Developer: Guerilla Cambridge
What they say: If you thought the battle lines were clear, you’ve not seen the whole story. Killzone: Mercenary for PlayStation®Vita-a new first-person shooter in the acclaimed Killzone series-throws players into a deadly firefight as part of a ruthless Mercenary faction, one taking on paid contracts from not only the dangerous ISA but the vicious Helghast as well. In Killzone: Mercenary, there is no good. There is no evil. There is only the mission… And the money.
Developed by GuerrillaCambridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Mercenary is the first handheld entry in the series to retain the console titles’ first-person shooter gameplay and which promises to combine an epic single-player campaign with a substantial multiplayer offering. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation®Vita, Mercenary launches in the North America on September 10, 2013.
What I say: FPS games have had a hard way to go on hand held consoles. After many disappointments the FPS killer app for the Vita is getting closer. In order to help build the anticipation the fine folks at Sony have sent over a preview build containing one single player level. So does Killzone: Mercenary stand up to the hype?
Upon booting up the game, the first thing you will surely notice is how damn impressive the visuals are. The Vitas OLED screen is used to fine effect here. From the opening cutscene the entire experience feels suitably epic and very much like a “full” game. Ever more impressive is once the game stars you are immediately struck with how lush everything looks. The visuals match pretty much match anything available on the PS3.
The game takes place after the first Killzone and alongside 2 and 3. In this game you play a mercenary that will take jobs with either side of the Helgan conflict depending on who’s paying. In the mission provided, you are working for the ISA, infiltrating a Helgast base. Your goal is to take out two radar dishes, thus disabling Helgast Arc Cannons, so that ISA ships can enter Helgan airspace and rain hell upon them. After a thrilling opening where you skydive in, which is alas a cutscene and not playable, you begin your mission. Everything you do in the game translates into money. Kill someone, get money, complete an objective, get money. You get it I’m sure. These funds can be used at Arms Dealers stations scattered around the level. Here you can buy items like armor or buy guns and change your loadout. Also at your disposal are several special weapons. These include a remote controlled drone, a cannon that lets you target enemies using the touchscreen and several more. The game does an expert job of getting the feel of the other Killzone games. The controls have the same feel and if you are a fan of the series you will feel right at home. New to this edition is the touchscreen controls. Several abilities are mapped to the touchscreen such as interacting with objects, pushing buttons and doing your melee move. You can also use the triangle button for this if it makes you more comfortable.
Killzone: Mercenary looks primed to revolutionize the FPS on hand held systems. It looks and plays great and I had a blast playing through it. If you are a FPS fan this just might be the game to make the Vita a must have.