up towards the end of the game. The do however all feel solid, and fun to use…I only wish the electric gun had been available at an earlier point in the game, this would have probably deterred me from restarting on easy.
I did fire up the multiplayer to see what it was like, and from what I could tell, it was an objective based team challenges, however I didn’t play with any humans, as there was only one server running. There was however a skirmish mode, which was you versus 15 bots, I played 1 game and enjoyed it…and kinda wish I’d have tried this back in the days before Killzone 3 came out.
When I decided to take park in the Year of Shame challenge, the hope was to find some hidden gems in my collection, and this was definatly one of them. I can highly recommend anybody who hasn’t played this game, pick it up for cheaps and marvel in it’s amazing visuals.
Approx Time taken to beat – 10 hours
Difficulty setting – Easy
Score – [Rating:5/5]
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