Vanquish is set in a future where the Earth’s power problems have been solved by a huge solar reflector panel satellite. Unfortunately, there’s been a coup in Russia and the new leadership has seized this power source with the help of their robot army. After the newly weaponized satellite boils San Francisco bay and kills all of the city’s inhabitants, the Hillaryesque President of the U.S. calls upon DARPA’s secret weapon: the Augmented Reaction Suit.
The previous game from PlatinumGames, Bayonetta, was a fast-paced and insane take on the modern beatemup. When they brought that same high level of energy to a cover shooter, the results are like Gears of War with a heavy dose of adrenalin and amphetamines. It contains a mixture of the same pop-and-shoot gameplay fused with a much more frenetic form of old-school missile dodging. And believe me, there are many missiles to be dodged and robots to be destroyed.
Razor-sharp control is what makes this work, and the energetic gameplay is supported by awesome and smooth visuals and a lot of cool cinematic scenes with hokey voice acting. It is a short and intense white-knuckle ride, and though it will certainly give action game junkies their fix, those looking for a richer experience may be disappointed. A survival mode would have been nice, but at least you can try to improve your scores on the leaderboard. Even if there isn’t a lot of there, what is there is good – a true example of quality over quantity.
This game is a excellent game for those who enjoy fast paced shoot em up games. Beautiful graphics and future tech make for interesting levels and unique tactics. Using cigarettes to distract enemys was a well thought out game design as well. I give this game a 10 out of 10. Only 1 flaw and 2 problems with this game, Flaw: If you die your weapons will downgrade by 1 mark. Problem 1: the game is way to short for being a single player only game. it is easily beat in under 24 hours. problem 2: No online play. these 2 problems combined mean its a great game to rent, a bad game to buy.