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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:30 am Post subject: Vanquish Review Reply with quote

Vanquish Review by Michael
PS3 Review: Shinji Mikami's latest boosts into cover for our full review.
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The review is pretty much spot on with my opinion.

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-Fantastic,fast and refreshing gameplay for a third person shooter
-Sensational enemy design (a usual with Mikami games)
-Good challenge makes you breathe a sigh of relief after some of the scenarios and certainly after the final boss

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-Disposable story (I didn't even know the last level was the last level)
-Bit small on content/unlockables (strange considering what Bayonetta had)


Took me 5:02 hours to finish it on normal. It is short I guess, but its flat out from start to finish and its not an easy game (challenges are brutal).

I hope it gets enough sales to warrant a sequel, but it may be a struggle with the focus being on the games length putting alot of people off.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:15 am Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great review, Michael! I'm still playing it, but I agree with what you've said.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:17 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

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Haha, "the subtlety of Lady Gaga" is the most amazing analogy I've heard in a review for quite some time.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:05 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great to see games like this coming out still, short on content but high on impact and doing something different to the constant stream of sequels and cookie cutter blockbusters.
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Nice review. It's good to see something a bit different in such a homogenous genre these days. Will have to let this one plus several other ones wait until I'm done with exams eep!!
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I hope it gets enough sales to warrant a sequel, but it may be a struggle with the focus being on the games length putting alot of people off.


Indeed, mate. Even if a game is very creative and different, if it has a majority audience out there complaining over length then unfortunately may not happen. Pity methinks!
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Best get this for $50 from play asia or ozgameshop, $89 is too rich for 5hrs of gameplay and little extra content
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i bet we will see more DLC ?
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Nice review Michael; very well written. I might pick this one up when it becomes a bit cheaper, it looks like it would be a lot of fun for a short while.
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I also heard that the playtime is only tracked when you are in action and doesn't count any from deaths so the playtime on your file is the very minimum amount you could have played.
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Still.. 5hrs of "real" gameplay.. and 1 or 2 hours of "other stuff".. Just not worth full price.. not anymore. There are just too many other games out there worth playing.. some of them indie titles. For the $89 this one would cost, I could get several other games.

This beggars the question of course.. how much gameplay time is worth $89 (full price)? 12 hours, 20 hours?..

The other thing to consider is replay value.. a game like this, as stated in the review, has little reply value aside from leaderboard stuff. Now compare with a similar title (not the same): Borderlands. How does this game stack up against Borderlands? How many hours was that, on the first play through? 12? 16? I can't remember.. but it was a decent length.. and the seconds playthrough WAS worth doing even without any additional DLC.

Now take a completely different game and compare: Gran Turismo 5.. I can't even begin to imagine the length of time that is going to take to complete and the replay value there is enormous by comparison. The one thing this has in common with Vanquish is the sheer amount of work; blood sweat and tears etc

In any case, I'm not sure how long would be long enough for me to consider paying full-price but 5 to 6 hrs is just a little too short..
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5-8 hours would probably be the average length of most shooters. Look at Halo, MW2, Resistance, Gears of War, all can be finished in under 10 hours and in the case of Halo and MW2, both ask for significantly more than $89.
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Of course, titles such as Resistance, Gears, Halo and Call of Duty boast multiplayer modes to extend lifespan, which may or may not be a relevant factor for many when making their purchasing decisions.
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This beggars the question of course.. how much gameplay time is worth $89 (full price)? 12 hours, 20 hours?..


I can only speak for myself, but game length doesn't even factor into my purchasing decisions. If anything, I'm more inclined to pick something up that is shorter in game length because I just don't have the time to commit to a 20+ hour SP-campaign game, nor do I find playing a lengthier campaign any more enjoyable or 'worth' the purchase. But I realise I am in the minority these days. I don't care for replay value—achievements, item unlockables etc.—because I don't think they add anything of value to the core game play. They are just frivolous bonuses put there to please people who need a 'reward' or purpose to re-play a game.
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Best get this for $50 from play asia or ozgameshop, $89 is too rich for 5hrs of gameplay and little extra content


I paid £25.11 inc shipping from 101cd.com, that's about $40. Sounds worth it to me!
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Unless you collect games, 7 hours is acceptable, because most people will buy, then sell once they finish it. You might lose $20 or $30 rather than $89.
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If anything, I'm more inclined to pick something up that is shorter in game length because I just don't have the time to commit to a 20+ hour SP-campaign game, nor do I find playing a lengthier campaign any more enjoyable or 'worth' the purchase.


I completely agree with you here, once ive finished the games main story i normally dont try for all of the achievments or unlockables unless it is really worth it.
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This game is gonna be freakin' sweet dood!
Normally not excited by these vaguely homoerotic militaristic 3rd/1st person shooters (looking at you Halo,Call of Duties, Band of Bro's etc) but since this is coming from a Japanese developer studio I'll make an exception icon_biggrin.gif
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Man, I can't wait for this to arrive from ozgameshop.

I love how Gamesradar sum it up in the opening sentence of their review:

"If it were possible to make a game out of the phrase F**K YEAH!!!, with the three exclamation points and everything, it would probably come out looking a lot like Vanquish."
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