Resistance: Burning Skies is a competently made and enjoyable portable first-person shooter, but it isn’t (and was never going to be) the type of blockbuster killer-app experience that would sell the Vita to anyone but the PlayStation devout. That responsibility is now placed upon two more widely recognizable franchises, with new, original installments in the Killzone and Call of Duty series making their full debuts today at Gamescom.
First up is Killzone: Mercenary, which is in development at Guerrilla Games for launch in 2013. Mercenary is a full-fledged, twin-stick FPS built on the Killzone 3 engine, modified of course to take advantage of the Vita’s graphical capabilities and myriad touch inputs. In the game, players will take on the role of neutral mercenaries, fighting alongside both ISA and Helghast to complete contracts for cash. From the debut trailer, the game appears to have sort of an arcade scoring system as cash bonuses pop up on the screen as enemies are stealth killed and shot full of lead.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified has been known about for a while now, but today is the day we get our first look at what the game looks like running on that lovely OLED Vita screen. Burning Skies developer Nihilistic Software is on the job, working hard to capture Call of Duty‘s established gameplay style on the Vita with all the usual franchise staples along with new features like weapon loadout sharing via Near and touchscreen functionality for melee kills and grenade tossing.
When it ships this November, Declassified‘s campaign will bridge the story gap between Black Ops and Black Ops II. Of course, as a Call of Duty game multiplayer will be a focal point–up to eight players will battle it out in modes like 4v4 Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, and Drop Zone. Maps will consist of old favorites remastered for the Vita as well as some that are brand new.