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Killzone 2 Ships Out for PS3
Sony's much-hyped FPS makes its way to retail.
By Andrew Joy 02/27/2009 10:26:00 PST
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For the Killzone franchise, saying the road has not been a smooth one would, in fact, be something of an understatement.  Among the bumps along the way, when the PlayStation 2 original first arrived in 2004, it was met with only middling reviews – marred, it is said, by glitches and run-of-the-mill first-person shooter gameplay – despite being a purported “Halo-killer”.  Liberation, a top-down follow-up, fared much better with critics, though it appears to have been swallowed into obscurity when it released on the PSP, a system that has been overshadowed by the Nintendo DS almost every step of the way.  And, finally, Killzone 2 got off to a rough start long before it ever released thanks to some now-famous “target footage” passed off as the real thing at E3 in 2005.  Since then, it would seem developer Guerrilla Games has worked tirelessly to get the real thing as close as possible and show off the true power of the PS3, though they do, rather unsurprisingly, face some skepticism.  However, through the fog of (console) war now stare back the red, glowing eyes of the Helghast, as Sony today announced that the game has now shipped and should be available in stores across North America soon.  Once again an FPS, Killzone 2 sends players to the planet Helghan as Sergeant Tomas “Sev” Sevchenko, a member of the ISA's special forces on a mission to bring their enemies to their knees by capturing Emperor Scolar Visari.  Apart from the new story, Killzone 2 has also gotten a graphical overhaul (one which, by many accounts, actually closely resembles those E3 renders) and, though it was featured in the last-gen original, improved online play that now supports up to 32 players.  For more information on Killzone 2, be sure to check out the official press release below:

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the North American launch of Killzone(R)2 exclusively for the PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system. Developed by Guerrilla Games, the acclaimed development team that produced Killzone(R) for PlayStation(R)2 and Killzone(R): Liberation for PSP(R) (PlayStation(R) Portable), Killzone 2 brings players back to the hostile fight between the ISA and Helghast army. Delivering a premier first-person shooter experience, Killzone 2 brings moments of tension and anxiety through fierce enemy battles along with some of the most advanced cinematic graphics available on the PS3 platform.

Recipient of six "Editor's Choice Awards" including IGN, GamePro, and GameSpy, Killzone 2 is a post-modern futuristic military conflict inspired by 20th century warfare, submerging players in a world of chilling armed sieges and full-scale war against the evil Helghast army. Killzone 2 perfectly captures the intensity and mayhem of war as players assume the role of Sev, a hard-hitting member of the special forces unit known as the Legion, where they will find themselves on the dangerous Helghast homeland planet of Helghan.

"Since the first game play demonstration shown at E3 2007, Killzone 2 has remained one of the most anticipated title launches for 2009," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "This immersive cinematic experience, coupled with studio-grade sound and top-notch visual effects, sets a new bar for first-person shooters and provides an unmatched gaming experience that can only be produced on PS3."

With the battle of Vekta still fresh in memory, the ISA troops must traverse the hostile planet of Helghan on a mission to secure capital city, defeat the formidable Helghast troops, and capture the menacing Helghast leader, Emperor Visari. Players will be immediately thrown in to battle, experiencing a visceral combat experience with intense gameplay moments that will provide hours of challenging extensive single-player and multiplayer game play action.

The sheer amount of detail in Killzone 2 is an achievement that only Blu-ray Disc technology can provide, as the game would take up to three DVD discs to hold the same amount of content. Killzone 2 also boasts technological advantages such as the use of EDGE tools, a machine proprietorship developed by Guerrilla Games, which gives the game its striking character animation, flawless visuals, life-like environments, and seamless cut scenes. In the game, the Helghan world is stunningly lit with specular lighting, particle effects, and deferred rendering technology that truly brings to life the chilling post-modern, war-ridden world. Complete with studio-scale effects, including 7.1 surround sound audio that rivals Hollywood's biggest blockbuster films, fully destructible environments, and cutting-edge artificial intelligence, Killzone 2 delivers the ultimate next generation game play experience.

Online and Multiplayer Features

In addition to the addicting single-player action, Killzone 2 offers a robust online multiplayer mode that brings the graphical quality of single-player with a wide variety of gameplay options. "Warzone" will cycle through five different mission objectives and game modes to keep players on their toes. Online battles allow up to 32 players to engage in competitive combat, featuring a unique customizable badge system that lets opponents combine abilities from six available player classes. Clan creation will also take a new step by allowing player clans to wager Valor points with the winner taking all and utilizing points as currency within the online universe. Players can create tournaments and clans, keep tabs on stats and overall rankings, and view replays of key battles through integration with the official Killzone.com website.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates Killzone 2 "M" for "Mature" (Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language).

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