Games That Nobody Plays Anymore: Killzone 2

[Games That Nobody Plays Anymore is a weekly series written by Nathan Hardisty with a little title card help from Juan Houter. It’s an on-going series about the forgotten games of yesteryear, and doesn’t totally reflect the title. Remember; nobody stops playing these games; it’s just a title. Don’t make something of it or I will come down to your house and ask you politely to stop. If you have any suggestions for future titles to ‘GTNPA’ don’t forget to leave me a comment!]

I think the words that I use have seem to have run their course. I’m bored. To be quite honest, doing this week in week out is killing me. I tease about my essays (two of which are out next week, based around the game ‘Limbo’) and I generally don’t add too much to commentary and review surrounding videogames. Maybe I’m growing old, maybe there’s nothing I can do. We’re all trapped in a world of literal and metaphorical static. We are not moving, but our entertainment is. Our idols are moving. Superheroes, astronauts, sports stars are all moving in directions that we cannot hope to comprehend.


Killzone 2 is a game about shooting people, and harming people, what else are videogames about? What else have we been doing these past few decades but killing things, squashing things (I might touch on this someday – yay tease). It’s set in space and against some aliens or something called the Helghast who want to kill things. The original Killzone is engraved in my mind not for sheer deprived quality or the direct opposite, but for annoying me enough to stop playing. There is one level in which the level design is so terrible, so monotonous that I just gave up entirely.

Going into Killzone 2, years late I might add, was not an easy task. I threw myself directly into multiplayer, to get a bite of the cake, and I found myself surprised. I liked it. It had this edge, this bitter-sweetness about the way it went about itself. The realism perhaps got in the way ever so slightly, and the graphics weren’t very clean. I prefer art style over photorealism, as I find it odd that videogames are meant to be an escape from the real world and yet some of them are dictated to mirror the real world. Obviously, Killzone 2 is set on an alien world, but it’s presented with this photorealism which, in all honesty, just doesn’t appeal to me.

You shoot people, in the game, and that’s it. What can I say that hasn’t been said before? The guns are nice, the AI is okay, grenades are grenades. Multiplayer is fun and has character classes. The word ‘generic’ is thrown around a lot, and I don’t think Killzone 2 is generic. There’s something about it that just doesn’t fit in, even as someone who talks about game design for a living, it’s hard to say what. The story is okay, there’s no big hitting emotional punch, but it does help to create a believable war with alien Nazis. It’s got the edge.

I talked about ‘the edge’ in my Section 8 Review. The edge that just appears in good FPSs, the edge that makes it diverse and perhaps distinguishable from the usual slop of shooters. Killzone 2 has the edge, but I’m not sure what it is. It’s one giant question that settled over my head for all the campaign I played and the hours of multiplayer I played. It’s fun, it’s deep and it has this good feel to it. Maybe I’m just grump or something, but there’s nothing that I actually remember. In every game, pretty much, I can point out good similarities, symbolism and good game design.

Maybe I’ve found the perfect game. One that is safe in its message, one that does everything that it sets out to do – right, one that has the edge. But it doesn’t… I don’t know. For a games journalist, who’s supposed to write about games, I have nothing to write about Killzone 2. I am tired, I do need a change, I’ve felt like I’ve been here so many times that it’s starting to play tricks with my head. Killzone 2 is fun, but maybe it just has an empty feeling about it, like there’s no actual passion that drives it. That’s not to insult the developer, but the game just doesn’t have anything going for it.

Man I’m old.

Next week: Something to cheer me up, Hitman Blood Money.

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  • alex

    millions of people playing it, lol

    • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

      no one reads articles lol

  • jon

    Um a lot of people still play it, not as big as COD though.

  • D

    Lots of people are still playing KZ2
    What the heck are you talking about?

  • hex_a_decimal

    What the hell are you talk about? this game is still played by many players. I dont know who made you a “game journalist” or if thats what you just call yourself to feel good, but your article horrible and you should do your research on the subject commenting on it.

  • Xyconaut

    I teabagged this “journalist” in the game,its no wonder he has no good memories of it or its strong online community,also teabagged his mother in real life,although shes not complaining,maybe cause her mouth is muffled? 😀

    • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

      Well done, you found the keyboard.

  • Herbert

    Sites no one visits anymore: Platform Nation. Man I’m old.

    • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

      You’re visiting here.

  • flerp

    Lol, oddly enough I’ve been playing plenty of KZ2 online recently, and it is very, very busy! Silly and ignorant article.

  • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

    As I wrote in the text:

    [It’s an on-going series about the forgotten games of yesteryear, and doesn’t totally reflect the title. Remember; nobody stops playing these games; it’s just a title. Don’t make something of it or I will come down to your house and ask you politely to stop.]

  • Axe99

    Nathan, if only the point you make there was the only issue with your comment. Although, given that KZ2 is still played fairly extensively, given it’s age, any journalist worth their salt would have mentioned this given the headline of the column.

    But then there’s the writing! If you look at the number of words used to express how you feel, relative to actual information on the game, it makes it clear that the point of this article isn’t about Killzone 2 at all, but rather about your struggle with doing this column each week. However, despite all of the comments about your ‘review fatigue’, you never draw the conclusion that your inability to find passion in KZ2 could well be related to your lack of passion in general (which is actually quite common ;)).

    There was also no acknowledgement that many have really enjoyed KZ2 (it’s still my top console ‘action’ FPS ever, and I’ve played a lot of ’em, from MoH on the PSX and Goldeneye on the N64 through to the present), and that the ‘weightiness’ of the controls divided the audience, with the arcade CoD crowd struggling to cross over, but many actually enjoying the added immersion that the inertia brought with it.

    • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

      Well I imagine that people actually read my articles, instead of skipping straight to the comments box.

      The hypothesis that you’ve made, review fatigue, is the exact one I wanted readers to come to. I didn’t want to link the two because I wanted someone to point it out.

      I enjoyed Killzone 2, I really did, but it’s just my personal review fatigue that diminished most of that enjoyment.

      I still think it’s a top-class FPS, but it’s not exactly a good game for the time being, maybe I should’ve left it for a little while.

  • Mike

    So you’re saying the game sucks because in your own opinion the game doesn’t appeal to YOU.

    Today’s journalism is garbaje if it’s not MW2 the game sucks. Seriously if you’re getting payed to write this garbaje then im more then overwhelmed how stupid fanboys get to write on the internet.

    PS On topic the game is clearly active, instead of writing garbaje go play MW2 cuz it seems you suck at KZ2.

    • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

      Reviewing games means having a personal opinion and using facts/reasons/evidence to backup my opinions.

    • Chris

      “Today’s journalism is garbaje if it’s not MW2 the game sucks.”


      #1. Learn to spell.
      #2. MW2!!!
      #3. Mw2, to the none-casual, Fails.

      • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)


        • Chris


          • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

            NOT AS GOOD AS HALO 3 THOUGH ;/

  • Platform Liar

    Why do you lie? Tons of people play this daily and have been. Just because you don’t play this game doesn’t mean no one is playing it. May not have the same players as mw2 but it does have a loyal fan base with plenty of players to play even at late night and early mornings. Fucking liar.

    • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

      Swearing is for cool people.

  • Diago

    This article is so off, i couldn’t even begin to counter al the wrongs in it.

    The writer is an obvious noob to gaming and doesn’t know he’s mouth from he’s asshole.

    Killzone 2 is one of the (if not the) greatest First PErson Shooters ever developed for a console.
    Its GFX are beyond anything out still! and its play mechenics bring symplistic shooters like Halo to shame, on every single front.

    Killzone 2 is still very much played world wide.

    Nathan Hardisty .. shame on you fool.

    • Nathan Hardisty (Bananahs)

      Mr T here. You stole my catchphrase.

      • Diago

        And thats your reply…

        Instead of going through your foults and open your mind on the matter, like a grown man would do after hitting the wall at 80mph like you did with an article as off as this one.

        I’m going to make an offord to keep your troll blogs off of N4G.


        The word Fool excisted before the A-Team, lol, can you get anything right ?

  • i pity the fool

  • sohio

    Jesus, people, settle down. Go write you’re own article if you don’t like it.

    However Nathan, as soon as you type in “Killzone’ into google, that headline is one of the first things you see. Not cool.

  • Bobby

    This amazes me. All of you people obviously read the title, zip down to the comments box, and leave a scathing comment defending your oh-so-beloved game.

    Screw your heads on right and read the entire article. God damn you are all stupid. But reading your comments did provide me with a few minutes of comedic entertainment.

    Here, since you only go to the comments section, I’ll help you all out:


  • Nick

    Nathan Hardisty, you have just pee’d on all the ps3 fans halo. I do understand what you are tring to say in your article, kz2 is a forgetable game kind of like fear 2 not saying its a bad game its just a game that had its 15 min of fame……ps I just like to say that I am a fan of your writing.

    • Diago

      Nathan, is that you?

      lol, how obvious.

  • Please people, read more then the title, pretty much every comment that has been given on this article shows that no one actually read what was wrote, I mean come on, just look at the first paragraph.

  • Great article Nathan, I enjoyed this read and while I was a huge fan of Killzone 2, I do know what you mean, it just didn’t have or you really couldn’t grasp the “it” factor of KZ2. It was a great game, it just was missing that little bit of magic that would have put it on the top.

  • philip

    all of you people that got mad at this authors article are ignorant. Like he said at the beginning this is just a name for a on going series. He has his own opinion you may or may not agree but for fucks sake be an adult about it. Good article

    • Diago

      Saying shit like Nobody plays KZ2 anymore has nothing to do with an opinion, since its an obvious fact that KZ2 still has Millions of ppl logging in daily.

      Nathan,. stop protecting yourself using different names… fool.

  • Justin

    It is a sad sight to see so little discussion about what is obviously the case and touched on only briefly in the comments: the review fatigue.

    I understand ideas of personal taste weigh very heavily upon experience, and even a general distaste for continuing something that feels tedious. Hell, I definitely understand editorializing to whatever extent is desired.

    This article, even with decent points throughout, had significant tones of personal lament unrelated to the subject-matter. I have no advice or suggestions other than to say that a pity-party in a public forum seems… unprofessional?

    On the other hand, perhaps the drudgery will round itself out once something particularly shining comes through.

  • Mark

    LMAO at the crybabies jumping on the authors nuts in here.

    MW2 is still going strong and Reach is dropping soon.

    Killzone who???

  • killzone someone needs to kill this boring article and you can all spank my hairy butt yee harrrrrr

  • ” it’s just a title” yeah to get more traffic to your shitty website. Everyone still plays this game probably not you becuase your gay but oh well we dont need another gay person KZ2. GTFO fail article fail writer..

  • MW2 blows, halo blows, the “it” factor is made to protect your fanboyism… PLEASE KEEP THIS SHIT OFF OF N4G