Excerpt: The establishment of a good first person shooter on any console has been somewhat up in the air since Microsoft’s deliverance of Halo three years ago. Whether due to a sheer lack of scale, inconsistent action or tepid plotlines, most FPS titles haven’t come close to challenging Bungie for its crown.
Excerpt: There has been a lot of hype built-up around Guerilla Games' first-person shooter titled Killzone . Unfortunately for it, this is one of those times when a decent game will seem far worse than it is because it fails to live up to the “hype machine.
Excerpt: This was to be Sony’s second coming – well, of 2004, at least. With Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas well and truly released, the PC and “other” consoles getting their own top-notch FPS titles and Xmas being around the corner, Sony had to come up with something to retain the limelight.
Summary: When you think of the best titles available on the PS2 names like probably come to mind. But search long and hard; can you think of one top-tier first person shooter available for the console?
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: This year has witnessed the arrival of the best first-person shooters on both PC and console since the genre was invented all those years ago. It's not an exaggeration to say that Killzone could have been a contender, but there are just too many technical and design errors that hold it...
Conclusion: Killzone had its work cut out for it and a lot to live up to as a new franchise trying to emerge from a crowd of already established and well known games. Unfortunately, it could not live up to the hype it received even though it tried hard.
Conclusion: So Killzone isn’t quite the “Halo beater” that we’d hoped for, but it’s a big step in the right direction for the PS2 that seems to get stuck with innumerable multiformat WWII & Vietnam first person shooters, and little else.
Pros: Good story and characters., Nice heavy weapons that fire LOTS of bullets., Gritty, violent and hectic battles with good sound FX., Some good locations that make the war seem more real., The multiple characters mean there’s a good replayability factor., Highly playable offline and online multiplayer.
Cons: The frame rate often drops., So many graphical glitches, even close up in facial animations., Some annoyingly long distances between checkpoints., The voices soon get repetitive., There are loads of vehicles in the game but you don’t get to play with them., Fans of colour should get Jak 3 instead.