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Game Reviewed: Killzone 2
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games
ESRB Rating: M
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Killzone 2 picks up about two years after the events of the first Killzone. After being attacked by the Helghast, the ISA decides to take the fight to them. You play the role of Sev, a battle hardened veteran of the ISA. Your goal is to secure the Helghan capital city of Pyrrhus, capture Scolar Visari, the Helghast leader, and hopefully put an end to this long and bloody war.
Killzone 2 is a First Person Shooter (FPS) and takes advantage of the PS3’s processing and high-definition power. It has received critical acclaim and early “Game of the Year” praise from just about every major gaming publication. The game looks stunningly realistic, even on a standard definition set. There is a lot of eye candy, to be sure. It offers some unique features, such as environmental hazards. Not only do you have to fight through the Helghast soldiers, but you also have to fight through and adapt to the Helghan’s planet environment itself. Also, there is a “lean-and-peek” cover system. Do not expect to go into this game running and gunning, or you will die and die often. In order to survive, you have to find cover and protect yourself as you try to move further and further into enemy lines. Killzone 2 is riding a huge wave of hype based on gameplay and features. Should you let your child talk you into buying this game because his friend that lives down the street has it? Read on and decide for yourself.
What Parents Need to Know
This is an M-Rated FPS involving many types of weapons. There is a lot of blood and gore. When you get shot, your screen is splattered with blood. Head shots are accompanied by blood sprays. Enemies act realistically based on where you shoot them. They do not just fall, they recoil. This is also a squad based FPS, so you see your compatriots being shot and dying right before your eyes.
The F-word is used frequently along with other swear words.
The name of God is taken in vain throughout the whole game.
This is a straight up shooter. There is nothing sexual in the game. I did not notice any sexual innuendo in the writing, either.
There is nothing spiritual in this game, negative or positive.
Personally I was not a big fan of Killzone 2, but that is in part because I generally enjoy third person action games over first person shooters. The game, however, is put together very well and if your child has a PS3 you should not be surprised if your child asks to rent or purchase this game. There is a large amount of blood and language as mentioned in this review that a parent should take into consideration, however, before making a decision on whether Killzone 2 is appropriate for their child or not.