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Vanquish - Xbox 360

4.5 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
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  • Fast, fluid and frenetic - this is gaming at its most explosive and exciting, as you storm into battle.
  • Experience a game character like no other - Sam is the ultimate weapon, donning a futuristic battle suit of destructive firepower and superhuman speed and agility.
  • Fight your way through the enormous, open environments of the space station. The most advanced, futuristic city in the skies becomes home to the action.

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Platform: Xbox 360

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The story of VANQUISH is set in the near future. Russia and the United States are vying for ownership of the world’s fast-depleting energy resources and the US has constructed a space station in order to harness energy from the sun. Russian forces capture this space station and divert its harvested solar energy into a blast wave that destroys San Francisco, aiming to force the US into a total and unconditional surrender. In response, the US tasks its armed forces with recapturing the space station before the Russians can annihilate their next target – New York.

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Directed by Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil series, VANQUISH is a sci-fi shooter that sees players take the role of Sam, a government agent kitted out with a futuristic battle suit. A versatile fighter with a huge arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, Sam also has an array of martial arts skills that he can use to take down his robot enemies.

Vanquish
Amazing fast-paced gameplay
Amazing fast-paced gameplay
Design from the creator of the Resident Evil Series
Design from the creator
of the Resident Evil Series
Become the ultimate weapon
Become the ultimate weapon

Synopsis

In a near-future world where Russia and the United States vie for ownership of the world’s fast-depleting energy resources, the US has constructed a space station in order to harness energy from the sun. Russian forces capture this space station and divert its harvested solar energy into a blast wave that destroys San Francisco, aiming to force the US into a total and unconditional surrender. In response, the US tasks its armed forces with recapturing the space station before the Russians can annihilate their next target - New York.

Key Features:

  • Fast, fluid and frenetic – this is gaming at its most explosive and exciting, as you storm into battle.
  • Experience a game character like no other – Sam is the ultimate weapon, donning a futuristic battle suit of destructive firepower and superhuman speed and agility.
  • Fight your way through the enormous, open environments of the space station. The most advanced, futuristic city in the skies becomes home to the action.

Product Information

Platform:Xbox 360
ASIN B003PHLTDC
Release date October 19, 2010
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,833 in videogames
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
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By Dustin D. Smith on October 25, 2010
Platform for Display: Xbox 360
Let me get right down to it, there is a lot more to Vanquish if gamers actually take the time and give it a fair chance and see it for what it truly is...A huge, daring leap in this genre of gaming; which has succeeded beyond my expectations.

In this Call Of Duty and Halo obsessed multiplayer age of gaming, a lot of stuff is starting to get really dull when it comes to the shooter genre. All the multiplayer obsessed gamers have forgotten where games originated from. Games used to be about a great SINGLE PLAYER experience where you could sit back and enjoy everything without being cursed at and being called a "noob" when you mess up.

Some people are hating on this game because it has no multiplayer. Just because a game is a shooter does not mean it needs multiplayer to be successful at providing a stellar gaming experience. I look at this game and praise the creators for going outside the "standard" for modern day shooters. I also compare this game to titles such as Devil May Cry, Ikaruga, or any type of score keeping game. It encourages the (determined) gamers out there to replay the campaign over and over again to challenge themselves and see how great they can be and achieve the highest scores. If you have ever played Ikaruga (a top down space shooter) you will understand what I'm talking about. There are bullets flying everywhere, intricate level design, sharp graphics, a level of strategy involved, big badass bosses to kill, and knowing that you are going to die a few times (or a ton of times) to finally become proficient at winning.

