Game[s] of the Month: February 2009
- Posted March 7th, 2009 at 20:46 EDT by
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January’s Game of the Month was an easy decision for us; Skate 2 dominated its competition (or lack thereof). Unfortunately, February wasn’t so clear, as two incredible (and incredibly different) games released last month. We’re talking about Street Fighter IV and Killzone 2. Both scored respectably similar "9.5"s on PSU.com. On one hand is the premiere fighting game of this generation and perhaps of all time. On the other hand, however, is an intense, visually stunning first person shooter that will likely set a technical benchmark for years to come.
Thus, we were stuck between a rock and a hard place. After heated arguments filled with Hadoukens and Helghast, we ultimately decided to give not one, but two Game of the Month awards for the month of February. While this is completely unorthodox and many PlayStation faithful would blindly choose Killzone 2 for its exclusivity alone, we can’t deny the fact that Street Fighter IV is without a doubt a genre-defining title. Remember, this honor is bestowed upon PlayStation games, exclusive or not, that offer enjoyable, enthralling experiences. As a result, we’re stuck with our first ever co-Games of the Month.
Street Fighter IV innovated upon its past installments by creating a 3D environment within a 2D gameplay plane. This resulted in a beautiful title that truly brought 2D fighters into the next generation. Capcom also added enough new faces to create a fresh atmosphere for fans of the series, while providing newcomers with a wide and varied roster. With polished mechanics and awe-inspiring visuals, Street Fighter IV is the best fighting game on the PlayStation 3.
Furthermore, Capcom enlisted the aid of once forgotten Mad Catz in order to create Fight Sticks for this lively title. The result? The Tournament Edition Fight Stick, arguably the best home console stick on the market. Mad Catz didn’t stop there, however; the company also released a Standard Edition Fight Stick and an innovative Fight Pad for use with Street Fighter IV. Fortunately for gamers, Street Fighter IV works brilliantly without the sticks, but even better with them. While this may lead to an unbalanced playing field, it also offers one hell of a great multiplayer experience that is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.
Our other winner, Killzone 2, changed everything. Sure, the game didn’t reinvent the wheel, but it did reinvent the way gamers will expect titles to look like in the future. Killzone 2’s monster visuals are complimented perfectly by its unique control scheme. While some gamers may complain that this is no Call of Duty 4, we ask, why should it be? We played that game before and now we want to play something different. Killzone 2 delivers on that desire.
Unlike the first installment, the humans are taking the war to the Helghans on their home planet. While this may sound cliché, the weaponry the Helghast provide at home is electric (pun intended). Gamers must shoot their way through this war as Sev, an ISA Soldier set on taking down the enemy at all costs. The online experience isn't just an add-on, either. With its own clan system and built-in rank up abilities, Killzone 2’s multiplayer component is addictive enough to keep gamers playing for months (or even years) down the road.
As usual, we’ve headed to our forums to see what some of our readers and forum members have to say about both titles.
“I've just beaten Killzone 2 today and everything just felt right to me. The Graphics are incredible, probably the best I've ever seen. The game play and A.I. were excellent. One problem that I'm betting a lot of people will have is getting used to the controls simply because most of us are used to COD4/5 but you can set the controls to that same type of control on COD4/5 but it feels alil 'heavy'. It takes getting used to and most of you will. I did. The online is just great from what I've played. Haven't had any problems. All and all, the game is just about a perfect 10 out of 10. Go buy it.” – FreddyG84
“My first impressions I've played the SP on the third or fourth level I think, and I have to say it is also incredible. But when I started to play the multiplayer, I couldnt put my pad down. The multiplayer in my opinion is way better than COD4. From the maps to the weapons, this side of the game is mind-blowing. I was a bit-iffy about the whole continuous changing of objectives in multiplayer, but I have to say it is a great feature. I am a little dissapointed in the body count bit though, since its a bit short.” – MeteoricVenom
Street Fighter IV:
“So I finally picked up this game and I love it. I've been frustrated by constantly losing, but I like the challenge. Nice change of pace compared to those cupcake games that we usually play. I have hit one snag though: I cannot beat Abel with C. Viper. He seems to roll everytime I enter a command and this is on Medium. I hate Abel since he's stopping me from getting Cammy.” – LethalMind
“WOW !! I can't remember the last time I had alot of fun with fighting games! Love playing online match randomly... best new feauture they implemented was having network challenges on while you’re playing arcade mode! Clever mode... this should be the new standard for all fighting games from now on! “ – indyfied
March brings forth MLB 09: The Show and Resident Evil 5 as front-runners for our next Game of the Month award. With The Show already receiving a stellar 9/10, can RE5 come back and steal the award from under the nose of SCE San Diego’s killer franchise? You'll have to wait until the month concludes to find out.
