Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Killzone 2

Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: Feb. 27, 2009
System: PS3
ESRB Rating: M
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In a nutshell: Those ghastly Helghast are at it again!

0:00 I never played the original Killzone, but I've of course followed the ludicrous hype surrounding Killzone 2. Can it possibly look as good as that E3 demo? Let's find out!

0:01 This game can be played in 13 different languages?! Ye gods!

0:02 "My people, sons and daughters of Albion (I think), this much I vow, the history of these days will be written in black. By crushing the armies of our enemy, by seizing the weapons they thought to turn against us, we were fighting for our very existence. If there are those that would deny us peace ... then we will unleash such terrible vengeance that generations yet unborn will cry out in anguish." Zoom out from the shot of the ashen-faced speaker to military men watching the speech on a screen. The second wave of a human invasion fleet is launching, and is due to arrive at the alien planet in two weeks. The soldiers walk outside, and the camera zooms out to show huge rocket launch towers. Soaring John Williams-style music plays as we zoom way out to a high-up view of Earth. "They started this war when they invaded Neptune ... it's up to us to conclude it."

0:05 Pan across a spaceship and then down to the battlefield on a brownish alien world. "The enemy may shatter our bodies, but they cannot break our spirit. Even now they advance on our homeworld to take by force what they cannot claim by right. We will SMITE the invaders from our skies." I think this is the Helghast leader ... good voice acting, whoever it is. Humans are getting gunned down left and right. "Fighting as one hand, one heart, one soul. We will shatter their dream and haunt their nightmares. ... As we rise again from the ruins of our cities, they will know than Helghan belongs to the Helghast." Well, the similar names were a clue.

Read the full review at Crispy Gamer

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