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Killzone 2

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

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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
Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written byKevin Quire November 27, 2009
Not that violent despite it's mature rating. Online play rids it of all violence and swearing.
Adult Written byiastudio October 2, 2009

not something I suggest for kids let them stay with halo, this is a grown-up's game

this is a very violent but entertaining game with great online I play this a lot but the fact is it's very graphical for children some of the best graphics... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytommy18 February 8, 2010

The most violent FPS on Ps3?

I don't normally complain about violence on games, But this is very violent. Shoot someone and blood flies everywhere. Every angle. The language is massive... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDideloop2 July 20, 2010

If you can handle it, play it. You'll love it.

Very violent, bloody, overall adult game. There is also a lot of language. But I think that if you're mature enough to handle this, you can play it, and yo... 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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