Vanquish sets just 1 bench mark , and does provide a solid 3rd person shooter with a much needed increased of the speed of combat (the benchmark). Slow action is something that drags most cover based 3rd person shooters down.
Here is why...
Duck, wait for the AI to pop out , Fire,repeat.
Vanquish attempts to remedy this
basically throw the "jump to cover" mechanic of most 3rd person shooters out the window. This game is the "Burn Out" of 3rd person shooters. Gears was great, and even without a "cover" system Bio was great in its own way too. Vanqiush doesn't force you to use its speedy abilities to complete the game. You can duck and cover as much as you like, waiting for the AI to leave itself open for extermination all you want. You could even never use the "power slide" or augmented time powers of your military supplied suit. YOU WILL STILL COMPLETE THE GAME. But.....
What if you could speed combat up, what if you next move wasn't " Press A to move from one side of a doorway to another , maintaining cover"
What if you could slide in and out of cover , covering football feild distances across the battel zone.
Vanquish doesn't flush it's story out like the previously mentioned games. And really lacks the refinement need for todays "epic' games moniker. Nor does it require you to use it's fast evade system.
What Vanquish gives is an easy to follow and "corny enough to like" story line. The voice acting is adequate. I.E. Sort of a "SPOILER"...
After being attacked by your superior in the first cutscene,
your main character responds with ...
"What the F..K?"
How can you not love that, isn't it how we Americans roll?
What the F..K indeed.
Solid 8. Fast, angry.My only beef is this game needed more heart, I felt diconnected , but the game mechanics and graphics just about made up for it. In a nutshell...
Superior game mechanics, play, aming adjustment, and upgrade system.
solid f'n 8
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
For fans of the sci-fi shooter, this is a good but not great game. The storyline is a little bizarre, but the control scheme is super easy if you can remember everything. My biggest complaint is the boss fights. They're just dumb. You have to blow off arms, legs, and computer cores to bring down the massive things, and you'll waste all your ammo half the time just trying to do it. There are some Halo and Warhammer 40,000 similarities throughout the game, kind of interesting. Some of the weapons take some getting used to, because not every weapon will kill everything all the time. Just hang on to the heavy machine gun and the rocket launcher, and you'll be fine.
gamers (71%) found this review helpful
Man this game is good from beginning to end, although the campaign was only roughly 7 hrs, it kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I hope they make a sequel. One of the top games this year in my opinion