Average User Score: 8.3Jun 14, 2011Hands down, VANQUISH was the most enjoyable gaming experience I've had thus far on the XBOX 360. Rather than rattle on about this and that, I'll highlight the highs and lows. POSITIVES: epic soundtrack, fantastic visuals, engaging combat system, complex but intuitive layout/upgrade paths, solid voice acting, and more "holy $#" moments than any other game I've ever played. Ever. NEGATIVES: weapon upgrade system is completely inane (can be circumvented, however, by cleverly swapping out duplicate weapons before upgrading); moronic save system (dying, then restarting from a checkpoint punishes you by removing any accumulated weapon chevrons/upgrades, forcing you to exit to menu screen and reload via the save system unless you want to feel completely underpowered by the final levels); unfortunately incoherent conclusions story-wise--not only did I not understand what, exactly, happened... but I didn't care, either. Up until that point, however, the story does serve its purpose and keeps the action moving along. Despite its shortcomings, VANQUISH is the type of game that will engross and consume you -- if you let it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Jun 14, 2011What initially proves to be an engaging, beautiful game eventually falls into a repetitive, incomprehensible mess. Enemy variety is damn year zero: you will be killing the same four variations of the same model for the entire game, with three "big boss" exceptions (in which the "big boss" is the same model/enemy type). The plot gradually becomes so convoluted that you end up rolling your eyes at the "triumphant" conclusion in which you... well.. The grandiose music and epic cinematography lead me to believe that SOMETHING important happened. I'm just not sure what that is.
Even on the harder difficulty levels, a combination of smart stealth kills and decent aim makes this game far too easy. Surprisingly, you can avoid combat almost entirely in some of the maps if you stealth to the correct locations, recharge, then proceed.
With all that said, I enjoyed it for a few hours, then beat the same solely due to my completionist tendencies. But it's never a good sign when the ending comes as a relief...… Expand