Killzone 2 has one of the best multiplayer modes in gaming currently. Even though hundreds of thousands of gamers play the game, this Playstation 3 title isn’t as popular as it should be. Not to mention that the amount of active players is rapidly decreasing with each passing week. So why aren’t gamers playing Killzone 2’s multiplayer? Let’s take a look at several factors.
Basic Weapons System
Weaponry plays a huge role to the success of first-person shooters. Unfortunately, Killzone 2 has only a handful of memorable guns. You get the standard set of handgun, semi-automatic rifle, sniper rifle, machine gun, shotgun, grenade launcher and rocket launcher. Nothing really stands out as unique about these types of weapons in Killzone 2. To further add to this predicament, you can’t customize your weapons like you can in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Unbalance Class System
The deep class system in Killzone 2 is what separates it from others in the same genre. However, this also led to the unbalance nature of the multiplayer mode. In order to unlock specialized classes, you need to play the game for hours. Not to mention that the later classes (especially the assault class) are way overpowered compared to the first unlockable classes. Beginners will have a hard time adapting to Killzone 2 while veterans may get bored quickly.
The first-person shooting genre is more crowded than ever before. Unlike previous titles in the genre, Killzone 2 had to compete against Halo 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: World at War and Resistance 2. It also doesn’t help that Killzone 2 doesn’t really offer anything new that distinguish it from the core gameplay elements of other first-person shooters. Therefore, it may have been lost in the shuffle.
Lack of Legacy
Unlike the aforementioned titles, Killzone 2 lacked a great legacy. The original Killzone 2 was mediocre while Killzone: Liberation on the PSP was ignored by consumers. The Killzone franchise isn’t as well-received as compared to Halo, Call of Duty and Resistance. Because of these factors, many prospective buyers are a bit hesitant at picking up Killzone 2 until good word of mouth comes around.
Finally, the recession somewhat hindered the popularity of Killzone 2. Many prospective buyers have a hard time justifying on buying a $60 video game for a $400 video game system. As good as Killzone 2 is, it is a tough sell for many non-Playstation 3 owners. Therefore, the sales potential for Killzone 2 isn’t as great as it should be thanks to the current economic situation.