Platinum Games are announcing a new title this E3, alongside Scalebound, which has got us all rather hot under the collar. Perhaps a little sticky. Metaphorically. With anticipation and, you know, stuff.
The fact that we love Platinum Games is a matter of public record, but we're also excited because Scalebound's creative director has been teasing us mercilessly. "So this is happening," JP Kellams tweeted. "It will surprise you. Might even make you cry."
It's an interesting turn of phrase that we'll discuss later, but for now, let's discuss what we hope the announcement might be. Starting with one of the games that has topped our wishlist for years...
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Third-person shooters certainly needed a new hero and this game is just that. Rocket knee-slides, slo-mo battles against giant robot spiders and a shootout on a city-wide rollercoaster are just a few examples of how this game will put "Holy Shit" smiles on your face. Vanquish is admittedly quite short, but you'll barely notice as you'll be hitting restart straight away. You wont get better value per pound per hour.
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If you're a regular, you'll almost certainly have noticed that we're big fans of Platinum Games. Whether we're waxing lyrical about them in a podcast, pleading with them to reinvigorate our favourite franchises or citing their games as archetypal examples, our affection for the Japanese studio can barely have escaped your notice. So, frankly, it's about time we came out and said it for all the world to see.
We love Platinum Games.
It's not a naive schoolboy crush. Neither is it the blind, slavish devotion of a fanboy. Rather, ours is a deep and considered respect of mature and experienced gamers for a developer who has always been there for us, loyal enough to provide us with the unique experiences we crave from our passion. Brave enough to experiment, tinker with and fuse new ideas with the best of the old, from their roots as Clover Studio to the latest hits on DS, PS3 and Xbox 360. Courageous enough to help other developers, even platform holders, in need.
It all boils down to one simple fact: Platinum makes great games. And the occasions when they don't decide to invent a genre, they deliver the best that a genre has to offer.
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Epic's CliffyB has suggested that Japan's Western woes could down to a lack of focus on multiplayer in their titles, using the paucity of connected gameplay modes in title such as Vanquish and Shadows of the Damned to support his standpoint.Click here to read more...
Well this one just keeps dropping. Now under £8 at ShopTo, Vanquish is a slice of slick awesomeness. Eschewing the leaden feel of Western shooters, Vanquish serves up a carnival of crazy weapons, massive bosses, and pants-spoiling setpieces. It's just a shame that it's a little on the brief side. Kudos to fuzzydunlop for this one.
When it comes to popular gaming clichés, 'Space Marines' are right up there with zombies, turrets and third person cover mechanics. Enormous armoured brutes with massive guns make for easy cookie cutter protagonists, but the simple fact of the matter is that they're great fun to play as. Enormous Armour. Massive guns. Sold.
It's about time we took a look at the most shamelessly brash, most overwhelmingly powerful and flat-out most badass Space Marines that videogames have given us, and ranked them in order of empircal, scientific awesomeness.
Oh, and sorry Gears fans, but Marcus Fenix isn't a space marine. Because he doesn't go into space. Moving on...
"What the f*ck's a Shakespeare?!"
Rico doesn't mince words. Instead, he minces Helghast into a fine paste with honking great guns, and tends to ignore anything that doesn't involve mincing Helghast into a fine paste with honking great guns. Some seriously poor scripting aside, we're big fans of the dumb galoot.
Captain Titus is another uncomplicated hero. He loves shooting heretics, chainsawing Orks and generally splattering the enemies of the Emperor over as wide an area as possible.Click here to read more...
Vanquish has finally dropped into sub-tenner territory; albeit by one pence! That said, Platinum Games' stylish shooter is a fantastic experience, so £9.99 is an absolute steal! You're Sam - I love mundane Japanese naming - armed with a unique exoskeleton armor-suit which increases mobility and senses tenfold. Vanquish isn't like any other third-person shooter you'll play, and for all its quirks and flaws, the underlying experience is very good.
If you like your 3rd person shooters twitchy, frenetic and stuffed with heart-pounding, slick action, then Vanquish might be right up your street. I wouldn't have recommended it at full price at all - it's criminally short and offers little by way of replay value - but what is there is absolutely exhilarating and well worth a pop at £12.99. ShopTo have it listed on their own site at £13.85, but hit the link above because you can save a further 86p (just over 6%) by nabbing it from their eBay outlet. A fist-bump for Iain123 from HUKD.
Easily one of the finest action games of 2010. It's a little short, but at this price that doesn't really matter. You play as Sam in his robo-suit blasting Russian robots around an orbital space station / city while taking on some huge bosses and loving every second of it. You slide around with your jet-powered suit, activating bullet-time at will to obliterate the opposition with ease. There's a well-worked cover system in place too, but you'll have more fun power-sliding on your knees, all guns blazing, straight at the enemy. Vanquish was a little overlooked last year, don't let it escape you this time. Thanks to bobcsg at HotUkDeals for the find.
