If there ever was a graphical battle to be fought between two titanous games, I don't think it would get any bigger than this. Gird tight your loins fanboys, because this is going to be one hellacious comparison.
Now many of you would presume that Crysis is two years old in comparison to KillZone 2, and that perhaps this is an uneven comparison in favor of KillZone 2. In actuality, it's the other way around.
You see, Crysis, at first, almost looks like it could wipe the floor with KZ2. But then in some shots they almost look very much alike. Now you can yell shenanigans from here to Rovigo, but it doesn't change the fact that Crysis is still one kick-butt powerhouse when it comes to graphical presentation. Especially considering that the first KillZone 2 screenshot is a promotional shot from Sony.
In comparison, Crysis maintains a very smooth, airy look to its atmosphere. The clarity presented in both the gameplay and the screenshots are very much consistent. KillZone 2, alternatively, is grimey and dirty. But that's not what makes it look less appealing. It's the fact that the colors are all variants of a grey-scheme palette. In a way, everything looks like metal; wood looks like metal; dirt looks like metal; blood even looks like dirty metal. That's not to say that it doesn't look good, it's just that everything looks like it was dipped in a coating of dirty, filthy metal.
When it comes to the weapons and character models, I think KillZone 2 wins out by a dinkle bit. As you can see, KZ2 maintains some excellent detail that completely forgoes the use of parallax textures on the weapons, and just goes straight for the actual geometric indentations and crevices. Nice. Crysis isn't too far behind, though, but the lacking originality in some of the weapons does seem to stand out given the game's super-sharp look.
Now once you get done drooling, fanboy debating and drooling some more, feel free to vote on which game looks better in your eyes.
Crysis is already out and available for PC, along with its expansion pack Crysis: Warhead. KillZone 2 is coming out exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in February. For more comparisons, news, and media on your favorite games, be sure to stay tuned in with Blend Games.