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Killzone Mercenary

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews) 78 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation Vita
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  • UPC: 711719220220
  • Weight: 0.100 lbs
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Platform: PlayStation Vita
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0050SWYTC
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation Vita

From the Manufacturer

Fight alongside Helghast forces and ISA specialists
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Single-player campaign and multiplayer mode
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Powered by the stunning Killzone engine
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Killzone: Mercenary is a first-person shooter in the Killzone series, powered by the stunning Killzone engine. Developed specifically for the PlayStation Vita platform, Mercenary enhances the familiar twin-stick FPS control scheme with touch pad functionality for interesting new gameplay possibilities.

The Story

Starting just after the ending of the original Killzone, and revisiting many of the events from the Killzone trilogy, the game puts players in the rugged combat boots of a mercenary named Arran Danner. Danner is a former UCA-soldier who has no qualms about taking on paid contracts from the ISA as well as the Helghast.

When a seemingly routine mission to evacuate the Vektan Ambassador and his family in Pyrrhus goes awry, Danner discovers that the outcome of the war could very well depend on the fate of the Ambassador’s young son. With both sides going to increasingly desperate lengths to get hold of the boy, he begins to wonder whether the price of victory is really worth the paycheck.

With Killzone: Mercenary, PlayStation Vita owners get a fresh perspective on the brutal conflict between ISA and Helghast – literally. For the first time in a Killzone campaign, you’ll be fighting alongside Helghast forces as well as ISA specialists, carrying out missions that the regular soldiers just won’t — or can’t.

The Gameplay

Comprised of nine single-player missions — each nearly an hour in length — Killzone: Mercenary delivers the full experience in a portable package. Completed missions unlock additional replay challenges, with a host of special objectives to accomplish. The game also boasts a full-fledged multiplayer mode with six maps tailored for eight players and three different game types, including the popular Warzone mode.

In keeping with the soldier-for-hire theme, every action in the game is rewarded. The better you perform, the higher your payout – not just in the single-player campaign, but also in the multiplayer mode. The wages you collect are deposited into a single bank account, so the money you earn in the campaign missions can also be used to buy gear and weapons for multiplayer matches, and vice versa.

As a mercenary, you’re free to decide which tactics and loadouts you’ll use to fulfill your contract; your employers will reward you with state-of-the-art weaponry and cold, hard cash as long as you get the job done. But what is the price of that freedom – and will you discover it before it’s too late?

Tailored to the PS Vita

Killzone: Mercenary makes full use of PlayStation Vita’s considerable input and graphics capabilities. It enhances the familiar dual-stick FPS control scheme with touch controls for actions such as brutal melee, and with tilt controls for accurate sniper aiming. The game even uses the powerful Killzone 3 engine to bring its massive environments and impressive set pieces to life.

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Killzone™: Mercenary throws players into a deadly firefight as the ruthless Mercenary faction, taking on paid contracts not only from the dangerous ISA, but the vicious Helghast as well. There is no good. There is no evil. There is only the mission... and the money.

• Full Campaign Mode: Play through 9 massive single-player missions with multiple difficulty settings. Completion of each mission unlocks additional challenges and special objectives.

• Breathtaking Visuals: Built on the same Killzone engine used on PS3, Mercenary’s stunning graphics and smooth gameplay show off Vita like no other game.

• Robust Multiplayer: Intense combat for up to eight players boasts a wealth of compelling modes including Deathmatch, Warzone and more. Dynamic Rankings keep the competition fierce.

• Customize Across Modes: Cash earned in both Campaign and Multiplayer modes can be used to customize your Merc’s loadout with stat boosts, weapons and more. Customizations to your Merc apply to both modes!


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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portable's first real FPS September 11, 2013
By R. Diaz
Platform for Display:PlayStation Vita
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Many had already played the Multi-player beta and most of the people loved it. Now, with the full release gamers will discover than there is more to this game than the MP.

First of all, Killzone Mercenary looks beautiful and runs without noticeable slowdowns on the PS Vita's impressive OLED screen. The game's graphic engine is a modified version of Killzone 3 rendering engine, a PS3 game. With some obvious textures and effects downscaling still, Mercenary is the best looking game on the PS Vita and the best looking portable FPS shooter I've ever had the delight of playing.