Zavvi provided a rather wonderful deal for Platinum Games' masterpiece for a while, but those heady days are over. Luckily ShopTo has been waiting in the wings to undercut them (as well as The Hut) by a couple of quid on the PS3. Just in case you didn't know, Vanquish is an insane third-person shooter that blends blistering action with tactical cover combat. It's like Gears on a massive Fear and Loathing-style drug marathon, and arguably better for it. Shorter, too. Why not check out Brendan's full review?
Third person shooters have been becoming fairly stodgy and chunky of late- and whilst the Gears of War franchise emphasises solid heft and bulk, Vanquish injects a ridiculous dose of speed into the formula. It's ridiculous, hectic, white-knuckle stuff; with robots exploding left and right as you powerslide merrily across the floor at sixty miles an hour. There's no arguing with the fact that the campaign's a little short, but you'll certainly want to play it more than once. Highly recommended, and an excellent Christmas stocking price.
This is a cracking price for Vanquish, though stock is becoming increasingly limited. As Brendan's full review will tell you, it's a manic and responsive action game that relies on insane velocity, massive bosses and powerslides the likes of which you've never seen. Gears of War will look a bit chubby after trying Vanquish, let me assure you. Despite a relatively short length and a repetitive colour palette, this is an excellent shooter that deserves your attention and justifies the bleeding eyeballs.
Cracking deal here for you Platinum Games fans, as Play are offering Vanquish, wrapped in a 'Lenticular Sleeve', plus a free copy of Bayonetta, all for just £29.99, for as long as stocks last. It's not the cheapest deal, but with the fancy holographic case and the copy of Bayonneta, which delighted critics and isn't exactly a cut-price game in itself, I can't see why you'd miss it? Vanquish is the latest offering from Platinum Games, placing you in the cybernetic boots of Sam Gideon as you battle all manner of robotic and menacing foe. Bayonneta, true to Platinum Games staff's former credits as Devil May Cry creators, is a frankly insane hack-and-slash adventure, with witches summoning dragons from alternate dimensions to crush demonic cherubs. As you do.
Developers: Platinum Games
Vanquish is the latest effort from Platinum Games, the minds behind Bayonetta. This time they're looking to put a boot up the backside of the third-person cover-shooter genre. How? By combining rocket boosting, bullet-time and cover-shootouts that's how.
The story is nothing more than a vague excuse for the fantastic setting on an orbital colony built on a looping surface with lots of bots and giant mechs to blast apart. It's the future and a Russian rebel group are trying to take over the world (but in space). Just go with it.
You play as Sam, the DARPA agent trying out the new Augmented Reaction Suit or, um, ARS. This robotic suit allows you to slide around on your knees while blasting away with the guns. A slow-motion effect can be turned on to line up the best shots while you're sliding around on your knees like a jet-powered man-child on a wedding dance floor. The boost sliding is handy for getting to cover quickly and out-manoeuvring the enemy too. It never gets old and provides more than its fair share of classic moments. Like sliding on Sam's knees underneath a ten foot tall Romanov robot shooting it's 'undercarriage' all the way.
The cover-based side of the game feels pleasingly familiar and fantastic fun from start to finish. As the weapons feel extremely accurate with very little recoil getting in the way and moving between cover is a breeze with simple transfers and cool boosting. You can even light a cigarette while taking cover and then throw it to distract the enemies.Click here to read the rest of Brendan's review.
Considering the paucity of titles in the middle of this year, it's refreshing to see a week lined up sporting at least three blockbuster titles that I think I might medically need. There's something for everyone this week! Action junkies can tuck into twitchy, futuristic shooter Vanquish, there's MMA for fighting fans, DJ Hero 2 for budding deck-heads, LEGO Universe finally emerging and looking awesome and, of course, the follow-up to what many would consider to be the game of 2008 in Fallout: New Vegas. There's even something in here for the very little ones, courtesy of Peppa Pig.
I think I need to lie down now. As per usual, hit the thumbnail for a price comparison.
NB. The retail industry being what it is, and subject to upset, shifts and the whims of several demi-gods, dates are often subject to change
|Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland
22nd October 2010
|DJ Hero 2
22nd October 2010
|EA SPORTS MMA
22nd October 2010
|Fallout: New Vegas
22nd October 2010
|Harvest Moon Hero of Leaf Valley
22nd October 2010
22nd October 2010
|Peppa Pig Fun and Games
22nd October 2010
|Professor Layton and the Lost Future
22nd October 2010
|Saw 2: Flesh and Blood
22nd October 2010
22nd October 2010
As you may have gathered, we're getting somewhat excited about this one. SEGA's mix of mechs, big guns, bigger mechs, bigger guns and enormous mechs with enormous guns seems to work well with the fast-paced cover shooting. Set in a bleak yet pristine future where Russia's invading the United States (again...), you'll clamber into a big mech suit with an big gun... there I go again. Suffice to say that it's looking fairly impressive, and we'll be getting some hands-on preview time this Wednesday. My only worry is that the control scheme might not be quite up to the challenge- but if it is, this should be an impressive piece of Sci-Fi gunplay.