Vanquish is not a toy that you play with once and toss aside. It is meant to be played again and again to fully appreciate its beauty.
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First of if you're a fan of third person sci-fi action games then you should for sure pick Vanquish up you won't be disappointed, if you're new to the genre than this would be an excellent start too. The story is your typical good versus evil, mine's bigger than yours scenario so nothing major there. However the action is fast paced, the graphics are top notch and the controls are very intuitive and easy to pick up right from the start. As I said prior you don't play this game for the story you play it for the guns blazing, butt kicking nonstop action, which this game is packed with. However be warned, if you're looking for a deep plot or even a hide and snipe good time this may not be for you. Personally I have not been disappointed by the last few games Platinum Games released (MadWorld, Bayonetta), I do believe they are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the gaming world.
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I am an older gamer: 52 to be specific. I don't have time or energy to play most immersive RPG/ FPS. So Vanquish is the perfect game. You can play it in little increments (due to an excellent save system) and be satisfied with .5 to an hour of fun shoot-em-up game play. There is no on line play. It is essentially a "wash-rinse-repeat" sort of FPS, but never seems to lose its fun factor. Fun dialogue, easy controls. It is the equivalent of an enjoyable sci-fi TV show.
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Many people give too much credit to Cliffy B. and Gears of War for the current state of the over-the-shoulder third-person shooter genre today. They forget about the foundation that Shinji Mikami laid whilst working on the critically acclaimed modern classic: Resident Evil 4. Cliffy B. explicitly stated that RE4 was a huge inspiration for GoW and that "if you're gonna copy something, why not copy from the best?". While GoW made some advancements in the genre, Mikami takes it to the next level in Vanquish.

Pros:
+ Graphics and art direction combine stylized art direction with a futuristic realism to arrive at a slick medium
+ Anime-like storyline. Play this with Japanese voices and English subtitles, imagine that it's hand-drawn or cel-shaded 3D, and you can easily see how this could be an anime that you would watch
+ Option to use the superior Japanese voice-overs
+ Refined, polished, and streamlined gameplay that is free of needless exploration or puzzle-solving
+ The innovations: Boosting and ARS mode (slow-mo)
+ Light RPG elements: upgrade your weapons by picking up the same weapon in the field while your ammo is maxed

Cons:
+ Life-bars over enemies take away the immersiveness of the battle and instead makes you aware that you are playing a video game. You hence look for your aiming reticule to turn red (so that you know you will damage the enemy) instead of aiming at your enemy. Some people like bars and meters all over the screen; I do not.
+ Uniform upward recoil. When you shoot your weapon, the recoil causes your aim to go up. However, it simply does that. It doesn't shake left, right or down. It continues going straight up.
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Platform for Display: Xbox 360
Vanquish provides a breath of gun powder scented fresh air to a shooter genre that is getting a bit stale. Sure Call of Duty dominates in sales and that's because anyone can feel like a hero in Call of Duty. It's pretty easy, the aiming is taken care of, the production values are through the roof, but on the flip side, experienced gamers do feel like you're being squeezed through an adventure like toothpaste getting squeezed out of a tube. Vanquish puts you in exciting situations and rewards accurate shooting, risk taking, and good judgment.

Story: 6/10
The story is pretty basic. A battalion of space marines are sent to a space colony stop a fiendish dictator from taking over. You play chain smoking former NFL star Sam Gideon who has been outfitted in a cybernetic suit that gives him superhuman speed and acts as body armor. The dialogue is written and acted like a bunch of 12 year olds got together in their garage and said, "What do tough guy mercenaries talk like?" So, there's lots of swearing and every line of dialogue is shouted and snarled. It comes off as ridiculous, kind of like an R-Rated Popeye Cartoon. Unfortunately, the quirky dialogue prevents this game from feeling truly epic.

Gameplay: 9/10
Sam Gideon is armed with a cyber suit that protects him, allows him to dash for limited distances at 100 MPH, while the game goes into bullet time. Sam can also take cover and dive roll to avoid enemy projectiles. Sam is armed with an arsenal of upgradeable weapons. There's an accurate light machine gun, a less accurate heavy machine gun, a guided rocket launcher, a lock on laser rifle, a force gun that shoots a sphere of energy that passes through walls, a shotgun, a disc gun that fires giant blades, and a sniper rifle.
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