Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish will keep you on the edge of your multi-thruster booster seat.
  2. 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.
  3. Oct 25, 2010
    It's fast, furious, and most importantly, fun. So much so that immediately after I finished the game, I started over again on a harder difficulty.
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish is great fun while it lasts, though it only lasts about six hours (if only there was more to do!). Still, absolutely worth playing.
  5. Oct 27, 2010
    It's silly, it's outrageous, it's campy – and it's perfect at being so. And in that way, despite its futuristic sheen, Vanquish is a child of the '80s more than anything else.
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    At its peak, Vanquish is a beautifully fast and intense fusion of East and West third-person gameplay -- it just isn't quite as good as the director or the studio's previous work.
  7. Dec 15, 2010
    Puts a rocket up the bottom of cover-based shooters. Embrace its reckless sense of speed. [Issue#232, p.80]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Oct 28, 2010
    Despite a non-existent story and poor characterization, Vanquish manages to breathe life into an otherwise stagnating genre.
  11. Dec 15, 2010
    Finally, Sega can dust off that classic marketing line, because once you've played Vanquish, everything else seems a little bit slow. [Dec 2010, p.86]
  12. Oct 26, 2010
    This is action at its most raw and fans of the golden days of arcade games will definitely be in for a treat.
  13. 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.
  14. Oct 20, 2010
    If you enjoy shooters then you absolutely must experience Vanquish; just know that you're not going to be getting much more than a weekend's play unless you get addicted to high scores and challenges.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Dec 15, 2010
    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.
  18. Feb 9, 2011
    Vanquish manages in many ways to be quite literally awesome though; from the bombastic battles you partake in, through its outstanding technical performance, brilliantly ridiculous cutscenes and superb twists on an established genre.
  19. Oct 21, 2010
    Vanquish is a unique game, with a brilliant gameplay and a stunning graphic style. Its limit is the coin-op style of the structure (all based on the score and on the player skill) that gives nothing apart an exciting but repetitious challenge.
  20. Oct 25, 2010
    Vanquish only sounds a single note, but it does so with style and flair to spare. The most polished, exciting and interesting shooter of the year.
  21. Oct 25, 2010
    Vanquish is a surprisingly good game. The gameplay is simply great and so it is a shame that the game can be finished in such a short amount of time. We certainly recommend this title if you are looking for a unique and very cool shooter.
  22. Oct 20, 2010
    Vanquish is an awesome game that, despite its lack of variety and short length, is capable of granting an over the top action, with a fantastic design and well balanced difficulty. If you're looking for a tough action game, insert Vanquish in your "to buy" list.
  23. 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.
  24. Oct 20, 2010
    Even though it's let down by longevity and a lack of ancillary options this still plays like a classic and is one of the best new shooters of its generation.
  25. What counts is that, once mastered, Vanquish has arguably the best example of third-person gunplay yet committed to Blu-ray. [Issue#51, p.112]
  26. 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.
  27. 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]
  28. Oct 21, 2010
    Vanquish is a refreshing adrenaline shot that can only be welcomed by TPS and action fans. Too bad it's so short, and some bosses have a tendency to come back a little too many times, or that there isn't some multiplayer feature too enjoy this fast-paced gameplay among friends. Nevertheless, Vanquish is so epic, blessed by a gameplay so precisely crafted, that it's easy to overlook these flaws.
  29. Oct 20, 2010
    Despite its Master Chief and Marcus Fenix guises, Vanquish is ultimately much more Japanese in its orientation than it is Westernised. Unlike MadWorld and Bayonetta though, it just lacks the poised gameplay balancing that could've made it a much more addictive experience.
  30. Dec 19, 2010
    While other developers pursue more realistic experiences, Platinum never loses sight that it's making a videogame.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 255 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 58
  2. Negative: 2 out of 58
  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 »