Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Oct 28, 2010
    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. Dec 15, 2010
    I'm not sure any of this really matters- Vanquish is polished and supremely well executed, and everyone should really make the effort to give it a go.
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    All the relentless pace and slick style of a classic 2D Japanese action game in a 3D modern masterpiece. [Issue#197, p.71]
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish has achieved something we though would be difficult to see. Gives a new spin to the third-person action genre, leaving behind most of its competitors.
  5. Dec 15, 2010
    Puts a rocket up the bottom of cover-based shooters. Embrace its reckless sense of speed. [Issue#232, p.80]
  6. Oct 25, 2010
    Vanquish isn't simply Japan's proper response to cover-based shooters, it's the most dramatic take upon the genre thus far.
  7. Jan 13, 2011
    Vanquish cheers up the cover genre with a high-tech armor and polished game mechanics. Neither the characters or the story is impressive, but you rarely forget a perfect game control.
  8. Dec 19, 2010
    While other developers pursue more realistic experiences, Platinum never loses sight that it's making a videogame.
  9. Dec 15, 2010
    If you're looking for a slice of science-fiction heaven that injects the gameplay of Gears of War with a crazy dose of speed, then you won't do much better than Vanquish.
  10. Dec 15, 2010
    It's a fresh, unrelenting take on a stale genre that has you grinning from beginning to end.
  11. Dec 15, 2010
    Vanquish is fun, it's exciting and it's a fresh take on the cover based shooter that breathes a bit of originality into the genre.
  12. Dec 15, 2010
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  13. Oct 27, 2010
    Unfortunately Vanquish is short - about six to seven hours on first play through – and there isn't a swathe of bonus content. That said, this is the only game I have ever completed and immediately restarted, ever.
  14. 90
    The combat, mechanics and action are so innovative, and are done so well it's easily one of the best games to grace consoles this year.
  15. Oct 24, 2010
    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.
  16. Oct 21, 2010
    Vanquish proves that there's still space for ridiculous dialogue, clichéd characters, amped-up power-suits and big guns alongside the Heavy Rains of the industry, as long as the intelligent gameplay structure is present too. And it is. Platinum Games knows how to craft a good videogame. It's as simple as that, and right now, the team is competing only with itself.
  17. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish is all game and no filler, and that's exactly what makes it one of the most gleeful and memorable experiences of the year.
  18. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish is another great creation by Shinji Mikami and Platinum Games.
  19. Oct 20, 2010
    Insanely fast and relentlessly fun, Vanquish manages to keep up a breakneck pace almost throughout its entire runtime, never quite slowing down enough to get boring. Of all the Gears of War-alikes we've played, this may be the best.
  20. Dec 19, 2010
    This is a ride you don't want to miss.
  21. Oct 20, 2010
    For fans of Bayonetta and those who found Gears of War a bit too slow and clunky, Vanquish is definitely going to please.
  22. Jan 16, 2011
    As soon as you get behind the tricky controls, the killing of the robot-armies is fun. Sadly, the campaign of the action-blockbuster is very short.
  23. Dec 19, 2010
    At its core, even though it's pretty short (the game can be beaten in less than 8 hours), Vanquish is a great game.
  24. Dec 15, 2010
    A highly polished gameplay foundation makes Vanquish a title well worth playing, even if it's over far too quickly, something that unfortunately cannot be said of its cliche laden story and incredibly annoying character dialogue.
  25. Oct 21, 2010
    Super high speed action gameplay and some rulebreaking techniques won't make the Gears of War fans too happy, still Vanquish is a solid shooter, somehow innovative. A shame for the background story and the characters, flat and unimaginative. If you love the genre and want to try something new, this is one to strongly consider.
  26. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish is technically proficient and does a lot of things extremely well. What it does best is give the player a continual sense of urgency and immersion, two traits that are often difficult to maintain.
  27. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish will keep you on the edge of your multi-thruster booster seat.
  28. Jan 2, 2011
    It won't make you think or leave you in awe, but its gung-ho style of gameplay is thrilling and incredibly fun while it lasts.
  29. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish is a beautifully fast and intense shooter, probably one of the best experiences of the year. The bad: It ends too soon.
  30. Jan 12, 2011
    The gameplay of Vanquish is great, you play as Sam Gideon in a special suit in space. You have to fight against robots and you can do this with a lot of different weapons. You can also slide with your knees from cover to cover and that's pretty cool. Vanquish is a great purchase, but the game is pretty short, too short and it doesn't have any other modi besides the singleplayer.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 272 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 62
  2. Negative: 3 out of 62
  1. Oct 23, 2010
    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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2010
    I'm in love with Vanquish. It mashes together everything a hardcore gamer could want: intuitive controls, mobility, balance, a competitiveI'm in love with Vanquish. It mashes together everything a hardcore gamer could want: intuitive controls, mobility, balance, a competitive scoring system, and stylized action. Itâ Full Review »
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    Vanquish is a one of a kind, its unique and is totally different from other third person shooting games. It never gets boring as the gameplayVanquish is a one of a kind, its unique and is totally different from other third person shooting games. It never gets boring as the gameplay is fun because you feel so powerful and fast, and the game throws something big at you out of the blue which makes your heart pump. In the game, you take contol of Sam Gideon in the futuristic world, who wears a special suit called A.R.S, which has the ability to boost with amazing ecceleration and speed, slow mo to help you destory your robots enemies to pieces and you can also melee, but make sure not to over use these ability as your suit will overheat meaning you have to wait for it to recharge. You can hide behind objects to cover and shoot but thats not the fun way to play the game, JUST BOOOOOST!!! The game takes around 7 hours to complete.The game doesn't have multiplayer, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have replay value, after each act you unlock challenge mode which is one of the most addicting mode I have ever played, challenge mode will take you a while to complete as it is bloody hard! Full Review »