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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: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  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. 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
  4. Sep 25, 2019
    8
    The most classic combination of patterns about the American style of army speech and behavior, and Japanese fanaticism on samurai and Mecha. AThe most classic combination of patterns about the American style of army speech and behavior, and Japanese fanaticism on samurai and Mecha. A very intense action game with battles and gunfights on a space station-city against simple robots, powerful robots and ... boss robots. I can’t say that the game is good or bad. Rather, it is a normal representative of it's genre, which I often enjoyed, but occasionally was upset with some decisions of the authors of that game. Expand
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. May 9, 2019
    1
    Otherwise good gameplay gets interrupted every 5 seconds by boring cutscenes,
    ruining the gameflow.

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