10 Ways to Not Get Owned in Killzone 2
Your pre-release survival guide for Killzone 2 multiplayer, including level blueprints, artwork and hi-res screens.
Here at Kikizo we don't just want you to play the very best games - we want you to excel at them, pushing levels of expertise even their creators daren't dream of. We want you to be the toast of your clan, and the terror of your enemies. And with Killzone 2 just one month from release, its online multiplayer has built a reputation as tough - never was a game more more aptly titled. To ease your pain in those initial hours, and hasten your progress to the top of the leaderboards, we've put together 10 match-winning tips.
You'll have to read our review on February 3 for the definitive breakdown, but this feature should give you a head start on all the other 'noobs'. Our multiplayer preview has full details of the modes and features, but here's a quick refresher: 32 player support, five team-based match types ranging from objective defence to no-holds-barred deathmatch, a ranked experience system, six character classes and 12 character abilities.
YOUR ESSENTIAL KILLZONE 2 GUIDE...
This is one of several special Killzone 2 features celebrating one of PS3's biggest games ever. If you've been tracking this huge title, here you can catch up on anything you've missed...
- Killzone 2: Exclusive Guerrilla Interview 1: Steven Ter Heide (Producer) & Mathijs De Jonge (Director) (Sep 7, 2007)
- Killzone 2: Multiplayer Beta Hands-On Preview: Extensive playtest of the latest multiplayer build (13 Nov, 2008)
- Killzone 2: Singleplayer Hands-On (Dec 9, 2008)
- Exclusive Guerilla Interview 2: Eric Boltjes and Angie Smets (Online Multiplayer Producers) (Dec 22, 2008)
- 10 Ways to Not Get Owned in Killzone 2 (Jan 23, 2009)
- Discussion: Killzone 2 Surpasses Target Renders (Jan, 2009)
- Killzone 2: The $545 Press Kit Exposed! (Jan 23, 2009)
- Killzone 2: The Review (Feb 2, 2009)
- Feature: Killzone 2 Successor (Feb 27, 2009)
Killzone 2 Coverage Center
#1: I heart default guns
In the average online shoot-out, the first thing you'll want to do is get rid of your annoyingly underpowered starting weapons. Killzone 2 turns that logic on its head: the ISA and Helghast rifles you pack as a lowly Rifleman Private stack up well against anything the servers can muster, whether you're dodging grenades in an alleyway or laying down hot hollowpoint love from across half the map.
By contrast, you'll really have to pick your moment if you want to call on more impressive tools of destruction. A rocket launcher will bag you a lot of immediate, incendiary gratification, but once you've used up its three shots you'll be stuck with a pistol - and thanks to your antics, every enemy player in the vicinity will be aware of your position. Heavy machine guns are satisfyingly cacophonous and do sterling work when you're crouched motionless at one end of a corridor, but gallop around shooting from the hip and you'll just hit rubble.
So get used to those default rifles. Learn to love 'em. Not that you'll have a choice - it'll take most players a good dozen hours to unlock all the other firearms.