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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Will I Rage? Killing Floor 2 (Early Access) Review


After writing my last review on  The Four Kings Casino & Slots, I wanted to follow that up with a review of a new game, still in early access that actually gets it right. Today I will be discussing Killing Floor 2 by Tripwire Interactive. I was a HUGE fan of the original Killing Floor game. My friends and I spent countless hours on that game murdering Zeds, and having a blast while doing it. When I heard that Killing Floor 2 was on it's way I was excited, and for once wasn't skeptical at all about how this one would turn out. Why? It's simple. Because Tripwire knows what the Killing Floor fan base wants out of a game, and knows how to do it right. So when I picked up the game which is still in early access, I had very high expectations for it, and I have to say that I am not at all let down by the product delivered. 

The first thing you'll notice once you load up the game and dive in, will be the updated graphics from Killing Floor, to Killing Floor 2. The Original graphics, while still "decent" today were slowly becoming dated. Killing Floor 2 on the other hand is beautiful with it's graphics. As for game play I have to say that all of the features we had grown to love in the original Killing Floor from triggered slow motion, to the intense boss fight battles are still there. While it is still early access and they are limited.....there are already a few solid custom maps out there (including a Golden Eye map!). We are sad to say that as of this post, I have yet to find a Marijuana field map......but I'm sure it's coming! On top of that the Zed's look more impressive than ever, and the boss fight is A LOT harder than it was in Killing Floor. Simply mowing him down with the AA-12 isn't quite as simple as it used to be.

I buy a whole lot of early access games and while most of them are fun for a few days but soon you find that there are game breaking bugs still I can say with happiness that Killing Floor 2 almost feels like a completed project. As far as game play goes I don't see too much that they'll need to change. The only changes I feel that need to be made is the addition of a few more stock maps, more character models and skins to play (I'm OK with these coming in DLC packs. I've always supported tripwire in this way), and giving the modding community time to create all the custom maps that we have grown to love. Also, on a side note I was asked if you still gain EXP while playing custom maps and the answer to that is Yes!

Final Thoughts: Tripwire Interactive has always been a company who listens to it's community, and knows exactly how to deliver on the game that their community wants. This is evident by the way they have delivered with the early access of Killing Floor 2. I can't wait to see how the product turns out once a lot more custom maps are released and more of the original Killing Floor community pick this game up.

Rating: 4/5. This game is still very much in early access and I will revisit it once it is in it's final release. However the only thing that keeps killing floor 2 from getting a 5/5 review is the same issue I had with the original and that is there is no story mode what so ever. Even single player just goes through wave after wave of Zed's. This is not a "knock" to the game because it is designed to be just that......however I do wish there was at least a short story mode. I'd definitely suggest picking this up and enjoy some Zed killing with all your buddies on Steam.

Until next time, see ya in game!


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