Killzone 2: 2005, '07 and '08 graphics compared in video

E3 2005 gave us the infamous MotorStorm and Killzone 2 trailers. They looked amazing - too good to be true. And of course, they were too good to be true, generated as 'target footage' by Sony. MotorStorm came close (sort of) but failed. And now we've got playable preview version of Killzone 2 sitting in our PS3, we can tell you that it doesn't look as good as that early footage.

It looks better.

Don't believe us? Then take a look at this video which shows you the E3 2005 target footage, interspersed with similar scenes from our copy of the game. The overall effect is clear - most of what happens looks better in the real thing.

Our second video compares the 'gameplay footage' officially released by Sony last year with a direct feed from our preview version of the game. The main differences we can see are a vastly reduced fire trail from the downed personnel carrier, and the game does pause to load momentarily as Alpha team lands, where it doesn't in last year's trailer.

We're looking forward to receiving a review copy of the game. In the mean-time, check out our most recent preview, or our experience of the multiplayer mode. But the simple fact is, Killzone 2 looks sensational and not only matches that jaw-dropping early showing but even surpasses it in places. Sony deserves an apology - it really did deliver on this one.

17 Dec, 2008


  • WeirdJamFace - December 22, 2008 1:18 p.m.

    the graphics are awesome but it has the "gears" colour scheme...(AKA grey)
  • izosity - December 21, 2008 3:11 p.m.

    no way it looks as good as they said it would in 2005
  • AXISPAW - December 20, 2008 12:39 p.m.

    It really annoys me that all the xbox fanboys complain about the same thing, that its 'too grey' seriously? go back in time to nazi germany, soviet russia etc and im sure you will find that the colour pallette of architecture was in fact quite grey and dull, not all bright and colourful like a disney film that halo fans seem to want. Dont get me wrong, i still prefer my 360 to my ps3 (at least for now) but no way could the 360 handle this game and i would love to see what spec of pc you would need to run this game. I cant wait for it, well done geurilla.
  • K9unittp - December 19, 2008 2:06 p.m.

    will this game be on the 360?
  • pot - December 19, 2008 2:22 a.m.

    lol 360 haters called gears "too grey", ps3 haters say who cares? ps3 haters call kz2 "too grey" but 360 haters say who cares? Anyway, hopefully kz turns out to be a great game, I rarely game on my ps3 since I finished mgs4. I use my ps3 primarily for bluray viewing now so I'd like to pick up kz2 if the story and gameplay turn out well.
  • jtan189 - December 18, 2008 2:44 p.m.

    Damn it really does look amazing. Can't wait to play it.
  • xXHaloKillerXx - December 18, 2008 12:43 p.m.

    It looks like the grenade launcher is now a flashlight.
  • GR_JustinTowell - December 18, 2008 11:22 a.m.

    @ELpork - It's true that a lot of that is FMA cinematic, but the flamethrower and rocket launcher bits are in game, being played by yours truly. And I think you'll agree the graphics there are just as detailed as the cut scenes.
  • Furyspittles - December 18, 2008 8:33 a.m.

    haha, i second that love. anyway, jeez, this looks amazing...wasnt sure about it, seeing its a shoot em up, but this DEFINATELY looks worth playing. and who honestly gives a crap about grey colours? that sure as heck isnt what i think about when i watch that video. bet it isnt what ill be thinking about when i play the game either.
  • bassfu - December 18, 2008 5:52 a.m.

    I love how GR tries to compare graphics after compressing the shit out of the video.
  • FriendlyFire - December 18, 2008 5:16 a.m.

    From what you're saying all FPS games are basically clones of Halo and none should ever be played again. You sure that's "mainstream gaming propaganda" or just that many people actually LIKE the games?
  • RonnyLive19881 - December 18, 2008 4:27 a.m.

    Its games like this that make me hate Halo. Clones are just as boring as the one they clone from. It pisses me off. KZ one sucked and the media is treating this like it's Jesus's second coming, when in reality its just like every other FPS that has released since Halo 1 came out! Back up a good game like Okami or Braid and feel good about your self instead of falling into the mainstream gaming propaganda Lol!
  • Faction - December 18, 2008 3:39 a.m.

    It looks great, and it plays just as good. but if anyone has noticed, it doesn't sound nearly as awesome as that first trailer. I hope that more games adopt HDR sound, it just makes a game that much better.
  • crazytar - December 18, 2008 midnight

    if i had a ps3 i would definately get this game
  • Jaces - December 17, 2008 11:34 p.m.

    Can't wait. Anyone who complains about "washed out colors" or it being "too grey"....seriously?!
  • Synster - December 17, 2008 7:34 p.m.

    The absolute one thing I'm cynical about for this Game? Controls. And even there, it barely falters, only with the fact of a Hold-Crouch( I hated this in Resistance: Fall of Man.) and click-on Iron sites. Otherwise, I'm all for Febuary 27th.
  • John-117 - December 17, 2008 5:38 p.m.

    Can't wait to early 2009 this Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter 4 are already getting me excited about the next year in games. Though I'm pretty broke because of this year this game looks like a buy as of now. Hopefully what people have been saying about the COD4 feel for the controls because I loved COD4. Here's hoping it turns out great.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 17, 2008 4:42 p.m.

    Wow, i'm seeing 450,000 shades of grey. great job, sony! sarcasm =)
  • Bronzus - December 17, 2008 4:19 p.m.

    Meh. Looks like it's been through a grey stainer.
  • Jacob816 - December 17, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    F1rst! I can't wait for this game. I was in the beta, and it already looked amazing, and everyone says that the finished game will look even better.

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