Killzone 2 Insignia Similar to Nazi SS Logo?

I can’t help but notice that the Killzone 2 insignia on the Killzone 2/PS3 bundle (here) looked really similar to that of the infamous Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) logo.

According to Wikipedia article, the SS (a.k.a Protective Squadron) was

“a major Nazi organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. The SS grew from a small paramilitary unit to a powerful force that served as the Führer’s “Praetorian Guard,” the Nazi Party’s “Shield Squadron” and a force that, fielding almost a million men, (both on the front lines and as political police) managed to exert as much political influence as the Wehrmacht.

Built upon the Nazi racial ideology, the SS, under Heinrich Himmler’s command, was responsible for many of the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Nazis during the World War II, and most of the worst of those crimes.”

Now, I understand that Killzone 2’s plot involves a futuristic, space opera version of the rise of Hitler in the form of the game’s antagonist Emperor Scolar Visari. But putting that SS logo look-alike right on the box, is the same as putting the Nazi swastika on the cover of a Call of Duty or Medal of Honor game in my book.

Furthermore, this Sony PS3/Killzone 2 with its offensive box art is available at Australia, one of the countries that were destinations for Jews post-World War 2.

Addendum: Is Sony courting controversy with this box art? Luke Plunkett of Kotaku correctly pointed out that the Helghast are supposed to look like Nazis, but I would also like to point out that no other Killzone 2 cover has the insignia…so why now?

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  1. James March 6, 2009

    This should not be seen as offensive, as the aim of the game is to kill nazis rather then support them, so there is no need to be offended by this… unless of course anyone reading this happens to be a nazi.

    If a game set in world war 2 had a cover with the SS logo on it, it shouldnt be a problem as its about fighting against evil rather then supporting it

  2. tokyo_nights March 6, 2009

    James, have you ever seen a game cover with a Nazi or a SS logo on it? Do tell me.

  3. Matt March 12, 2009

    You are a complete idiot this is not offensive at all. Our world is going down the tubes because people are little babies about everything and can’t handle things like this.

  4. tokyo_nights March 12, 2009

    Dude, my point of contention is why it’s on one cover of the game and not on the other covers. And about our world going down the tube? Heh…. this is hardly cause for that 🙂

  5. Terry Tsurugi April 9, 2009

    I can’t think of any other video game covers at the moment.

    But I can think of movie posters, propaganda (pro Nazi and negative Nazi) posters, and many Batman, Superman, Captain America, etc. comic book covers from the 1940s and 1950s with the Nazi and SS symbol on them–many of which had international distribution.

    I’m really not sure what your point is. When, if I were to believe the symbol utilized in Killzone imagery was indeed intended to mirror that of Nazi Germany’s World War 2 war machine–I would then firmly believe it’s intent was to instill the evil and dread of that war machine not propogate it’s politcal, racial, and ethical beliefs.

    In all these examples… Superman comic covers showing Supes knock out Adolph, a menacing Red Skull staring at the reader from a Captain America cover (with swastika band on his arm), or even a frightening Helghast soldier staring down the viewer from a PS3 box or cover… the intent is to urge the viewer to despise and defeat that evil–not sign up at the local Nazi political party Headquarters.


    ; )

  6. Blackhawk April 24, 2009

    It was quite easy to find connection in this game between Nazi Germany and Helgast, But there is bunch of other games which give many hints out. Same goes with hollywood movies, etc it is propaganda. As far as I know Stalin butchered far more people (20-30billion)+ukranian holocaust but since he was with allies during WWII he is seen as good. Independent research is always recommended.

  7. Ikorste June 16, 2009

    Yeah, this is some stupid shit. Helghast are the bad guys, ISA are good. I see nothing wrong with this.

  8. Colton July 15, 2009

    I find this funny when thier is a game out thier called wolfenstien, it would take a no brainer to not understand that the helgasts logos and material were from ideas from Nazi Germany’s symbols. Be glad that the helgast in the game do not act like the Nazis in kiling a specific group of people. you should never judge the cover of a book.

  9. tokyo_nights July 15, 2009

    You guys don’t get the point do you? I’m pointing out an issue on the cover of a game, not the contents :).

  10. Foxx July 20, 2009

    OMG!! Really guy. You need to go and play Hello Kitty or something. From what you are crying about, you do not need to play any game ever. Go into a corner and smoke some more pot you hippie. It’s ppl like you that was made the country go down the drain. Always changing something you don’t like. Stop crying…God!

  11. tokyo_nights July 20, 2009

    @Foxx Do you read? Or do you just moan about the state of your country? 🙂 And watcha doing looking this up anyway? Shouldn’t you be shooting stuff in Iraq or something?

    But on a serious note, I do hope you are safe over there.

  12. Foxx July 21, 2009

    As a matter of fact, I am in Iraq shooting things. But it’s getting very boring. We’re running out of bad guys to shoot at.

  13. tokyo_nights July 21, 2009

    @Foxx, I suppose that’s a good thing. Lesser stuff to shoot at, the sooner you guys can leave for home. Stay safe man.

  14. Foxx July 22, 2009

    Thanks. This is my 2nd time here. I still hate this place and most of the ppl here too. Sorry , but they suck.

  15. tokyo_nights July 28, 2009

    @Foxx So when is your tour ending?

  16. Cameron October 17, 2009

    sony is definitely courting controversy but theres no reason it should be a big deal. hitler died 65 years ago. if Killzone started to put Al-Qaeda symbols on the game cover then itd be reasonable to get a little concerned

  17. Ryan December 9, 2009

    That is not offensive at all! i doesnt even resemble the SS logo. It only has one “S”. and even if it did who really gives a fuck. the Holocaust happened over 60 ears ago. get over it.

  18. Flamdring February 5, 2011

    @tokyo_nights I agree with you that the symbols are similar, but the Helghast are without a doubt based on the police from an old Japanese anime called “Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade”. Here are pictures from the anime:

    The story of the anime is set in an alternative universe where Germany won the World War II and conquered Japan, so the Japanese culture is heavily Germanised which is why you see German cars everywhere and the police wear German helmets and wield MG42s suppressing rioting communists, anarchists, democrats and other dissidents.

  19. hadi January 9, 2012

    yes its look like and iam sure.