The harsh financial climate has been taking its toll on every player in the industry, both major and minor. Studios and publishers have been forced to adapt or die (or both), and today brings two very different fortunes for two very different companies.
First up, JRPG publisher Atlus has been dissolved by its Japanese parent company in order to concentrate on "more profitable areas." Atlus are best known for the Persona series, though they were also overseeing the worryingly controversial Catherine and and ACE Team's next bizarre offering. There's apparently an indication that the brand and company might live on in some form, but not without a massively reduced staff and rebranding. [Eurogamer]
On a much more positive note, legendary British developer Team 17 has shrugged off their publisher to become a self-publishing studio. We can expect a digital distribution-based sales model from the guys that brought us the Worms franchise, Alien Breed, Body Blows, Super Frog and... unfortunately... the latest Leisure Suit Larry abomination. Every developer gets one, I suppose. We wish them the best of luck. [MCV]
Microsoft have announced that they'll be hiking the price for Xbox Live Gold membership from 1st November. The States has been hit with a seriously nasty $10 increase, but luckily us Brits will only have to pay one pound extra for official monthly membership directly from Microsoft. Annual prices should remain unaffected.
Naturally, we'll continue to bring you the best prices for Xbox Live Gold membership- but I'd seriously consider cancelling your monthly subscription and grabbing an annual card if I were you.
Monday Night Combat was the wild card of this year's XBLA Summer of Arcade. As an independent IP, it lacked the household name of Guardians of Light and the pretentious hype of Limbo. Thankfully, MNC turned out to be an absolutely fantastic blend of team shooting and tower defence; and fans will soon be rewarded by a patch and some free DLC.
The patch will fix a few technical issues and improve the netcode, while the DLC pack will apparently contain "new content". Some more maps would be nice. Or, you know, a straight-up deathmatch gametype. Two more content packs have also been announced, but we can expect to pay top dollar when they roll around. [1UP]
Want to know more? Step up to the plate and read my full review.
We've been featuring a fair few trailers of SEGA's upcoming Sci-Fi shooter on our news roundups these last few weeks... on account of it shaping up to be ridiculously badass. If you've been left weak kneed and salivating by the Vanquish mix of fast-paced cover shooting and bareknuckle brawling with massive robots, you'll be delighted to know that the demo is out later today on Xbox Live Marketplace and tomorrow lunchtime on PSN.
You're going to need a bigger gun. If fututistic gunslinging floats your boat, download it, play it and let us know what you make of it!
Apart from a brief foray onto the PC (for Metal Gear Solid and MGS2) and Xbox, Kojima Productions has remained faithful to Sony consoles over the years. Now, however, they're gearing up for a multiplatform release of MGS: Rising and a 3DS version of Metal Gear Solid 3... and they believe that Japanese developers has to look to multiplatform publishing to survive.
"I think it's very important for the future of Japanese publishing. We see publishers — Capcom have started a little bit earlier than us — and I can say most of the Japanese studios have seen the importance of going multi-platform, and our studio as well."
"I think we're now really ready to go multi-platform at once, I mean development cycle wise. I think this will be a normal trend for Japanese studios in the future." - Shigenobu Matsuyama, MGS Rising creative director
Matsuyama was also surprised at the popularity of PC gaming in the West, and stated that they'll be looking to support the personal computer market "more seriously" than before. Releasing MGS: Rising on the PC is a great start. [Kotaku]
Will this move towards multiplatform development help pick up the sluggish Japanese software sales? Or is Bioware's savage denouncement of "complacent" Japanese developers right on the money? Only time will tell- but let's face it, Kojima Productions will probably be just fine.
Remember Black Dog and Valve's free Steam shooter? It was difficult to see how its mix of frenetic shooting and class based upgrade system could get any better... but now they've found a way. The new Onslaught mode "introduces an AI Director that dynamically generates swarms of aliens based on several factors, such as the squad's stress level." This mode will apparently work on any difficulty level and will provide a unique experience each time.
Black Dog's developers were leveraged into the Left 4 Dead franchise, so it's not surprising that they found the time to tweak the director AI for aliens rather than rabies-infested civilians.
Do you need another reason to pick up this epic free game? Go get it! Now!
Are we excited for Vanquish? Oh yes. We've been covering its mix of slick combat and uncharacteristically fast cover tactics very closely these last few weeks... and we've got some more high octane trailerage for you.
This new trailer details "bigger guns" and the epic disaster movie setting... as well as a triple pack of new weapons that'll be bundled with preorders.