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Killzone: Mercenary Pays Out with Explosive Gameplay Trailer

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Oh, this is good. Sony has released a brand new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Killzone: Mercenary – and it looks absolutely amazing. Just a reminder in case you’re skipping ahead to the video: this is a PlayStation Vita game. Alright, you can go ahead and watch it now, just make sure you scroll back up for all of the details.

It’s good, isn’t it? The first-person shooter is set shortly after the events of the original Killzone, and revisits many of the memorable moments from the trilogy. You play as Arran Danner, a former UCA-soldier who is willing to fight for either the Helghast or the ISA – well, as long as the pay cheque is big enough. However, there’s a bit more depth on offer than that. When a routine mission involving the extraction of the Vektan Ambassador and his family goes awry, Danner begins to question his own motives.

The narrative will play out across nine missions, each about an hour in length. Better yet, you’ll be able to revisit all of the stages at any time, where they’ll be augmented with new side quests and objectives. In addition to the single player campaign, the game will also boast a full multiplayer mode with six, eight-player maps and a wealth of different game types, including the popular Warzone.

Brilliantly, everything that you do in Killzone: Mercenary will be rewarded with cash. The better you perform, the more that you’ll earn. The twist is that the money will all be deposited into a single bank account, allowing you to distribute it in any way that you desire. For example, the funds that you earn in single player can be reinvested into multiplayer, and vice versa.

The title’s due out on 17th September in North America and 18th September in Europe, which seems like a long way away. Judging by the trailer below, though, we reckon that it will be worth the wait. Are you excited? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

[via blog.us.playstation.com, blog.eu.playstation.com]

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fullyilly

#2

fullyilly said:

We all new that the Vita had this in her, thank god its finally here. If this takes off there will be a flood of higher quality games to come. Could this be the Vita's saviour? Please let it be!

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

@fullyilly It's been a really great week for the Vita. Lots of game announcements — and this is the icing on the cake. Not sure how popular it's going to be, but it's obviously a massive step in the right direction.

KALofKRYPTON

#7

KALofKRYPTON said:

Hopefully by then the Vita will have shifted enough units for a redesign-solely for the sake of a larger bettery.

KALofKRYPTON

#11

KALofKRYPTON said:

@Dambuster hahahaha, that could just leave it worse off!

Can't say I'm all that fussed with rumble, but if Sammy can fit a 3100mAh battery in to my Note 2, I'm sure Sony can squeeze one in to the Vita.

Gemuarto

#13

Gemuarto said:

WOW..... WOW.... WOOOOOW..... I am super hyped. This and Souls Sacrifice =)))...

Gamer83

#16

Gamer83 said:

Absolutely stunning. As a big Killzone fan I can't wait for this. Since Guerilla is making it, I expect it will be as awesome as KZ 2 & 3.

Savino

#18

Savino said:

Fight dirty!
NO!! NO!! This is not ok!!!!! YOu cant do it with a man!!!!!!!!!!!!!

get2sammybAdmin

#19

get2sammyb said:

I still can't believe how good it looks. If this is PS Vita, imagine what Guerrilla are going to do with PS4! :O

EDIT: The sound design's really good in that VG247 video too. I'm glad they've kept the jingle when you get a kill.

KALofKRYPTON

#22

KALofKRYPTON said:

Holy hell that VG247 vid is good, with 6 months at least left to work on the game it's going to be smooth as silk I reckon!

hydeks

#23

hydeks said:

this game looks insane, and if they didn't say "game play footage" and "ps vita" all over that I would have guessed it was a ps3 game! I think this will definitely help gets vita sales up.

ShogunRokAdmin

#24

ShogunRok said:

The kill jingle makes this a day one buy. That sound should be present in all games.

KALofKRYPTON

#25

KALofKRYPTON said:

Also, being the 'savior' that we all hope this game will be for the Vita, they'll surely be a bundle/limited edition system for it too?

CanisWolfred

#28

CanisWolfred said:

Gameplay-wise this looks really freakin' good. And graphics-wise, it looks really good...for a Vita game. Compared to Killzone 3, though, it doesn't look quite as good in the graphics department. That doesn't really matter much, just felt I should make that distiction.

Knux

#30

Knux said:

Holy hell, I must buy this! :O

Now where are those people who claimed that the Vita has no games? ;)

Azikira

#31

Azikira said:

Oh my god, it looks even better then I could have hoped! And honestly, 8 players is a good amount for a portable shooter.

Gotta buy the collectors edition if they come out with one! Long live Helghan! :3

Alpha

#32

Alpha said:

@get2sammyb Knowing the creators of killzone, Guerilla, they will make a spectacular game for the vita. i have no games for mine except for MGS HD, and numorous of my PSP games, which i had to do a hack, if this game jumpstarts the vita, im updating my vita, cannot wait at all.

Alpha

#33

Alpha said:

@Dambuster rumble aint that great, id rather slimmer and bigger battery. rumble is just a waste of battery power and aint that great in all anymore.

Galvatron

#34

Galvatron said:

Stunning title. Guerilla know how to maximise the graphical potential of Sony's machines. Whilst the PS2 version didn't match up to Halo's exacting standards, Killzone 3 is a terrific title which has actually carved a niche for itself and finally moved away from initial intentions of emulation.

Mercenary will be THE killer app for Vita which combines it's unique control inputs, graphical horsepower and campaign / multiplayer substance.

THIS is how you do a FPS on the portable Playstation. As for being released on the same day as GTA5; perfect. Two killer system titles at the same time :-)

Gemuarto

#35

Gemuarto said:

It's not Guerilla, it's Guerilla Cambridge, creators of Wipeout as far as I remember.

IAmNotWill

#36

IAmNotWill said:

This and Tearaway are a step in the right direction! The Vita need more games that aren't ports and remakes.

Galvatron

#38

Galvatron said:

They're not the same studio as Wipeout's seminal creators, who were originally Psygnosis and then Studio Liverpool. Wipeout 2048, incidentally, is what you call a swansong. Anyhow, it is officially the most eagerly awaited Vita title according to Galvatron lol!

BornOfEvil

#39

BornOfEvil said:

I'm glad it's coming out in September, that just gives me more time to save up for it. After I get my Vita, I have to get Soul Sacrifice, Tearaway, I have to pre oreder the Post Pandemic Edition of The Last of Us and then I can finally buy Mercenary and GTA V. Oh, and if Mercenary takes place after the first Killzone, then Radec could very well make an appearance.

Ginkgo

#40

Ginkgo said:

Really...you get to sneak up on a guy and stab him in the gonads! That's just wrong. lol

Still this does look amazingly good.

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