Halo Reach versus Killzone 2 HD screenshot comparison

Posted By | On 14th, Feb. 2010 Under Screenshots | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

Halo Reach is arguably Xbox 360’s biggest game this year. Yes it has Fable III, Alan Wake and Splinter Cell: Conviction, but come on, we all know the impact that Halo games make on Microsoft’s console. Killzone 2 is without a doubt the most amazing looking first person shooter even a year after its release. So we at GamingBolt decided to do a high definition screen shot comparison of both these games. We do know that Halo Reach still has got many months before its release, but this comparison will give you an idea where it stands now.

Note: Click the images to see the images in high definition. The first image is from Halo Reach and the second is from Killzone 2 in each of the respective comparisons.

Comparison 1:

In this round we will compare how the two games match up from the normal view which is the first person view. This view gives us a good idea on how the guns are modeled like the depth of chasis and the display panels. The first thing that really catches the eye is the gun that the protagonist is holding. I am not sure at which resolution will the final game be running at but the guns look bland. I mean if you compare the gun in the Killzone 2 screen shot below, the depth, the corners and the other details have been modeled in an amazing way. Even if you look at the digital display on the gun, it looks very low resolution, whereas the one in Killzone 2 has the real “lens” effect. Just as a general first impression Halo Reach doesn’t seem to impress me visually in the first person mode.

Comparison 2:

In this round we will compare the bad guys. The Helghast were an amazing breed of villains in Killzone not just visually but also how their artificial intelligence was handled by Guerilla games. Visually they look threatening; the bombs belt around their shoulders, the red menacing eyes and the shadow effect on their clothes and the body is jaw dropping. Also their guns are immaculately detailed and complete with overall superior animations. The enemies in Halo Reach look as good. If you take a closer look, these guys are fighting out in the open and smaller details like the sun shining on the armor, the tongues coming out of their ugly jaws and the way the hair is rendered goes a long way in making this screen shot visually appealing. In this round Halo Reach ties in with Killzone 2.

Comparison 3:

In this round we will compare the infrastructure as found in both of the games. The one thing I really liked about this Halo Reach screenshot is the attention to smaller details. The setting here is an in house facility and all the objects which you will normally find in such a place is present. The speakers, wires crawling on the ground and the amazing shadow effects. This particular screen shot is very impressive due to the relation of the objects and it’s setting. So how does Killzone 2 compare? The setting here is on a train. And to be honest this screen shot has the amazing details that the entire game had but it doesn’t really have the wow factor as compared to Halo Reach. The overall design is very good but the rendering of the objects from the top view is low resolution as compared to Halo Reach.

Comparison 4:

This round will give us a good idea on how your team mates and other things like ground surface and background objects are modeled. Killzone looks amazing in this one; the IAS guy looks to be superbly modeled with his gears and guns nicely detailed as well. Even the ground surfaces don’t look bland and objects in the background don’t look low resolution. It’s raining in the image and the fog effect in the background makes the screenshot much better. On the other hand, Halo reach despite having some great character models, doesn’t truly shine on the rendering of the ground surface (looks like an “Xbox1” ground). The background objects are OK but they really don’t gel along with the mountains especially the complex behind the tree. It’s a no brainer on who is winning here.

Judging by the screen shots above, Killzone 2 is a better looking game. But Bungie still has time to up the ante. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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  • i havent play it both.. but i think modern warfare 2 is better than halo n Killzone2.
    if considering on online plays. i think halo will be better than Killzone2. it has tons of room n player available than Killzone2

  • Rafa

    Unfair comparison. Reach will feature 4 lpayers co-op campaign + split-screen support (KZ2 doesn´t have any of this). That means Bungie had to dedicate their time between graphics and co-op campaign, while KZ2 devs cold focus much more in graphics.

    Not to mention that adding co-op campaign may require graphics downgrade. Uncharted 2 have co-op, but a separate one and much less epic

  • pABLO

    Why dont you just say Killzone 2 is better than Halo reach, bungie still has half a year to make the game better, dont judge a game in progress with a game that has been out for year

  • derek

    stinking haters those people who always compare games with halo reach are being ridicilous.

  • Dave

    Graphics alone Killzone 2 is hard to beat, comparing it to any game. But gameplay is really what matters to most. I loved Killzone 2 gameplay (except some of the gun controls like the aiming and zoom). Halo 3 was really good, as far as gameplay, yet ODST was mediocre, at best. Hopefully Reach will be more on the lines of Halo 3. I still doubt it will be better than Killzone 2, although with the Halo fan base it will outsell it.

  • Killzone 3 looks better in every screenshot, but what is going to matter is gameplay not graphics in the end. There is only so much better the graphics can get for this generation on the 360.

