Excerpt: Anonymous, sinister soldiers, gorgeous graphics and endless multiplayer have always been Killzone’s calling cards. Mercenary tries to replicate this formula on the Vita, with some shots hitting the mark and some flying a bit wide. The story and setting are splayed against the war the ISA’s war with the Helghast, the gas-masked fascists of this fiction.
Excerpt: Killzone: Mercenary falls into the same tropes as many other first person shooters before it, and ironically, this is the best part about it. The PlayStation Vita has been starving for a FPS that can deliver the basics of what people have come to expect of modern shooters. Because the PS Vita FPS scene is on such thin ice, it is obvious that Guerrilla Cambridge decided to hedge their bets rather than try to shake up the genre.
Excerpt: Let me start by saying I love my PS Vita, but occasionally I want to shoot stuff and that is where the Vita library has left me wanting more. You can make the argument that Uncharted: Golden Abyss works just fine in this regard, but it’s a third-person action adventure game, not a true first-person shooter. Sadly, every other FPS on the system has left us wanting.
Summary: Killzone: Mercenary is a unique take on the series that gambles heavily on replayability over a prolonged story by having a campaign half as short as its predecessors but designed to be replayed to perfection as if it were a shoot ‘em up. I happen to enjoy that style of play, and I enjoy it whenever a company adds that high-score factor to their games, such as what PlatinumGames did with their third-person shooter Vanquish .
Excerpt: War! Huuuuhhhh! What is it good for? Well, it’s good business for Mercenaries, and black market weapons dealers. And without war, Killzone would probably just be a really big game of laser tag. Fortunately it’s not though. It’s actually a damn fine shooter franchise on the playstation. The latest offering from Guerilla is Killzone : Mercenary, already being hailed as the best FPS available on the Vita. Is it worthy of this accolade?
Excerpt: Viewed purely in comparison to other handheld shooters, Killzone: Mercenary stands above the pack with its stunning visuals and its fine controls. That's not quite enough to make it a great shooter, just a good one. It doesn't reach the high standards set by the last few Killzone games on consoles, or distinguish itself from any number of other shooters you've probably played over the years.
Pros: Good assortment of powerful weapons and support devices, Enemies have smarts, Gorgeous visuals
Cons: Silly story, Touchscreen melee attacks create a sense of detachment
Summary: This is the game I wanted a PlayStation Vita for. I have a long documented fondness for the Killzone series, and while Killzone: Liberation on the PlayStation Portable was enjoyable enough, I truly longed for a genuine first-person shooter production in the handheld space. This is what the Vita promised.