Digital Foundry, a company that makes video capture hardware, has had their experts look at the graphics in the Killzone 2 multiplayer beta and has declared them an "undisputed winner."
Although they point to some slowdowns in busy firefights, the "overall impact [of framerate drops] is limited though; it’s not a gamebreaker, in most cases the game is very smooth indeed."
Killzone 2 Direct-Feed Gameplay
"Graphically, Killzone 2 is an undisputed winner. Initially it does look rather blurry. Yes, this is in part down to the quincunx anti-aliasing, but it’s mostly due to the motion blur. I’m not a fan of blurring in video games, but the entire range of techniques used in Killzone 2 combines to create a look and feel that is entirely its own, deeply immersive, and - in the heat of battle - brutal, visceral and quite unlike any other game."
This certainly mirrors our experiences with the game as it is definitely one of the finest looking titles in development.
"The motion blur, the post-processing, the lighting, the shadows, the animation of your player’s movements… all of it is geared towards a closer emulation of reality. That, combined with the absolutely brutal action, bodes well for the final game and I have really high hopes for the single-player campaign where the full power of this engine can really be unleashed."
It remains to be seen if the gameplay will catch everyone as the graphics undoubtedly will, but great graphics can only help sell a game.