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Platform PS Vita Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Guerilla Cambridge Release Date 09/10/2013

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Killzone: Mercenary review: make the money

Against all odds, Mercenary's plot held my attention Killzone: Mercenary is set alongside the events of the console Killzone games, following mute protagonist Danner as he navigates the murky sidelines of the ISA war against the Helghast. Rather than another adventure from the perspective of an ISA grunt, Danner is a gun for hire, happily serving whatever side will pay the most money. Throughout the single-player campaign's five or six hours, various twists place Danner at many different angles in the war. Against all odds and despite the need for some serious suspension of disbelief, Mercenary's plot managed to hold my attention. Not much time is devoted to the story, but the few cutscenes and scattered moments of dialogue are used wisely to build a plot that's...

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Killzone: Mercenary expanded with two free maps today

Killzone: Mercenary players can now download two extra multiplayer maps for free, developer Guerrilla Cambridge announced today on the game's forums. The studio originally announced in November that the maps would be coming with a title update in early 2014. The maps, Tharsis Depot and Blood Gracht, are reworked versions of environments from the multiplayer component of Killzone 2. "Both maps may be familiar to some of you; but each has been given a fresh lick of paint for its Vita debut," said Matt Porter, technical director at Guerrilla Cambridge. Tharsis Depot (screenshot above) is the name of the mining platform under which action on this map takes place. The map is well suited to the Guerrilla Warfare and Mercenary modes. Blood Gracht (screenshot below) is set in the city of...

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BioShock Infinite joins PS Plus as Sony begins '14 for '14' sale

Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite will become the latest addition to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection when Sony updates the PlayStation Store tomorrow, the company announced today. BioShock Infinite was originally released on PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 in March 2013, and went on to garner widespread acclaim as well as a critical backlash regarding elements such as its use of graphic violence. Infinite regularly costs $39.99 on the PS Store. Irrational is currently working on Burial at Sea - Episode Two, the conclusion to the game's story expansion. Earlier this month, Sony added DmC: Devil May Cry and the PlayStation 4 version of Don't Starve to the Instant Game Collection. Tomorrow, the company will begin its "14 for '14" sale, which cuts prices on 14 PS3...

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Killzone: Mercenary's next updates free up storage space, add free content

Guerrilla Cambridge will release three updates for its PlayStation Vita shooter, Killzone: Mercenary, over the next few months, reducing the footprint of the game's hefty patches and adding new multiplayer content. Killzone: Mercenary's third update, due in "the next few weeks," will free up approximately 800 MB of space consumed by the game's first two patches. The Vita game's day-one and multiplayer stability patches each weighed in at more than 1 GB. The game's fourth update is due in January. It will improve matching, help reduce connectivity problems and add an auto team-rebalancing feature, Guerrilla Cambridge senior producer Mark Green said on the PlayStation Blog. A fifth update plans to add two new multiplayer maps, as well as offline Botzone for Mercenary and Guerrilla...

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Killzone: Mercenary will have a 1.16 GB day-one stability patch

Guerilla Cambridge's Killzone: Mercenary will require a day-one patch when it launches later this month, reports The Sixth Axis. Upon loading up a copy of the PlayStation Vita title, a message box will reportedly appear announced the patch — a 1190 MB download that promises "general stability fixes and performance optimizations." Polygon has reached out to Sony for additional details on the patch contents. The size of the full game download is 3.3GB; the patch brings the total game size to around 4.5 GB. Killzone: Mercenary is the first Killzone title not to be developed directly by Guerilla Games. The game picks up where the first 2004 Killzone left off and plays through many of the events of the Killzone trilogy. The game launches today in Europe, tomorrow in Japan and on Sept....

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Star Wars Pinball joins Instant Game Collection alongside new sales Aug. 20

Star Wars Pinball and Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower — both regularly $9.99 — will become free to PlayStation Plus subscribers with an update to the PlayStation Store tomorrow, Aug. 20. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, a timed trial for Payday 2 and the Killzone: Mercenary public beta are also headed to the PS Store tomorrow. Ms. Germinator, which was announced for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in late July, will be available for $9.99 or $7.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers Aug. 20 as well. In honor of Fan Expo Canada, Sony is discounting Canadian-made games. Those discounts start tomorrow and include: Critter Crunch, regularly $6.99, on sale for $3.49 or $1.75 for PlayStation Plus subscribers Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, regularly $14.99, on sale for...

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Killzone: Mercenary open beta coming Aug. 27, earlier to PS Plus

The beta for Killzone: Mercenary, the PlayStation Vita-exclusive shooter from Guerrilla Cambridge, will be opened up over the next two weeks, the studio announced today. All PS Vita owners in North America will be able to jump in as of Aug. 27, but North American PlayStation Plus subscribers will get in a week early — once the PlayStation Store is updated Aug. 20, they'll receive access to the beta. That earlier date also applies to people who received promotional vouchers for the beta. The server-testing beta will run through Sept. 3, one week before the game launches on Sept. 10. Guerrilla Cambridge launched closed beta testing earlier this month. For more on Killzone: Mercenary, check out our developer interview and hands-on preview.

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How Killzone: Mercenary plans to be a console-quality handheld FPS

The design of Sony's PlayStation Vita suggests that the line between console, handheld and mobile games doesn't have to be so thick. The Vita sports two analog sticks, like the consoles that came before it. In a nod to the smartphone and tablet revolution of the last half decade its display doubles as a touchscreen. Even the backside of the handheld includes a giant pasture for touch input. But there's at least one dominant genre that hasn't made a smooth transition to the PS Vita. Despite the graphical leaps over its PSP predecessor, despite is dual analog sticks, since its early 2012 release, there haven't been many first-person shooters. And those that have been released haven't been lauded with praise. Resistance: Burnings Skies earned a 6.5/10 and Call of Duty: Black Ops...

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Killzone: Mercenary multiplayer beta opens in late August

Sony is opening to doors to the Killzone: Mercenary multiplayer beta in late August, prior to the game's September launch, the company announced on its official PlayStation blog. Meanwhile, the closed beta that was first announced in July has now started. Sony closed sign-ups to this multiplayer beta in mid-July. The full game's multiplayer component will feature a wide variety of weapons, including the Van-Guard, a "wrist-mounted murder assistant" that can be used to customize a player's multiplayer load-out. Killzone: Mercenary will launch Sept. 10 for PlayStation Vita.

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Killzone: Mercenary dev diary talks multiplayer

A new developer diary for PlayStation Vita FPS Killzone: Mercenary focuses on the game's multiplayer mode. Whatever a player unlocks in the single-player campaign will carry over into multiplayer, say the developers. This helps ensure that new players won't immediately be at a disadvantage against those who have been playing for a while, and enables players without access to wireless internet to still advance their character. The game supports a ranked system in which players will be given "Valor cards" on a daily basis, and this will effect how efficiently they're able to earn in-game money. Players will earn bonuses from completing hands one might find in a card game like a royal flush, or by completing a whole deck. Killzone: Mercenary hits PS Vita on September 4 in Europe and...

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  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 09/10/2013
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Guerilla Cambridge
    • Score 6.0
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