Vanquish Updated Hands-On Impressions

We get inverted and let the blood rush to our heads with our latest look at this speedy, shooting third-person action game.

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Though PlatinumGames-developed space-opera-turned-acrobatic shooter Vanquish is shipping midway through next month, we've only had limited opportunities to wrap our hands around the controller and take it for a spin. However, tucked away at Sega's Tokyo Game Show booth was some new playable code for the game so we took the opportunity to strap on the kneepads and bust some caps.

Our demo began with main character Sam standing on a moving platform. Not quite a train, this open-air and heavily armed barge was hurtling along, just minding its own business when it was beset by swarms of attackers and robotic insects from all sides. Focusing on protecting our six, we jumped on one of two handily located minigun turrets mounted on the rear of the transport. Initially, our attackers came in twos and threes, inching their way closer as we zigzagged through tunnels and twisting paths. The waves increased in size, and it wasn't long before we were up to our eyeballs in shiny metal butterflies licking their chops at the chance to feed on our brain nectar.

Luckily for us, our mounted guns made short work of the lightly armoured targets. Unfortunately for us, they must have passed on the party invite to some friends because it wasn't long before they were joined by flying armoured personnel carriers brimming with trigger-happy humanoids. While we didn't need to manage gun overheating as we sprayed shells into the air, we did have finite resources at our disposal. After chewing through the first belt of bullets, we switched weapons, and it was during this instant that one of the ships managed to breach our gunfire perimeter. As it hit the deck, we were forced to scramble to take cover behind some crates, knee-sliding into the safety of the barricade to avoid its gunfire. We dispatched it with little effort, but moments later, a second train laden with troops pulled alongside on another line and matched our speed, opening fire on us as we looked for a way to take it down.

Ah red barrels, where would we be without you? A few well-placed shots caused a cacophonous din as they ignited under a hail of bullets, taking with them all those seeking refuge nearby. Not all of our targets were so closely located to the impromptu fireworks, and as we commandeered control of yet another mounted gun, their craft careened sideways, rotating 45 degrees and leaving us exposed under their elevated position but providing us with prime shots at the stragglers.

With no more threat on our right-hand side, a second group pulled up to the left to keep us on our toes. Again, we used the destructive power of barrels (what's inside those things anyway?) to wrest back control of the situation, only to come face-to-face with two final challenges: We were quickly running out of track and a heavily armoured, tin-can-wearing rocket wielder was taking pot shots at us as we ducked to avoid having our heads blown off. The use of our heavy machine gun, some bullet time, and a hefty dose of precision aiming ensured that we were the victors, and with less than 15 seconds to collision, we sailed to safety.

The fast pace and ridiculous over-the-top nature of Vanquish make it a tad quirky and a shade insane. With its release date approaching as quickly as our out-of-control train, we're eager to strap ourselves in and see where the ride takes us. Vanquish will be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October this year. Stay tuned for our full review soon.

Discussion

50 comments
BudgetMonkey82
BudgetMonkey82

I must say I wasn't too impressed with the demo, but since it is developed by Platinum Games I suspect there will be depth added to the characters abilities unlocked throughout the game. It is very likely I will get this game as I am sure that the demo hasn't really done it great justice. Here is a thought for future demo releases, why not let the player sample a fully maxed out character to show what the game is really capable of. To me that would have been more enticing than than the comparatively weak character on offer in the actual demo.

Topherman2059
Topherman2059

I played the demo. I wasn't really impressed. It could have benefited from previewing more weapons and more combat (longer demo). My final decision on the game will have to come after it’s been released and rated.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

I already like it... it's just the way I like it, fast and furry xD with lots and lots of bullets.

charlie_bm
charlie_bm

If it is from the studio of Bayonetta, I'm in!

biokrysty
biokrysty

again no PC. I hate them..........................

Gotteencs
Gotteencs

It looks like Gears of War but with other story.Yea it will be a good game.

ferivello
ferivello

this gonna be a good game, but, really, with all the awesome games that we are gonna have this fall, this one can wait a little bit.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

The demo played well enough, the only problem I see is that the levels might all be too similar.

gamer4ever2
gamer4ever2

nice graphics, but lame story (another Russian-phobia story). I mean come on. We had Russian extremists attacking the USA in MW2, BFBC2 and now this! The clichees and propagandas over Russians are really not nice.

advanracer
advanracer

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dalua360
dalua360

@advanracer : My "NON Sided Opinion" is : Xbox 360 vs PS3 is getting old ! Get over it! Don't come here to talk about PS3 is free blah blah blah !!! Come here to say if you like this game or not! Which btw Vanqush is awesome!!!!!!!

