As we look ahead into the distant and also the not so distant future of gaming, there really isn’t any known shooters that seem to be offering the same technological advances that Guerrilla Games has offered with their PS3 exclusive, KILLZONE 2. Despite Modern Warfare 2 being confirmed as a 2009 title and Gears of War 3 hopefully making an appearance in 2009 it appears Sony has the corner on the console market in terms of raw power and flexibility.
KILLZONE 2 as a PS3 exclusive allowed for a game the size of 40gigs to be experienced on a blu-ray disc. After experiencing a game this graphically intensive in multiple languages while offering 32 players online in some of the most diverse online settings, we started thinking about other shooters coming out this year that could possibly come close from a technical standpoint.
Call of Duty4: Modern Warfare was a well deserved Game Of The Year in 2007. As a multi-platform title, COD4 was considered the most photo-realistic shooter when it launched, offering a very challenging campaign mode and 18 players online. However, after experiencing the ambitions of KILLZONE 2 as a PS3 exclusive many have speculated that Modern Warfare 2 will be limited due to it’s multiplatform status. Could Modern Warfare 2 offer an even better experience if the games developer, Infinity Ward solely concentrated on the robust and flexible features of the PS3’s hardware? Well, again KILLZONE 2 is your answer, absolutely. Please don’t think Modern Warfare 2 will ever be exclusive to any console, COD4 sold like hotcakes as a multiplatform title, allowing Activision and Infinity the liberty of profiting a rhinocerous load of money. While it is a safe bet that Modern Warfare 2 will offer an incredible experience as a multiplatform title, don’t expect an experience as over the top as KILLZONE 2. An added co-op feature doesn’t mean better.
Epic’s recently announced Gears of War 3 which we are hoping will arrive this year is another highly anticipated shooter that is also expected to break new ground by utilizing Epics new Unreal 4 engine. After experiencing Gears of War 2 the only real shortcomings show up in the online offering, despite that the game is a great Xbox 360 exclusive. Will the new Unreal 4 engine surpass the Deferred Rendered (KILLZONE 2 engine) by offering a more over the top experience? Well, for starters the maximum of number of online players for both Gears of War 1& 2 has been 18 players. The online experiences were very similar and doesn’t match the overall robust experience of KILLZONE 2’s online rankings and character optimization. Also with the super hi-res textures which the Gears of War franchise is known for, balancing the technically high graphical output with an appearance of unlimited partical affects, destructable environments and meaty online offering and we ca quickly begin to see why Gears of War 3 just might not match the game that many consider ‘War Perfected’. In addition the campaign mode of Gears of War 3 as expected will try to rival the competition but a serious juggling act will ensue as hardware limitations, primarily due to storage capacity we assume will takes it toll and certain offerings will be cut and added later for downloadable content.
By no means is this article intended to shoot down the incredible efforts expressed by the developers and publishers of both Modern Warfare 2 and the Gears of War franchise. This writer is expecting nothing short of greatness from both titles however, the limitation of the dvd format for gaming is showing it’s limitations and this is one of the reasons why Playstation ThEvolution doesn’t see any shooters releasing this year that will match the technical prowess of KILLZONE 2.
In addition the new CryEngine 3 by CryTek which was recently shown at the GDC and by all accounts boasted some rather impressive visuals running on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 appears extremely capable of offering an incredible experience. However, we must remember that game engine presentations are just shells of the actual possibilities. What a developer chooses to do with this engine, no one really knows. No game has yet been announced utilizing this engine for 2009.
Again this article is not intended to discredit any next-gen shooters on the horizon, but only challenge the notion that KILLZONE 2 as technical powerhouse will be surpassd in the near future. I’m sorry but this just will not happen this year.
source : ps3thevolution.com