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To say the Killzone franchise has come a long way would probably be the grossest understatement of all time along with “The Rolling Stones are an okay rock n’ roll band”. The first game was good, but extremely over-hyped to its own detriment. Billed as Sony’s “Halo-killer,” the original Killzone was released in 2004 to mediocre reviews and practically zero fanfare.

However, there was quite a few things to like about Guerrilla Game’s first Killzone outing. While it lacked the polish, to put it nicely, of Bungie’s genre-redefining Halo, it offered a stark contrast to Master Chief’s bullet-soaking recharging energy shield and super jumping shenanigans. It took a more realistic and down-to-Earth (or perhaps down-to-Vetka would be more accurate) approach to the sci-fi shooter. Unreal Tournament participants jumped around the stage with the help of a rocket launcher, but there was no jump button to speak of in Killzone. »

- Jon Chrisawn

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