Killzone Mercenary's Beta First Impressions
Originally Published and Copyrighted by Blast Away the Game Review on 8/21/2013
Written by Dustin Murphy
Authors note: Due to the NDA I will not be posting my personal screen shots, only those made available to the community, but lets say it this way. It is VERY well worth the money. PS Plus members can download it now as well for the Public Beta.
|PS Vita Killzone Mercenary Load Screen|
|Killzone Mercenary's screenshot showing off the HUD as well as scoped in graphics.|
- Bouonty Hunter - Collect Valor Cards from fallen enemies
- Hacker - Secure Van-Guard Capsules
- Interrogator - Extract Intelligence from Incapacitated enemies
- Hacker - Secure VAN-Guard Capsules
- Body Count - Kill The enemy
- Overall Objective - The team with the most points after all five phases wins.
Luckily with it being a Vita game transitioned from its console predecessors, Killzone Mercenary's has defined what HD games should look like, and that the PS Vita can give us a console-like experience. In Killzone Mercenary, players will be introduced to a double tap back screen based sprint or they can simply push circle while moving, to crouch just push circle while not moving. Of course the cover system transitioned as did the aiming system. To assist with not having as much of a aiming system like the PS3, the PS Vita version allows for motion sense based aiming assist, which is very welcomed and useful. Players like in the originals can unlock kill streaks that can be accessed by tapping the touch screen above the mini map as seen in the screen shot above. To use grenades players can tap the grenade symbol that sits below the switch weapon command or simply tap triangle to switch guns, and hopefully double tap triangle to switch to pistol. Overall, Killzone Mercenary has left a strong sense of the originals imprinted on it giving it a true Killzone feel as well as the authenticity that makes Killzone unique.
With this title Guerilla Games delivers a true Killzone experience from graphics, game play, and of course the focus of everything Killzone into this little hand held that will deliver a very unique, and amazing experience that PS Vita owners should be excited for come September 10th, 2013.
With PS Vita's being a new solid price of 199.99 USD as well as Killzone being 39.99 USD this title is a must that every PS Vita owner should have new or old to the Killzone Franchise. To follow up Killzone Mercenary will tie into the Killzone Shadowfall storyline, and players hopefully can find something unique in Killzone Shadowfall, which launches on 11/15/2013 side by side with the PlayStation 4.