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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: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  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. Aug 2, 2018
    9
    There isn't much game-play/mode improvement from the original, if any at all, aside from making it look prettier. Doesn't matter really, bcThere isn't much game-play/mode improvement from the original, if any at all, aside from making it look prettier. Doesn't matter really, bc this game was so far ahead of its time it may as well have come out this year. Story isn't amazing, but its there, and by no means is it bad. Characters are the typical archetypes, and The cut scenes that move the story and develop these characters are great little jawns that give u a break from the absolutely frenetic nonstop action. This is a must play game for fans of action games and shooters in general. its far more than the sum of its parts; it honestly never gets boring. The challenge is perfect, you may die a fair amount on the road to getting the hang of it, and finding your zone, but beyond that the pacing and challenge both seemed perfect to me. it doesn't do anything revolutionary really, hence scoring it a 9 as opposed to a 10. i don't remember ever hearing anything about this game when it first released, i suppose it had no marketing budget whatsoever. i remember buying it randomly at gamestop, when people still went to gamestop and traded in games for credit. it was like 12$; i had the exact amount it costed leftover after buying what I came for so i took the chance on it, and boy am i happy i did. Loved it then, and i love that they released it on PC as that's all i really play on these days. i ended up playing it more than the game i had come to get ,which i believe was Bioshock 2(good game but really no difference from the first, more a DLC than a true sequel that they charged the price of a full game for, but that is another discussion entirely). I would honestly argue that this is one of, if not THE, single most CRIMINALLY UNDER-RATED game of all time. no exaggeration. i stay up on my VG news and like I mentioned this one slipped under my radar when it initially dropped, which probably dampened my expectations and allowed me to go in with a totally open mind. If you love shooters you absolutely, without question must play this game....Godspeed Sam! Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2017
    8
    Even though it took them seven years, I'm glad that SEGA & Platinum were brave enough to finally port a modern light gun game to the PC. OfEven though it took them seven years, I'm glad that SEGA & Platinum were brave enough to finally port a modern light gun game to the PC. Of course, you might look at Vanquish and be bewildered, confusing it for yet another generic console port cover-based third person shooter. Everything about Vanquish seems to emulate an arcade experience, from the walls of enemies thrown at you, to the neon green HUD & cheesy sound effects, to the frenetic campaign & cutscene design. As expected of any good arcade game, nothing going on really makes sense; the plot is just an excuse to create new locations and introduce bosses.

    Follow the adventures of Sam Gideon as you rocket-slide from cover to cover until you somersault-kick a Russian space robot in the face and spray LMG bullets into his allies in slow motion during the fall back to the ground. Sam's movement is purposefully clunky, with loud mechanical grinding and slow animations, giving him a unique feeling from other Platinum Games characters that is more mecha than dancer. The only complaint I have about the combat is landing a melee attack will deplete your Augmented Reaction gauge. Normally when you enter low health, AR (slow motion) will trigger until your remaining gauge runs out, giving you ample reaction time to kill a few enemies around you and/or get to cover. Getting down to low health without the AR available will quickly result in you dying because of how many enemies are attacking you at once in most situations. This however is a small nitpick and the only negative I can think of when it comes to anything in regards to gameplay. Melee combat's effectiveness varies wildly depending on the situation and is often more useful for making yourself airborne by kicking off of terrain. The complexity of combat slowly unfurls itself as your struggle to survive causes you to innovate with mechanics. This is yet another Platinum masterpiece that is easy to learn but difficult to master; watching YouTubers pull of complex maneuvers is as exciting as watching a DMC or Bayonetta playthrough despite the vastly different gameplay design.

    Vanquish does everything it can to defy your expectations from a third-person shooter. While the music, SFX, and voice acting are all mediocre, everything else about this wild ride of a game elevates the experience to something special. Yet again, Platinum created something unique and memorable out of what could've been just another cover-based shooter. Even though it's seven years late, Vanquish is still an excellent experience that shouldn't be overlooked.
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  4. Feb 12, 2020
    7
    Its a badass game that is mostly fun and over the top but it sometimes fails at level design and mission structure.
  5. Jan 29, 2021
    7
    Недокрученный шедевр.

    Вроде бы как типичный блокбастер эпохи PS 3/Xbox 360, но включающий в себя ряд гейм-дизайнерских решений, кардинально
    Недокрученный шедевр.

    Вроде бы как типичный блокбастер эпохи PS 3/Xbox 360, но включающий в себя ряд гейм-дизайнерских решений, кардинально отличающих этот боевик от всех остальных своих современников.

    Во-первых, фишка с высокоскоростным передвижением главного героя, а также невозможность пассивно отстреливаться из укрытия как в законодателе всех TPS того времени - Gears of War, что вкупе выкручивает геймплейный темп ванквиша просто до небес и приближает его к таким быстрым слэшерам как Dmc или Bayonetta.

    Во-вторых - боссфайты. С самого начала игры игра даёт несколько интересных сложных боссов, со стадиями, которых не взять тупым спамом обычных атак, нужен индивидуальный подход, то есть разработчики не без успеха предприняли попытку скрестить жанр шутера от 3 лица с ураганным темпом слэшеров, с их сложными и многоступенчатыми босс файтами.

    И всё вроде бы хорошо, но...Игра выдыхаетя уже ближе к середине, она не выдерживает темп, который сама же и задаёт в начале, и проявляется это хотя бы в том, что всё, что эта игра вам может предложить, находится в первой трети игры, дальше будут только повторы и более того провисающие моменты (вроде того, где надо было играть в убого реализованный стелс, отстреливая лампы с вагонетки). Враги и столкновения с ними не становятся сложнее или интереснее к концу игры, а все боссы убиваются ровно таким же образом, как вы это делали и с первым боссом в игре, то есть даже оригинальных стадий или способов расправы над боссами разработчики не продумали, не говоря уже о том, что некоторые боссы, включая финального, что особенно плохо, убиваются тупым спамои пулемётных очередей, от чего финал не оставляет после себя никаких эмоций, так как игра после середины никакого вызова предложить уже не в состоянии, превращаясь в лёгкую и не особо интересную прогулку.

    Итог - за потенциал, скорость и отчасти удачную попытку реализовать синтез шутера с укрытиями с ураганным темпом слэшеров - 7 из 10.
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  6. May 7, 2021
    6
    i mean it's fun but don't expect a mind-blowing experience , a very standard but fun game
  7. May 9, 2019
    1
    Otherwise good gameplay gets interrupted every 5 seconds by boring cutscenes,
    ruining the gameflow.

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