By: Drew Sykes
Seamlessly blending Gears of War, Lost Planet, and even Bayonetta, Platinum Games Vanquish still was one of the freshest and most exciting titles we saw at E3. In this third person action shooter the creators at Platinum Games look to bring their vision of an action shooter to the homes of PS3 and Xbox 360 owners. From what we saw, Vanquish is going to be worth the cash when it is released later this year.
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Not the Typical Third-Person Shooter
As of late, third person shooters are known for their big set pieces, big guns, and big monsters. However, they also tend to have a bit slower gameplay when compared to their first person shooter brothers. The majority of time spent in a third person shooter is behind cover and it has proved to be a winning formula so far. Vanquish changes this in an effort to speed things up.
While there still is an excellent cover system, you will not be hiding much in Vanquish; instead you will be boosting around and performing daring feats guaranteed to drop your jaw. This is because the focus of Vanquish is on action and keeping control of the battlefield by constantly adapting. The player can literally boost (via leg jet engines) from cover to cover, jump in the air, increase awareness (effectively slowing time down) all the while shooting your full arsenal so that the player has unlimited options for defeating enemies.
These options are fueled by RPG mechanics with plenty of weapon choices and upgrades and a leveling system that rewards the player for consistency. This is the new third person shooter and it is relentless.
Single Player Only?!
Another interesting point about Vanquish is that it is a single player experience only, much like Bioshock before it. Vanquish has no co-op and no multiplayer. While gut reaction tells gamers they may not be getting their moneys’ worth on a single player experience, remember that Mass Effect 2 was one of the bestselling third person shooters of the year and it also offered a single player only experience. Vanquish looks to capitalize on the aspects of games that many gamers cherish such as a compelling narrative, exciting and original gameplay, and technical achievements.
Between the demo and the hands on gameplay, Vanquish seems right on track to fulfill all of these goals and more.
Vanquish is your standard third person shooter on steroids, yet it is unlike anything we have seen in the genre. If it proves successful, it is a safe bet to assume future titles will have to play catch up to match its fast paced action. Be sure to check out the pictures from E3 of vanquish and visit their website to see trailers and gameplay.