QtrArt
QtrArt

i love it i well keep eye for that game i hope that get 9/10 or 9.5/10 :D

lowkey254
lowkey254

Fun demo. I will get this 4 months later after the price drops.

advanracer
advanracer

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GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I hope Gears of war 3 takes a tip from this game and dose more to incurage the player to flank, move in and meele the enemy more often I did it alot in Gears 2, but near the end of the game you are given less and less chances to do that style of combat, plus it's the same style I like to use. I'll fight from range if I must, but I like to be in the thick of battle, bullets, and rounds landing all around me, my mates online, or AI buddies at my side fighting and dieing just like I do, As well as the close in stuff that makes it all worth while IE the flank and beat down up close and personal is so much fun when it's correctly mixed with good ranged shooting, and level design. I hope Epic games fixed the last part some of their SP maps felt vary bland, and confined even when compaired to the first Gears, Gears 2 had less options for flanking, and more boss fights. (not that the Boss fights were not cool they rocked out loud for me, I just wish they would of had more open areas and Gears 3 looks to be fixing that because it's built for 4 players at once, but scales everything down and keeps the story centered on the player if you like to play alone as I do.) It's one reason I love Halo Reach right now, great graphics, and gameplay solo but just enough options for 5 players plus the AI to move around and have lots of epic moments because of the free movement.

dalua360
dalua360

@advanracer : First of all, you started trolling here about "PS3 is better, is free", so who's the fanboy?? Second, I'm 28 and I work, so I have money enough to renew whenever I want, so if I wanted I could buy a PS3 but I don't want it. I just don't get it, you have both systems, but you don't have money to renew LIVE, but you do have money to have two consoles? I think you're here just to brag about having two systems!

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Love the demo, The controls work fantastically, the game is fluid, the gunfights are fast and furious and its nice to see a cover based shooter with a emphasis on movement. Sometimes digging in, emptying everything you have, moving to the next fortified position and doing it all again gets old.

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

one minor gripe is they should allow a minimum of 3 melee attacks before the cooldown period,recognise the fact it would be too easy just to tw*t everthing in sight if you had unlimited attacks but in its current state using it isnt worth the payoff because it leaves you vulnerable so i cant imagine using it very often

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

the demo rocks man oh yeah air guitar,naw but seriously this is going to be another corker from PG,great graphics,sublime gameplay and a comprehensive and responsive control system,especially love how you can have differnet animation effects play out on the boss depending on where you hit him,Madworld,Bayonetta and now this,PG are one of the best and most exciting new devs around,bring it on

biagio55
biagio55

you people who are complaining about its length. its todays online craze which means developers spend less time on the single player aspect of a game to cater to all the gamers from the past 3 years who are too young or to stupid to know that not all games need multiplayer. so complain to them unless your one of them in which case you have no-onee to blame but yourself

advanracer
advanracer

@dalua360: LOL...buy BOTH Consoles..and Be Happy...it's funny you you say that because.. why ReNew Xbox LIVE when I can play the Same Game for Free on PS3?! but then again..when Gears 3 comes out..i guess ONLY Then I'll Renew XBOX LIVE. LOL..So yeah.. How many more days you have left?! lol..

dalua360
dalua360

@advanracer : I love when people decide to go to PS3 online version, please stay there!!! I will stay with my good people from the awesome XBOX LIVE yeahhh!!!!!

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

Chill out m8's, all here for the love of gaming, right? As for the game, if it can keep pace like the demo throughout the entire game i'm very interested. But with such a flood of good games coming...i'm afraid alot will be missed and overlooked. The market seems to be oversaturated with whats the best, I enjoy playing the not so overly marketed games as much as I do the blockbusters but the big guns usually drown out the little guys and they are never heard from again.

advanracer
advanracer

SOmEGuY12 :: Wow..a "Target for Flaming???" wow...am i supposed to be scared?! LOL..I can't believe people are actually "Scared" of reading return comments here in gamespot.... lol. I'll look out for the No Life "Keyboard Kommandos"..thanks for the warning..

