From the very first perfectly framed cutscene that throws you into the action, it’s clear that Vanquish aims to be nothing less than spectacular the whole way through its gripping story mode. A subtly subdued colour palette cleverly gives the impression of a bleached, beleaguered world, an effect that really hits home when you emerge from your transport craft into a city complex that’s now just a pile of flickering neon and cracked concrete slabs, teeming with danger from every angle.
Victor Zaitsev’s robot army swarms through this desolate world in a sea of red, and as battle commences your screen is shaken by epic set pieces, your sense of involvement heightened by dramatic slow motion sequences, shockwaves rippling across the scene and dazzling special effects.
Brilliantly streamlined to pitch you into the action as fast as possible, Vanquish features a single game mode initially – and with all consuming intensity like this, it’s more than enough to begin with. Later on, stand alone Tactical Missions are made available for you to tackle single objectives for high scores, such as rush assault or base defence scenarios.
It’s a sensory overload, and with the game clearly divided into scored missions, there’s every reason to dive back into the fray once the shell shock has subsided. Complete a mission faster or without dying, rescue more of your fallen comrades, find the Pangloss statuettes hidden throughout the colony, boost your trophy haul or simply take a closer look at the incredible game world – whatever your reason, Vanquish offers something new every time you play it.