What would a game be like if Iron Man were pumped full of steroids and adrenaline and sent into space to kill everything that moves? It would be Vanquish.
Everything about this third-person shooter is over the top, outrageous and thrilling, and extremely fun.
This game focuses on those rare "whoa" moments. Vanquish puts just as much emphasis on style and skill points as it does on taking down enemies. There are so many moments in the campaign that are clearly engineered by Platinum Games to make the gamer feel like a complete badass, pause the game and high-five the nearest person.
There is almost no story — kill all the evil Russian Transformer-esque robots — and the corny one-liners are non-stop, yet none of that matters. For this game, it's all about how it plays, and that will never let you leave the edge of your seat.
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You play as Sam Gideon, who is outfitted with an exceptionally cool battle suit, similar to Iron Man's but with even more crazy features, including the ability to slow time around the suit or thruster boost at insane speeds around the battlefield.
Sam's mission is to infiltrate the space station called ... . Nevermind, disregard that there even is a story, because it doesn't matter. What does matter is that the gameplay is extremely fun, and although the single-player campaign is fairly short, it will keep you playing until the end.
The game isn't without its faults. In the beginning, more experienced players might be tempted to go to the harder difficulty setting, and I would recommend against that. This is a game that knows its audience and caters to it in all aspects, including difficulty. There are quite a few moments at the beginning when about five instant deaths in a row from a boss character almost made me quit. I just lowered the difficulty to "normal" and proceeded. This game demands experience as well as skill to master the harder difficulties. Casual gamers could become frustrated in short order.
But for a quick, insanely over-the-top experience, this game can't be beat. You might not talk about it years from now, but while playing it, you won't want to play anything else.