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Killzone Mercenary review round up

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If you’re grabbing PS Vita showcase Killzone Mercenary which becomes available locally today, make sure you have a ton of space on your (now slightly less) expensive and proprietary Vita memory cards.

According to Sixth Axis, the handheld shooter has a whopping 1.2Gb day one patch which is big enough – but if you grab the digital version of the game from the store, you’re going to need 4.5Gb available space for it all. the original download weights in at 3.3Gb.

According to some reviews it really is pretty badass, and the game Vita owners have been waiting for. In a 10/10 review, Sixth Axis says:

“So, while Mercenary might not be the best shooter in the world, in its own field – as a handheld title – it’s almost perfect; there’s no other experience like this on a device as small as this. And, judging the game from that perspective, it’s an experience that will stick with you for a long time, much like GoldenEye, Call of Duty 4 and other revolutionary shooters have managed in the past, and one entirely worthy of its acclaim.

This isn’t just a game you need to buy if you own a Vita, this is the game you buy a Vita for.”

Others aren’t quite as enthused, with Videogamer giving it a 6, saying that the single player was pretty bad.

“Its short 4-hour campaign could have been an interesting to-and-fro between perspectives, but instead it plods along with unambitious missions and a series of crowbarred plot developments that have no weight. The characters are flat, and although the game lets you replay contracts with different objectives to mix things up, it still falls short.”

Joystiq gave it 3 and a half stars, saying that it’s good – but not as good as it should have been

“The core mechanics of Killzone: Mercenary serve as a good lesson in how to create a shooter with a big-budget, console feel on a handheld. 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, if only it could shake the dusty conventions of the modern first-person shooter genre it’s trying so hard to adhere to.”

We’ll have to see if it makes any appreciable impact on Vita sales.

Last Updated: September 4, 2013

19 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Awesomenaut

    September 4, 2013 at 12:42

    Heh, header lulz.

    Also, SIES for day one patches

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  2. RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

    September 4, 2013 at 12:43

    Another day one patch? Come on people, MAKE the fucking game WHOLE before releasing it!

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    • Admiral Chief Awesomenaut

      September 4, 2013 at 12:45

      Amen brudda

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      • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

        September 4, 2013 at 12:50

        It really gets me. I can understand a few mb to stop piracy, but 1.5gigs? That’s bullshit. You buy the game, get home all excited to play it, then ‘Please download this huge ass patch and watch Days of our Lives while it downloads, enjoy our product’… Not right man.

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        • OVG

          September 4, 2013 at 13:22

          Patches are just a Trojan Horse for DATA capturing.
          Oh and Piracy.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          September 4, 2013 at 14:24

          At my download speeds, I’ll be forced to watch Days of our Lives, Sewende Laan and some crap on TLC before playing my game 🙁

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  3. Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    September 4, 2013 at 12:48

    Looks nice. after COD on Vita, I have sworn off FPS games on Handheld

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    • ALKi1234

      September 4, 2013 at 12:49

      Hahahaha so it’s really that bad?

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      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        September 4, 2013 at 12:51

        Dude…you have no idea how bad…so bad, it make you want to slap yo mama

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  4. ALKi1234

    September 4, 2013 at 12:48

    so can the game be played without the update?

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    • Spathi

      September 4, 2013 at 13:38

      Most likely Single Player, like most games (every game I’ve played).

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      • ALKi1234

        September 4, 2013 at 13:47

        Hahaha yeah i guess that was a dumb ass question.

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  5. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 4, 2013 at 12:49

    I want this game so badly…

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    • ALKi1234

      September 4, 2013 at 12:51

      Whats your thought on Killzone 2?For me thus far it’s still my fav killzone of all time.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        September 4, 2013 at 13:04

        Most definitely, Killzone 2 was incredible.

        Extremely under-rated, and it actually had a lot of influence on current FPS games. Take the brutal melee kill attacks (in BF3), or the cover system, or even the hand animation while climbing (parkour). I liked 3 as well, but for some reason I never really got into 3s MP.

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        • ALKi1234

          September 4, 2013 at 13:32

          I couldn’t even play MP Coz my internet sucks balls.But let me tell you,iv’e invested 50+hours with KZ2 single player alone. One of the things that really impressed me was the AI+physics, and lets not forget that grenades(so many awesome kills). It looks like Mercenaries has allot of the KZ2 genes,so i’m very excited.

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    • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

      September 4, 2013 at 12:52

      Looks good no. I always wanted to try to multiplay a fps game on vita, but Blops is too K@k

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  6. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    September 4, 2013 at 13:46

    More Borezone for your not so favourite handheld. And what’s with the 1,2gb patch? I thought Sony would have moved away from huge patches since the PS3.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 4, 2013 at 14:23

      I agree, Call of Duty was a borefest, but this is Killzone, mate. One of the most awesome FPS franchises ever created. I need to get this game, I NEED TO GET IT!

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