E3 2010 games to watch: Vanquish preview

It’s that time of year again. E3 is coming and the hype train is beginning to hiss. In preparation for this year’s maelstrom of new video game delights, which starts on June the 15th, we’re running a twice-weekly series of features highlighting the big hitters you’ll want to keep an eye on at the show.

Some you’ll know, some you won’t, but all will require your complete and undivided attention. So tune in to GamesRadar every Wednesday and Saturday, and have that attention primed and ready.

Today, we’re looking at Platinum Games’ barnstorming new action game, Vanquish.

Why Vanquish is one to watch:

  • It’s directed by one Shinji Mikami. An ex-Capcom man, he was the chap in charge of Resident Evil 4. And on the off-chance that you need any greater recommendation than that particular CV highlight, he was also a honcho on Godhand, Killer7, Viewtiful Joe, the entire Resident Evil series pre-4, the Dino Crisis series, and under-rated Brett-favourite P.N. 03.
  • Even more excitingly, this is his first game since going independent at Japanese dream-team Platinum Games. It’s no secret that the same career step worked wonders for Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya, spawning no less that the incandescent Bayonetta, so we’re very, very excited.
  • In terms of gameplay elements, it’s Gears of War meets Bayonetta meets Godhand meets bullet-hell shooters like Ikaruga. How the hell is a combination like that going to work? Spectacularly, from what we’ve seen so far. As a power-armoured super soldier fighting off an invasion of enemy robots on a space station, you’ll decimate the baddoes with a combination of firepower and sheer, brute force face-smashery, flipping and diving between cover with the elegance and ferocity of a chaingun-weilding ballerina, delivering bullets and ludicrously super-powered melee crunches in equal measure.

  • It’s insanely fast. Like, seriously, stupidly, giddyingly fast. Don’t let your character’s clunky, space-suited appearance fool you. A lumbering Master Chief he ain’t. He’ll boost through throngs of enemy ‘bots at eye-watering speed. He’ll somersault over cover and enemy alike with the grace and velocity of an Olympic gymnast. When the bullets start to rain down – and they will, in terrifying numbers – he’ll zig-zag between them like a wasp flying between raindrops.
  • There’s a stack of gameplay depth, despite the carnage on show. For all of its spectacular brutality, Vanquish looks to have a seriously nuanced control system, opening up the game to all kinds of showboatingly creative comboing.
  • Examples? You can boost towards a group of enemies, toss in an EMP grenade just before you hit, and then punch their stricken bodies skyward with one massive punch. You can drop-kick a robo-git into a stunned stupor, then pull out a gun as you rebound from his hapless face and plug him right in the kisser as you gracefully arc backward. And while there’s no health bar per se, the suit’s recharging energy supply covers both melee attacks and defence, forcing a tight tactical interplay between aggression and evasion.

  • If you were one of those who found Bayonetta’s bonkers delights to be located just a little too far into the realm of Japanese weirdness, fear not. Vanquish is a definite attempt by Mikami to blend the best of east and west. It’s a Japanese spin on the current western flavour of the month, bringing all the flair of the rising sun to the now-traditional sci-fi-tinged cover shooting so many are comfortable with over on this side of the globe. It promises to be a heady, heady brew indeed.

So what do you think? Are you already hot for Vanquish? Is it on your E3 2010 must-see list? Or is something else in your sights? Let us know in the comments, or through our portals on Facebook and Twitter.


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  • GODSACE - May 20, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    i probably would've skipped this game but after that trailer i need a sock
  • philipshaw - May 13, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    This game looks great and better than cover shooters like Gears of War
  • FriendlyFire - May 13, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    The live-action trailer doesn't exactly impress me. It borrows heavily from Crysis 2, Halo, Gears of War and even District 9 (just look at the in-suit sequences, they're a carbon copy I'll still wait for the critics, but the universe is fairly generic, nothing like Bayonetta's.
  • TheKennedyCurse - May 12, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    All it took was Shinji Mikami's list of credits to make me completely uninterested in this game. No thanks.
  • gilgamesh310 - May 12, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    It seems fairly good but the main character is generic as hell. Do we really need yet another armor clad space marine. Even his emotionless face looks generic!
  • crumbdunky - May 12, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    @moondoggie-trust me, taking up Methamphetamie and playing Halo will make it seem like it's slower than it actually is. Take some Largactil for the desired effect. Thing is the 360 + Halo(ODST or Halo3)+ the drugs will cost a lot more than, hell, just renting this when it comes out! I understand your worry but this will be different as the ONLY hackneyed thing(or western infuence if you like) they're taking is the set up. People call COD/Halo twitch shooters sometimes because they're a bit run and gun but this will feel more like Ikaruga but on legs than Gears or a TP UT3. They allowed Kamiya to stick to his slightly bonkers(if terribly self derivative-Bayonetta was just DMC with tits and extra madness/game references)guns and won't fall into the trap that SE have with ripping the Japanese heart out of their game. Should actually be a refreshing change despite kit looking like "another" space marine shooter loon the outside of the box. People felt RE had backed itself into a corner before Mikami rebooted it with RE4(whatever you think of the game personally you can't doubt the positive reaction and impact of that particular game)so why shouldn't he do a similar job of rebooting the TPS for us? I'd give it a chance, myself, seriously;)
  • Embolado - May 12, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    The aliens remind me of Robotech, which makes me warm and fuzzy inside.
  • Clovin64 - May 12, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    @Moondoggie1157 I know exactly what you're saying, it first looked to me like a crappy Gears of War/Halo clone, and yes, the whole space marine theme is totally over-used in games today... But still, look at the talent thats going into this game! Apparantly its got staff members and developers who were intergal to creating the likes of Bayonetta, Resi 4, Devil May Cry 4 and Okami! Surely such a talented team is capable of taking the tired old space marine theme and give it a whacking great reboot up the arse and make it interesting? I think so at least. Can't wait!
  • JADENkOTOR - May 12, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    I didn't know Stark Industries gave them permission to use Tonys' arc-reactor in the overhauled Spartan suits... If this game had ANY original ideas i would like to see them.
  • Kurando - May 12, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    Has potential, I'll wait for it to be released and see the reviews first if the actual gameplay delivers.
  • n00b - May 12, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    been waiting for this game. Clover/Platinum games is one of my favorite developers. they have never made a game i didn't love
  • Moondoggie1157 - May 12, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    Oh... Great, another sci-fi shooter... Can't wait, no really, I'm not being sarcastic, I swear... Ummm, let me know when something half-original comes around, this space marine FPS bullshit got old a long time ago, now it is just purely annoying. I loved Bayonetta, because *ding ding ding* it was original! If I wanted to play a fast forwarded version of Halo, I would buy a 360 and take up a meth habit... I am yet to be impressed. Platinum games could have done so much more... Aghhh
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 12, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    yea PTOM got me excited for this game. that trailer looked like a movie trailer.
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  • DeadHELLKNIGHT - May 12, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    this game has good graphics,I just hope its not like TOO HUMAN,which is a good game with bad controls.
  • bluscorp - May 12, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    When I first saw the live action teaser, I ws intriged. But after seeing the gameplay footage, I think I'll give it a miss.
  • jakery22 - May 12, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    This does look quite epic. Read an article in a games magazine before; PSM3. And from that article i got hooked. It looked incredible. And like you said it's from the guy that did the resi series. :L. Which means this should be great. I can't wait for it. (First?)

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