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Killzone 2 -- latest pics!

Sony’s Halo-killing hopeful gears up with an arsenal of new screenshots

  • Unlike the first game, Killzone 2 will feature drivable vehicles. Whether they are land-based, airborne or both remains to be revealed.

  • Grenade launchers: a staple of all first-person shooters.

  • Helghan grunts on the prowl. Note the realistic depiction of lighting.

  • With their malignant glowing eyes and Nazi-influenced uniforms and regalia, the Helghast make for a suitably chilling enemy. It makes a nice change from the usual slimy aliens that dominate futuristic FPS games (Halo, Gears of War, et al.)

  • Killzone 2 will be out at the beginning of next year and will be exclusive to PlayStation 3.

  • Vikta troops press the attack.

  • Being an FPS action game, the arsenal of weaponry on offer in Killzone 2 is vast. In addition to classic mainstays like the M82-G and the StA-52 LA, a host of brand new firearms will also be available.

  • Developer Guerrilla Games (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) has promised more realistic and adaptive enemy AI this time around. In the original game, enemies were prone to making senseless kamikaze charges.

  • Like previous Killzone games, you’re not in the fight alone. At various intervals allied troops will battle alongside you and offer covering fire. This also broadens the scope of the game world and makes you feel like you’re part of a large-scale war.

  • This is a still from the original Killzone 2 trailer, which debuted at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2005. While mainstream critics were suitable amazed by the lifelike graphics, the gaming press questioned the validity of the footage.

  • The melee combat was fun, if a little undercooked, in the first game. If this screenshot is anything to go by, it looks like it will be returning.

  • Helghan concept art.

  • Killzone 2’s proprietary game engine promises to deliver a visual feast on par with anything else in development. The silken character animations and interactive environments need to be seen to be believed.

  • Ever since E3 2005 (and that headline-grabbing trailer), Killzone 2 has been one of the most hotly anticipated games for the PlayStation 3. The futuristic first-person shooter follows the actions and events after the original Killzone (which appeared on PlayStation 2), with the war between the planets Vekta and Helghan raging hotter than ever. Players will take on the role of special forces operative Sev as he brings the battle to the Helghan home world. With destructible environments, advanced enemy intelligence and a gripping storyline, the game is being tipped to be one of the most cinematic experiences to appear on any console.

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