Gears of War 3 won't be out till April 5th 2011, so until then, Sega's got your back.

Vanquish is a third-person cover based shooter inspired by the success of Gears of War. The man behind the title is Shinji Makami, more famously known as the father of Resident Evil. Vanquish is Platinum Games' attempt to break into the American market. Something they weren't able to do with Bayonetta and MadWorld.

Vanquish attempts to appeal to both the western and eastern audiences, but it's still a very Japanese game. It's got all of the Japanese trademarks: non-realistic settings, humans stylized like 3D anime, mechs, and ridiculously large boss sequences. Platinum games is doing to Gears of War, what's it's done to Devil May Cry with Bayonetta, adding a gratuitous amount of over the top action. However, it's also adding complexity to the game's core mechanic, cover based shooting. Gears of War fans may find the game's screen seemingly cluttered and not as streamlined as to what their used to, but the game shows enough promise to suggest that it could be a rewarding process to learn all of it's ins and outs.


If you're a Gears of War fan it's definitely a title you'll want to look out for. While Gears of War games have always focused on narrow battlegrounds or enemies that funnel towards you, the previews of Vanquish show much larger, more open areas. This is apt to give the game a Gears meets Halo vibe to it. Playing it could help you maintain your evil edge for when Gears of War 3 comes out.

The biggest downside is that Vanquish will not have any multiplayer components. Platinum Games promises to spend that time and energy developing a solid, detailed, action filled single player campaign. The demo comes out on Xbox Live Arcade on August 31st and with this pedigree it's definitely worth checking out.


Publisher: Sega

Developer: Platinum Games

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

Release Date: October 19th

ESRB Rating: Mature

Follow this link below to view the game trailer:

Vanquish Trailer