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New Vanquish trailer is shiny slide-kick to the groin

God, I’ve gotta stop forgetting about Vanquish! It doesn’t have the hype around of a CoD: Black Ops or a Halo Reach, but I’m looking forward to the latest title from Platinum Games more than either of those games. Not bashingThe Doots, nor The Halos, but more myself actually. Our Question of the Week in today’s TalkRadar was “What Fall 2010 game are you most looking forward to?” And duh, I completely forgot to say "Vanquish!" because it very much is, dammit! Not too hard to see why after looking at the trailer:

One of the reasons I’m excited is that it’s a wholly Japanese take on the third-person shooter genre, a field largely dominated by Western developers. It’s as if Shinji Mikami (the man behind outlandish classics like God Hand, Resident Evil 4 and Viewtiful Joe) looked at Gears of War and said, “That’s nice, but it’s a little too restrained, dontcha think?”

Nuts to your gritty realism and poo on your oily human weaponry - Vanquish is kicking it up several dozen notches and it’s a balls-out breath of fresh air. That thing in Sam Gideon’s hand isn’t even a gun! It’s a symbiotic Borg… thing of a weapon that can scan and replicate the form of numerous instruments of doom, as you can see from the beginning of the trailer. Yeah, you’ve got a cover system, but instead of simply jumping or running between obstacles, that cyborg speed suit let’s you rocket slide between them fast enough to carve sparks in the floor.

Time-slowing capabilities, giant boss fights, a futuristic war between the US and Russia set on a space station, the return of a character that smokes cigarettes?! Vanquish is a game that really should be on more people’s radar. There’s just something about Platinum’s over-the-top, Japanesey hybrid that feels so pure and “videogamey.” Those of you who enjoyed Bayonetta should know exactly what I’m talking about. Click here to see brand new screens.

Aug 6, 2010

39 comments

  • Strangleme - October 3, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    WOW!!!! What the fuck?!?! Platinum Games are the shit!!! I can't wait to get this.
  • ViolentLee - September 30, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    Metal Gears of War May Cry Solid! Holy Crap!!!
  • BurntToShreds - September 15, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    Day one purchase.
  • JADENkOTOR - August 9, 2010 5 p.m.

    Im not sure how you forgot about this its absolutely everywhere... As for the game it looks pretty awesome but I still have a couple concerns. I was watching a gameplay trailer on spike the other day that was about 5 min. in length. The gameplay is very much like gears with the exception of the rocket slide. Its basically how you move EVERYWHERE. In only 5 minutes it became extremely repetitive cause there is no variation. And it almost seemed to lack weight, like he is floating over the ground instead of actually sliding on it. I know this is a small gripe but it might weaken the overall experience and become bland not to long into the game. I could be wrong but you heard it here first.
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  • Starplatinum - August 9, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    I'm not too big on shooters but, why do I find this game so frickin badass? Is it because it is japanese as fuck?
  • TheRebaleKing - August 9, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    This actually looks pretty good, sort of like Halo meets Bayonetta.
  • SoutheastSam - August 8, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    Hey, his name's Sam. I hope it's a breath of fresh air like Dead Space was when it came out.
  • lionarthegreat - August 8, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    this game would be a great replacement for gears of war if there's any co-op for this game
  • WheelchairBoundCommando - August 8, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    Now this looks like something brand new! Really looking foreward to this:D
  • oryandymackie - August 8, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    The Russians. Of course.
  • ChrisCultista - August 8, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    Very awesome! I WANT!
  • Helios - August 7, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    Realism is cool. It makes games interesting. But sometimes, developers just need to make a "game." This looks like it will be just that. Ridiculous, speedy movement, a cool suit of armor, an annoying, tough guy voice actor... Oh, wait. That last one wasn't supposed to be on that list...
  • Clovin64 - August 7, 2010 8:24 p.m.

    God damn! After watching this trailer, I now wish every third person shooter was developed by Japanese developers. Its going to be hard to go back to something like Gears after playing this. Everything will seem so slow... This is definetly my most wanted game for the rest of the year. ReCaptcha: Are these bloody things getting harder? I failed twice!
  • R3DRUN - August 7, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    The game looks like it requires more skill than trying to find the biggest gun in the game. I loved Bayonetta and I think I may enjoy this one as well. Can't wait for the release on this Japanese 3rd Person Shooter.
  • SCRubS77 - August 7, 2010 5:32 p.m.

    Definitely hadn't even heard of Vanquish until now. Looks like I know where my summer-job money is going.
  • MassSaber - August 7, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    Is it just me or does every male character in this game sound like marcus fenix?
  • Hydrohs - August 7, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    You're right, this looks fantastic. I keep finding more and more reasons to get a PS3 or a 360...
  • cj12297 - August 7, 2010 3 p.m.

    meh
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 7, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    The graphics and gameplay look dazzling, however story... yea, not holding out hope.

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