If you ask people that know me, they will tell you that when it comes to video games I am a very hard person to please. I think that’s why when I started talking about Vanquish they were a little surprised.
You play as Sam Gideon, a researcher from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), who wears an Augmented Reaction Suit (ARS), which is equipped with all kinds of goodies like jets on his boots. You are sent to a space station colony orbiting earth after Russians overtake the colony and use the on-board laser cannon to destroy San Francisco. Your job is to save civilians and take back control of the laser before the Russians can use it to destroy the next target, New York City.
You might be saying, “If you’ve played one third person shooter you’ve play them all,” and to a point that is true. I can agree that Vanquish is very similar to a lot of the other Run/Shoot/Cover games out there, but what places it apart from the others is the sense of urgency that is almost always happening on screen. Every time you start to feel that things are starting to get repetitive all hell breaks loose on screen and you’re only thinking about getting the current objective done without dying, and at times it does seem a little overwhelming. Gameplay is easy to get used to; as stated before, if you have played one third person shooter you have played them all.
Visually, the game is beautiful. I am very happy to see that many game companies out that are taking the time to work on the graphics of their games. It’s time people stop associating great graphics with only the big name games. You don’t need to be working on a Final Fantasy game to have phenomenal graphics, and you shouldn’t rest on your laurels like the GTA team and the Tomb Raider team, where the graphics have always looked the same. The story line could have been great instead of just okay, but it was your standard SEGA style story: short, over the top voice acting and overly dramatized fighting. I like it, I really do, I just feel that if the story had been longer, which honestly all strictly single player games really do need to be, the story could have been fleshed out.
Vanquish really is a good game and fun to play, and should be given a chance to prove it. The positives outweigh the negatives in this case and everyone should play it at least once. I would never say that the game is worth buying because of the short story and repetitive aspects of the gameplay. Vanquish might not warrant a purchase, but definitely a rental.
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