Killzone 2 is a Powerful Contender for Best Game of 2009
Killzone 2 has been hyped up for years now. It has reached that state where a game is so hyped that it is nearly impossible for it to live up to the expectations.
Few games that have reached this state have lived up to the hype given to them. For most games, the hype is so high that they get buried under it (Too Human). So what will happen to Killzone 2?
Well if early talk about Killzone 2 is to be believed, it will exceed the mountainous hype it currently has.
Although it's not the most trustworthy source (not only because its name, but also because it had the first review), PlayStation: The Official Magazine gave Killzone 2 a perfect score in its February issue. The review said:
It's true that Killzone 2 is filled with moments that can handily be described as inspiring awe. Each scene is incredibly well detailed, from the gaps in jerry-rigged cover points letting you sneak in a killing headshot to scarred and scratched textures, the planet feels entirely believable... Without a doubt Killzone fans, action and shooter fans of any stripe will instantly tag this sequel as a powerful contender for best game of 2009.
In the first episode of Rebel FM, Nick Suttner, who had been playing the game, had some good words for the game:
Arthur [other host] asked me earlier if it was a Halo-killer and I'd so that's you-know, whatever... but I think this is finally the shooter that Sony needs. This is a very good game and this is now like a franchise for them. I don't know if it's going to sell for them but it's a very good shooter.
Suttner also said the second half of the game was better than the first, which wasn't as fun. He had no problem with the controls, although that may be because he was used to them from the preview build of the game. In the end, he said there was a few problems with the game but that he "really enjoyed it overall".
Other reviews should be trickling in within the next few weeks, so we'll see if the other critics share their praise of the game.
Just a thought: There are three ways where KZ 2 might go
1. HAZE? LAIR? (GOOD GAMES but with flaws that killed them because of the hype)
2. LBP? Valkyria Chronicles? Heavenly Sword? (SUPERB AAA games that got OVERHYPED and so didn't do quite as expected)
3. MGS 4 kind of AAA+ game that lived to the hype!
From the 3 points above 2 Are convenient for me so ... you do the math!
So.. like many many others, i've also been checking out all the trailers of KZ2 that i can find and reading whatever comes my way. I couldn't wait any more, and would have gone desperate counting the days till KZ2 launched, so i ordered and received Resistance 2, just four days ago, as i couldn't wait to get my hands on a shooter of the genre, and i think R2 is the closest to KZ2 right now.
Though i believe that KZ2 will (very hopefully) surpass and exceed R2 in all aspects. Personally, i am now living exactly the overhype effects, as i am honestly a bit disappointed with R2. I expected so much more. Only thing i like which distinguishes R2 from the current other games, is the size of the bosses and fluidity of graphics for a game of that "size". Other than that, i guess it's really up to KZ2 to bear the crown as the real prince of the shooter genre. And i'm really hoping that it will meet its expectations, at least in my perspective.