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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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  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, Third-Person, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Arcade
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Oct 28, 2010
    96
    There isn't really anything that I can say that I personally dislike about the game. The length, difficulty, and corny story will turn a lot of people off, but the incredible gameplay and thrill of climbing the leaderboards is more than enough to keep this gamer engaged.
  2. Oct 24, 2010
    90
    Vanquish is no greater literature, but that's ok. It's pure pulp, and combined with all the basic shooter-elements that are woven in professionally, and the absurd mix of explosive gameplay and cheesy one-liners, this is one strange but satisfying package. A fantastic game for the fanatic gamer and one of the biggest surprises of the year.
  3. Dec 19, 2010
    90
    While other developers pursue more realistic experiences, Platinum never loses sight that it's making a videogame.
  4. Dec 15, 2010
    83
    If you are looking to be enthralled by a new world full of intricacies to discover, Vanquish is not the fully formed video game you are looking for. If you are looking for a challenge with a fun and fast paced battle experience, Vanquish is definitely suited to your taste.
  5. 80
    A solid take on the cover-based shooter that borrows heavily from Gears of War but adds plenty of its own spice. The slow motion effect that activates whenever you're close to dying is absolutely brilliant and will hopefully see its way to other games. There's something intangible missing, which keeps Vanquish from reaching top marks, but it remains a strong action game and deserves to become a hit.
  6. Oct 27, 2010
    80
    All in all, it is fairly a short romp (expect anywhere between 5 to 8 hours of gameplay), its story is unfocused, and the replay factor is minimal at best. Despite that though, Vanquish offers a thrilling experience filled with stylish, guns a' blazing action, fabulous visuals and some rather unique features.
  7. Jan 31, 2011
    50
    If you're still itching to waste a few hours on Vanquish, here's some advice: wait until the inevitable price reduction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 71
  2. Negative: 3 out of 71
  1. Aug 18, 2019
    10
    Players control Sam Gideon, a DARPA agent armed with the Augmented Reaction Suit. If the player takes too much damage, the suit willPlayers control Sam Gideon, a DARPA agent armed with the Augmented Reaction Suit. If the player takes too much damage, the suit will automatically enter Augmented Reaction (AR) mode. AR mode increases Sam's reflexes tenfold, essentially slowing down time for Sam to evade attacks. The player can also manually enter AR mode by holding down the aim button while evading, sliding, or vaulting over cover, allowing the player to target enemies (and their weak spots) easily. Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2010
    10
    I don't understand why the reviews for this game are so low. Yes, the game is on the short side but so are many more games. To me the onlyI don't understand why the reviews for this game are so low. Yes, the game is on the short side but so are many more games. To me the only problem with the game is that it was so good it left me wanting more. This is seen as the only major issue the game has, but still during the 6-7 hours the game takes to complete you will be in pure shooter nirvana. The great graphics, the welcomed difficulty and the overall sense of mayhem makes this game one of the years best games on the PS3. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    9
    This game doesn't have the best story or the best graphics but it achieves something way better. It is just plainly fun and you'll keepThis game doesn't have the best story or the best graphics but it achieves something way better. It is just plainly fun and you'll keep wanting for more. Also, the controls and the weapons are great. The game isn't that long (maybe around 7-8 hours, don't remember exactly) but you'll have no problem starting another game and doing it again. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    9
    Vanquish is a stylish game with endless fun potential. Its a great change of pace from the everyday shooter clones on the market. It has noneVanquish is a stylish game with endless fun potential. Its a great change of pace from the everyday shooter clones on the market. It has none stop action and amazing graphics that never make the frame rate drop even with everything exploding all around you. I highly recommend this to anyone that just wants a fun none stop action shooter. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2010
    8
    While the game may be over quicker than most like, it takes up slack by revving up the action and crafting an intriguing story that I hope toWhile the game may be over quicker than most like, it takes up slack by revving up the action and crafting an intriguing story that I hope to see continue. The ARS suit brings up fond memories of Casshern and Guyver, and the weapon swapping system is interesting in that the more you pick up the same kind of weapon, the more your suit refines it's model of that weapon, upgrading it's performance. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2013
    8
    This is definitely the best third person cover-shooter I have played. Forget that gears of war crap, it's slow and clunky and the charactersThis is definitely the best third person cover-shooter I have played. Forget that gears of war crap, it's slow and clunky and the characters have no charisma. Vanquish is incredible. Expand
  7. May 12, 2015
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I do not have to say anything more. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it............................ Expand

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