VIDEO | Vita Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | 9:00 AM

We reviewed Killzone Mercenary

We reviewed Killzone Mercenary

We received a copy of Killzone: Mercenary a few weeks ago and as usual, because we're always so busy and the team small, we haven't been able to translate our full review for you guys. That being said, we wouldn't you to feel left out, so you're getting all our homemade screenshots, our off-screen gameplay footage and most importantly our verdict. Everything's inside so what are you still doing here?

Verdict


Killzone: Mercenary is clearly worth your money if you own a Playstation Vita. It looks fantastic and plays just as well as the PS3 episodes, which proves once again that first person shooters have their place on a handheld. Story-wise, don't expect to deliver something as strong and immersive as titles like BioShock Infinite or The Last of Us, but if you like action games you won't be disappointed. It's just a shame that the melee attack are so cheated, making the game way too easy at times in normal mode. Other than that, you pretty much get the same experience as you'd expect from a first person shooter on PS3 or Xbox 360, which is impressive to say the least. The single player campaign is rather short as it took us about 6 hours and a half to reach the end but there is replayability to unlock all the weapons and armors, to complete the challenges which unlock after completing the game, etc. And there's multiplayer, which is also great fun from what we could see (we could only play the beta. In short, Killzone: Mercenary is a great action game for the Vita and the fans will be pleased, but on a more personal note, we think there is still something missing to make it memorable in the long term.

Environments
Combat
Stealth
Briefings

All comments

Commented on 2013-09-04 09:12:15
Looking forward to this. As most would say, "time to dust off the Vita".
Commented on 2013-09-04 09:46:43
Hurry up Friday! Can't wait for this! :D
Commented on 2013-09-04 11:41:37
The characters in this game look and have better design to them in personality as well than the typical masked with helmet guy on Killzone Shadow Fall.
Commented on 2013-09-04 11:56:10
Getting very mixed reviews. Going from 55 to 100 on metacritic. And it's pretty clear which reviews are biased (or paid for) if you read them. I guess I'll pass (again) on a PS Vita game that is first party. I was looking forward to it though.
Commented on 2013-09-04 12:17:40 In reply to droezelke
Considering the lack of any quality fps games on Vita it is worth a purchase.
Commented on 2013-09-04 13:15:39
the beta is awesome. been playing it at work (when our connection isn't a bag of shit) so i'm psyched to get the full game. graphically you could easily mix it into a PS3 killzone trailer and not see the difference. and it's FINALLY an FPS that feels great on the vita. something resistance and COD simply didn't manage to achieve. should have it today when i get home from work.
Commented on 2013-09-04 13:22:01 In reply to droezelke
Posted by droezelke
Getting very mixed reviews. Going from 55 to 100 on metacritic. And it's pretty clear which reviews are biased (or paid for) if you read them. I guess I'll pass (again) on a PS Vita game that is first party. I was looking forward to it though.
Or you could just buy it and make up your own mind about how good/bad it is? Sitting at 77 right now on metacritic after 25 reviews, not a bad score at all for a handheld shooter.
Commented on 2013-09-04 16:19:20
just bought it :)
Commented on 2013-09-04 17:08:44
Just bought it. To me this looks better visually than a lot of fps I played this gen on home consoles.
Commented on 2013-09-04 21:20:40 In reply to droezelke
Posted by droezelke
Getting very mixed reviews. Going from 55 to 100 on metacritic. And it's pretty clear which reviews are biased (or paid for) if you read them. I guess I'll pass (again) on a PS Vita game that is first party. I was looking forward to it though.
Or you could form your own opinion.... just a thought
Commented on 2013-09-05 15:43:39
Had a wee peak at one of the environment videos. Good god it's stunning! O_O
Commented on 2013-09-06 20:10:48
This message is in "Boulet Time" (TM), If you still *really* want to see it, click here

Commented on 2013-09-06 20:11:51 In reply to GangStarr
Looking for a ban now are you?
Commented on 2013-09-06 20:13:03 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Looking for a ban now are you?
GangStarr.. trolling? Never.

People just need to reaffirm their personal choices by belittling the alternative. Welcome to the internet.
Commented on 2013-09-06 20:53:31 In reply to GriftGFX
Then maybe I need to reaffirm my personal choice by using the ban button to belittle GangStarr?
Commented on 2013-09-06 22:49:56
the beta was awesome! I pre ordered the game after e3 but since I am poor, my pre order was rejected (visa declined)

feels bad man

btw hopefully Shadow Fall will have some awesome sky scrapper jumping moments as seen in the environments video
Commented on 2013-09-09 16:14:56
This is the first game that I've been impressed with for the Vita. Good job!

About the game


What's up?
  • asdfg
    asdfg @Moonwalker: awesome! (1 Hour ago)
  • Moonwalker
    Moonwalker But Malaga was great. Loved the weather, the hills and mountains. We went to the sea, a zoo, cable car up a mountain and last but not least visited their red light district too, haha. (1 Hour ago)
  • Moonwalker
    Moonwalker And it was quite a sight to eventually be above the clouds or see nothing but clouds or sky and no land below you, lovely. (1 Hour ago)
  • Moonwalker
    Moonwalker @asdfg: @asdfg: Great. A very nice experience and not scary or whatsoever at all. Quite awesome to see how you lift off and before you know it Amsterdam / Malaga was waaaaaay down below. (1 Hour ago)
  • asdfg
    asdfg @Moonwalker: how was it to go on an airplane for the first time? (1 Hour ago)
  • Moonwalker
    Moonwalker Back in Holland after my vacation in Malaga, Spain. Two more hours by train and then I'm home. Spain was fucking awesome. (2 Hours ago)
  • GriftGFX
    GriftGFX I'd probably be more excited by the prospect of a 3D World port than Odyssey tbh. (3 Hours ago)
PreviousNext
  • Driftwood
    Driftwood GSY is getting some nice content at 3 pm CEST with our July podcast and some videos of the Deus Ex Mankind Divided preview build. :) (> 3 Months ago)
  • Driftwood
    Driftwood For once we'll be live at 4:30 pm CEST. Blim should not even be tired! (> 3 Months ago)
  • Driftwood
    Driftwood More Quantum Break coverage coming in a few hours, 9:00 a.m CEST. (> 3 Months ago)
  • Driftwood
    Driftwood We'll have a full review up for Firewatch at 7 pm CET. Videos will only be tomorrow though. (> 3 Months ago)
  • Driftwood
    Driftwood Tonight's livestream will be at 9:15 GMT+1, not GMT+2 as first stated. (> 3 Months ago)
  • Driftwood
    Driftwood New GSY Live dedicated this time to Just Cause 3 on Tuesday 9:30 GMT+2 (> 3 Months ago)
  • Driftwood
    Driftwood Join us tomorrow at 10 pm GMT+2 for a new livestream. We'll be playing Rise of the Tomb Raider. (> 3 Months ago)
PreviousNext
Top stories