Jump into the DARPA (Defense Research Projects Agency) developed ARS (Augmented Reaction Suit) of Sam Gideon and get ready to use your super human speed and agility to blow up some Russian robots in space, in sci-fi shooter ‘Vanquish’!
Sega promises “Fast, fluid, and frenetic action” in ‘Vanquish’ claiming that “This is gaming at it’s most explosive and exciting,” and truth be told, ‘Vanquish’ delivers. The over all feeling imparted by ‘Vanquish’ is that of an 80’s action movie with explosions and one liners being bandied about as if they were Summer fashions. The dynamic between comically grizzled military veteran NPC LT. COL. Robert Burns and smarty pants Sam Gideon (your character) works to reenforce that over the top action flick vibe.
If you’re looking for a deep narrative, story driven game ‘Vanquish’ might not be for you. The story takes a back seat to the slick and engaging action. But just to give you a frame of reference the story goes a little something like this: The cyclical nature of history has America and Russia squaring off again in a kind of future Cold War. A crazy Russian group takes control of America’s orbital colony, Providence, from which they use a mega microwave weapon to cook San Francisco. The U.S President then calls for an all out attack on Providence in order to destroy the occupying Russian red robot force.
Whether you’re using your boosted reflexes to slow time and super speedily take down multiple enemies or rocketing across the ground from cover to cover blasting the crap out of countless bots; the action is as previously mentioned, slick. Several game play elements can be pointed at as “borrowed” from other well known franchises. While these “borrowed” ideas are easy to spot and their sources easily identified; they never feel ripped off, they in fact feel very organic to the game and definitely add to the experience.
The lack of multi-player may be a deal breaker for some but really after playing ‘Vanquish’ it’s hard to imagine three to seven other players doing what you are capable of and getting any enjoyment (let alone a kill) out of all that rocket sliding. ‘Vanquish’ is also pretty short, six to eight hours should see you through the entirety of the game. With a short game comes short levels; there are five acts each containing up to eight levels with each level lasting any where between eight and fifteen minutes, making ‘Vanquish’ a great pick up and play title on the level of any hand held game. Short on time and no multi-player makes for low re-playability, after picking up the achievements you want (all of which can be collected on one play through) you probably wont pick it up again.
All in all ‘Vanquish’ is a great game. Very fun and super for a weekend break from whatever you might be playing at the moment. Don’t miss out on this one.