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The entire pace of Vanquish is fast and chaotic and rarely ever stops to mess around. The mission at hand is constantly the priority and the sense of urgency is emphasised by characters constant push to keep on going.

You may have already heard that the campaign mode in Vanquish is short, so let me just clear something up. Playing on Normal difficulty, I finished Vanquish in just under six hours according to the “total mission time” stat, which doesn’t include things like retries or loading and so on, so read into that what you will. Easy will obviously go by even quicker.

What you must know is that Vanquish has no need to apologize for its campaign length, and it doesn’t. When I say that it took six hours to complete, I mean six hours of intense action and crazy-fun gameplay. No messing around, no mini-games, no loading screens… it takes the time needed and punches you in the face, only slowing down occasionally to deliver a CGI cutscene here and there.

Vanquish may not have the most powerful graphics engine in the world, but what the creators have done with it is truly astounding. The game may run the same visual theme for much too much of the campaign, but Vanquish is basically bursting with creative energy and style. Levels have a sense of scale and intricacy to them and the great level design constantly keeps your environment challenging and fresh.

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Conclusion:

Vanquish delivers a pure adrenaline-fueled rush of gaming action that will always have you on the edge of your seat. It’s fast, it’s fun and it pulls it off with style. If you are looking for an injection of action into your gaming library, then Vanquish is the way to go.

Scoring


Gameplay: 9.0

Shooters rarely feel this much fun, innovative use of movement.

Presentation: 9.0

The futuristic designs in Vanquish will blow you away, good looking overall but really shines at times.

Sound: 9.5

You are really missing out if your speakers aren’t pumping while playing this game.

Value: 8.0

Quantity of content is a little low, but quality of content is high – making it a worthwhile purchase.


Overall: 9.0 (not an average)

Highly recommended for anyone looking for something packed with action and intensity. Respect must go out to Vanquish’s creator, Shinji Mikami, for taking a genre that we all thought we knew and creating something fresh.

[Reviewed on Xbox 360]

Last Updated: November 5, 2010

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13 Comments

  1. Hectic game although a very short SP campaign (3-4 hours) on Casual might deter casual gamers with no MP whatsoever there is a LOT of replayability for the hardcore crowd. Pity the sales have not been as impressive as the critic reviews.

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  2. D4RKL1NG

    November 5, 2010 at 10:23

    Lekker! Will pick this up the weekend! Thanks Nick!

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  3. Bobby Kotick for Dummies

    November 5, 2010 at 10:33

    So… short… :ermm: and no multiplayer?

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  4. Hayat3

    November 5, 2010 at 10:53

    I took 8 hours on my first playthrough on hard mode and then another 5 hours on my second playtrough on Godhard mode.
    This game is meant to be played on the hardest difficulty and I guess that casual gamers will be playing it on the lower difficulty settings :devil:

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  5. Fox1

    November 5, 2010 at 11:08

    Played the demo and there’s no experience like Vanquish. Definitely worth it. Even the cheesy one-liners fit in well :devil:

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  6. AC!D

    November 5, 2010 at 11:56

    Let it go just this once. Its Mikami and a good way to keep you entertained till Gears 3 released. I wonder if Gears will feel too slow now after playing this? I guess time will tell.

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  7. Nick de Bruyne

    November 5, 2010 at 11:59

    I don’t think so, they feel so incredibly different

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  8. Parker

    November 5, 2010 at 12:15

    Definitely getting. It isn’t short if you’re going to replay it tons of times. It’s the sort of game you’re gonna want to practice and try new things on.

    Sort of like FIFA.

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  9. Macethy

    November 5, 2010 at 12:15

    It’s that short? Guess i will wait a year or so to get it when it’s cheaper. Really enjoyed his previous game, Bayonetta, but was kinda peeved i payed so much for it.

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  10. Bobby Kotick for Dummies

    November 5, 2010 at 12:20

    I played the demo last week, and it does seem like an awesome game, but it’s just too short for me. This is a game I’ll pick it up if it goes platinum or bargain bin.

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  11. D--3

    November 5, 2010 at 12:22

    Hope they port this to PC, it looks good

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  12. V@mp

    November 5, 2010 at 20:22

    Great fun,althouhg some of the bosses get a bit repetitive.

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  13. HoodedGrub

    November 9, 2010 at 07:56

    Bought this game for half price from my mate after he finished it and did not expect it to grab me, but it’s brilliant and I got hooked. Started on Hard and it’s been a ride 🙂 One of those sleeper games for me.

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