Latest 'Vanquish' Trailer Blows Up San Francisco, Shows You How to Save New York

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Until now, if you longed for a combination of Mass Effect, Halo, and Gears of War, forming a homemade collage out of gaming magazines was your only option. But for those of us who aren't the arts and crafts type, we have something to else look forward to. SEGA's upcoming techno-suited third-person-shooter Vanquish looks to combine the best elements of a number of titles into one intense free-for-all. The game puts you into the robotic boots of a soldier in a fight against a Russian attack on North America.

For those of you who didn't catch the last story trailer we featured, have a look at the new trailer, focused more on the intense combat rather than exposition:


So yeah. Already sold? If not, there's plenty of reasons to be looking forward to this game. Obviously when a game shows off graphics and gameplay that isn't necessarily breaking new ground, there are concerns that the game will just be a boring re-tread of a familiar property. But let's not dwell on the possibility that it will suck, since there are signs of greatness.

First off, the game is a child of Platinum Games. For those of you who never picked up a PlayStation back in the day, that's where Shinji Mikami can be found these days. What's the creator of the Resident Evil series doing making a game that looks to be an adrenaline-fueled shooting spree? Well that question alone is enough to get me interested.

So far the hands-on with the game has impressed not only our Editor-In-Chief Rob Keyes, but our impressions of the demo only reinforced the optimism. I'm glad that SEGA released this trailer as a follow-up to the story, since this game just looks like a blast to play. Personally, one of my favourite things in gaming is the way that some games make you feel powerful. And I mean invincible. After the past few experiences I've had with some shooters that were more an exercise in frustration and vulnerability (*cough*Just Cause 2*cough*), it's nice to see that this game doesn't seem to offer the same downsides.

The games that I've always felt the most dangerous in just happen to be the same games that this trailer automatically brings to mind (Halo, ME, GoW). And with the growing number of titles that feature mechanically-enhaced-space-marines fighting alien hordes, it's nice to see a game that adds a layer of depth; they're Russian aliens. And we all know how much fun it is to shoot at commies, right?

Looking forward to my fast-paced, knee-sliding, bullet-time-using experience when Vanquish is released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 19th, 2010.

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