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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. CD-Action
    Jul 20, 2017
    95
    It’s been seven years since Vanquish debuted on consoles, but its gameplay hasn’t aged a bit (which means it’s still impressive as hell) and benefits from 60 fps offered by the PC version. [08/2017, p.56]
  2. May 30, 2017
    85
    Vanquish was and is an incredible experience and one of the most original and challenging third-person shooters.
  3. May 25, 2017
    80
    Platinum didn't create a captivating universe with Vanquish, but it also serves as a showcase of some of their best pure action work. If you haven't had a chance to give it a shot yet, you might as well with the definitive version on PC.
  4. May 25, 2017
    80
    Its lack of longevity and ancillary options are an issue, but this still plays like a classic and is one of the best shooters of its generation.
  5. May 30, 2017
    80
    Vanquish deserved this second chance to reach a larger audience. The game has aged very well and is still as fun as it used to be.
  6. Jul 21, 2017
    80
    Compared to Bayonetta, Vanquish has some catching up to do. The story and characters are forgettable, the environments quickly get stale, and there's no progression in weapons and powers. At the same time, the gameplay remains brilliant, with solid shooting that melds well with some very fast action; it's enough to overcome any visible flaws. With the improvements in frame rate, Vanquish is a good action shooter for anyone with even a mild interest in the genre.
  7. May 25, 2017
    60
    Vanquish is a fun, dumb game that feels good to play when you get into a zone. If you're a fan of Escape From New York or other B-grade action films, Vanquish will appeal to you as well. While I wish that Vanquish would let me fully indulge in the many joys the game has to offer, budget and time added roadblocks to the experience. For 20 dollars, I can certainly recommend this to new players or true fans of the original. But if you didn't like Vanquish the first go-around, there's not a lot here other than a prettier looking version of the same game from the previous generation consoles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Dbo
    May 26, 2017
    10
    What a AWESOME game that I never heard of before. The pace is outrageous and the game is so much fun! xD The gameplay never gets old and ImWhat a AWESOME game that I never heard of before. The pace is outrageous and the game is so much fun! xD The gameplay never gets old and Im looking foward to making another run at it on hard difficulty! Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2017
    10
    Vanquish is another Platinum Games title that still stands alone: think about how many third-person shooters we see, and six years afterVanquish is another Platinum Games title that still stands alone: think about how many third-person shooters we see, and six years after release, not a one can touch it.Vanquish basically makes players into a glass cannon - the power-suited Sam Gideon is incredibly fast and has all the offensive power he'll ever need, including slow-mo, but he can't take too many hits. The robotic enemies swarm into the locations and move for him, on the higher difficulty levels in particular Expand
  3. May 25, 2017
    10
    Vanquish basically makes players into a glass cannon - the power-suited Sam Gideon is incredibly fast and has all the offensive power he'llVanquish basically makes players into a glass cannon - the power-suited Sam Gideon is incredibly fast and has all the offensive power he'll ever need, including slow-mo, but he can't take too many hits. The robotic enemies swarm into the locations and move for him, on the higher difficulty levels in particular making a beeline for the flanking spots. So your main offensive tool is movement: this is a 'cover' shooter about catching a breather then blasting off in another direction, rather than lining up behind a trash can to hold off an army.

    Vanquish is another Platinum Games title that still stands alone: think about how many third-person shooters we see, and six years after release not a one can touch it
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  4. Aug 19, 2018
    8
    Vanquish is absolutely badass and if not one of a kind, but definitely very unique game. A futuristic third-person shooter with all possibleVanquish is absolutely badass and if not one of a kind, but definitely very unique game. A futuristic third-person shooter with all possible from shotter classics: hordes of enemies swarming and surrounding you, wide arsenal of weapons that you can upgrade multiple times, which is only improved by furutistic aspect of the game, so you can shoot from simple weapons like shotguns and sniper rifles to an ultrasonic guns, homing rockets and lazer cannons, simple and easy-to-follow storyline.

    But the true flavor of Vanquish is not even in this. Playing as Sam Gideon wearing an ultra-stylish and powerful power suite, you are a true Glass Cannon - incredibly fast unit with an insane firepower, but you can't let enemies hit you often (or even once if you're facing a huge boss). Game is greatly showing reality of war, where each bullet and move can be your last - but amazingly spiced up with technologies of the future. While playing through the levels, you can find upgrades for your weapons, making them more powerful, fast-shooting and precize. Upgrade process is smart in details as well - for example, if you have found an ammo pack for your current weapon, but your ammo is already at full, this pack will be considered as part of upgrade instead.

