Vanquish for an early 2019 Waypoint 101
“Full disclosure, we initially wanted to do Vanquish.” These are the words of one Austin Walker at the 1 minute, 41 seconds mark of the audio file WP_VIDEO_GAME_BOOK_CLUB_EPISODE_1.mp3, aka Waypoint 101’s pilot episode on Binary Domain. 18 months has past as the time of this post, and you all have not done Vanquish yet. While Vanquish is indeed a shooter as it is about “lining up the sights and pulling a trigger” in nature, I still would love to hear Waypoint crew’s take on Platinum’s only shooter under the shadow of Trump. Let’s see how Vanquish fare against the 5 requirements that made Mark of Ninja stand out.
1.Shorter is better. Vanquish is definitely on the short side. I remember finally diving into Bayonetta just because Vanquish felt bit too short back in 2010. My replay on PC took me under 5 hours without skipping cut scenes. I believe this would be a replay for most of Waypoint crew, so it would not take up too much time during next year’s first wave of new releases.
2.Controller support. The PC port of Vanquish got it, pretty well I might add.
3.Not a shooter. Well, Vanquish won’t hang according to this one, so allow me to provide an alternative argument. 2019 would mark the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam, both as an animated series and a multimedia franchise. Titular mecha of the animated series is sometimes referred to as “white devil”(白い悪魔, shi ro i a ku ma), since it is a powerful weapon prototype thus seemingly demonic, and it come in white. The Augmented Reaction Suit in Vanquish share such characters, which in turn makes Vanquish the best game to play as “white devil” outside and even inside the Gundam franchise. So if you are reading this, Dr. Walker, please do Vanquish, not only because you kind of promise it at the beginning of Waypoint 101, but also for Gundam’s anniversary please.
4.Platform availability. This is a tricky one. Vanquish is only available on 3 platforms, 2 last generation consoles Xbox 360 and PS3 plus PC. The PC system requirement is not low in my personal experience. I underwent an upgrade between purchasing the game on Steam and actually playing through it. My rig before that upgrade can run NieR: Automata relatively well but frame rate just kept going down during session with Vanquish. So unless you are willing to dust off old consoles or have a beefy gaming PC, this one is not for you.
5.Finally, not just a big Western AAA dev again. Platinum Games is certainly not Western, while whether they are AAA or not is debatable.
So, here you go, this is my reasons to have Vanquish for an early Waypoint 101 next year, for you all’s consideration.