Killzone HD Review

So that means it’s a no, then?

Posted By | On 01st, Nov. 2012 Under Reviews | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl


Bullshot

As an Avid fan of Killzone 2, it’s sort of hilarious how much I have lost interest in this franchise after playing Killzone 3, and now this–a remaster of the game that started it all. I’ll be honest here, I didn’t play the one on the PS2, because there was no interest. The franchise basically started with Killzone 2 for me and I, for one, was very excited to play the first game in HD.

A mistake… it was.

I thought Guerrilla Games were tech wizards. So what happened? Why does this game look rubbish? It’s not like my standards have changed drastically, I still play old, crappy looking games. But this, however, managed to offend me, and in a way I am sort of glad I didn’t play the game on the PS2.

It does do a lot of things right, however, with the weapon weight being portrayed accurately, and you also don’t see Sev anywhere. So no bad characters! (I like Rico). Sad thing is that, the Helghasts are less cooler here than they were in Killzone 2, and the game as whole was made by very inexperienced developers. No you don’t have to see the studio’s portfolio to tell this, the game tells you all that you need to know.

Brown recycled levels, some random levels with plants, and awful level design sometimes makes me think that Guerrilla just didn’t want to do this. Remaster this. Could have ported to a competent studio like Blue Point maybe? They did create the excellent God of War remasters, and quality-wise,  surely something like that would have been nice to have.

Yeah, that’s how it looks

You know the Halo: Combat Evolved remake by 343 Industries? That’s what these guys should have been targeting, because Guerrilla is basically the best studio Sony has when it comes to tech.

So what went wrong with this? This game is the perfect definition of the word generic. It might have been decent to look at half a decade ago on the PS2, but for a PS3 version it’s an abomination. It feels like you are just playing the PS2 game again, and when you compare it to the work 343 did, it’s highly disappointing.

You take control of characters that are very cool, I might add. Shooting the Helghast is a blast as always; the guns are quite satisfying to use and there are some unique ones here; the reload animations are amazing. So there’s fun to be had if you can tolerate the overall mediocrity that is presented before your eyes.

The AI is quite disappointing too. They, you know, the Helghasts, come and fall at your feet like, say, your cute doggie? Don’t go d’aww here though, obviously.

Best. FPS. Ever. (Yeah, “IMO”, and it’s my review.)

The levels are your standard FPS far with varied environments, and there’s one or two which looks significantly better than the rest. But having to dig a massive hole just to find water seems a bit stupid, doesn’t it? Yeah, I think that’s a perfect analogy for what you are getting here.

There are people who will dig the hole, while the majority i.e. 97.25% won’t. And yeah, that’s what the game is going to sell as well. Here’s a bold prediction, only 2.75% of people who own a PS3 are going to buy the game. I may seem overly harsh here, but there’s simply no excuse because Guerrilla Games is capable of much more. So what went wrong, again I ask? Did Sony give them $100 to finish this remaster? Or were their minds and hearts clearly somewhere else?

I wouldn’t recommend this ‘HD’ version even if you are a fan. But you already bought it, didn’t you? Yeah… like me. You can’t possibly be a bigger Killzone fan than me, though, and even if you are, coming from another Killzone bro, avoid this game.

This game was reviewed on the PS3.

THE GOOD

The animations are good. The weapons pack a punch. Shooting is generally satisfying.

THE BAD

Everything else.

Final Verdict

I wouldn't recommend this 'HD' version even if you are a fan. But you already bought it, didn't you? Yeah... like me.

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  • hush404

    Wow… I disagree. Killzone wasn’t the best game around, but 4.5 is a tad crazy. I’m having a blast going through it and only have issue with the brain-dead A.I.

    • Meisadragon

      I know what you mean, Hush. But the thing is, after playing Killzone 2 for 500 + hours, this just didn’t click with me.

      I expected a higher level of quality from Guerrilla Games.

    • hush404

      “I am sort of glad I didn’t play the game on the PS2.” – I think is where the problem starts.

      This is an established game. It was never announced as a full blown remake (which Halo Anniversary more or less is, as they’ve built almost everything from the ground up) and shouldn’t be compared as such in a review. Rather than looking at it for what it is (an up-resed version of a PS2 game, much like a lot of the PS2-PS3 collection games are, yes even God of War) you’re comparing it to remakes (Halo Anni) and Sequels (killzone 2) that have been built around much more powerful hardware, rather than simply ported with a coat of HD paint.

      Which has me still disagreeing.

      Also, I found your comment about the game being developed by ‘very experienced developers” kind of strange. Do you mean the port was handled by said group or do you mean the team behind the original 2004, PS2 game? If you mean the PS2 game… it was literally their 2nd released title as a developer, a month after their first game, ‘Shellshock Nam67’ came out. Also, at that point, they weren’t owned by Sony.

      //Just my 2cents. I’m aware that each review is personal and thus you don’t need to answer to any reader, but I just want to give you something to chew on and challenge your thinking.

    • Kartik Mudgal

      Oh yeah, I meant “inexperienced” there. Thanks for pointing it out.

      You know, I probably should have played the PS2 version, but I did honestly mention it in the review. The problem is, I found it to be a real chore to power through this game for some reason. I think when you start analyzing things closely, even little ones tend to stand out more.

      There’s also a certain level of quality to be expected from Guerrilla Games. Now yes, there’s a price difference between this and Halo Anniversary, but at least that game was treated with respect by Microsoft. I would have gladly paid $40 for this, but the level of quality for the price asked ($15) is too low. I mean, apart from the trophies I felt like you are basically getting the same game as the PS2 version with a little bit of enhancements here and there.

    • Meisadragon

      Oh yeah, I meant “inexperienced” there. Thanks for pointing it out.

      You know, I probably should have played the PS2 version, but I did honestly mention it in the review. The problem is, I found it to be a real chore to power through this game for some reason. I think when you start analyzing things closely, even little ones tend to stand out more.

      There’s also a certain level of quality to be expected from Guerrilla Games. Now yes, there’s a price difference between this and Halo Anniversary, but at least that game was treated with respect by Microsoft. I would have gladly paid $40 for this, but the level of quality for the price asked ($15) is too low. I mean, apart from the trophies I felt like you are basically getting the same game as the PS2 version with a little bit of enhancements here and there.

    • hush404

      Do you feel that other PS2 HD games were different? I love the HD collections that have come out, be it the God of War, Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Tomb Raider, etc etc and every single one of them seemed to the the exact same thing that Killzone HD has done. They’ve all been upresed and “basically getting the same game as the PS2 version with a little bit of enhancements here and there.” IMO. I don’t see how this title is any different… and if you had purchased Killzone HD in the pack with KZ2 and KZ3, it matches pricing schemes with those above mentioned titles.

      I think you’re caught up on the fact that this title isn’t a full blown remake and thus it hurts the game.

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