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PAX Prime 2010: Vanquish Preview

I’m not going to lie to you guys, I knew nothing at all about Vanquish, not a single thing but luckily for me that changed at PAX. For those of you that might have been in the same boat at I was, let me tell you a little about this gem that I saw at PAX Prime. Vanquish is being developed by Platinum Games who also developed MadWorld, Infinite Space, and Bayonetta, Sega is publishing it. Development started back in 2007 and the lead platform for Vanquish is the PlayStation 3 and you can expect it to hit the stores in North America on October 19, 2010.

What’s the back story from Vanquish?

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.

The first thing you will notice with Vanquish will be how similar it looks to Lost Planet and how if feels like a cross between Lost Planet and Gears of War, yes I said Gears of War, Vanquish has a cover system that is very much alike the one in Gears and instead of the Roadie Run you get a slide ability that pretty much does the exact same thing. The next thing that you will probably notice is the point system in the game. Instead of a leveling up system and instead of any type of multiplayer, Platinum Games decided to add an arcade type of scoring system with the kills you get, how you get them, etc, and then it takes that and will post your scores on an online scoreboard where you will be able to compare your scores with friends and try to one-up them. At first this type of way to extend the life of the game puzzled me but once I got my hands on it I could easily see myself going though each of the levels multiple times to best my friends just because I was having such a fun time with the game. Now what about other things you should look forward to in Vanquish, how does challenge modes, huge bosses and the ability to control vehicles and most likely mechs? (The mech part wasn’t confirmed but it was hinted at in our interview with one of the developers)

Steve’s Final Thoughts: This game is hot, it went from a game that I knew nothing about to a game that I can’t wait for. I had a great time while playing and Vanquish was just a beautiful looking game. There is a demo of Vanquish out right now on the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PSN Store right now, do yourself a favor and jump on that, it’s free and you should love it.

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  • Never heard anything about this game before. Must download the demo and try it. Looks great!

  • this one has been on my radar for a while now and the fact that some of the other writers on here haven’t heard about it until now makes me think the game will flop, not because its a bad game but because the marketing is weak.
    Already you can buy it for less than £30 in the UK with a limited edition holographic cover.
    I’ll be picking it up for sure.