Parents' Guide to

Killzone: Mercenary

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Polished but gory handheld shooter definitely not for kids.

Game PlayStation Vita 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Its violent but not that bad

this game is no doubt violent however all weapons are futuristic and don't have real bullets (the knife is an exception)meaning that so long as your child is mature enough it should be fine. Also the language used in this game is no worse than in a 12 rated movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

For ages 13+

Killzone has defiantly made its mark on the vita forever. It's stunning graphics and beautiful gameplay rival even the console version, killzone 3. The content is not appropriate for kids under the age of 13 but if you are over the limit you are just fine. The main reason parents do not let their clildren buy violent games is because of the blood, but in killzone mercenary because of the advanced weapenory there is little blood. And the cuss words are not too extensive and do not leave me felling worried about my 13 year old son playing this game.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

One of only a handful of Vita games to truly attempt to deliver on the handheld's promise of sophisticated, living room-esque action and shooting games, Killzone: Mercenary is an ambitious and visually refined experience. Its lengthy campaign missions shoot for and sometimes come very close to achieving the sort of epic grandeur of console-based games, including cinematic opening sequences of flying through cities and seamless transitions between different styles of play, such as ground warfare, mounted weapons, gunships, and stealth action.

That said, this polished -- and decidedly mature -- first-person action game also stumbles occasionally. The camera feels cramped and claustrophobic somehow, making it hard find nearby enemies. And while the controls generally feel good, the addition of touch screen actions for melee combat and rear-panel adjustments to scope zoom are a bit distracting. It's a good showcase for everything Vita is capable of, but there's still room for some improvement.

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