I played a lot of third-person and first-person shooters in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 days. Part of me needed a break from the onslaught of JRPGs I put myself through for a decade and a half, and the likes of Gears of War, Halo, Borderlands, Rainbow Six, and even the occasional Call of Duty match helped me become accustomed to the rapidly-changing era of gaming that had swept me over.
Those days have long since passed, and I’m a full-fledged JRPG nerd once again. However, if there was any shooter from that era of my life that I really want to go back and give another shot, it is definitely Vanquish. I remember it as the purest, most undistilled shooter of its age, blasting through its insane story and mind-boggling mechanics.
Its short playtime finds redemption in the lack of excessive fat that comes with a lot of modern shooters. Shallow, repetitive combat manages to feel fresh each level with Platinum’s brilliant weapon system and overhauled the level design. The lack of AAA production values never holds it back from delivering over the top storytelling and cutscenes that force a smile on even the most hardened of gamers.
In other words, all games have their weaknesses, but very few are able to offset them in the same way that Vanquish does.
And it’s now available on Steam
With a $20 price tag and the best possible performance that this game can possibly achieve, now that resolutions and framerates are unlocked, Vanquish might finally be able to make a stance as the best shooter of its era.
Vanquish is available today on Steam for $19.99