You are landing in a war zone with gun fire all around you. Your comrades cursing at you as they jump ship and make their way for cover.
As you are able to take the reigns as "Sev" the main character, you find yourself faced with a world of harsh muted colors and gunfire from every side.
Killzone 2 is the hot new game releasing this month on the PlayStation3. With its transition to Sony's next-gen console, Killzone 2 brings a new realism to the first person shooter (FPS) genre that it hasn't had in the past few years.
But is it appropriate for your children? The game is rated M for mature audiences, which means only people 18 and older should play it. Most mature-rated games have adult content, such as graphic violence, graphic language, adult situations, and partial nudity.
Killzone 2's realistic take a sci-fi warfare is highly detailed.
Guerilla took great care in crafting this game to be one of the most sought after FPS games on the market.
As you play through the first portion of the demo, you are immediately hit with the first reason this game is rated M.
Your fellow soldiers begin bleating out expletives as gunfire pummels your aircraft. As you make your way through the game world, your comrades will continue using their foul language as they take gunfire and hunker down for cover.
According to the makers of the game, "Killzone 2 supports 7.1 surround (sound) with location-specific audio."
This allows you to immerse yourself in the game and gives you a strong sense of being in the middle of the conflict by "providing players the opportunity to experience sound and music that are not only dynamic but in context to indoor and outdoor locations."
The game takes you to the battlefield, letting you fight.
It's depiction of war is done very well (picture Saving Private Ryan on a different planet.) The opening level of the demo felt a bit reminiscent to storming Normandy as bullets whiz by your head. Enemies react to bullet wounds with such variety that it is rare to see repeat animation.
Not for Kids
But, Killzone 2 is not meant for a younger audience. The blood splatter that comes out of wounded enemies is some of the most realistic I have seen to date. Also, this game is so realistic that it brings the intensity of some battle sequences to an overwhelming level at times.
Ultimately Killzone 2 is a strong contender to be one of the best FPS games on the market. With action sequences that are visually stunning and an array of weapons and vehicles, Killzone 2 will be high on gamer's wish list. But with content that is akin to violent war scenes, it is a game that is definitely geared towards a more mature demographic.
Be aware that the content is not appropriate for young children. It is very realistic. The language is coarse and the blood effects leave little to the imagination.
This is a game that you have to keep on your radar - knowing that it's well-made and that kids are waiting anxiously to play it when it releases on Feb. 27.
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