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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: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  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. Apr 9, 2018
    10
    I feel that one should always enjoy games as they were meant to be played.

    I initially played this on a PS3, and hated it. The framerate
    I feel that one should always enjoy games as they were meant to be played.

    I initially played this on a PS3, and hated it. The framerate destroys the experience and I despised trying to wrestle with trying to move and shoot at high velocities on a controller while the framerate tanks to 15 fps. With this PC release, and I review it at its release price, I think the game is finally fully realised.
    Now, my experience will be a bit better than most. I'm lucky enough to run this game at 144 FPS, turning it into a slick, smooth experience. I'm using keyboard and mouse, although controller support is there. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's an option.
    The game is fun. no doubt about it. the mechanics are simple, the level design serviceable, and the weapons are good, but not amazing. However, just by adding insane mobility and slow motion,Shinji Mikami has created a fun, blazing fast arcade shooter. The story, is frankly, awful. The sections in the game that limit mobility are **** In these areas, the game falls flat and takes away all the fun the experience should be. But once you're free to slide around a battlefield, nothing compares to the thrill of the gunplay. It's got a decent campaign, with a few bosses sprinkled in, but normal enemies are the most fun to fight.
    Now, you must be thinking, why give it a 10? It has loads of flaws. It has terrible story, voice acting. My reason is that unlike other releases, this was released for a low price. You could say yes, but on steam it costs the same as a much older game, such as Fallout 3. However, I would say it would only be fair to review fallout 3 when it was released for a full 40 quid. And for that, Vanquish deserves its price tag. At 15 pounds i'm willing to cut it some slack. I wouldn't expect any game launching at 15 pounds to have AAA quality on everything.
    It's a great port too. runs well on my laptop and desktop. I do wish they would change a LOT of the menus so I can quickly just hop into a level and shoot the heck out of some robots. I would also like a new game plus or a god mode so I can have all the unlocked weapons to run around with.

    If you can, get it on sale. It's fun, and you'll probably spend more on a night out. Stay home. Play Vanquish.
    also find ways to disable all the cutscenes. They're all crap.
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  3. Jul 10, 2017
    9
    Прекрасный шутер от третьего лица. Быстрый, адреналиновый с высоченной реиграбельностью. Проходил сперва на XBOX 360, затем на Playstation 3 иПрекрасный шутер от третьего лица. Быстрый, адреналиновый с высоченной реиграбельностью. Проходил сперва на XBOX 360, затем на Playstation 3 и вот недавно на ПК прошёл. Время его ни капельки не старит. Геймплей даст фору ВСЕМ современным шутерам! - без скидок. Даже "клюквенный" сюжет в игре уместен и не раздражает.
    P.S. с "клавомыши" лично мне управление больше понравилось.
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  4. Mar 6, 2018
    7
    Short but fun, full of action and over the top japanese style gameplay and narrative.

    Having previously played Metal Gear Revengeance i saw
    Short but fun, full of action and over the top japanese style gameplay and narrative.

    Having previously played Metal Gear Revengeance i saw familiar things in Vanquish that inspired the Platinum's Metal Gear spin off like slow motion action gameplay elements. Standard shoothing mechanics wise its decent on its own with not a huge gun variety but still with some cool and unique guns that can pack quite a punch. The way Vanquish is trying to stand out from the shooter crowd is the jet powered suit which allows you to slide across the levels with fast pace and slow down time to enter bullet time. For the most part this mechanic works and is fun to use, one issue i had was that the suit is allowed to boost only in one direction without any correction, often in the heat of combat i ended up in a wall or got stuck on objects which stopped me in my tracks. The overall gameplay is very fast paced, enemies challenging and punishing if you play carelessly. It rarely lets you explore the levels or admire the setting cuz oft he fast nature of gameplay.. There's plenty of variety and difficulty level in enemy types. One annoying bit was if you get into melee range, its pretty much a death sentence for you cuz enemy melee attack is 1 hit kill.

    Story wise i dont know what to tell really, it fits the style game is pulling, if you have played japanese action games you'd know what to expect from it, over the top but pretty cool action scenes supplemented by much the same characters, voice acting and dialogue. Wish i could say the game has a healthy length, but i clocked in at just 4.5 hours minus the cutscenes, however on the other hand that time is well spent with lots of almost non stop action, in reality it actually feels like a longer game.

    Lastly i felt the game has a reasonable learning curve, you cant master it enough in a single play through, but for me sadly i didnt felt like going back for more, dont get me wrong i enjoyed Vanquish and think its a good game, but for me personaly replay value here for me is quite minimal. What perhaps could bring me back would be a sequel that manages to improve on this original game. You can feel the game ended on bit of a cliff hanger.
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  5. Aug 21, 2020
    7
    It's a Sci-Fi Third Person Shooter game which you have to find your cover while playing. Another underrated game but really fun to play.It's a Sci-Fi Third Person Shooter game which you have to find your cover while playing. Another underrated game but really fun to play. Slowing down time was really cool too. 5hrs on record. Expand
  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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