Check out the Review of Vanquish by Cinderkin.
Vanquish, Vanquish, Vanquish.... What can I say about this game? To put it nicely it's Garbage!
I've been playing the campaign and let me tell you, unless you have a 90' Tv chances are you won't be able to see the enemies very clearly. Not to say that most enemies are tiny, just saying there is too much going on screen at once. It makes things hard to keep track of. Now you may be thinking "well you just don't like fast paced shooters." That isn't the case. I actually really enjoy the speed aspect of this game. I also like how the main characters suit, weapons, and power ups look. On a visual level the game is pretty good looking. Gameplay suffers from an awkward control scheme, and the voice work could use a new script... fast!
I only played through training and Act 1, so this review is based on that.
Vanquish stars some dude named Sam (I think, wasn't really paying attention). His mission is to stop a terrorist threat. Who are the terrorist in this game? Well it's Russia because we all know they are one of the most over used countries to portray antagonist. So why not use them again here.
Anyway Vanquish has a story that has been over done so many times, I seriously thought I was playing Win Back Covert Ops on the N64 after the first cut-scene.
I honestly don't even want to talk about it, because it's that boring.
1. Terrorist Strike the US
2. They make some outlandish demands
3. A hero emerges to stop them
Do I need to go on?
The characters in vanquish are what you would expect from a Japanese game, except that the game takes place in the US. It is pretty odd to see the Japanese and Western styles merge here.
The main character (what's his name?) is a tool. He acts like a Hot Shot and is only a Hot Shot because I am good at the game. He's not a character that gets the player to even care about him in the slightest.
There are some other characters, but I haven't played enough of the game to even see most of them.
The gameplay in Vanquish is pretty much a clone of Gears of War. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, but the only thing it has that is different is the ability to slide across the ground and slow down time (aka bullet time). As cool as it is at first, the novelty quickly wears off. The button layout is abysmal due to the game following the Gears formula so heavily.
The dive or dodge button is where you expect it to be, while the cover button is not. picking up weapons and ammo is an easy affair (just push and hold a certain button), but it would have been a lot simpler to just walk over the ammo to take it. It's not like I don't want to refill my ammo during a fire fight.
Other than that the game doesn't have a whole lot going for it. Which is really unfortunate.
The music in vanquish is not for everyone. I mean who the hell wants to listen to a 10 second song loop for the entire duration of a mission? What is this NES days? Are they serious?
The voice work is crap too. Don't get me wrong, the character voices aren't annoying in the least bit. It's just the script is so cheesy you'll wonder what Platinum Games was thinking. The lip syncing is off too.... way off (can anyone say Godzilla?)
Just incase your unaware of what I mean... When someone stops talking their mouths still move. Lame! This is 2010, lets get with the program.
The game looks great! I can't complain about that. From what I witnessed the game had no frames drop during the crazy actions moments. Which is great seeing how many things are on screen at once. The game isn't the most stunning visuals I've ever seen, but they are very nice none the less.
The cut-scenes are nicely done too, well the action ones are. It's too bad the cheesy one liners ruin some of the better moments.
For those completion whores out there, be ready for a pretty easy ride. Vanquish offers a pretty easy list of achievements/trophies. Nothing to difficult, and pretty uninspired as well.
If any of you Jimmys can get past the first act, and can find a reason to keep going let me know. Prove me wrong and give me a good reason to pick this game back up and finish it. As for right now Vanquish is a huge let down...
BOTTOM LINE: RENT IT!
Vanquish is availible for the PS3 and Xbox 360 October 19, 2010
By: goukijones Oct 11, 2010 | 6 Comments
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Vanquish is a sweet looking game. This trailer shows off some new gameplay and of course some enemies. Looking sweet. I'm praying it doesn't suck, because I really want to play it.
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Bayonetta for free is one hell of a deal Jimmys. So if your on the fence about getting Vanquish, maybe this will give you that little push you need.
Note: Play.com is a UK retailer. So those of us in the states make sure that Vanquish and Bayonetta are region free.
Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!
If you don't like shooting thing in an extremely fast paced environment, Vanquish is not for you. Fancy graphics and the Japanese just love cut scenes.
New gameplay trailer shows you some old and new stuff. It looks awesome.
Vanquish is a game that is on my list for a few reasons. Most importantly because it's a shooter and I like to shoot things. This "new" gameplay trailer shows the same footage of gameplay that we have already played. Don't worry the second half of this trailer is all new stuff. The game looks awesome, I only want to know if I can switch it to Japanese dialogue. The English voice acting SHOULD BE AN OPTION. If the tracks were already created in Japanese, I sure hope you give me the option. Original Japanese language FTW!
I use every bullet I have on the first boss...
I played the first level of Vanquish at E3. The game is really smooth. It plays like Gears of War on speed. You mostly rely on cover, but you can move so fast from one to the next and shuffle around behind it. The graphics look great and the control is spot on when moving around. I had a little bit of trouble with the targetting mechanic as it didn't "pop and lock" when I held down the aim button like most western shooters I'm used to (and I think the sensitivity was dialed way up from where I like it).
My only dissapointment was the lack of multiplayer despite the fact that you are rolling with a squad. I'm still interested in playing this though.
Check out this quick video of me playing Vanquish at Sega's E3 booth.
By: goukijones Jun 10, 2010 | 1 Comments
New trailer for E3 out recently game play looks ...
The game play looks frickin' awesome! I love the speed and the graphics. There slow down sequences ala the Red Dead Redemption Dead Eye skill. Looks bad ass. Maybe by a famous video game making Jimmy Shinji Mikami, who previously developed Viewtiful Joe, the Resident Evil series, Killer 7 and your favorite God Hand.
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