Killing Floor 2 is the latest first person shooter from Tripwire Interactive, which has been available on PC as an early access release for a while and now that it has been finished, the full game has finally been released for PC along with the PS4.
The game is a multiplayer focused first person shooter that rewards team play and it is essentially a horde mode where the players have to slaughter hordes of enemies one after another while trying to keep each other alive until the end of the wave. It bears a striking similarity to Valve’s Left 4 Dead series, except it is much more fun and chaotic than what we have seen so far.
If you have owned a PC then chance is that you might have tried your hands on the original Killing Floor. The game was released as a PC exclusive and was a instant hit among fans due to its chaotic horde mode where the player was tasked with killing horde after horde of creepy looking zombies and horrible monsters. The game, despite being fun, did age terribly and it wasn’t until a sequel was made that the developers returned with the same experience but this time with improved visuals.
The common enemies that the players have to face in the game are called Zed. They come in a variety of different shapes and size and since the game tends to throw a lot of them at the same time, the scenery can get chaotic as the players team up to kill these monsters and survive through the waves after waves of enemies. This usually culminates in a boss fight with either Dr. Hanz Volter or the Patriarch. These are usually bullet sponge enemies but what makes the fight interesting is how we are able to utilize our weapons and work as a team, since they don’t go down easily.
Killing Floor 2 will also offer the player to customize their character to their liking. The game offers the option to change the character, their basic costume and accessories, while also giving players the option to select a play style that they see fit. There are a lot of variety of play styles available here including Berserk, Medic and Assault. These can be upgraded by using them in the game and the points accumulated though each of the matches will unlock more skills and abilities.
If you were worried about the game having just online multiplayer, you should be happy to know that Tripwire Interactive has made sure to include an official single player mode that can be played with bots. While this mode might not be as fun as playing the game with others, it does serve its purpose well and offers the players a chance to try out the game without having to deal with online multiplayer.
The game also offers surprising good replay value with its multiple difficulty options and variety of maps. Majority of our time is usually spent in the game by killing the horde of Zeds which gives us a currency allowing us to further upgrade our weapons or replenish our ammo. There is a lot of variety of weapons available in the game from Shotgun to a powerful Flamethrower. Once the wave ends, we can rush to the shop to purchase or upgrade weapons as we wait for our next encounter. This usually results in a sense of progression from one encounter to the next until the final fight with the boss. It is satisfying to build an arsenal of weapons and then unleash it all in the final boss fight.
During my time with Killing Floor 2, I did face some issues with matchmaking but otherwise it was a mostly smooth experience for the most part. Majority of the matches can be played without much wait and there appears to be a pretty good amount of active players that are still playing the game. If you are worried about missing out on the game’s multiplayer mode on PS4, the you should’t as it works well. The matchmaking process is also pretty detailed allowing us to select the match type and conditions while also offering to filter the matchmaking based on a specific region.
We played Killing Floor 2 on the PS4 and mostly enjoyed smooth frame rate. The developers have done a great job in porting the game from PC to PS4. While the PS4 version also supports PS4 Pro features including 4K rendering, which looks exceptionally clean on a regular full HD screen. Those who have a 4K TV won’t be disappointed with a PS4 Pro as Killing Floor 2 graphics look crisp and clean and the game runs even better on the PS4 Pro.
Killing Floor 2 is a satisfying shooter with a progression system that can be fun with friends. In term of replay value, there is a lot to offer here with multiple difficulties and unlockable perks for the players.
Killing Floor 2 is available now for the PC and PS4. It was developed by Trip Wire Interactive and published by Deep Silver. This review covers the PS4 version of the game.
Killing Floor 2 Review (PS4)
Killing Floor 2 is an addictive first person shooter with horde based gameplay mixed with upgrades and team-focused online multiplayer.