The Top 7… games you either love or hate

What lovers see: The killer app that finally, definitively proves the power of the PS3. A gritty and gory powerhouse, with eye-popping graphics unsurpassed on any console and spectacular battles which would seem at home on any movie screen. Gears of War 2 has cover? Killzone 2 has better cover, keeping you immersed in first-person the entire time. Halo 3 has multiplayer? Killzone 2 has better multiplayer, supporting up to 32 players in frenzied yet surprisingly organized carnage.

This was a make-or-break title for Sony’s superior console and, without a doubt, it made it.

What haters see: The “killer” app that finally, definitively deflates the hype of the PS3. Processing and technology may be on this exclusive’s side, but inspiration and originality are in short supply. What’s the point of fancy graphics if they’re wasted on dull hallways, musty warehouses, interchangeable enemies and forgettable heroes? Why copy Gears of War if you can’t get the cover system right and you don’t bother including co-op? Who cares about 32 people if the multiplayer doesn’t give them anything new or interesting to do?

This was a make-or-break title for Sony’s struggling console and, without a doubt, it broke it.

Notable battles:
Absolute Gamer and POM Australia reviews (via Metacritic)
Killzone 2: The “1000/10” Score (Eegra)
Killzone 2: The “7/10” Verdict (Edge Online)
Edge Review: A Disservice to Game Consumers (PSXExtreme)
How Killzone 2 is blatantly better than Halo 3 (Destructoid)
Killzone 2 vs. 2008’s best shooters (GamesRadar)


What lovers see: The most perfect formula for a videogame ever. First, zombies. Not just a handful of zombies to blast away with a shotgun, but never-ending armies of zombies to dispatch with a seemingly infinite supply of weapons. Second, the suburban mall setting that, while fulfilling every horror movie buff’s dream, also provides a wide open sandbox and mind-boggling replay value. Third, zombies. You can chop their heads off with a lawnmower inside the food court, for God’s sake!

What haters see: The biggest missed opportunity for a videogame ever. “Zombies in a mall” should be automatic fun, but Dead Rising practically bends over backwards to ruin that experience. The weapons are temporary. The save system is unforgiving. The boss battles are unfair and the human survivors (ahem, Otis) are exasperating. Shooting a gun is almost impossible; reading text on a standard def television is impossible. Worst of all? The game is needlessly structured in 72 hour cycles, forcing you start over just as you’re getting used to the broken crap above.

Notable battles:
Dead Rising reviews (via Metacritic)
Dead Rising: Best Zombie Video Game Ever? (Associated Content)
Dead Rising is dead to me (
Why I Love and Hate Dead Rising (Kotaku)
Otis Rising (Something Awful)


Top 7


  • MidianGTX - September 5, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    Halo is the definition of an average game if you ask me. Give a character a gun and some aliens and there you have it, Doom-point-5.
  • nosaints9 - July 19, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    Kinda late to this article, but here's my opinion anyways haha. Assassin's Creed- Great game that was a little on the repetitive side. Guitar Hero/Rock Band - Always hated them, but I sucked at them so that may have been part of it. Killzone 2 - It was a good game, but it wasn't amazing and wasn't unique enough to keep me coming back to it. Space Giraffe - Never Played Pokemon - Awesome, all I got to say is "Haters gonna hate" Dead Rising - Was fun but flaws kept it from being great Halo - Halo 3 and now Halo Reach (which wasn't out when this article was written) are probably my favorite shooters of this generation. I honestly don't understand how people can hate this game, but numerous people who aren't fanboys have said they don't like it so I guess it's possible. I love them games though.
  • eyeKARUMBA - April 21, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    GREAT article. This perfectly demonstrates why people need to stop taking reviews as gospel and try games out before forming opinions on them. Except GamesRadar's reviews. They're always right. :)
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 3, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    I love both Assassin's Creed and Halo, although I have friends who don't...
  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    Assassin's Creed = Pretty doesn't equal brilliant. Killzone = Uniquely mediocre.
  • Vergennes - March 27, 2010 2 a.m.

    Am I the only gamer who hates horror-movie games, from Silent Hill to all those games with zombies ?? You can indeed logically infer that I am also no fan of horror movies, Stephen King, or vampires either....
  • TrollMan - March 23, 2010 3 a.m.

    other then space graffiti, new Pokemon games i love all of these the only one I'm in the middle for is assassin's creed (only the first one not the second)
  • Zeb364 - March 23, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    I can't believe you actually managed to find an article connecting a site call to freakin Rock Band/Guitar Hero. That's Hilarious!
  • GibsonSG - January 3, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Who in the hell said halo sucks!? One word: NOOB! One good idea though is to release halo 1 2 and 3 again, except you play as the covenent!!!!
  • onyxfyre1 - January 3, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    havnt played most of those games. rockband/ guitar hero I think was fun at first then gets boring, and you look at the fake guitar and say, "why isnt this a real guitar in my hand?". I had assasins creed:bloodline. I thought it was really fun but i was basicly doing the same thing the whole time. infact it took me 5 hours to beat that game. maybe even less. although assasins creed 2 look really fun.
  • dannage805 - October 21, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    did any1 read the religious arguement against GH? lol also i nt a huge halo fan (cause i suck ASS online!) bu leavin all da console war shit behind u really have 2 admit halo 1-3 were epic games through an through. halo wars an ODST? yea basically cheap, heartless cash-ins
  • Thanatism - July 8, 2009 3:37 p.m.

    I personally like this acticle, NICE JOB!
  • Remake - July 7, 2009 7:25 a.m.

    I'm rofling all my copters at Halo. Dead Rising was good, but Halo just couldn't be beaten. The quotes... The link to VG Cats... it was all so perfect. (Common sense ends here) Also, u pplz may haz commntd 1st, but i r 1337 n commntd on 2:24 on tuesday cuz i r pro forum user. (Common sense resumes) I just read the article on people that comment 'first'.
  • Murcielago - June 1, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    I'm admittedly a PlayStation fanboy and yet I can't put down Halo...on the right system that is. Why the heck hasn't Halo 3 on PC happened yet? Halo PC/CE and Halo 2 for Vista are two of my absolute favourite games ever, but I can't get used to the 360's right/bottom 'log stick for Halo. Also with Pokemon I used to absolutely love it....but now I absolutely hate it. Me and my lvl 100 Primeape absolutely pwned all in Yellow Version but now it's just boring and way too long to me.
  • GG Gabby - May 6, 2009 2:53 p.m.

    I both loled and was insulted what that guy had to comment about not just GH and RB but also about Rock n' Roll........Seriously!? Rock is communism!? Get a Life!!! Rock n' Roll is just Rock n' Roll! -AC/DC-
  • woot117 - May 5, 2009 12:17 a.m.

    where was call of duty i hate that game
  • noofer7 - April 30, 2009 4:14 p.m.

    The Christian article on Pokemon teaching kids "occult and evolutionary" stuff was the dumbest piece of bullshit I have ever seen. It was kind of funny how stupid it was, but it was really more sad that there are really people in the world who actually think like that.
  • Assassin4than - April 28, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    i love halo and keep coming back but i definately agree with potty mouthed children perverted frat boys those little kids with the squeaky voices always get laughed at by the frat boys so the kids swear and they just keep going
  • AuthorityFigure - April 24, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    Yep. Halo is the Coca-Cola of FPSs.
  • 88Meters - April 19, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    Truly, Halo was kinda crap. Not to make the fanboys mad. I said kinda.

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