• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
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  • Summary: Killzone: Mercenary proides a new perspective on the Killzone Universe. You’re not simply an Army grunt folling orders - you’re freelance gun for hire, a merc - a soldier of fortune - someone who doesn't play by the rules or fight for any particular flag. They’re in it for the cheddar. TheKillzone: Mercenary proides a new perspective on the Killzone Universe. You’re not simply an Army grunt folling orders - you’re freelance gun for hire, a merc - a soldier of fortune - someone who doesn't play by the rules or fight for any particular flag. They’re in it for the cheddar. The client might enumerate the objective, but he won't tell you how to do your job. You formulate your own tactics and choose your own weapons; so long as you get the job done. The game provides a full single player Campaign, spread over 9 missions. In addition to the primary missions, there is a new Contracts mode, offering an additional 27 sets of objectives. You select from three difficulty settings; Recruit Trooper and Veteran. The harder the difficulty selected the higher the rewards earned. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 86
  2. Negative: 0 out of 86
  1. Sep 4, 2013
    100
    After the disappointing Resistance: Burning Skies and the truly abysmal Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, the Vita finally has a top shooter, which listens to the name of Killzone: Mercenary. Guerrilla Cambridge hit it out of the park with this fantastic handheld experience. It looks and plays great, its levels are varied and challenging, and the online multiplayer is hugely entertaining. If you own a Vita, you should own this game.
  2. Sep 4, 2013
    90
    This may be the biggest production in the entire history of portable console games. Impressive technical aspects and a very polished AI, as well as lots of playability and a long playtime, both in single player mode and multiplayer mode.
  3. Sep 6, 2013
    85
    The stunning graphics along with a decent single player campaign and a great multiplayer mode make Mercenary the best Vita game for this autumn.
  4. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    Graphically astounding and packing some serious online firepower, this is the high-budget handheld hit that you’ve been waiting for.
  5. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    Mercenary is a truly great shooter, one that was crafted with the hardcore shooter fan in mind. There’s a lot to love here -- even if its campaign is woefully short – from its deep Contracts mode to its engaging multiplayer functionality.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 7, 2013
    70
    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]
  7. Sep 4, 2013
    55
    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.

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  1. Sep 10, 2013
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2014
    10
    I have never been a fan of killzone. But when i got this i was blown away that the vita could play this game.The campaign was ok theI have never been a fan of killzone. But when i got this i was blown away that the vita could play this game.The campaign was ok the multiplayer was awesome if i was going to tell a friend which game for the psvita he musty get i would say this. Expand
  3. Apr 25, 2014
    10
    After playing both Call Of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Resistance: Burning Skies, this game is a god send from Guerrilla Cambridge. NotAfter playing both Call Of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Resistance: Burning Skies, this game is a god send from Guerrilla Cambridge. Not only is the story interwoven between Killzone and Killzone 2, but it is also unqiue and thrilling in all aspects from quality to depth. The Multiplayer is also a great addition to the Killzone franchsie with 4v4 action and a variety of weapons to choose from. The Single player also has quite a lot ore-playability with Contracts to do for each mission and Intel to collect.

    I have waited for a long time for this game to come out and I can say that you will not be disappointed if you purchase this game. Long Live Killzone!
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  4. Sep 10, 2013
    10
    This game is simply awesome for the Vita, the graphics is as good as the PS3 version,the story is extremely enticing,gameplay is solid and wayThis game is simply awesome for the Vita, the graphics is as good as the PS3 version,the story is extremely enticing,gameplay is solid and way better then Resistence: Falling skies.Multiplayer is just like the PS3 version,although there is only 2 modes,but still,as a new player that just entered the Killzone universe,it got me hooked.WHATEVER YOU DO GIVES YOU $$.Yea thats right, stabbing,executing,scavenging gives you and also the voice acting in the game for all the characters is FANTASTIC.Especially Black Jack,your personal Black market seller,his lines will make you burst into laughter ,he would make your time buying equipment from him worth while as he gives his 'honest' opinion about your mission and cracks jokes in the process.THIS IS A MUST GET FOR VITA USERS. GO GET IT NOW. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2015
    9
    this game is awesome,great shooter for ps vita,great graphic,run smooth,great and fun multiplayer and ironically killzone mercenary is betterthis game is awesome,great shooter for ps vita,great graphic,run smooth,great and fun multiplayer and ironically killzone mercenary is better experience from killzone shadow fall for ps4,at least for me Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2013
    9
    The Killzone franchise has slowly become one of Sony's biggest, with roots stretching back as far as the PlayStation 2. Unfortunately, theThe Killzone franchise has slowly become one of Sony's biggest, with roots stretching back as far as the PlayStation 2. Unfortunately, the series has never quite reached the commercial heights of other modern shooters like Call of Duty or Battlefield. Thankfully, the series debut on the PlayStation Vita is arguably its strongest outing on any platform yet. The first thing you'll notice when booting up Mercenary is the jaw-dropping visuals. While Killzone has always looked good on consoles, its never caught the eyes of gamers like some other games. On a handheld, however, Killzone's visuals are un-paralleled. Guns are finely detailed, environments all radiate color, and character models are great. In terms of story, Mercenary attempts to refresh the typical war story by telling it from the perspective of a gun-for-hire. This aspect could have made for some neat storytelling, but Mercenary's mute protagonist never bothers to give any personal insight on the war. Despite this, Mercenary does still manage to entertain with a plot that, while arguably the weakest in the series, does a fine job of keeping the player's interest. In terms of gameplay, Mercenary's frame rate is surprisingly solid, given how great it looks. The controls work well, but during intense firefights, double tapping the Vita's rear touch pad to run was cumbersome. This aside, Guerilla Cambridge has done a fantastic job of creating a well-thought-out control scheme. Unlike several previous Vita games, Mercenary also makes great use of the Vita's touch screen. Interrogating enemy's via the touch screen was fun, and never got old. Finally is Mercenary's multiplayer. This is, without a doubt, Mercenary's greatest achievement. Map design is fantastic, with several dynamic elements (e.g. roatiting wheels, working elevators, zip lines, etc.) built in. Unlike most of today's shooter, Mercenary replaces the traditional XP system with valor cards. Valor cards are small items dropped by fallen enemies and allies. Collecting them will build up a "deck". Creating a full deck will award players with cash, which can then be spent on armor, weapons, and equipment. Thats the beauty of Mercenary's multiplayer. Its essentially a pay-to-win situation, but with virtual cash. All-in-all, developer Guerilla Cambridge have outdone themselves with Mercenary. With a flawed but intriguing story, beautiful visuals, and fantastic gameplay, Mercenary has set the standard for handheld shooters in general. Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2016
    5
    Don't understand people's overexcited critics for this game. It's just a generic shooter, as bland as it gets, on Vita... Everything extremelyDon't understand people's overexcited critics for this game. It's just a generic shooter, as bland as it gets, on Vita... Everything extremely cliché and just... yeah, bland. The multiplayer runs smooth though, kudos. But still, bland. By all means avoidable. Expand

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