    Eleminating your enemies and winning the roud is all about speed and tactical movement. You can spend 500 bullets trying to blow the huge robot from the front, or you can attemt a high-speed dashing maneuver, lirerally gliding under the robots feet in a blink of an eye, while he's targeting your allies or moving forward to smash you - and then, land a few devastating hits to it's core, finishing the business in a few seconds and giving you a savage portion of adrenaline and fun.
    Difficulty is gradually increasing, regular enemies arriving in bigger numbers and tough enemies and bosses are always bigger, stronger and always have different arsenal of weapons and abilities to surprise you. Walkthrough and chekpoints are carefully interrupted with epic cutscenes where your hero is flying, dodging and infiltrating enemies in stylish way, bombs being dropped and whole cities being eleminated, adding more and mroe fuel to the forge of battle. After each boss defeated and battle won, I was hyped that I wanted to smoke that cigarette together with the protagonist.

    Another part is unexpectable amount of gameplay features here and there. For example, besides shooting, Sam can perform a melee attack as well, and you're pleasantly surprised when you realize that melee attack is absolutely different depending on which weapons you are wearing - you can perform a flurry of savege punches charged with energy, of peform one, but incredibly powerful stylish kick, making a flip in process. Knowing there is more than a dozens of weapon types, your arsenal of power-upped martial arts is not less fascinating.
    Each level gives different strategical tasks where each time you need to make different approach, as well as giving you little something new here and there - for example, during one missions you'll be trying to survive in a long tonne wile riding a vehicle, and to support you, this vehicle machineguns will follow YOUR and shoot when you'll be shooting. You can shoot, dodge, glide, speed up and slow time when you're critically injured, land explosives, heal your allies or, if you're not very attentive - kill them with friendly fire as well. The battles are massive and feeling like a real hell, the characters are canonically badass, the bosses are savage and huge, and the game pace is truly outragegous.

    9/10 - I wish story mode could be really at least twice longer - I've enjoyed it to hell and back.
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  5. Jun 20, 2017
    8
    Vanquish almost has everything needed to create an innovative shooter that could have been more than just a couple of hours of pure, evenVanquish almost has everything needed to create an innovative shooter that could have been more than just a couple of hours of pure, even ridiculous, entertainment. It is fun to play, but far from perfect. Expand
  6. May 27, 2017
    7
    Vanquish
    don’t believe the hype
    Vanquish is a 7 hour long 3rd person shooter where you play as agent Sam with a sick augmented reaction
    Vanquish
    don’t believe the hype
    Vanquish is a 7 hour long 3rd person shooter where you play as agent Sam with a sick augmented reaction suit.
    Russia destroys San Francisco with a solar beam and demands the United States surrenders before they do the same to New York and you set out to stop this.
    Before you do play this game, I need to bring you back down to reality, because this is not some hidden gem classic that everyone on the internet makes it out to be…
    Don’t get me wrong… Vanquish is a really fun game...
    The shooting feels great, you can slide around on the ground for slow motion shots or just move around maps faster…
    And when you take too much damage the game will go into slow motion allowing you to find cover or have a better shot at taking out the enemy before you die
    Which makes for some pretty epic feeling gun play…
    And the best part of this game is the guns and their upgrades…
    There’s a huge variety of weapons here to find what you like best...
    You can carry up to 3 weapons at a time plus grenades, and enemies will randomly drop upgrades that you can assigned to your favorite weapon to increase its stats instantly..
    The game doesn’t slow you down my making you go into some skill tree, no... You pick up an upgrade with your equipped gun and you’ve got an upgraded gun right then and there...
    And even better if you pick a duplicate while your ammo on a certain gun is still full... you also instantly get an upgrade for that weapon…
    This system had my actively switching guns and holding out on more rare weapons just incase I could upgrade it on the fly…
    upgrading all of the guns in the game while still making sure you have the ammo to get the job done is a meta game itself…
    But the greatness ends there..
    Because the rest of the game is bland and repetitive…
    The story is hard to follow,
    the characters are uninteresting
    There are no epic moments here...
    There are annoying one hit instakill bosses that will have you replaying the same fight over and over…
    every level looks and feels pretty identical...
    a lot of grey…
    no colors here which bores me…
    just a bunch of repeat killing the same enemies bosses and mini bosses over and over until the credits roll…
    I had a bit of fun with vanquish...
    But the expectations of the internet sorta ruined this experience for me
    I don’t know what everyone sees in this game...
    It’s a good game… but not beyond just good
    I give Vanquish a 7/10
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  7. Feb 18, 2018
    6
    Five Word Review: Mostly a plain old shooter.
    Favorite Thing: It's pretty action packed.
    Least Favorite Thing: Generic story aside, it was
    Five Word Review: Mostly a plain old shooter.
    Favorite Thing: It's pretty action packed.
    Least Favorite Thing: Generic story aside, it was incomplete and it will likely never be finished.

    Date Completed: 2018-02-14
    Playtime: 7h
    Enjoyment: 6/10
    Recommendation: No. I still don't like shooters and this one hasn't changed my mind.
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