posted by DGLantern (GRAND PRAIRIE, TX) Jan 25, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
gamers (89%) found this review helpful
Okay, yes I know at first glance it's a "Sega" title, and if you're an avid gamer like me, you know that a game from them within the last 5 years or so has been less than sub-par. Then comes Vanquish, which manages to redefine the 1st personal, tactical, futuristic, crazy boss battles game. You could compare this game to Gears of War, or GRAW in terms of the ability to find cover, and pick off your enemies one by one, but the point of this game is speed. Your character Sam is the sole pilot of an advanced suit of armor. When the western coast is hit by a weaponized microwave (think puppy in the microwave urban myth story) it's up to you and your contact to stop the terrorist threat that just so happens to take place in a space colony just outside of earth's atmosphere. Armed with the ability to replicate any weapon, booster jets that allow you to slide across stage effortlessly and when times get tough, the cool ability to slow down time to a crawl, nothing can stand in your way.
Although the voice acting can be very cheesy at times, the sound effects are great, and everything fits well within the environment. Explosions sound massive, you can hear bullets wizz past your head, and the cry's of your lesser-equipped team mates dying.
This game really shines in the graphics department, everything is smooth and polished. The backgrounds and sceneries are beautiful to look at, and typically something you'll see off in the distance, you'll see it get closer to you with each step. Your suit of armor changes depending on what type of gear you equip yourself with. It feels as though it's alive. Lighting, character animation, and movie sequences flow effortlessly between game play and scripted scenes.
Game Play: 10
If you want a fun game that you'll never put down until you beat it, (which might not take you that long, 8 hours) Then you'll love this game. From when you pick up the controller the action never stops.
First off, WOW. I went into this game with my hopes quite low, but it proved me wrong. The gameplay is super fast paced, and action packed all the time. As far as graphics go, they were excellent and seemed smooth.
The only thing I didn't care too much for, is the lack of down time. It's literally non-stop action throughout the entire game.
Overall I'd highly recommend it, and I'm giving it a solid 8 out of 10.
posted by Markus1142 (SOMERVILLE, NJ) Dec 19, 2010
Member since Oct 2010
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
Vanquish is only a few hours of single-player campaign, with no multiplayer, but boy are those few hours a blast. Butter-smooth graphics, clean movement and cover mechanics, the ability to boostaround a battlefield, and an almost endless supply of robots to eradicate make for one of the best shooters of the decade.
It's not perfect, but the list of flaws is a short one. Aside from the short campaign, the enemies don't feel particularly varied - most of your enemies are the standard "red robot" cannon fodder that you'll slaughter by the hundreds. And for some reason, although you can find other guns along the game, and assault rifle and heavy machine gun are enough to get you through the whole campaign. Aside from the rocket launcher, there's almost no need to ever swap out for another gun for most of the game.
That said, the gameplay is amazing. Your battlesuit gives you the ability to rocket around at high speeds to flank enemies, or just blitz past them, while your bullet time ability slows things down when you need to take out several enemies at once. You can use both abilities at once, setting up awesome sequences where you fly down an open stretch, then slow down to attack several enemies from the side or back.
The cover mechanics are superb, and very rarely leave you hugging the wrong side of a barrier, or accidentally jumping over it to get shot at. In addition to weapon upgrades, picking up a weapon you already have full ammo for gived you a boost; a few boosts upgrade that weapon as well.
And then you have your melee attacks, which drain your suits ability meter but provide flashy ways to dispatch your enemies up close.
It may not be a long gme, and the lack of multiplayer limits the replay value, but that really just puts it in the same company as Batman: Arkham Asylum, or the first Dead Space - both fantastic games. This one is definitely worth a playthrough as well.