Why Is Vanquish A Brilliant Game?

Why Is Vanquish A Brilliant Game?

Briefly: Why is Vanquish a brilliant game? Glad you asked. Canabalt and Gravity Hook creator Adam Saltsman has your answer in the form of a lengthy exegesis on Shinji Mikami’s polarising shooter, making a strong case for the merits of the game’s intricately balanced design. Annnnnd now I’m feeling the urge to replay Vanquish


  • Eh, Vanquish is a good game, but I wouldn’t say it’s a brilliant game. It had several problems that were annoying. One problem for health was no clear indication of death. There were times where my adrenaline bar was empty, but I would survive taking 4 missiles to the face, and times when my adrenaline bar was full, but I instantly died from a single burst fire from a single enemy.

    • I can tell you that it’s not possible to die from anything (barring special grab moves or qte moments) when your AR meter is full. You die 95% percent of the time while in crisis mode, which automatically kicks in when your health is low. Which itself is probably the most obnoxiously clear way indicate low health that I can even think of.

  • I loved vanquish. What stopped me playing was the difficulty in seeing enemies far away. If it came out on PC I’d buy it instantly to play in 1920×1200.

  • Yeah me too just for mouse kb. Couldn’t hit crap at speed with stupid thumbsticks. Its crying out for pc controls

  • Why is Vanquish a good game? Click here to find someone who explains why! Kotaku are the masters of being the unnecessary middle men.

    • Where would you have come across the other person’s opinion then?

      I only read this and one other gaming site and I hope that between them they cover everything. If they didn’t link to cool shit, I’d find a site that did.

      Personally, I like kotaku’s new direction of curating interesting stuff, even the non-gaming stuff as it all feeels relevant to me.

  • What happened to proper articles. Im seeing a lot of this on kotaku lately – are these writers volunteers or getting paid? paid per click?

  • @jellyarrow yeah I agree – it used to be that I would frequesnt this site every day – now I look once a week and just end up going straight to the sites they keep linking.

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