Submitted by FlameHawk 727d ago | review

Killzone: Mercenary Review: Make the Money | Polygon

Polygon - 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 recognizable but still entertaining. The characters are recognizable archetypes — the grizzled veteran; the general who's gone too far; the innocent young boy — but they're well-drawn and keep the game moving. (Killzone Mercenary, PS Vita) 6/10

FlameHawk  +   727d ago
Same guy who gave TLOU a 7.5, boy am i surprised.
I don't understand why Sony keeps sending them games to review...
Thisisjuju  +   727d ago
Just don't give them the hits.
IcyEyes  +   727d ago

Anyway, Polygons again prove how bad their reviewer are.
Genuine-User  +   727d ago
Official Playstation Magazine UK:

Killzone Mercenary - 70

Resistance Burning Skies - 80

Polygon: Killzone Mercenary - 6

Resistance Burning Skies - 6.5

EGM: Killzone Mercenary - 6.5

Resistance Burning Skies - 6.5

Video Gamer: Killzone Mercenary - 6

Resistance Burning Skies - 6

I don't get it.
Blastoise  +   727d ago
Crazy. All you have to do is play the Killzone beta for 2 minutes and you realise it's better than the FPS' before it.

Bit of a shame really KZ is being judged the way it is. Still, it's getting mostly positive reviews and Polygon aren't exactly trust worthy. 6 for Dragons crown, 6.5 for Ni no kuni, 6 for Soul sacrifice and 7.5 for the last of us...
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kwiksilver99  +   727d ago
nobody can get it . that's the beauty of these so called 'review's'
they dont follow the streamlined paths of logic as you have just shown with the comparism above.
H4all  +   727d ago
wow.. that's make sense...
thanks for the info...

i'm enjoying killzone mercenary..
like SONY SAYS..
'' Console Quality on the go ''
well i don't believe their review..
believe in my self.. cause i know it's great..
Ult iMate  +   727d ago
The overall review score system is inconsistent, corrupted and broken on the global level, obviously.
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dredgewalker  +   727d ago
Polygon is absolutely the worst site for reading any Sony related gaming review. The Dragon's Crown review I read and watched was nothing short of disgusting. Why they let a retarded feminist review a game that feminists hate is beyond my comprehension. I have a copy of the game and I actually pay no attention to the bouncing boobs cause that will definitely get my character killed. If I want to see boobs I'd rather watch hentai or real porn.
Ult iMate  +   727d ago
I hope, they get paid from some platformholder for their review, otherwise they make fools of themselves for free.
b-dash  +   727d ago
Resistance Burning Skies 6.5 by polygon.
According to them, nihilistic is the winner
LOGICWINS  +   727d ago
Mercenary and Burning Skies were reviewed by different people with different opinions.
abc1233  +   727d ago
That's not how their scoring system works, it's not just determined by the reviewer. So yeah, apparently Burning Skies > Mercenary
LOGICWINS  +   727d ago

Ummm okay sure.

@Porkchop- Yes, they meet with senior editors to determine what score the game should receive based on the tone of the review..but we will never know what score the game would have received if the person who wrote the review assigned the score himself.

Despite everyone at Polygon grouping up to come to a score, they could have been very divided in their opinions. Some could have scored the game an 8 and others could have scored it a 5, thus resulting in them meeting somewhere in the middle. Personally, thats a bad way to review games IMO.

The more people you involve in a score decision, the more bias comes into play.
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porkChop  +   727d ago
The final score is decided on by the entire staff, not just the reviewer. So whether the 2 games were reviewed by 2 different people is completely irrelevant.
-Foxtrot  +   727d ago
People can review games differently with their own opinions on them but I still think the site they work for in general effects their opinion a little.

I mean as the guy above said it's the same guy who gave the Last of Us a 7.5...with terrible reasons to back his review up with
LOGICWINS  +   727d ago
Btw abc no disrespect. I just didnt understand what you were saying. Polygon as a whole does indeed decide the final score. Would have made more sense to omit the score entirely since their system is so weird. One guy does the written review, but the score is decided others??? LOL

Theres nothing wrong with Mercenary getting a 6 if the written review backs it up, but it doesnt.
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godofboobees  +   727d ago
Lol polygon
BeAGamer  +   727d ago
I don't care, I'm still buying it
LOGICWINS  +   727d ago
Obviously you care. U wouldnt have clicked this link if you didnt. I already have my copy paid off, but Im ALWAYS curious to hear about what others think of the game to give me a good idea of what to expect.
HammadTheBeast  +   727d ago
It's more than worth it from what I've played at a friends.
porkChop  +   727d ago
Always going out of their way to go against the general consensus, just like the 7.5 this same guy gave The Last of Us. And just like with The Last of Us the final score doesn't even come close to matching up with the overall tone of the review itself.

