Feeds
90%
Vanquish

Vanquish

Programmed to kill

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

Combat evolved?

Vanquish constantly poses such questions through richly diverse gameplay. Set pieces other developers would repeat over and over, Platinum Games uses just once. Fighting aboard a giant train-cum-rollercoaster as it rolls and loops through the space station; dashing along a listing bridge as toppling skyscrapers rain huge clumps of reinforced concrete everywhere; boosting away from the deadly strike of a shape-shifting robot as it rears up like a Tarantula; or trying to pick off a swarm of enemies as they brush through tall grass.

Vanquish

Dive into the melee or attack from a distance - the choice is yours

Vanquish throws so much at you that you're almost surprised not to see the proverbial kitchen sink fly past. And it hurls everything at a rock-solid 60fps, shaming so many other developers with its ludicrously high enemy count and vast draw distances.

It's a shame, then, that the visuals start off so unimpressively. A dreary grey palette dominates the first couple of hours, when the game most needs to entice the player through its exacting learning curve. But the visuals improve throughout, as neon lights and rich vegetation begin to break the monotony of the sterile futuristic world.

Vanquish's narrative is equally dreary, and best ignored. But it can be excused as pastiche of an already hackneyed genre. And it contains some amusing and memorable dialogue, especially the gruff, profane bon mots of the Marine's platoon commander, Sgt. Robert Burns, who cuts a swathe through the Russian robots with such quips as, “These red bastards'll never know the beauty of a Kentucky Bourbon,” and - my personal favourite - “Yo, Robofuck.”

Vanquish

Judge Dredd cross bred with a Stormtrooper

Verdict

Like so many of Mikami-san's games, Vanquish is far too esoteric for the taste of casual gameplayers. Superficially a poor Japanese imitation of a Western shooter, only through perseverance and open-mindedness are Vanquish's true depths revealed. But once revealed, gamers are rewarded with unconventional, ground-breaking mechanics that prefabricated Western shooters will be plagiarising for years to come. ®

More Games Reviews

Fallout:
New Vegas
Medal of Honour Fifa 11 vs
PES 2011
Castlevania:
Lord of Shadows

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

90%
Vanquish

Vanquish

A formidable, ground breaking title that will likely be misunderstood by all but the most open-minded of gamers. Available on Xbox 360 (tested) and PS3
Price: £40 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.