So, for those who were not able to enjoy the beta the multi-player is pretty much standard comparing it to a console game, you've got 3 modes (Mercenary Warfare, Guerilla Warfare, and Warzone). The first two modes were not available to play while the game was on closed and public beta. The first two modes are Death Match and Team Death Match respectively. Warzone is a team based mode with set strategic objectives in each of it's 5 rounds. You have to collect valor cards (dropped by an enemy when you kill it, or by an ally when it gets killed), interrogate enemies, hack van-guard capsules (twice), and kill as many enemies as you can. All of these 3 modes can be played in 6 decently proportioned maps. Multi-player is as robust as it gets for a handheld game: collectibles, ranks, a variety of weapons, and the van-guard modules.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish every Vita game was this amazing! September 10, 2013
Platform for Display:PlayStation Vita
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Killzone Mercenary is the Vita game we have been waiting for. This game is a battery killer because you wont want to put it down! You will be hooked for hours on the first play through until you get a headach like me! As soon as you start playing it you get excited because of how beautiful it looks and feels. It feels like a real FPS in the palm of your hands. It's fun, engaging and satisfying

Let's dive deeper:

Controls- the controls feel great. The buttons are set up just like a FPS would be on the PS3. You can use the buttons or the touch screen/ rear touch pad. Touch the screen to open doors, pick up ammo, set a bomb, and kill your enemy with a mele. Also, you can use the rear touch pad to run faster. You think it would feel weird, but it actually works since your fingers are closer to the back pad than to the O button.

The only issue I have with the controls is that after playing for a while, my hands hurts. But I think that's only because playing multiplayer for a long time will do that to anyone.

Graphics- This game looks like a console game. Maybe not as good as recent PS3 games, but at least as good (if not better) than older PS3 games. So just like every new console, the graphics will only get better from here. But don't get me wrong, the game looks beauitful as is. Multiplayer looks amazing! And the funny thing is, it looks better than Call of Duty game I have ever played on my PS3.

Multiplayer - Multiplayer just has 3 modes. Pretty much it's Free For All, 4 vs 4 death match, and Warzone (which some of you played on the Beta) My favorite? The free for all! It is so fun to have that "every man for themselves" feeling. The scoring isn't by points. It's by cash.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 1st true killzone and fps experience on a handheld. September 10, 2013
Platform for Display:PlayStation Vita
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Killzone mercenary has had a lot of hype since it was announced a while back. Now, the game is here, and it is a must buy.
Story: the story is outstanding and takes place just after the ending of the original killzone. You take control of the mercenary name Arran Danner. No spoilers to the story, you'll find out after the evacuation of the ambassadors son what will happen. Although, it felt fairly linear. Overall 4/5
Gameplay:
A neat thing about this game is the options you have of whether going to be fighting with isa specialists or helghast forces. Also, you have a money reward system, which gives you money for Everything. That's pretty cool because you feel the progression, but it could've been toned down a bit.
Overall 4/5
Controls: the controls feel spot on with this game, and we could thank that to the 2nd analog stick and touch screen controls. I felt like everything was brought together in harmony. Overall 5/5
Presentation/graphics: the producers said mercenary is running on killzone 3's engine, and yeah, but it's been toned down a lot. The game will stutter occasionally, but only in heated combat. The graphics, I felt could be better, but are good.
Overall 4/5
Multiplayer; this is another stand out feature of this game with 3 modes and strong maps I felt this really nailed it. Felt fun and rewarding.
Overall 5/5
Replayability is totally here, thanks to rewards and troughs, and with multiplayer, makes a solid package.
Overall 5/5
Overall, killzone mercenary is a must buy, despite its minor flaws. It has a lot of things going for it. Would I recommend it? Yes. Should you buy it? Yeah! Stop reading reviews and go get it. The best experience on ps vita to date.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
great game, one of the best out there :D, i would recommend it, worth the money on this game, love it
Published 4 hours ago by Jorge
3.0 out of 5 stars Good game, definitely worth picking up for 20 bucks or less.
I'll rate the game based off my Normal difficulty play-though.

Graphics: Great (what I've come to expect with the powerful new hardware)

Offline campaign:... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Eric Bugg
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game
This is a nice try for the vita, it looks good and its a fun game but it does have frame rate issues and sometimes things get hard to see when theres alot of action around you. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jason Van Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars SCE's promise fulfilled
Many professional reviews gave lower marks to KZ:M on release because of its unerring similarity to its console/PC shooter counterparts. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Cander Sohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is probably the best Killzone in the series. Definitely better than anything on the 3DS right now. Also comes with free extra maps.
Published 7 days ago by Edward Nigma
4.0 out of 5 stars Mercenary isn't quite the cinematic experience as other games, but the...
The Good: Amazing visual feat, gun play transitions well from the PS3, fun multiplayer, brutal melee kills, the Valor system and drones are awesome

The Bad: Short... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Richard Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Best FPS for Vita (As of right now)
The campaign was fun and it lead right up-to shadowfall. I would recommend getting this as your FPS game for the Vita.
Published 20 days ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
The best first person shooter on the vita by a mile,hoping for more games like this on the vita and more gameplay length on future titles.
Published 21 days ago by bolaji
5.0 out of 5 stars Best FPS on the Vita
This is he best FPS shooter the PSVita has to offer. Graphics are amazing. Gameplay is amazing. Button layout similar to other Killzone games and online play is just as top notch. Read more
Published 23 days ago by I.S.
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet game
it is super violent and you can shoot people in the face and watch their head explode and slice throats with a knife.
Published 1 month ago by jason launius
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