Killzone 2

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Mature shooter has impressive graphics; multiplayer excels.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 23 reviews

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Positive Messages

You play as a member of an elite military group tasked with stopping an intergalactic threat by using extreme violence. You must also deal with a group of nuclear weapons.


Players use weapons such as assault rifles, boltguns, shotguns, rocket launchers, and grenades to kill enemies. Most opponents will spurt blood when shot, and blood will sometimes splatter onto the screen. Some weapons can decapitate the enemy. In one video scene, players will watch as a mortally wounded soldiers takes his own life by shooting himself in the head. Players can continue to shoot enemies after they are dead with the result showing more blood.


The single-player campaign includes lots of cursing, with words such as "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole."


This is the second game in the Killzone series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a violent shooter intended for mature audiences. Players use an array of weapons to kill enemies, including assault rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, and grenades. Blood often spurts from enemies as they're hit, and will sometimes splatter onto the screen. Head shots which result in decapitation are possible. Players will witness a wounded soldier killing himself by shooting himself in the head. The game is also playable online, so players may hear language that is not filtered and can be quite colorful. The star rating given to this game is based on quality of gameplay within this adult genre of video gaming and is not an endorsement of the violence within the game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoshjeffords December 24, 2020

Good game great sequel!

This is a huge jump from Killzone a ps2 limit pushing shooter with language and minimal blood.
As far as tech and adult themes this goes way beyond.
Firstly blo... Continue reading
Adult Written byeliram874 June 9, 2014

Awsome graphics unfortenetly too Violent and very blasphemous

Lots of blasphemy and using the name of our lord in vain every 3 -4 times you get shot

too many profanities to mention

the violence is really high it is way t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 15, 2019

Violent with not as much blood, but lots of swearing

Killzone 2 is a first person shooter with a gritty art style with a good singleplayer campaign.
This sequel is filled with swearing but an interesting plot. Tho... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byswagasaurusrex December 21, 2014

gritty warzone story with grief and loss in the twist. really shows the effect of war.

This is an amazing game. I only thought it was a kill everyone on the screen to pass to the next level. The story was mediocre at first, but then you get attach... Continue reading

What's it about?

The PlayStation 3 finally has its blockbuster video game in the form of first-person shooter KILLZONE 2, a gorgeous, polished adventure that sits among the best in its genre. You play the role of Sergeant Sevchenko, known to his peers as \"Sev.\" As a member of the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance, Sev and his team fight against the warmongering Helghast on their home planet of Helghan.

The game plays like any typical first-person shooter. Players come equipped with a variety of firearms in their arsenal, such as pistols, assault rifles, and rocket launchers. Part of your character's strategy also involves hopping in and out of cover, methodically picking apart opposing forces, and advancing to the next stage of combat. The core component to Killzone 2 is the deep multiplayer options. Up to 32 players can join a team-based match involving a myriad of battle types. Battles range from a deathmatch mode to search and destroy. As your skills improve, you earn experience points which elevate your military rank and unlock new weapons. Soldiers are also decorated with special ribbons earned for accomplishing specific feats.

Is it any good?

Killzone 2 is perhaps the best looking first-person shooter available. Environmental effects such as swirling winds look amazing. Computer-controlled enemies are quite intelligent. They will carefully hop in and out of cover, or toss grenades to flush you out of a safe spot. The single-player adventure is great at slowly building intensity, resulting in an exhilarating and incredibly satisfying finish.

The multiplayer mode is really where this game shines. The ability to gain experience and earn promotions and warzone ribbons give players plenty of incentive to return to the action. It also provides an interesting experience as well. Each match consists of changing challenges. For example, the first couple minutes might involve defending your position. Once there's a winner, the challenge might switch to finding intel and returning it to base, or a team deathmatch. The multiplayer is excellent at keeping players on their toes. It's also one of the many reasons Killzone 2 is a must-own game for the PlayStation 3.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the violence in this game might compare to other first-person shooters. Is this game more or less graphic for its genre? What is more important to you, the single or multiplayer aspects of the game?

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