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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: 62 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Dec 19, 2010
    100
    The game that stands is an absolute thrill-ride, brimming with verve and excitement.
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    Vanquish proves that there's still space for ridiculous dialogue, clichéd characters, amped-up power-suits and big guns alongside the Heavy Rains of the industry, as long as the intelligent gameplay structure is present too. And it is. Platinum Games knows how to craft a good videogame. It's as simple as that, and right now, the team is competing only with itself.
  3. Dec 15, 2010
    90
    Vanquish easily takes place as one of my top games of 2010 but then I do love my shooters. For anyone who enjoys running around carefree and blowing robots to bits, this is the perfect game for you and if not then surely you want to slide on your arse all day, right?
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    Vanquish will keep you on the edge of your multi-thruster booster seat.
  5. Jan 12, 2011
    80
    Keep your fingers crossed that SEGA and Platinum Games continue to work together, because if they keep putting out quality products like Vanquish, then everyone's a winner. It doesn't quite reach the dizzy heights of Bayonetta and it's nowhere near as brilliantly esoteric, but Vanquish does put a new spin on the third-person cover shooter. And for that reason alone – despite some slight niggles and flaws – Vanquish deserves recognition for daring to break the mould a bit.
  6. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    Non-stop action with great graphics and superb bosses; Vanquish makes us thirsty for more.
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    50
    Vanquish is a tepid and tedious game that simply doesn't deserve your cash during a period chock full of far superior releases. And I never thought I'd have to say that about a Platinum game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 58
  2. Negative: 3 out of 58
  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. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    Simply the best shooter ever! Pure action and acrobatic mecha action, what a great experience, please make part 2! Perfect graphics andSimply the best shooter ever! Pure action and acrobatic mecha action, what a great experience, please make part 2! Perfect graphics and gameplay, shinji mikami masterpiece Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    Game of the year, everything in this game is perfect, the gameplay is flawless,the graphics are amazing and the history is very good,well doneGame of the year, everything in this game is perfect, the gameplay is flawless,the graphics are amazing and the history is very good,well done platinum games keep up with the good work. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2010
    9
    This is probably the best game I've played in a long time. The graphics are fantastic and the framerate is superb and smooth. Cover mechanicsThis is probably the best game I've played in a long time. The graphics are fantastic and the framerate is superb and smooth. Cover mechanics are extremely slick and work so well, you won't find yourself accidentally diving out of cover into the firing line of enemies like many other third person shooters. The whole experience is just so extremely fast-paced and fluid. Weapons are varied enough for you to find one that suits your style, without providing too many choices to be overwhelming.

    I will definitely be playing through this again on a higher difficulty, and I have not bothered to do that in a game for a very long time! I think this is a definite must-play.
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  5. Mar 17, 2012
    8
    This game might be over a year old now, but it's a real gem. Third person shooting mechanics similar to Gears of War/Mass Effect, yet muchThis game might be over a year old now, but it's a real gem. Third person shooting mechanics similar to Gears of War/Mass Effect, yet much more refined, making for swift easy transition between cover and strafing. Fun, powerful weapons and melee attacks makes each battle an absolute joy to take part in. The story is of course extremely corny and overblown (something about evil Russians capturing a space station shooting a laser beam and killing some Americans, so it's time to fly up there and stop them from doing it again), but I honestly paid no attention to the story as I was too busy exploding robots! Graphically this game is beautiful and has extremely high production values. The sound and high tempo music is very fitting too. The controls are superb and put other 'one-button-for every-action' games like Gears of War and Mass Effect to shame really. My time with Vaniquish was completely bug free too - everything did what it was supposed to and nothing every failed. Vanquish is also quite challenging in a fun way simply because it has checkpoints often and offers you a varied amount of weapons to tackle each situation. THE only real issues I have with the game are the overall length - took me about 8 hours to complete on hard, which is a little underwhelming. Also, the lack of multiplayer was a real shame too. This game definitely would have benefitted from a co-op/horde mode as the gameplay is superb and would led itself well to some multiplayer action. Also, however brilliant the game is at everything it does, it is a little unoriginal and I was never fascinated by the story or the setting. Luckily the gameplay is so good, that I mostly didn't care. If you love fast paced action shooters with superb gameplay - look no further! It's just a shame Vanquish 2 will probably never happen. Expand
  6. Sep 2, 2018
    8
    Although I feel that this game doesn't have very much replay value due to its "Point A to Point B" story based platform, I still feel a uniqueAlthough I feel that this game doesn't have very much replay value due to its "Point A to Point B" story based platform, I still feel a unique spot of love for this game.

    Vanquish feels much more fast-paced and interesting compared to most shooters I've came across. The boss fighting also brings a series of tests and contrast between the forging ahead mindset to the focusing on defeating one target.

    I wouldn't mind playing through this game again, because I feel a sense of adrenaline that other shooters otherwise seem to lack.
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  7. Oct 29, 2018
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ничем не примечательный проходняк, откуда у него 9.2 не понимаю, надо исправить этот момент. Expand

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