One highly anticipated game expected to get some attention at E3 next week is Platinum Games’ and Shinji Mikami’s Vanquish – a third-person shooter set in the near future. The most recent information we heard about the title was it’s lack of multiplayer support, thus obviously dubbing this a single player title. There has been a ton of buzz lately surrounding the title, including the release of their E3 gameplay footage trailer on the interwebs. Take a look at the trailer below and my thoughts after the jump.
Wow, right? Lots of intense combat and eye candy jam-packed into a couple of minutes. After watching it through a few times, you pick up more details within the trailer – and I’m going to break it all down.
You get the basic premise of the storyline in the trailer, a futuristic battle for power. In more detail, here’s the game’s description from Sega:
“Russia and the United States are vying for ownership of the world’s fast-depleting energy resources and the US has constructed a space station in order to harness energy from the sun. Russian forces capture this space station and divert its harvested solar energy into a blast wave that destroys San Francisco, aiming to force the US into a total and unconditional surrender. In response, the US tasks its armed forces with recapturing the space station before the Russians can annihilate their next target — New York.”
From the trailer, the environment looks amazing. The details and realism really show through the gameplay with city skylines and dynamic objects. You can tell the developers really wanted to emphasize the set pieces to reflect the events and story. Everything from the cracked roads, to the futuristic aspects in a familiar world and animated background details really make the game seem easily immersive and believable.
You can pull similarities from Halo and Gears of War in the trailer. The cover mechanic and depth-of-field sprint view resemble that of the Gears franchise, and the futuristic armor and weaponry, as well as environmental aspects have similar taste to Halo. No complaints here as both franchises are very successful, and you can still see that Vanquish has it’s own brand that really compliments the similarities rather than rip them off.
One thing that caught my attention was the jet pack boost, which you can see being used to engage in an attack as well as take cover. Also, some of the weapons looked like they’d do nothing but deliver devastation on the enemy in a visually pleasing manner. The final scene in the trailer where the character counters the missile launch by jamming it back in the enemy’s launcher is just epic – I’d assume the mechanic for the counter would be similar to games like Force Unleashed and Dante’s Inferno where the button to counter flashes on the screen.
The experience seems like it will be very satisfying. The graphics look downright polished and realistic, with a gorgeous environment. I was drawn in to the trailer as if I was watching a fast-paced sci-fi action film, and I can only hope that experience multiplies when you have the controller in your grasp.
I am skeptical about the rather large HUD display that sits on the right side of the screen. We won’t know until we get a hands on, but I can’t help but think it’s size might take away from the experience.
I have to say, I’m pretty excited for Vanquish. All in all, the graphics look stellar, the gameplay looks solid, and the action looks extremely satisfying. I hope the game itself holds up well against the trailer. We should be hearing more about Vanquish at E3 – hopefully official details and some actual hands on gameplay – and you can be sure to find out all the details here at Game Rant!
What did you think about the trailer? Are you looking forward to Vanquish?
Vanquish is currently expected to release this Winter for Xbox 360 and PS3.