Review: Killing Floor 2 – Enhancing with an Xbox One X

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Credits: Tripwire Interactive


Pros:
+Gorgeous 4K visuals at 60fps on the Xbox One X
+All classes play differently, each coming with their own loadouts and sets of perks
+Enemies aren’t pushovers and can easily overwhelm groups of players
+Extremely low latency in matchmaking

Cons:
-Minor framerate dips do occur from time to time.


Editors Note: Due to having reviewed the PC and PlayStation 4 editions of the game at an earlier date (those can be viewed here), the review was handed to a newcomer to the Killing Floor franchise.


Just when I thought zombie games were left to The Walking Dead and Call of Duty, little did I know Killing Floor 2 was on the horizon to show me some amazing sights. Enter the finished rounds of shotgun shells dropping to the floor when you go to reload as you soon find out that you are out of ammunition. “AHHHHHHHHHH, HELP, THEY ARE COMING RIGHT FOR ME!” Thankfully I was on a team to help save me, as our medic shot me with a healing dart and took me to the nearest ammo crate and so that I wouldn’t die in our following round.

If you are into blood, killing, and viscera galore, but for some odd reason want to enjoy what seems to be a never-ending horde of zombies coming to kill you, then this is the game for you. I also recommend playing with your crew when taking on this group of zombies, not saying you won’t have fun in a match with a bunch of random players, but you won’t get yelled at for dying twice in the first few waves of zombies when everyone else is eighteen levels above you.

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Credits: Tripwire Interactive

If you have not played the first Killing Floor, I strongly recommend you take advantage of that training course, if not once at least five times. It’s nothing worse than someone who thinks they know everything running around with a shotgun thinking they are a badass. Put that thing up and pick up something useful sir, sincerely your team. Once you master that training course, you are ready to take on the world on any playing field. Remember how to heal you and your team.

Tip from me to you, Rule #1 NEVER GET TRAPPED IN A CORNER! You will die faster than Barry Allen can run, no matter who you are, these zombies are brutal and once they see you in that corner, they will come running like a pack of lions hunting a gazelle in the wildlands of Africa. Never stay inside for too long, or every goes in at all during a wave. Always try to stay in a very open space like outside and you will do fine. If you do something wrong that annoying voice of the game has an annoying way telling you “don’t do that again” or something disrespectful. She is ruthless but that’s just motivation to prove it wrong and do better. So, don’t think about going into to a building for an ammo crate.

My second and final tip from me to you, Rule #2 NEVER RUN OFF ALONE! Those zombies will pick you off like that same gazelle with the lions I mentioned earlier but now unlike training mode, once you die, that’s it, that’s all. No reset, you only get another chance if your team is good enough to finish all the zombies and survive to the next wave. So, don’t run off, stay near or around your fellow comrades.

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Credits: Tripwire Interactive

Each of the different perks, which is basically pre-layouts and each one has a different layout. For example, the Support perks will have a shotgun as their primary weapon, Gunslinger will carry two revolvers are their primary weapon, and Commando carries an assault rifle as their primary weapon. With these just being three of the nine perks I have briefly discussed each one is very specific to their name. If you want to run around with a simple 1858 Revolver or a Desert Eagle you can, I would personally recommend you grab an HZ12 Multi-Action (my personal favorite), it does not matter what your preference is, just kill as many as you can.

As you learn back in training camp, once you complete each wave, the trading mod will open up and you must follow the arrows. I recommend always buy another weapon because once you are at that last wave fighting the boss and his many minions, you won’t have time to go back and pick another one or look around on the ground for something green lighting up, you’ll be too busy saving your life. Once you are in matches, it’s pretty straightforward, you do not need any walkthroughs or anything, no YouTube help videos, just kill as many as you can and do die when the boss battles happen.

Oh, that’s right, I almost forgot about those big annoying bosses. Each one is different and bigger than before the higher ranked you are, the harder they are to beat. They come striking a powerful punch and they come to kill anyone in their path. If you and your team are as good as you think, then the zombies and that boss at the end of the waves don’t stand a chance but if you think you can do it all on your own, you’ll die faster than the lights going out in a scary movie.

 

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Credits: Tripwire Interactive

And lastly, the real reason for this review. The absolutely astonishing amazing beautiful 4K resolution. It is without a doubt the absolute best thing I have ever seen. I had to do a little research and watch some gameplay without 4K resolution but once I spent a good number of hours on YouTube watching in full screen and then switching to my XBOX One X, the difference is just breath taking. Microsoft has really done something magical here with creating this system. Just from the basic killing a simple job, you can see the difference from just watching closely.

Even if you take a moment from after the wave to look up at the sky, you can see the amazing color difference and how awesome it really is for your eyes. By far one of the best reviews I have done in a while. Just to experience a game in 4K is something I recommend for everyone to do because words can’t describe how the difference in detail. Before I played the game, I watched gameplay from Killing Floor the first one in the series and then I watch gameplay from the second one without the resolution difference.

Killing Floor 2 – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (Reviewed)
Developer:
Tripwire Interactive
Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Release Date: Now Available

Then I played the game myself first with 1080p and then with 4K, just the level of detailing they did from the first to the second was marvelous. So, if you haven’t already, make sure you go out and buy an XBox One X, unfortunately, the Scorpio Editions are all sold out until you find someone selling theirs.

Once you have that, head on over to your nearest Best Buy, or if you prefer Wal-Mart, it doesn’t matter, pick up your 4K television. Don’t forget that wall mount and just make sure everything is hooked up right and launch that bad boy! The 4K Resolution is taking over the gaming community, so heed my warning now.


Our review is based on a retail version that was provided to us by the publisher of the game.  For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 9 out of 10


About the Writer:

tyvon-j-hunter-about-writerTyvon J. Hunter is the latest member of the crew. He brings to the table a unique take on video games and sports. He brings an unparalleled sense of inspiration through his sheer excitement to the team as well as those around him. Also, he likes to build theme parks and a lot of them in his spare time.

 

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