Vanquish [official site], the superfast and supersilly third-person shooter from PlatinumGames, will finally come to PC on May 25th, Sega have announced. Platinum are best known for hack ‘n’ slashing in games including Bayonetta (which finally hit PC in April) and Nier: Automata, and Vanquish is an interesting game for carrying some similar ideas. Vanquish can be played like any cover-based shooter but that seems a waste when you can also zip around with rocket-powered knee slides in slowmo.
The game originally hit consoles in 2010, and it was one of the two reasons I held onto my Xbox 360 for so long (the other was Bayonetta). It’s fast, it’s daft, and it’s cool. It’s perhaps not as slick as some of Platinum’s other games but heck, they make some of the best games. I wish they had made more shooters after this. If you want to know story, something something Russians something go to a space station city blah blah KICKFLIP ALL ROBOTS.
Sega’s announcement today also shouted some technical details. Vanquish on PC support keyboard and mouse controls, for starters. Framerate-wise, you’re looking at a 60fps cap normally but it will have the option to unlock and go up to 144fps. As for graphics options, Sega say:
“Vanquish has enhanced PC graphics options with unlocked resolutions up to 4K, anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, SSAO lighting, scalable texture and shadow quality, and more.”
The Xbox 360 version could be a little jerky so I’m excited to play Vanquish superslick and in high-res.
Vanquish will cost £14.99 when it hits Steam [data warning: that Steam page has 80 megabytes of embedded GIFs] on Thursday the 25th of May. Folks who own Bayonetta on Steam will get a 25% discount.