- 3:52pm EST - March 7th, 2009
In my opinion Killzone 2 is much better than Street Fighter 4 and I would rather spend my money on KZ2 if I had to chose. I've played both and both are great, they really can't be compared. KZ2 is a system seller (technically so is SF4) and it's something you can't get on any other system.
- 3:52pm EST - March 7th, 2009
SFIV owns KZ2!
- 3:53pm EST - March 7th, 2009
I agree with this choice...I got both games and I think there both are so great!!!
- 3:53pm EST - March 7th, 2009
id lean towards SFIV even though i havent played KZ2
- 3:54pm EST - March 7th, 2009
KZ 2 should win hands down.
- 3:58pm EST - March 7th, 2009
Hey kora5551! What are your thoughts?
- 4:10pm EST - March 7th, 2009
- 4:20pm EST - March 7th, 2009
i think both games are excellent i bought both and i to cant evev decide which is better. this is a fair choice
- 4:21pm EST - March 7th, 2009
Well lets see where blindly picking Killzone 2 would have gotten u. It would have gotten u the right answer. I have and love Street Fighter 4 but come on. Are u telling me that a fighter holds as much gameplay as killzone 2. Lets see Street Fighter amazing game with great modes graphics and online. Killzone 2 10 hour gameplay with insentive to replay, amazing online play which ill talk more about later, and an amzing control system letting good gamers have the advantage. U dont like the controls thats because u cant stand no auto lock on. its called practice. Now ive heard so many posts on many sites saying killzone 2 doesn't reinvent First Person shooters, and for everyone who says theat i want to blougen with a bat or with the end of an ISA assult rifel. Not reinventing anything how about the way a.i should react as a.i, and lets not forget about the whole warzone online play streaming every type of mission to make every match its on battle. Please be honest for a change Street fighter was amzing but if u had 60$ for one game U know which one u should pick up Killzone 2 even i blind man could see that.
- 4:29pm EST - March 7th, 2009
Both a great games, but if only one could have been chosen, my vote goes for Killzone 2. I'm a SF2 fan (a big one) but there's not much in SFIV that SSF2HD didn't deliver already.
Besides, I'm saving my money for "Super Street Fighter IV Turbo: Alpha 3 Max EX Plus: Tournament Edition" =P
- 4:42pm EST - March 7th, 2009
street fighter= brings the best of the past and new innovation. It looks good and feels good, and theyre about to release a "huge update" so cant wait for that.
Killzone 2= amazing looking game. Probably one of the top lookign games of all 3 consoles if not the best, my only snag is i wish tehy introduced something new. It still feels like i'm playing an refreshed old game. Still a great game.
but i agree with psu making these 2 games teh top games
- 4:44pm EST - March 7th, 2009
KZ2 PWNS streetfighterfour. It doesn't even deserve abbreviations or spaces.
EDIT: Also, why do people only talk about how good KZ2's graphics are? They are amazing, but I honestly don't see why anyone would ever care about graphics as long as they get the job done just as well as the better ones. This game has amazing, fresh gameplay, too. You people need to learn some R-E-S-P-E-C-K.
- 4:53pm EST - March 7th, 2009
killzone 2 handsdown....the game is bananas!
- 4:55pm EST - March 7th, 2009
Oh really? Next month it will be RE5?
- 5:02pm EST - March 7th, 2009
I have never played past SF titles, i never played KZ1. I have played shooters and fighters in the past and i like both genres. I have played both games, KZ2 is obviously better.
- 5:06pm EST - March 7th, 2009
im agree ...both games are great, but i like SFIV more.
- 5:31pm EST - March 7th, 2009
KZ hand downs has a proud owner of both game
- 5:36pm EST - March 7th, 2009
I would agree. I have not played Street Fighter IV but heard it was an amazing game from many different people. Killzone 2 is an amazing game. Any site that does this would have to put Killzone 2 in there. It is an incredible game from SP to MP with the level design, AI, controls. All are top notch.
- 6:10pm EST - March 7th, 2009
I love both to death but believe that Killzone2 deserves the GotM award.
- 6:18pm EST - March 7th, 2009
Pretty ridiculous to give two awards out. KZ2 beats out SF by a mile.
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