So the first results are in. PS3%26rsquo;s flagship title, Killzone 2, is about to break cover and the early reviews are already coo-ing over Sony%26rsquo;s shooter.
We'll be delivering our very own, no holds-barred verdict on Monday, but in the meantime here%26rsquo;s what the critics have had to say so far.
Official PlayStation Magazine UK - 9/10
...this is PS3 showing what it%26rsquo;s truly capable of and delivering a landmark piece of explosive entertainment you can%26rsquo;t afford to miss.
Official PlayStation Magazine US - 5/5
... it%26rsquo;s fitting that the end feels like you%26rsquo;ve stepped off a rollercoaster; a little shaken having endured the odd moment that wasn%26rsquo;t perfectly fluid but ultimately beaming with satisfaction of a great ride experienced.
The Portugese counterpart agree but either something has been lost in translation or they%26rsquo;re kings of contradiction as these quotes prove...
Official PlayStation Magazine Portugal - 9/10
... very solid gameplay that succeeds in innovating with the inplementation of a cover system. Immediately followed by...the cover system doesn%26rsquo;t always work in the most adequate way.
Croatian mag Gameplay creamed their knickers entirely with their praise and awarded maximum points with their odd-scoring system%26hellip;
Gameplay - 20/20
... Although Crysis (the only real Killzone 2 competitor) looks more realistic, KZ2 is at the moment the absolute winner considering visual beauty and graphic accomplishments.
Taking the shine off these glowing reviews is men%26rsquo;s mag Maxim with this gem...
Maxim US - 3.5/5
...impressive lighting effects, motion blur and graphics make this first-person shooter the hottest girl at the ball, if not quite the best dancer.
Note: This is the %26lsquo;whole%26rsquo; Maxim review for Killzone 2. All 24 words of it for potentially one of the biggest games of the year. It even scored less than 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, which bagged a 4/5. They also claim that Street Fighter IV lacks %26lsquo;old school soul%26rsquo;. Oh dear.
So there you have it. Tune in to GamesRadar next Monday for our definitive and unbiased Killzone 2 review.