Friday, 6 February 2009

Killzone 2 Demo Impressions

In a word, it's intense. In two words it's beautifully realised. In three words, it's ruddy brilliant. The graphics are amazing and with so much going on at the same time I'm often not sure where to look. But great visuals alone don't make a great game. Luckily, KZ2 has playability too. And by the bloody, gory bucket full. Once you get used to the controls (it's pretty intuitive) you're thrown screaming head first into a war hell.

In an average FPS, playing against bots is pretty repetitive and predictable. But, unlike bots from other games, these pesky Helghast seem unnervingly intelligent. They will flank you, they work together to flush you out and they will kill you. Resistance, as the Borg once said, is futile. But resist we must. These Helghast are mean, ugly and sneaky.

There are a few minor niggles but none that distract from the experience overall. I thought COD4 would be hard to beat but, on the strength of this (short) demo, I'm sure KZ2 will take the FPS crown for 2009 at least.

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