Vanquish is a third person shooter game developed by Platinum Games and published by Sega. It is a fast paced game that despite its short length, is actually very fun and enjoyable.
The story line is really straight to the point with no much twists and turns, basically, in the near future, the number of people has increased dramatically and the US government launched a space station harboring a solar energy driven generator, however when the Russian federation is overthrown by forces going by the name of “The Order of the Russian Star”. Said order manages to capture the space station and (I think) reverse what it does, and they fire a beam down onto San Francisco that pretty much boils every one alive. You, Sam Gideon, a researcher for DARPA are on the team of troops lead by Lieutenant Robert Burns aiming to stop the order of the Russian star.
Sam Gideon wears a cutting edge suit that allows him to scan various weapons on the battlefield and save them in the suits memory, although, at this time in the future, the suit can only hold 3 weapons, the suit also gives Sam super human strength and agility and has an AR mode that triggers either manually, or when the suit sustains enough damage, the AR mode slows down time and gives you the chance to react to everything around you, giving head shots, blowing shit up, lighting a cigarette in the middle of a battlefield, you know, the usual.
The game features weapon upgrades, though in an interesting way, when you pick up a weapon that you already have equipped, you refill it’s ammo, if the ammo is full, the weapon is upgraded, you also upgrade the weapon by picking up green upgrade boxes, I personally upgraded the heavy machine gun first, and it won’t take long to fully upgrade a weapon, the HMG was fully upgraded by the end of the second act. Speaking of weapons, the game has a nice variety of weapons, although a thing that I didn’t particularly like was that at the end of the first act, you’ll have found all the weapons available in the game.
Vanquish revolves mainly around the idea of a fast paced third person shooter, scratch that, an EXTREMELY fast paced third person shooter, dizzyingly fast at times even! At any time you’ll find a plethora of bullets and missiles flying at you, and somehow you are able to evade them all, retaliate, and kill every single person on the screen, which makes Vanquish pretty arcade-ish at times, but REALLY fun nevertheless! Speaking of which, the games is short, how short? Shy of 5 hours short. I beat the game in two days, and for those who know me, they know how much I like to take my time with games, it took me exactly 4 hours and 53 minutes to beat. However the game actually rewards you for beating it fast, you get extra score if you finish missions in record time. The game isn’t punishingly hard either, even on the hard difficulty, you just need to take good care of your suit’s energy and use EMPs and grenades whenever possible, but it’s also isn’t really easy that you’ll lose interest, even on the casual difficulty with aim assist on, it can get annoying at times.
Visuals are nice, they aren’t outstanding, but nice enough, although the pre rendered cinematics are pretty good, the game runs at a steady 60 frames per second which is essential for how fast paced the game is.
The game’s voice acting is a little cheesy though, I mean, you can tell when a Japanese company is trying to convey how Americans act, but it’s obvious the creators have been watching too much action movies, although Vanquish does have the certain Japanese charm about it, the colors and the animations, but still, it would’ve been better with a less cheesy dialogue.
While Vanquish is a really fun shooter, its length makes it fall short of accomplishing its true potential, and it’s obvious how good the game is made. Should there be a Vanquish 2, I’ll definitely check it out, but for this installment, don’t buy it new, the game has no online play, replayability isn’t that high either, sure you get some challenge missions after beating the game, but I don’t see myself playing it again soon.
Let me know what you think of Vanquish and whether you’ve enjoyed as much as I have or not.