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The Gaming Review - Killzone Mercenary

Release Date: 
09/10/2013
Rated: 
ESRB: M
Game Platform: 
PS Vita
Star Rating: 
8 out of 10

Dealing death on the go.

The Pitch: Taking a non-stance in the battle between the ISA and the Helghast, you play as a mercenary bogged down only by a bank account, and not the ideology of the struggle, as you offer your services to the highest bidder in this interplanetary first-person shooter.

What It Really Is: First and foremost, Killzone Mercenary is the best FPS experience we’ve seen from the PS Vita yet, making excellent use of Sony’s portable’s thumbsticks and other touch control options. This is a strong showing for the Vita, as both its catalog of games and its usefulness as a companion to your PS3 (and PS4, come November) continues to grow. The mercenary nature of your character is an interesting device that allows you to play on both sides of the battle, adding an unprecedented perspective to the series, but it doesn’t truly deliver on the “choose your side” promise made when Mercenary was announced, since you’re forced onto one side or the other at the beginning of each campaign level. The game does benefit from the injection of a bunch of VAN-Guard tech to keep things popping, offering gadgets that’ll help you stealthily kill enemies without endangering yourself, or help identify all the enemies on a map regardless of sightlines. The end result is that you won’t have much invested in the story, but Mercenary’s gameplay more than makes up for its plot shortcomings. If only our bedroom shortcomings were as easily forgiven (shut up, it happens to lots of guys.)

Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “We’d gladly give Killzone Mercenary a transfer from our unnumbered Swiss bank account.” - Maxim.com

Fun Fact: Killzone Mercenary is developed by Guerilla Cambridge, not to be confused with Guerilla Games, Sony’s powerhouse studio based in Amsterdam. If Mercenary has fewer hooker/drug references than the upcoming Killzone: Shadow Fall, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised.

Who It's For: If you were disappointed by the previous, portable FPS offerings for the Vita - we’re looking at you, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified - Mercenary isn’t just a great game, it’s proof that the Vita can put those dual thumbsticks to good use. Our excitement for Vita’s announced version of Borderlands 2 just kicked into high gear.

 

 

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