Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Dec 19, 2010
    100
    The game that stands is an absolute thrill-ride, brimming with verve and excitement.
  2. 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.
  3. Dec 15, 2010
    95
    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.
  4. Dec 15, 2010
    93
    Vanquish is a mix of Zone of Enders (anyone remember that game) and Iron Man with firearms. The action is relentless, the challenge is immense, the settings are breathtaking, and the feeling you have when it's all over is indescribable.
  5. Oct 25, 2010
    92
    Vanquish is an over-the-top, insane shooter with some fantastic graphics and enticingly entertaining gameplay.
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    92
    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.
  7. Jan 15, 2011
    90
    Hard, well thought and extremely polished. Vanquish might not appeal everyone, but those who like this kind of game will love it.
  8. Dec 19, 2010
    90
    While other developers pursue more realistic experiences, Platinum never loses sight that it's making a videogame.
  9. Dec 15, 2010
    90
    Despite the length of the game, Vanquish is a delight to play.
  10. Dec 15, 2010
    90
    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.
  11. Dec 15, 2010
    90
    Vanquish easily takes place as one of my top games of 2010 but then I do love my shooters. For anyone who enjoys running around carefree and blowing robots to bits, this is the perfect game for you and if not then surely you want to slide on your arse all day, right?
  12. Dec 15, 2010
    90
    It's a fresh, unrelenting take on a stale genre that has you grinning from beginning to end. Complaints have been noted about the game's lifespan – you can finish a playthrough in around seven hours – but with an experience as replayable and dense as this, such complaints seem petulant.
  13. Dec 15, 2010
    90
    This science fiction third person shooter is a fast and furious experience and nothing is more satisfying than taking down all these crazy designed robots. The story is a little lame but fun, however the gameplay more than makes up for this and at the end of the day, when you've finished playing, you will be craving for more Vanquish!
  14. Dec 15, 2010
    90
    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.
  15. Oct 25, 2010
    90
    My highest possible praise goes out to Shinji Mikami and Platinum Games, and my sympathies go out to every third-person shooter that comes after Vanquish-it's an impossible act to follow
  16. 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.
  17. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    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.
  18. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    Doubtless the best third-person shooter ever to come out of Japan, Vanquish builds on Western developers' triumphs to push the genre in new, interesting directions, shifting the balance of power, and cementing Shinji Mikami's position as one of the best directors working in videogames today.
  19. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    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. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    One of the best looking games released all year and in terms of sheer specatacle, there are few titles that can match it. This is a fast-paced, high-octane and resolutely hard-core shooter, which makes no concessions to casual gamers. It also happens to be one of the best games of 2010.
  21. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    This gleeful third-person shooter is outrageously fun.
  22. 90
    While it lasts, though, Vanquish is one hell of a ride. [Nov 2010, p.84]
  23. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    Vanquish is a sleek, focused action game with every individual element tuned for a demanding, fast-paced, and highly enjoyable experience.
  24. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    At the end of six hours, I was feeling as rough as Sam's voice from the challenge, but also coursing with adrenaline -- and a profound desire to walk around high-fiving everyone in sight. Vanquish is a supremely fun and polished action game that makes even Gears of War look like a leisurely stroll, and you simply must not miss it.
  25. Oct 20, 2010
    89
    I'd be hard pressed to say that there is a moment of silence in Vanquish' 4-6 hour campaign, as Sam tears through the Russian opposition. Yes, you read that right, 4-6 hours, but every hour is an adrenaline rush hardly seen in shooters in recent memory.
  26. Jan 16, 2011
    85
    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.
  27. Jan 11, 2011
    85
    A great action game that doesn't invent anything new but pushes the gas on speed, adrenaline and spectacularity without a single pace or quality drop. Everything is graced by a very good technical side, with astounding bos battles and a rock-solid frame-rate. Its only drawback is its short and trivial story.
  28. Jan 7, 2011
    85
    Vanquish is pure adrenaline from start to its early finish. Players who love typical japanese action games and gears of war mechanics shoud give it a try.
  29. Dec 19, 2010
    85
    At its core, even though it's pretty short (the game can be beaten in less than 8 hours), Vanquish is a great game.
  30. Dec 15, 2010
    85
    Vanquish is a top notch sci-fi first person shooter that has a captivating storyline that I am sure most sci-fi lovers will enjoy.
  31. Dec 15, 2010
    85
    Vanquish is a complete action package and like any other spectacle on this scale -- movies, books, TV shows -- it's crazy fun, even if it doesn't stay with you beyond turning off your 360.
  32. Dec 15, 2010
    85
    Vanquish was on target to make its mark in the third person shooter world and came very close by bringing very fluid, beautiful graphics, a gameplay style that was fast paced and innovations that set the bar for future titles to follow. Unfortunately, Vanquish's under developed story, limited character development, lack of multiplayer and a very short story with little to no replay ability, all add up to a game that should have been better.
  33. Oct 25, 2010
    85
    Vanquish is a wild ride that sometimes tries too hard to be really important. Stilted dialogue, crammed with unnecessary exposition makes it a let down from a narrative point of view and its incredibly short length means it isn't for everyone. Those problems aside, everything about the game is excellent and it is easy to recommend.
  34. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    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.
  35. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    Vanquish will keep you on the edge of your multi-thruster booster seat.