UniversalDave
UniversalDave

@KoRniTo ....Most linear games released nowadays only really give 8-10 hours gameplay maybe a little more if your only a casual gamer But I have to agree with you the game does seem fairly fast pased so it does need a fair bit of content to make it last.

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

I was doubtful about this game until I tried the demo for myself. Now I can say that this game has some great potential. I really hope it isn't a short 10 or so hours ride.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

i just hope getting to that point were the demo was doent take that long. and for the crying out loud DO NOT make this game super short that tends to be a trend among most developers!!!!

Gliave
Gliave

Never played a demo twice, until i downloaded the Vanquish one. Pure amazing is what this game is. All the new age 3rd person action titles oughta' follow its tracks.

S0mEGuY12
S0mEGuY12

@advanracer First of all, this is a single player game. Nothing in this game is associated with multiplayer. Second your "PS3 version Free Multiplayer Online" remark makes you a target for flaming. Third....$60? Exaggeration much? Its $50, and for a limited time, only $30 right now. Its barely five bucks a month which is cheaper than my lunch.

simon_levane
simon_levane

Played the demo. It's like a mix of "Gears of War" and "Bayonetta" if you can imagine that. Too bad it's being released on the 19th of October. It's going to be crushed by "Fallout". Expect a 40 dollar price by January.

msngod
msngod

This game is unique in its own right as 3rd person shooter. Halo and Gears of War are good games, I played and enjoy those games. I tried Vanquish demo and I must say its fun and its different from other popular shooter game. It has arcade, fast paced shooter type feel, kinda reminds me old school feeling when I was young.

Gaizokubanou
Gaizokubanou

"Downloaded the Demo from XBOX Live.. this is fun. but..when this game comes out..i'll buy the PS3 Version..Free Multiplayer Online.. lol..and I save $60 dollars for XBOX live Renewal Fees." FYI, this game is single player only.

advanracer
advanracer

Downloaded the Demo from XBOX Live.. this is fun. but..when this game comes out..i'll buy the PS3 Version..Free Multiplayer Online.. lol..and I save $60 dollars for XBOX live Renewal Fees.

isshiah
isshiah

sounds like fun. i'm playing halo reach atm but i'll trade it in next week. i've got no time for multiplayer with all the great games coming this year.

oneEnigma
oneEnigma

f***overhyped Halo games that microsoft pay reviwers/retailers to constantly promote for close to release dates, this game is looking absolutely marvelous. The sliding in the game alone seems like a game for itself. Halo take your mirrored/copy pasted level design and get out of my face you damn dirty ape!

petes114
petes114

Played the demo and was pleasantly suprised at how good it is. But not sure if its a contender with the amount of games coming out this quarter. Theres nothing like this as far as i know but not sure if its worth the risk when i could just buy call of duty/assassins creed/gran turismo instead.

X-RS
X-RS

this game is NOTHING like halo, except it falls in the sci fi section.

P-Ball3179
P-Ball3179

...I find it interesting that views can be made of a game that has yet to be played by the public. The demo was rolled tightly and seemed rightfully interesting to myself, opinion only of course. But don't you think that, as a judgement dropper specious, we should at least have taken the time to play the whole game rather than dropping sparse comments that hold no real basis. Granted, I can say the looks like that and plays like this, and all who do would be right. But can you honestly name a game that has not, in many ways or forms, mocked a previous game. That is the general conception of progression, building on the already established foundation. Anyhow, enough of my poetic crap, I hope it is good from beginning to end!

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Really looking forward to this, think it will be a sleeper hit that won't catch on until word of mouth gets around. Demo was awesome, anyone in search of an intense game should keep an eye on Vanquish.

ElectroTH
ElectroTH

No co-op just good old gameplay :)

g5naim
g5naim

I have to say, it seems like a really good game from the demo I've played so far. Or maybe it was because I played it right after the Quantum Theory demo... (you get the point, do you?) =\

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

can anyone tell me if this game has any co-op, online or offline?

cakewars36
cakewars36

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brain3d
brain3d

Style over Substance.

syanide486
syanide486

played the demo recently....was not very impressed by the game....reminded me of some form of Halo...with the added ability to rollerblade around places, and move and fight in slow-time.