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  • Summary: Directed by Shinji Mikami, VANQUISH is a sci-fi shooter of epic proportions with a fast, fluid and frenetic combat system, and an engaging and immersive storyline. Players take the role of Sam, a government agent kitted out with a futuristic battle suit, in a near future world where nationsDirected by Shinji Mikami, VANQUISH is a sci-fi shooter of epic proportions with a fast, fluid and frenetic combat system, and an engaging and immersive storyline. Players take the role of Sam, a government agent kitted out with a futuristic battle suit, in a near future world where nations war over the planet's remaining energy resources. A versatile fighter with a huge arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, Sam also has an array of martial arts skills that he can use to take down his robot enemies. Expand
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  1. Positive: 55 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Oct 28, 2010
    96
    There isn't really anything that I can say that I personally dislike about the game. The length, difficulty, and corny story will turn a lot of people off, but the incredible gameplay and thrill of climbing the leaderboards is more than enough to keep this gamer engaged.
  2. Oct 24, 2010
    90
    Vanquish is no greater literature, but that's ok. It's pure pulp, and combined with all the basic shooter-elements that are woven in professionally, and the absurd mix of explosive gameplay and cheesy one-liners, this is one strange but satisfying package. A fantastic game for the fanatic gamer and one of the biggest surprises of the year.
  3. Dec 19, 2010
    90
    While other developers pursue more realistic experiences, Platinum never loses sight that it's making a videogame.
  4. Dec 15, 2010
    83
    If you are looking to be enthralled by a new world full of intricacies to discover, Vanquish is not the fully formed video game you are looking for. If you are looking for a challenge with a fun and fast paced battle experience, Vanquish is definitely suited to your taste.
  5. 80
    A solid take on the cover-based shooter that borrows heavily from Gears of War but adds plenty of its own spice. The slow motion effect that activates whenever you're close to dying is absolutely brilliant and will hopefully see its way to other games. There's something intangible missing, which keeps Vanquish from reaching top marks, but it remains a strong action game and deserves to become a hit.
  6. Oct 27, 2010
    80
    All in all, it is fairly a short romp (expect anywhere between 5 to 8 hours of gameplay), its story is unfocused, and the replay factor is minimal at best. Despite that though, Vanquish offers a thrilling experience filled with stylish, guns a' blazing action, fabulous visuals and some rather unique features.
  7. Jan 31, 2011
    50
    If you're still itching to waste a few hours on Vanquish, here's some advice: wait until the inevitable price reduction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 62
  2. Negative: 3 out of 62
  1. May 2, 2011
    10
    This game has a slightly embarrassing, overly-macho plot. It's pretty short. It's a good thing every second of gameplay is sheer adrenalineThis game has a slightly embarrassing, overly-macho plot. It's pretty short. It's a good thing every second of gameplay is sheer adrenaline and fun.

