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Vanquish (PS3)

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Genre: Role-playing / Video Game for PlayStation 3 / Suitable for 15 years and over / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2010-10-22 / Published by Sega

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      02.06.2011 18:12
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      A real breath of fresh air which provided plenty of wow! moments. Pitty its way too short.

      Vanquish is a 3rd person sci-fi shooter from SEGA. You play as Sam Gideon, a DARPA agent, who fortunately has been given an "Augmented Reaction Suit" - basically a semi-robotic suit of armour. The game takes place in a city in a huge revolving cylinder orbiting Earth. Unfortunately some Russians have taken control of the city and are threatening to destroy the USA with the solar energy the orbiting city harvests (you couldn't make this stuff up could you???).

      The Augmented Reaction Suit has some nifty functions, including one of the best new game mechanics for years. The suit allows you to slide around the battlefield at high speed through the use of leg mounted rockets (absolutely awesome!) and also allows you to enter Augmented Reality mode - basically slow motion (doubly awesome!). These two functions create unique combat; see a guy shooting you from down a corridoor? Skid towards him at rocket speed, lauch yourself into the air, go slow mo and put 10 machine gun rounds in him. SWEET! From a defensive side, the rocket sliding also helps you move to new cover spots without getting shot to peices on the way. Combat is really where this game has its strong point and you will enjoy every minute of it.

      Enemies are adequately sci-fi. Mainly Russian soldiers in tech suits who are easily taken down one at a time. Unfortunately they dont come one at a time and battle grounds soon become frenetic with bullets flying exerywhere. To spice things up there are some bigger suited ememies and a range of mechanised contraptions which make life difficult. The guns are the standard fare with machine gun, assault and sniper rifles, launchers and grenades all available. Conveniently your suit can replicate any weapon you come across, though you can only use two at a time.

      The campaign follows a woeful story, that gets in to way of the fun levels and your character Sam is smoking in almost every cut scene which is a little weird. The campaign is also extremely short and you will have completed it in around 6 hours. With no multiplayer, all there is to keep you coming back for more is a survival mode where wakes of enemies try to ruin your day buy killing you. This mode is a little boring and didn't keep me playing for long.

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      27.02.2011 14:29
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      It's not completely essential, but it's a great game.

      When screenshots of Vanquish emerged, you didn't know whether it would be a fun and action-packed adventure or just another common game where you shoot everything in sight. However, it was hard not to anticipate it with 'legendary games director' Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil, Ace Attorney) joining Platinum Games, who is the developer of MadWorld, Infinite Space and Bayonetta. At its release in October, we found out that many of us were right to be excited about Vanquish, with unique gameplay, flawless graphics and fast-paced music.
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      Vanquish features a forgettable story which sadly isn't very impressive at all. In the near future, the human population has grown so big that many people are struggling to survive because of a lack of food and drink. To make things worse, a blast devastates San Francisco, killing many of the people there. The man behind this, Victor Zaitsev, orders the government to surrender and threatens to devastate New York City if they refuse.

      The president Elizabeth Winters refuses to surrender but doesn't like the thought of New York being destroyed so she makes Lieutenant Robert Burns the leader of a new force called Bravo Company. His team is sent out on various missions across the planet. Among the team is Sam Gideon, a member of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). He creates the ARS suit which helps him in the mission. You control him, hoping to save New York from the devastation.
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      Although the story is weak, the gameplay is where Vanquish really shines. Controlling Sam in his suit is unbelievably fun.
      The controls use pretty much every button on the PS3 controller and it will take some time to get used to them. You use the directional buttons to switch between weapons, cross to evade, square to move into cover or stylishly jump over it and triangle to interact with objects. You will use the top buttons most though. The L1 button allows you to aim and R1 fires the gun, with R2 to reload. When you aren't in cover you use L2 to boost, but when you are in cover and press it Sam smokes and flicks the cigarette away, distracting enemies.

      Even if the controls are quite fiddly, making Sam boost around on his knees is great fun. In addition to these controls, you can either activate slow motion manually or automatically. When you are heavily injured by enemies, the game suddenly goes into slow motion allowing you to easily dodge bullets and fire at the enemy's weak spot - the head. You can actvate slow-mo manually by boosting and aiming at the same time, or jumping over cover and aiming.

      Sadly, you can't go into slow motion forever as this would make the game to easy. You have an bar at the bottom of the screen which shows how cool your suit is. Using slow-mo drains your bar and when it gets to the bottom, your suit overheats, preventing you from boosting or going into slow-mo. While your suit is overheating, you can be killed by enemies in a few shots. The bar will also drain when you use melee attacks using the circle button.
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      There are no online modes as this wouldn't really work in Vanquish, but your score from single-player is posted online and you can try to get to the top of the leaderboards which can be quite addictive.
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      The main character is Sam Gideon and to be honest, I don't really like him even if he does look seriously cool on the battlefield. He swears and smokes at every chance he gets and tries to look cool, but it just makes him look like a show-off. Smoking isn't cool, and you don't have to swear that much.

      Robert Burns is Sam's leader and they hate each other, mainly at the first part of the game. They both argue and fight. They have a slightly better relationship as the game goes on, however. The probable reason for their squabbles is that Burns is a war veteran, while Sam is quite new to war.
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      In addition to gameplay, the graphics are a strong point in the game. It features loads of white and silver colours because of the future setting. Everything is detailed. I've played through the whole game and I haven't seen any faults in the visuals. In Vanquish, you'll find some of the best graphics in any PS3 game.
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      Some parts of the sound are good, some are bad. The music for a start is fantastic. It is drum and bass, therefore being fast-paced and loud. The sound effects are also brilliant. The voice acting is poor for the most part, though. The voice of Sam is quite cheesy and annoying and Burns's voice is loud and booming. The dialogue is also inferior compared to other third-person shooters like Uncharted.
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      In my opinion, the 15+ rating is just about right for the game. When your allies are shot, a fair bit of blood spurts out from them. There is also some strong language, like s**t or f**k. Sam smokes in nearly every cutscene he is in.
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      You get a set of about 50 trophies in Vanquish. These are all quite basic, like 'get 50 headshots' or 'complete the game'. Some can really challenge you, with a trophy for completing the game without dying. These can really add to the game's short six hour length.
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      Vanquish is very good overall. The gameplay is unique even if the cover-based gameplay is used a lot in games. Sliding around on your knees is very fun, as well as going into slow motion. You get a variety of weapons, from a machine gun to grenades. The graphics are stunning and the music is great. Despite these, the game does have several bad points. The story is mediocre, the game only lasts about six hours and the voice acting is generally poor. But with all those good points, Vanquish is not quite but nearly essential and you will have great fun playing it.

      Story - 4/10
      Gameplay - 10/10
      Graphics - 10/10
      Sound - 8/10
      Longevity - 6/10

      Thanks for reading!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under my name YoshiCheesePuff (the review very slightly edited here)

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