And as b-dash above has said, Polygon is actually rating KZ:M below Resistance from Nihilistic. What a joke of a site. They started off really good and they just went downhill very fast. They're just like Kotaku these days.
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abc1233  +   727d ago
Tbh I don't think the reviewer is at fault. The review is generally positive to say the least but the overall score is determined by the entire staff, so this appears to be a problem with the entire site rather than just the reviewer himself, though admittedly some of the negative points he raised felt quite silly. Could explain the whole review not matching up to the score.
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spongeboob  +   727d ago
Lol Philip kollan again. Love the reviewers who hates good games and have bad taste.
nosferatuzodd  +   727d ago
polygon is stupid fanboy run website i don't waist my time with them i think they should just do us all a favor and call their site xbox nation
GdaTyler  +   727d ago
Polygon lost its credibility at the Last of Us. Sorry but I know this game is at least a 9.0 These reviewers just want hits.
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MadMax  +   727d ago
Well i agree with you about Killzone, but disagree with you on TLOU. I thought 7.5 was a perfect score for it personally. It was very overrated and too hyped for me. Sold it on ebay.
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LeCreuset  +   727d ago
Yours is an extreme minority opinion. The purpose of a review is to give the wider audience an idea of what the game will be like for them.
Williamson  +   727d ago
Polygon is such a joke of a site!
LJO1989  +   727d ago
Oh look a polygon review of a Playstation exclusive, I wonder if they liked it.
Thisisjuju  +   727d ago
Well said. You nailed it.
Harpers_Ferry  +   727d ago
Polygon giving a PS exclusive a middling score? Whoa, no way.

Next you'll be telling me that water is wet.
GentlemenRUs  +   727d ago
Even though the controls are hard to get used to, This is the first greatest FPS on a handheld in so many years!
Remy_S  +   727d ago
Polygon, you're smalltime.

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MadMax  +   727d ago
Minority opinion? Lol, i highly doubt that one! Considering many people ive seen online that did not buy into all the hype and did not enjoy it either. TLOU was a 7.5 at best, game was ok but just very repetitive and slow. I play ALOT of games and was bored with it. Alot of people will buy it because of all the hype and airplay it received. Doesnt mean the game is any good. If it was not Naughty Dog, the game wouldve received a 7.5 around the net!

They get special treatment for their games and they pay alot of money to make sure they get high marks and plenty of exposure for their game. They can afford it, believe me! Killzone on the Vita looks much more interesting to me. Played the beta and digged it. Mainly to have such a close to console shooter on a handheld finally. I find many shooters quite repetitive though, so try not to get too offended by my comment. Stay in France!
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HarryMasonHerpderp  +   727d ago
I know we should be open to opinions an all but I'm sorry you're talking complete rubbish.
MadMax  +   726d ago
First off, TLOU is extremely overrated and hyped. Its a very slow paced action adventure game, which is based on watching movie sequences mainly and not alot of action. It was no different than any other Uncharted or typical third person shooter weve already played a hundred times before.

That to me is not groundbreaking, or something fresh. I guess it kills alot of you that there are ALOT of people out there that found the game mediocre. Had a steep price drop in little time too.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   726d ago
The Last Of Us is a masterpiece, whether you agree with that or not makes no difference.
Also it's nothing like Uncharted except it has great graphics, characters and music. The gameplay and themes are a far cry from Naughty Dog's other excellent games.
why are you saying "slow paced action game" like that's a bad thing?
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LeCreuset  +   727d ago
Correction: EXTREME minority opinion, as indicated by your agree/disagree ratio. I play ALOT of games. I buy ALOT of games. Many times I don't have enough time for them. I finished TLOU. Of course, I'm not just basing my opinion on my personal experience, but the experiences of vast majority of those who played TLOU. You are entitled to your opinion, which in my opinion is a ridiculous opinion, but you cannot rationally argue that yours is not a minority opinion. If it weren't you would see TLOU with more 7.5 scores and Polygon wouldn't have received the backlash it did from fans for giving it a 7.5.

P.S. I'm not from France.
MadMax  +   726d ago
Thats funny you say that, because im basing my experience as well on my opinion and others ive spoke with. Maybe you are just new to gaming and the whole third person shooting era. Not me, ive played hundreds of games that all felt like this experience.

Shoot, duck, stealth, snap someones neck, repeat over and over again. How boring and predictable, ohh but it had such a good story! Listen, if i wanna watch a movie i will throw on a bluray! I wanna play games, innovative ones at that.

Wouldnt you rather see new ideas and do something different in a game for once? Instead of feeling like youve already done it all before? I mean this just felt like an extension to Uncharted. With a different coat of paint. Your character moving sluggishly with boring repetitive enemies. No interesting characters or boss battles. Boring!
WoW, only 1.5 less then the last of us, this game must be amazing
Wni0  +   727d ago
These guys must try Really Fucking Hard to find every flaw if its Sony based.

"Oh shit did you see that??"
"What what?"
"Oh man I think that texture of the window sill just popped in?"
"Well fuck we gotta put..... Give me a sec...." "Mercenary certaintly visually looks ok but there is some texture popin 6/10 Visuals!"
strigoi814  +   727d ago
I hope there is a kickstarter to demolish this pretend to be reviewers that is just ruining the gaming industry
jspillen  +   727d ago
This website got caught taking its startup funding directly from Microsoft.

Polygon is a paid mouthpiece for Microsoft. Busted Red Handed !!!

Polygon has no credibility and never will.
pyramidshead  +   727d ago
Not getting my click Polygon. Nice try though. I expected lower to be honest, maybe they're finally waking up to find these are great games ;p.
solidjun5  +   726d ago
Yawn polygon. Not surprised.

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