|Formats:||15 PS3, Xbox 360|
|Rental release:||22 Oct 2010|
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"Nothing like a smoke to make you feel alive"By Billlop (15 reviews) from Grange-over-Sands , 02 Nov 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]It was about halfway through the campaign of Vanquish, when I fully realized that the game was exceptionally cool. As hero Sam Gideon crouched quietly on a platform that crept through the pulsating innards of a reactor, a strong techno bass pounded out in the background to compliment the reactor's dull howls. At that moment, I stopped and realized just how stunning most moments in Vanquish are. This is more than just a sci-fi shooter -- Vanquish emphasizes style and skill just as much as explosions and gunfire.
Basically the story is, a couple of decades into the future Russia has used its big spaceship coloney to melt San Fransisco. This causes the President to send in the marines. Your an employee of DARPA. Your secret project is the ARS (Augmented Reactive Suit) combat armor. Your mentor and creator of the ARS has been kidnapped by Russia and is being held on the Space Colony so you go with the Marines. Yadda, yadda, yadda who cares? The story is just NOT the pull here
Sam's got a crazy power-armor suit on with thrusters that let him boost along the ground from one piece of cover to another and, basically, be really fast at everything. He also has a transforming, upgradeable weapons system that fires homing lasers, carbon nanotube death discs of death and other stuff. (It also shoots regular bullets). There's no menu to slow down the action; as Sam picks up new weapons and upgrade chips, his arsenal gets more powerful. Basically, he's one quick mutha with ridiculously powerful weapons -- and a serious nicotine habit.
So there's sliding and cover and EMP grenades and basically all hell breaking out around Sam, but not once did I have to think about how to make him do what I wanted or worry about the camera while playing through the game. It's just rock solid. Everything in the game feels tuned to the nth degree for the express purpose of maximum fun. Yes, it's a very hard game, but when you die you know it was your fault. Plus, since Vanquish is also incredibly stylish, in those moments where you're about to bite the bullet the game kicks into slow-mo, giving you one last (super-dramatic) chance to prevail.
From the moment Sam and his assigned group of Marines land inside Providence to the game's final moments, the bullets don't stop flying. Giant mechs assault them, levels collapse around them, massive spaceships almost crash into them. The gameplay in Vanquish may have been possible on the PSOne, but the presentation is pushing the PS3 into overdrive. There's so much going on, so much detail and so much ... wow that it's no wonder there's a button that makes Sam take a smoke break -- the spectacle simply has to be taken in.
In my opinion? Rent this....now
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Worth RentingBy Retsu (3 reviews) from Horley , 18 Feb 2013This one caught my eye as it didn't look like just your run of the mill shooter, and it isn't. I'll admit it is a bit arcadey in regards to how the levels are very linear and don't give you much opportunity to stray off the beaten path. That being said however, I never found myself feeling restricted or limited while playing. I liked the way in which your weapons upgraded when you collect another while at full ammo and equally how they dropped down a rank upon death, giving you reason not to be careless and just corpse drag your way through the game. Although it has no impact on my recommendation to rent this title, it would have been nice to have a game+ mode where you have unlimited suit power, but that would just be for fun :]
must rent.By magicmatt (72 reviews) , 22 Jan 2013i love shooters and when shooting robots was in the reviews, thought boring,.but jeez Sega have really pulled it out of the bag, beautiful grafix, loads to shoot, and the end of level robots are a masterpiece, absolutely massive, having to shoot off limbs multiple to get a kill, and full on full screen, sweet. the weapons are limited to grenades and about 6 weapons of which you keep 3 swappable guns and your grenades. but the sheer pace, storyline, and the boost 'jets' is a nice tweak and also a lot of other options to keep you out of trouble enough to really enjoy this game. search for statues and ammo boxes whenever you can. excellent game, and enjoy the backdrops. half star lost coz of the complicated storyline, and sams constant smoking, apart from that, flawless. well done Sega, welcome back..
One HELL of a rideBy Voccio (7 reviews) , 07 Jul 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]OK some games combine a great story with great gameplay, this one: meh story with epic gameplay, lol I really enjoyed this a lot, and something a lot of people don't know, this game actually introduced the slide mechanic that we see in games like Battlefield and Bulletstorm today.
But they don't do it like Vanquish, nothing quite as satisfying as a row of robots charging at you and you boost slide sideways and topple them with headshots, I also REALLY liked the 'bullet hell' style where if you're in a firefight with a fair number of enemies, bullets fly around EVERYWHERE, really adds to the enjoyability of a firefight.
The enemies are pretty good too, quite diverse, one enemy I particularly liked: the Chicane acts as a mobile cover unit, basically getting to a spot and deploying large metal plates that slide out from behind it till fully extended then slide over to defend its front. So blast 'em quick.
The bosses were great, if I play a game with bosses they have to be awesome fights, Vanquish delivers on that too, 3 boss types all with very different attacks and all requiring different tactics to take down. I'm NOT including the final boss fight here because that only happens once with a unique boss type, you fight the others more than 3 times.
The overall presentation of the game is very VERY impressive, with the high quality graphics and the insane amount happening on-screen in most situations it's a wonder how the game keeps running smooth. I only had 1 frame rate issue, I killed several enemies with one grenade at a part where a bridge was collapsing beneath me.
Story wasn't much lol, something about dwindling resources and betrayal, I honestly didn't pay much attention lol.
So to sum up, epic gameplay, great boss fights, big guns, big explosions. If you want a title with some great gameplay moments Id recommend this, it lost a star only cos of poor story, nothing else.
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Fun but short, good for trophy miningBy Phallica (25 reviews) , 09 Apr 2012Don't know what the guy saying it's like Bayonetta is talking about, it's NOTHING like Bayonetta.
Anyway, it's fun, not very long but really quite fun and a definite challenge on the harder difficulties. Also, I got 18 trophies out of it by just completing it once, so you trophy hunters take note.
stick with itBy aisha374 (6 reviews) from Leicester , 07 Sep 2011I chickend on this one i heard it was megga hard . played on easy and yes it waqs hard on that some of the boss battles were frustrating, but you soon learn what does what in the way of weapons.
You really need to get past the first chapter before deciding if you like this game the story is quite good and the visuals later on the game are great. Im glad I kept with it and completed this game. if you like blasting things to kningdom come then this is for you
The ending is good but I wont spoil it for you. four stars coss it was too much a shooter and boss killing game for me.