Excerpt: Sony probably never wanted Killzone to be compared to Halo, but after speculation quickly grew that the FPS in question may be a killer app for the PS2, comparisons became inevitable. Such unwanted association can kill a games reputation when it finally reaches store shelves, due to every little feature being judged on the level of the game that it has been compared to since the public existence became knowledge.
Excerpt: With all the hype this year surrounding the release of that other science fiction shooter on that other system, it’s not too surprising that Sony tried to steal a little of that game’s thunder with a sci-fi shooter of its own. Well Killzone is no Halo killer because it has few problems of its own beyond the noise surrounding its Xbox nemesis, but it does have its good points that make it worth a look by PlayStation 2 shooter fans.
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.” While a good game in its own right, Killzone simply won’t compete with other FPS's releasing such as Halo 2 and Half-life 2 . Graphics are Killzone ’s strongest point.
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. Killzone , from Guerilla Games, is an FPS set on the colony of Vecta, in the near future.
Excerpt: When the first few screenshots of Killzone leaked out of the Guerrilla headquarters early last year, muted gasps could be heard in the offices of video game journalists up and down the land. The shots were quite stunning and bowled us over, mainly for two simple reasons. Firstly, we had the darkly visceral design of the playing areas on show, with a gritty urban near-future look that seemed as much influenced by modern the modern battlefield as it was by any...
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 back. Playing the game is a disappointment because you know it could and should have been a lot better.
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. (Not for a lack of trying; there just simply hasn’t been a worthy successor.
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. There are a lot of great things that Killzone has in it, but these tend to be overshadowed by some of the technical issues it suffers from.