Some say K2 has the best graphics ever seen in a video game (in realism terms) some say its just another depressing brown and grey shooter.Now of course having the best graphics around is one thing but it all means nothing if you dont have a good game underneath all the smoke and mirrors, this is where opinions are divided.
The controls- If you've not heard this is no run 'n' gun fest (you NEED to take cover) the developers decided that to add more realism to the game that weapons should be heavy, now its hard to describe without trying yourself but 'heavy ' are a good idea of what you're up against . Now i turned up the sensitivity of the sticks to the max which does improve the controls (now even better due to a high precision mode added in a patch), basically your an average soldier not superman so you stuggle to lift up your weapons cos in real life these guns would be heavy. If you want COD4 controls you wont find them here but if you persevere you'll get the hang of it. In this game the controls are the dealbreaker.
Now the Campaign/Story mode
There is nothing new or spectacular here. The back story is you the ISA travel to the planet of Helghan to wage war on the Helghast after they invaded your planet in the previous game. This consists of you playing as Sev and another soldier Rico taking the fight to the Helghast in one big set piece after another. Simple. Now getting from A to B you will encounter Helghast along the way and these guys are no pushover.
One of the best points of this game is the enemy AI, just like real life opponents they will draw you out with grenades, flank you from all sides, blind fire from behind cover and continually change positions of cover so you will never get the drop on them, at times it feels like your playing real people the AI is so good. Unfortunately your comrades dont share the same intelligence and will regularly charge into battle and need reviving.
Dialogue- Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) voicing General Radec and Brian Cox (Bourne Identity) as Emperor Visari are 2 stand out performances apart from those its the usual profanity based squaddie speak we expect from FPS these days.
For people who like to use vehicles there aren't that many chances to do so. Without going into details there are the standard vehicles that you get in every FPS these days and its a bit of a let down until near the end when you get to use a .....(I wont spoil it for you).
Warzone Online Multiplayer is where this game shines. You can choose to create max 32 player battles where you decide the maps, guns, badges, ranks, match types (team deathmatch, assaasination, search and destroy and more) etc. Similar To COD4 you are constantly rewarded for gaining XP, rewards include new classes and abilities such as Medics (revive fallen comrades) Engineers (repair ammo piles and set up turrets) to Snipers ( don the invisibility cloak) plus many more. The way it works is you unlock a new class and its primary abiliy, use the ability 8 times and you unlock the second ability, do that 8 times and you get a badge meaning you can mix and match abilities with other classes you've already unlocked. You will always have something to play for.
If you're offline then you have Skirmish mode, basically a 16 player Warzone, except with AI bots, you get all the same options as in Warzone. Bot AI can be changed to be more challenging pesonally i used this as a training mode for Warzone and to get the feel of the maps. DLC maps can also be used in Skirmish mode.
Killzone 2 isn't innovate or original, but that does'nt make it any less impressive. I loved K2 and at £18 its worth the gamble, adapt to the controls and you will love it too. If you dont, well.....