• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 86 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 86
  2. Negative: 0 out of 86
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  1. CD-Action
    Oct 16, 2013
    This game makes you forget you’re playing on a handheld – it’s a full-blown title with excellent graphics. Too bad enemies are sometimes incredibly stupid and checkpoints often frustratingly far from one another. [11/2013, p.85]
  2. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 7, 2013
    Mercenary is a big budget FPS on a handheld, done as right as it can be, but it’s still not quite good enough. [November 2013, p80]
  3. Oct 2, 2013
    As proof that shooters on a handheld can be good, Mercenary succeeds, but that's about the sum total of its accomplishments.
  4. games(TM)
    Sep 23, 2013
    It'll only disappoint if you're expecting something on PS3 scale. [Issue#139, p.109]
  5. Sep 23, 2013
    Fans of the series will enjoy, while anyone who is looking for a handheld first-person shooter, well, you really have no choice in the matter, since as it stands, Killzone: Mercenary is the best first-person shooter you can buy for a handheld device, although, the competition isn’t exactly fierce.
  6. Sep 18, 2013
    A standard but enjoyable shooter and one of the best-looking games on the Vita.
  7. Sep 16, 2013
    I feel bad for saying this, but Mercenary makes me excited for Sony's recently announced PS Vita TV peripheral, which will allow many Vita games to be played on your big screen TV using a standard PlayStation 3 DualShock controller.
  8. Sep 16, 2013
    With Mercenary, Vita owners who've waited nearly 19 months for an FPS to brag about can now cease holding their collective breaths. Despite some minor technical bumps in the road and the brevity of its main campaign, the game is a worthy chapter in the franchise, and a fine shooter in its own right.
  9. Sep 12, 2013
    Killzone: Mercenary is sort of like an ambitious little brother, trying to fill his older brother's shoes – and in some ways he is able to do so. The result is a handheld shooter that looks and plays great, but it is far from perfect.
  10. 70
    As much as I was hoping (and, quite frankly, expecting) Killzone: Mercenary to be the perfect representation of a first-person shooter on the PlayStation Vita, it just isn’t. A sub-par single player campaign is only saved by the fast-paced and fun multiplayer.
  11. Impressive as some aspects of the level design and interface might be, Guerrilla hasn’t quite delivered the whole package. This isn’t going to be a massive system seller with wide, mainstream appeal. Still, one can’t discount that Killzone: Mercenary may well be the most playable handheld first-person shooter yet made. That’s no small accomplishment.
  12. Sep 4, 2013
    Killzone Mercenary didn't wow us, but we can live with that. It's a good FPS that showcases the handheld's potential, and while it does little to push the series forward, it'll make a fine portable companion for players with itchy trigger fingers.
  13. Sep 4, 2013
    A solid and visually impressive shooter, it never manages to feel essential - and clearly exists mostly because all first-party franchises are obliged to put in an appearance on a new console - but even as a relatively minor entry in its own series, it still sets a new benchmark for portable shooters.
  14. 70
    The real test for Mercenary is whether the game would stand out if it was released on a home console, but the answer to that is probably not. The nods to GoldenEye offer some deviance from the norm but overall Mercenary does too little to distinguish itself from the competition. That there is no competition on the PS Vita gives it something of a free pass, but it still seems more like a proof of concept than a standalone game.
  15. The closest Killzone Mercenary comes to having a thing is in its touch controls, and as satisfying as they are the marriage of console shooter and iOS game doesn’t elevate it into the realm of the exceptional.
  16. Sep 4, 2013
    While it's hamstrung by flaky multiplayer functionality and a lack of new ideas, it is impressive just how well the first-person action of the Killzone franchise has translated to the Vita. As competent as it is, however, Killzone: Mercenary is teetering on the edge of being something truly great.
  17. Sep 4, 2013
    The crowded control scheme, uninspired campaign, and limited multiplayer options are completely outclassed by most home-console shooters. If, however, you’re truly desperate to fill that gaping genre hole in your Vita’s library, you won’t have a totally miserable time here.
  18. Oct 3, 2013
    It is a game that imitates what works from its console big brothers and does enough to also stand out on its own.
  19. Sep 10, 2013
    Killzone: Mercenary resembles its console counterparts gunplay-wise, but its story is dull and difficulty spikes and other shenanigans sour the experience.
  20. Sep 4, 2013
    Occasionally awkward controls and convoluted map design aside, it accomplishes the goal of seeming like a big, fun, explosion-packed, AAA shooter. But that's it.
  21. Sep 4, 2013
    It is, in other words, a competent handheld version of Killzone, and those who bought a Vita on that promise will be amply satisfied. Others will squint, line up their sights on a speck in the middle distance, squeeze the trigger and hope for the popup confirming their aim was true, and wonder if this is really what handheld gaming should be.
  22. Sep 4, 2013
    The fact Mercenary has such strong on-paper ideas only makes its lack of ambition even more disappointing. It’s a smart, fun shooter, with the exact structure needed to slim triple-A FPS down to pick-up-and-play portability, but it never comes through and capitalises on its potential.
  23. Sep 18, 2013
    On the surface Killzone: Mercenary checks all the right boxes, with superb visuals and a robust online mode. Sadly the methodical controls and tacked-on campaign really drag down the experience.
  24. Sep 4, 2013
    At its most basic, shooting guys in the face in Killzone: Mercenary can be enjoyable but never gives the player any credit in any other facet of the game. Not to mention a repetitive, uninspired mission structure and pocketfuls of missed opportunities, the campaign length coming in at just under four hours.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 540 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 540
  1. Sep 10, 2013
    Once again some of the critics are slating this game. One giving it a pathetic 55! What a moron. This game is epic reviews like that destroyOnce again some of the critics are slating this game. One giving it a pathetic 55! What a moron. This game is epic reviews like that destroy the games chance and sales. I have finished the campaign except for the extra side missions and have been playing the multiplayer daily. The campaign is great just wish it was a bit longer but with the covert side missions adds extra playability. The graphics are superb the best on the vita by far it comes close to ps3 quality the multiplayer is great and addictive and I have not experienced any lag. All in all this is the best vita game and first person shooter on a handheld. Don't listen to some of these so called critics who probably aren't true gamers that are giving it ridiculously low scores. If your after great graphics controls gameplay and lots of replay you won't be disappointed. Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2013
    As of the time I'm writing this the critic average is 78. The User average is 9.8. That is a HUGE difference. I bought own the game and IAs of the time I'm writing this the critic average is 78. The User average is 9.8. That is a HUGE difference. I bought own the game and I can say that it will NOT disappoint. Disregard the silly critic reviews that (STILL) compare Vita games to PS3 games. If PS3 games are not penalized for not being portable, Vita games shouldn't be penalized for not matching their console counterparts. It's simply unfair. Killzone Mercenary is the best PORTABLE First Person Shooter ever. Ever. It is also one of the most beautiful portable games ever made. Multiplayer is a blast. The campaign is a lot of fun. It's simply a top-tier, Triple-A title that shouldn't be missed. Period. Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2013
    Simply the best AAA game on my Vita right now. The SP is packed with content like different objectives and hidden Intel, the AI is smart asSimply the best AAA game on my Vita right now. The SP is packed with content like different objectives and hidden Intel, the AI is smart as ever, the MP is fast, fun and addictive and most of all, It looks, runs and feels just like KZ2/3. Full Review »