Vanquish: An ignored and overlooked video game that deserved a lot more credit than it ever got. In fact, this game is so good I’m considering it to be one of the best games I’ve ever played. Wondering why? Well, keep on reading!
Story: I’m someone who loves a good conspiracy theory, so this game had the story for me. Vanquish is set in the future when Russia and the United States are battling it out for world supremacy, and the U.S.A has developed a solar-energy harvesting space colony to aid them in their goal. Well, Russia inevitably takes it over and it’s your job as Sam Giddeon, American space marine and member of DARPA, to go take control of the colony once again. There are a lot of plot twists in-game, but I won’t spoil them here.
Sound: All the music in Vanquish has this weird sort of techno vibe to it, but it fits because the game is all centered around technology. The voice-acting for the game isn’t exactly bad, but everyone sounds like they have some serious form of lung cancer. Sound: 7.5/10
Presentation: This game looks sensational, visually. The suit your character wears has so many individual moving gadgets and gizmos going that it’s worthy of its own award. But there’s also the amazing camera that almost never loses track of you no matter how fast you’re moving (which in this case is pretty freakin’ fast) and there’s very little lag during the game no matter how many explosions are on-screen. Presentation: 10/10
Gameplay: The gameplay starts as your basic run-n-gun third person shooter, but the game spices it up by throwing in objects that can be used as cover, an epic rocket booster that can propel you halfway across the map, and the ability to slow time. All of these make for extremely exhilarating action that is so intense and gripping it’s almost impossible to want to put down your controller. There are some moments in the game where you’re practically oozing excitement, like when you slow-motion rocket into an enemy, do an up close melee attack on him, back-flip off of him, start shooting him (still in slow-mo) as you are landing, whilst watching the whole scene unfold in just a matter of seconds. I only experienced two downright annoying moments in the entire game and they were seconds apart from each other so aside from those two flawed moments this game delivers the some of the most revolutionary and sensational gameplay I’ve ever experienced. I want to give Vanquish a 15/10 but I’d be cheating then, so it’ll just have to stand for the perfect 1-0. Gameplay: 10/10
Length: This game is relatively short, lasting only about five and a half hours, but there are a few things thrown in to keep you playing after your first runthrough. There’s one hundred-some hidden statues to find, online leaderboards, and most importantly Xbox Achievements which are unlocked through beating the game in a variety of different manners, most of which each require a complete playthrough of the game. Although if you’re not in to that stuff this game is going to quickly get dusty on your shelf. Length: 6/10
Overall: Vanquish gets an 8.4/10! Even with it’s short campaign time, I can honestly say it’s one of the most visually stunning and entertaining games I’ve ever played.