    I think Dave hit it on the head, I hope Bungie focuses on Halo Reach’s experience more, because ODST was pretty lame.

  • bob

    This isn’t a very good comparison. The Reach screenshots are from before thanksgiving 2009, they are pre-aplha screenshots. We are going to have to wait for the full game before we can make a proper assessment.

    I really don’t see any point in comparing these games anyway, they have a very different art style.

  • Jake

    It’s funny how a game in alpha stage is already being compared to a game which has been made, polished, and shipped. Reach already looks better in one comparison, but the environment wasn’t anywhere near finished in the early alpha screenshots, which is what we’re seeing. I think that kind of voids comparison 1 and 4. #3 was an example in which they’d obviously worked on making that area look good. Give it some more time and I have faith Reach will look just as good, and probably even better than Killzone 2.

  • alj


    this gun is more real and it has more poligons

  • alj

    vean este link esta mucho mejor el rifle que el que pusieron contra kill zone 2 de asalto mas real mientras que ese es de hace 1 año de desarrollo era como del 40 % y la del lin es de 95% miren y se ve muchisimo mejor ,regresen su comentario y que opinan cual se ve mejor ahora?


    see this link is much better than the gun was pushed against the assault zone 2 kill more real while that is 1 year of development was as 40% and that of lin is 95% look and is much more to it, return their comments and saying which is better?


  • alj

    Este link muestra un un video DE NUEVO EN LA BRECHA de como es el rifle de asalto en febrero 2010 Vean se ve Mucho Mejor Que El rifle de asalto de halo reach anterior que en la captura HD de arriba de halo reach , Hicieron una captura de pantalla de hace año y medio de desarrollo del rifle de asalto de halo reach ,hubieran puesto la actual del 2010 y ya lo hubieran comparado con killzone 2 .Pero halo reach ovia mente sera mejor en cuanto tecnicamente poligonos y misma resolucion mejores fisicas y gestos que killzone 2, solo que por ahora kill zone 2 es poco mas atractivo que halo reach alfa pero en cuanto graficos estan parejos hasta ahora
    mirenlo ¡…………………..

    This link shows a video AGAIN IN THE GAP of like the assault rifle in February 2010 See it looks much better than the assault rifle in halo above Reach HD capture halo overhead reach, made a catch screen for a year and half development of halo assault rifle reach, had placed the current 2010 and have already compared to killzone 2. But Ovia mind Reach halo will be better technically as polygons and the same resolution and physical gestures that killzone 2, except that now kill zone 2 is slightly more attractive than halo Reach alpha but graphics are evenly matched as far
    Check it out

  • poiro

    to back up everyone whos saying the top picture is alpha and the gun models have been improved heres a link http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y349/Breny93/Comparison.png

  • Galactus

    Si las imagenes de la alpha de Reach ya compiten con el Killzone 2 terminado solo queda concluir que el Reach terminado hara pasar verguenza a Killzone 2 en graficos (damos por hecho que ya en todo lo demas -ventas, jugabilidad, escala, IA, fisicas, etc) Killzone 2 pasara verguenza ante Reach, si ya la pasaba ante Halo 3). A ver que puede hacer Killzone 3 aunque nunca llegara al nivel de escala e IA que Halo Reach

  • Ratchet510

    it has always been killzone 2 from the beggining of it’s first video, halo reach environments look the same as halo 3 theres nothing new about that. but i do got to admit that the graphics on the guns have upgraded good job bungie. so yea killzone 2 will always look better because they spent so many years on it, even if halo passes killzone 2 graphics they got to get up to killzone 3 lol, and the only game thats close to killzone from the 360 is gears of war 3. overall killzone 2 all the way. so who wanna play me in killzone 2 this my playstation name Max300 and my 360 account Ratchet510 or FKRatchetDedLok play ya on gears or halo.

  • ZoggyDog

    It’s a bit silly to be comparing Halo Reach to Killzone 2, when Killzone 3 has already been announced and will probably be closer to reach in terms or release date.

  • Carl

    Killzone 2 looks more sharp, but Reach have better lightning and enviroment in my opinion.

    Ah screw it. Crysis beats all

  • The pictures from Halo reach need to be updated badly, there from Pre-Alpha. The Beta made a massive improvement on the graphics and now that it’s out you can still see some more graphical improvements.

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  • jay

    first of all your an idioticbutt for comparing killzone to halo
    A: killzone has has KILLER graphics
    B:halos storyline brought my grampa to tears
    while-what kill who

  • Bridger Murray

    Those screenshots of halo have been edited and lowered resolution.


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