  36. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    Platinum Games' last tittle proves the wait was worth it. Directed by Shinji Mikami, it delivers non-stop fast-paced action, breathless battles that boosts the adrenaline to the highest levels.
  37. Jan 2, 2011
    84
    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.
  38. Oct 20, 2010
    84
    Vanquish is a beautifully fast and intense shooter, probably one of the best experiences of the year. The bad: It ends too soon.
  39. Dec 19, 2010
    83
    It's flat-out ridiculous, designed strictly to amuse, not to offer any greater message.
  40. Oct 27, 2010
    83
    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.
  41. Oct 20, 2010
    83
    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.
  42. Oct 20, 2010
    82
    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.
  43. 80
    If you like fast paced arcade shooters be it with patchy Japanese sci-fi story with utterly forgettable characters and dialog, Vanquish is your bag.
  44. 80
    Keep your fingers crossed that SEGA and Platinum Games continue to work together, because if they keep putting out quality products like Vanquish, then everyone's a winner. It doesn't quite reach the dizzy heights of Bayonetta and it's nowhere near as brilliantly esoteric, but Vanquish does put a new spin on the third-person cover shooter. And for that reason alone – despite some slight niggles and flaws – Vanquish deserves recognition for daring to break the mould a bit.
  45. A furious and intense shooter that just won't let up - even when it probably should. [Issue#98, p.95]
  46. 80
    Surprisingly good action flick doesn't bring any innovation to the genre but its every aspect is almost flawless – from giant bosses and intuitive controls to fluent and fast paced action. [Dec 2010]
  47. Dec 19, 2010
    80
    Its weird, half-hearted political gestures aside, Vanquish is the kind of video game that reminds you that these are video games. Perhaps more than any quality, video games allow for visceral thrills unfettered by the real-world logistics of physics and general plausibility. Sometimes a game just needs to look cool and make you feel like a space-age badass, and Vanquish accomplishes both with vigor.
  48. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    The worst part about Vanquish is that it feels like the atmosphere and blend of action has somehow been underused or not capitalized on, mostly because there's just a single player campaign and some challenge rooms that I felt woefully under-skilled to even try and seriously tackle.
  49. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    Vanquish is a pure action game at its finest. It's all-killer-no-filler approach makes it the perfect type of game to enjoy amidst the holiday rush of major releases. Sure, it's short and not that original, but it's fun and satisfying
  50. 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.
  51. Oct 26, 2010
    80
    This is action at its most raw and fans of the golden days of arcade games will definitely be in for a treat.
  52. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    Non-stop action with great graphics and superb bosses; Vanquish makes us thirsty for more.
  53. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    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.
  54. Oct 22, 2010
    80
    In a time when some are clamoring for long, drawn out stories and unfitting multiplayer options, Vanquish shows how its possible to avoid both and deliver a strong, albeit surprising, performance.
  55. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    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.
  56. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    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.
  57. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    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.
  58. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    A fresh take on one of the 360's most established genres, bringing cover shooters, conversely, out in the open. [Issue#64, p.72]
  59. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    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.
  60. Oct 26, 2010
    79
    The game is a blast to be honest, offering frenziedly choreographed combat, in addition to a fine choice of weapons you can employ against a range of deliciously challenging enemy encounters.
  61. Dec 15, 2010
    78
    Vanquish is an adrenaline infused rocket ride of a game.
  62. Oct 20, 2010
    78
    If Vanquish had been fleshed out with better characters, more variety, and a more substantial campaign, it could have been great. As is, the awesome suit amounts to little more than a fun toy in a forgettable world.
  63. Dec 19, 2010
    70
    Since there is no multiplayer, and much of what Vanquish does has been done before, I was a bit disappointed.
  64. 70
    Vanquish plays a one-note song, but thankfully that note is 'slow motion exploding robot face'. [Issue#66, p.92]
  65. Oct 25, 2010
    70
    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.
  66. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    Vanquish is to TPS what Bayonetta was to the beat'em all gender : a great kick in the ass […] But inevitably it comes to whether PlatinumGames not again privileged form over substance.
  67. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    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.
  68. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    It does offer some interesting variations on a tried and true shooter formula, but I can't recommend this to anyone looking for a deep and compelling experience. If all you want is an adrenaline rush or to feel like a total badass for short, explosive bursts, however, then it's something worth considering.
  69. 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.
  70. Oct 20, 2010
    50
    Vanquish is a tepid and tedious game that simply doesn't deserve your cash during a period chock full of far superior releases. And I never thought I'd have to say that about a Platinum game.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    Game of the year, everything in this game is perfect, the gameplay is flawless,the graphics are amazing and the history is very good,well done platinum games keep up with the good work. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    Game of the year, everything in this game is perfect, the gameplay is flawless,the graphics are amazing and the history is very good,well done platinum games keep up with the good work. Full Review »
  3. Nov 1, 2010
    10
    This is a review of a half complete Vanquish. The graphics, controls, combat cover system and level design is all top notch nothing more needs to be said, just buy the game and see for your self. There are several brilliant set pieces that are amazing and kind of similar to those in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and Bayonetta. This may not be the best game this year (Red Dead Redemption, Enslaved, Mass Effect 2) but it is unique and more entertaining than playing Gears of War because the unrelenting action never lets up. I see this as a good thing though I'm sure some of you don't. Full Review »