    Basically, Vanquish is a second-person cover shooter, where you can dash at incredible speeds to find new cover (which is constantly being destroyed), and enter bullet-time to dodge the ridiculous hail of gunfire. There is no padding, just lots of amazing gameplay. Don't listen to the haters here. I much preferred this game to Gears of War, and I liked Gears of War. If you've ever liked a shooter, pick up Vanquish. It's available for a good price, and every set-piece is memorable.
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  2. Oct 23, 2010
    10
    I don't understand why the reviews for this game are so low. Yes, the game is on the short side but so are many more games. To me the onlyI don't understand why the reviews for this game are so low. Yes, the game is on the short side but so are many more games. To me the only problem with the game is that it was so good it left me wanting more. This is seen as the only major issue the game has, but still during the 6-7 hours the game takes to complete you will be in pure shooter nirvana. The great graphics, the welcomed difficulty and the overall sense of mayhem makes this game one of the years best games on the PS3. Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2011
    9
    Its only fault is being so much on the short side... Game is just so much fun! The action is really engaging, the weapons are satisfying toIts only fault is being so much on the short side... Game is just so much fun! The action is really engaging, the weapons are satisfying to shoot, it's a joy to simply move around the scenery making use of the crazy amour. The voice acting is quite good as well, it's a shame that the lines itself are pure cheese. The story is generic and somewhat substandard, but it's not intrusive to game-play: cut-scenes are pretty short and can be skipped. Overall, excellent game where its only drawback is that there is not more of it. But there comes the replay value, I guess. You will want to play it more. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    9
    This game is simply amazing. It takes all the standards of cover based TPS and turns them on their head to create a new experience in a genreThis game is simply amazing. It takes all the standards of cover based TPS and turns them on their head to create a new experience in a genre that is rapidly becoming driven into the ground. Sure, there is cover in this game but you will only spend mere seconds at a time in it to restore your power-suit's energy. The rest of the time will be spent using said energy to perform maneuvers that elevate Vanquish's "standard gameplay" to something that looks like a meticulously choreographed cut-scene of your own design. The two techniques that use suit energy are rocket sliding and slowing time (triggered primarily by dodge rolling into an aiming position), and the rapid juxtaposition of the two is highly encouraged. Both of these techniques are actually far more effective in preventing damage than cover is, and both are highly aggressive maneuvers. However, the suit doesn't carry much energy with a stiff penalty for ever exhausting it completely--but on the upside it does recharge very rapidly. Thus Vanquish's perfect **** of insane speeds, dodge rolls with jaw dropping head shots attached, and cover mechanics is born. Not to mention there are many maneuvers the game never tells you about that are guaranteed to raise a smile (IE the melee during a dash allows you to kick off an enemy's chest into an aerial slow-mo aim to head shot his friends, or that you can trigger slow-mo during a slide/vaulting over cover/flipkicking enemies into the air) that the player must discover through experimentation to keep you learning all the great things you can do with suit energy. Levels won't cease to amaze you until the game is over, with new set pieces that crop up everywhere. The game is short, but the replay value will come from the gameplay--like a Devil May Cry game this game is begging to be played harder, faster, and more stylishly as your skills increase. For anyone who is a fan of TPS or Japanese-style action gaming this is about as good as it gets. I will say the story is a wreck of B-movie self-indulgent dialogue and sometimes appears as self-parody, but I don't think that should stop any gamer from experiencing the amazing game play to be found in this title. Expand
  5. Feb 5, 2014
    8
    Ecstatic action made by Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil, Dino Crisis and Devil May Cry fame, shining with the quality and atmosphere one couldEcstatic action made by Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil, Dino Crisis and Devil May Cry fame, shining with the quality and atmosphere one could expect from such a talented developer as Platinum Games. It comes with most of the clichés you'd expect from a shooter: turrets, on-rail vehicles, epic bosses etc. The levels have just enough variety to keep me interested, and some characters have the cool overstated features of animé badasses. It ends suddenly after five "acts" which has me feeling they cut out the finale. But Vanquish is still a bit like pizza: it's short but well rounded, every bite is equally tasteful, and it has much flavor despite the familiar graphical presentation. Vanquish offers a fair challenge, and is mostly well balanced without frustrating difficulty spikes. Sure, I died more than 30 times during the campaign on 'normal', but save points are spread fairly throughout the game, so it's easy to jump back in and give it another go. The very fluid and fast controls reminds me of Dark Souls, and the game also reminds me of Metal Gear Solid and animé action in the way it all seems so imaginative and potent, brimming with playfulness underneath the Gears of War imitation. The plot feels pointless and I don't feel enriched or amazed after playing it. But it's outstanding action gameplay. The added online rankings (both global and friend list) add a touch of arcade machine. The SEGA logo made me think of Sonic and the effortless fun of early arcade games. I'm glad to say the gameplay fully lives up to both that logo and to the nostalgia I connect it with. It could get a better score, but I'll reserve the high marks for totally unique, thoughtful games.

    (I gave it a 7 but kept playing for the fun trophies and challenges which improved play-time with more than a few hours. The only other game I have so gladly stayed with for achievements was Rayman Legends. The optional Japanese voice-track helps keep the game fresh on replays, and the open design of the arenas make for different strategies and scenarios so each time has variety.)
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  6. Oct 19, 2010
    7
    This game's shooter mechanics are average or acceptable. The concept of a man in a spacesuit with a gun has been done before. The graphics areThis game's shooter mechanics are average or acceptable. The concept of a man in a spacesuit with a gun has been done before. The graphics are very good. I wasn't excited to play this and I had never heard about it before. The game engine felt borrowed from another game. Nothing stood out about this game, and the difficulty was very high. It was more overwhelming than being an addictive or fun experience. I can't really recommend this over Lost Planet or Gears of War which are more interesting, but this game seems just OK. Expand
  7. May 12, 2015
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I do not have to say anything more. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it............................ Expand

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