[E3 2008] Killzone 2’s Multiplayer Badge System Explained


Unlike most online shooters that have strict class guidelines, Killzone 2‘s multiplayer class system will offer something a little more customizable. There are seven classes that are all the same whether you play as the Helghast or ISA, including a default Rifleman class and six specializations: Engineer, Medic, Scout, Assault, Tactician and Saboteur. Each of the six specialization classes has two badge abilities — primary and secondary — and when choosing a role you’ll get to pick one primary badge and one secondary badge, mixing and matching however you desire. So say you want to be able to tank and heal up teammates, all’s you’ll have to do is set your primary badge to Assault to gain heavy armor and pick the Medic for your secondary class to gain the ability to toss health packs around for your team.

Now that’s only one example, there are many other class combinations you’ll be able to come up with. Hit the jump for the full list of classes and their badge abilities.

Killzone 2 Badge System:

Rather than adhere to a rigid character class system, Killzone 2’s online mode allows the player to mix abilities from different roles to better suit his / her preferred style of play. Abilities are represented by badges: the primary badge defines the main role of the player character, as well as its outward appearance, while the secondary badge serves as a complementary ability that enhances the main role.

Although their player characters look different, both Helghast and ISA factions have the same set of roles and badges to choose from. Here they are, from left to right:

The default multiplayer character is assigned when no primary badge is selected. A secondary badge may still be added. Riflemen can start with most weapons, except for the specialized ones.

Primary badge ability: Sets up an automated turret which targets the enemy.
Secondary badge ability: Repairs ammunition dispensers, mounted guns, and automated turrets.

Primary badge ability: Revives downed team mates.
Secondary badge ability: Throws a health pack, which can be picked up by other players.

Primary badge ability: Uses a cloaking suit to become near-invisible.
Secondary badge ability: Tags all on-screen enemy players with a hidden marker, which broadcasts their coordinates to team mates.

Primary badge ability: Dons heavy armour twice as strong as normal.
Secondary badge ability: Temporarily boosts running speed.

Primary badge ability: Throws a coloured smoke grenade, which serves as a spawn point.
Secondary badge ability: Requests air support from a sentry bot which targets the enemy.

Primary badge ability: Assumes the disguise of a randomly selected enemy player.
Secondary badge ability: Throws a sticky, proximity-activated C-4 charge.

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