Killzone: Mercenary is the second Killzone title to reach a portable device, with the first being Killzone: Liberation for the PlayStation Portable in 2006. Here we are, seven years later; it was time for another title in the franchise to be released for a Sony handheld device with the PS Vita.
This portable title could have easily been handed off to another team, just as Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified were, as many are when it comes to handhelds. Instead of giving it off with their blessings, Guerrilla Games tackled the task and completed Killzone: Mercenary using their own team, Guerrilla Cambridge. It does not take long to realize that this title was handled with extra care.
This solid first-person shooter utilizes many of the PS Vita's technology to mix up the gameplay. Most features can still be used with regular controls, for those that cringe at the idea of touch controls. However, there only a select few that require the use of the front touch pad. It is used to hack Intel terminals, switch out guns, use grenades, and launch VAN-Guards. The utilization of the system's Motion Sensor Aiming assisted in fine-tuning the aiming to pull off impressive headshots.
The game is absolutely visually mind-blowing. It looks so good that it feels as though it is being Remote Played from the PlayStation 3. One would almost want to ask himself why all games do not look this good. The lighting plays a large role in the realistic feel of the environments and looking at the face of the enemy, up close and personal, while performing melee attacks, is so visually impressive that it is a bit eerie. It is easy to become immersed into the gameplay with such stunning graphics.
The game is best played with favorite headphones. However, it had even more of an impact being blasted through some Bluetooth speakers. The speakers definitely offered an entirely different experience.
When it comes down to it, the PS Vita has so much potential and this is the first team to tap into it. It is definitely one of those games that proves to be bragging rights for PS Vita owners. Killzone: Mercenary hits shelves on September 10th and proves to be a solid purchase and addition to, not only the Killzone franchise, but the PS Vita owners' libraries, as well.
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