Coming out at the top of my E3 list of must-have games would be Vanquish. Platinum games had a smashing 2010 with Bayonetta, another SEGA title. In January of this year, Platinum rolled out a teaser site that featured a beautiful space of colorful Platinum Games logos, circles and stars swirling around.
At the end of the month, Vanquish was announced along with a teaser trailer that featured a man in armor looking over a beautiful landscape only to discover the world is being under attack in the horizon.
When speaking to Erica Mason, the Senior Production Manager over at Sega of America at E3 on the show floor, she gives a brief overview of Vanquish. The title is a sci-fi, third-person shooter that takes place in the future and was designed by the clever head behind titles such as Resident Evil, Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry and Ace Attorney, Shinji Mikami.
The main character, Sam is part of a fast-paced shooter that wears a suit which contains an “augmented reactor system” that will allow the player to slow down time in the middle of the action. Sam can also use what was described as bullet-time or physical downtime, which allows the player to go to boost from one area to another and use augmented time to the player’s advantage.
Handing the floor over to SEGA’s Product Manager, Dan Gallardo, he takes us through a demo of the gameplay of Vanquish and explains that Sam’s main mission is to help gain control from the Russians. The game is full of action, from regular melee attacks to super powerful melee attacks. Although the gameplay in Vanquish is fast paced, the augmented suite gives the player a chance to slow down the pace a bit and give that chance to fight the enemy. Not only that, it also allows you to enjoy all the details in the gameplay and the game itself.
During the demo, Sam jumped into a robot and started to demolish all around him. The player can control Sam’s weapons using the d-pad, leaving a quick and smooth transition. The weapons will also be upgradable. When taking cover behind objects, if the object is small, Sam will lay flat on his back to avoid getting hit.
With the frame rate being 60, it leaves a smooth look and feel on the graphics, which with so much going on around Sam, it only makes sense. Vanquish will be a single-player game, to allow for more focus on the title. In asking E3 2010 attendees what game impressed them the most, Vanquish was a name that was tossed around quite frequently. Even some members of Epic Games were watching the game being played at the booth.
Vanquish will be released for both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in December 2010. Here are some screenshots of the game in the slideshow below.