Famitsu Reviews – Killzone 2 (PS3)

It’s a surprise Sony don’t get behind more high profile Western games in Japan, especially ones that look as beautiful as this.

It’s a surprise Sony don’t get behind more high profile Western games in Japan, especially ones this graphically impressive.

Yes the wonderful Japanese Famitsu magazine has finally passed down judgment on Killzone 2. Giving it 8-8-8-8 (that’s four reviewers each giving it an eight). That is the same as HAWX this month and Unreal Tournament 3 back in September. But perhaps more importantly it is also less than Haze (8-9-8-9) the much maligned Free Radical PS3 exclusive from 2008. A game that’s Metacritic score was blamed by many for the company’s closure and eventual buy out by Crytek.

I guess if the rumours are true about advertising space equalling scores in Famitsu then the four full pages seen for the game in the same issue equates to two points a page.

Let me be clear that four eights are not a bad score but when placed in the context of these other scores you have to wonder why Sony didn’t put more behind this game in their home territory. Perhaps it’s just them admitting that first person shooters will never appeal to the mass audience in Japan. Or maybe they don’t want to draw attention away from the Final Fantasy XIII trial addition that was released this week.

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