Vanquish DEMO Coming to PSN Next Week!

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Hellooo PlayStation.Blog – my name is Julian Mehlfeld and I’m the community manager on Vanquish here at SEGA. I’m very happy to be writing this blog all about our soon-to-release Vanquish demo for PlayStation 3, which should be out on August 31 across PSN. For everyone at SEGA, this is very exciting news, and we hope you enjoy taking a spin on SEGA and PlatinumGames newest offering. Before we jump into the details, I want to give you a quick bit of info on the setting, the game, and then offer you a bit of a challenge.

The Story So Far…
Vanquish is set in a desperate future, one that centers around exponential population growth, a demand for resources, and a political power play from Russia that lands you in the heart of the action aboard an orbiting space station. You play Sam Gideon, DARPA Agent and co-designer of some very advanced technology – the Augmented Reaction Suit (ARS). Your mission is to work with the infiltrating military to restore order, find your fellow agents, and prevent an attack on New York City, among other American targets.

The Secret to Success
Vanquish is the newest game from the mind of Shinji Mikami, creator of such classics as Resident Evil. Known for his epic games, Shinji Mikami has taken on the 3rd person shooter in a way that only he could. Working with PlatinumGames, together they’ve come up with a very fast, very fluid, and very intense cover to cover shooter. How you operate the Augmented Reaction Suit (ARS) system and the key abilities it grants you will be the deciding factor in your success – or failure. The two abilities that I find the most useful are Boost and Augmented Reaction (AR).

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The Augmented Reaction Suit, you’ll find, is incredibly fast and agile when you use Boost to navigate around the demo area. Boost allows you to dash over to save wounded marines, evade attacks, or quickly close the distance on any enemy to deliver a punishing melee attack. Boost into cover, boost out of cover – boosting is one of the best tools you have for both defensive and offensive action in Vanquish.

While Boost grants you speed, Augmented Reaction (AR) will grant you time. Time will save you in both a reactive and proactive manner – push forward with your Boost and flip on AR to destroy enemies while you dash past them. Jump out of cover into AR to line up headshots and stop a guarded threat behind cover. Roll into AR, plant your body, and focus fire at heavily guarded targets for maximum efficiency. Defensively – you’ll enter into AR when you take on too much damage, granting you a moment to kill your main threat, or evade into cover to recharge and continue the fight.

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I highly recommend checking out the tutorial before jumping into the full game to see how these two abilities play out. You’ll get a chance to mess around in a safe environment and become comfortable with how the game works. Trust me, you can adapt while you play the game and absolutely get through it – but you will benefit from a bit of practice!

The Demo Challenge
So as a spot of fun, I figured I’d leave you with a challenge to see if you can best what I consider to be a very impressive clear-time on the demo. Our own internal producer, Keith, has become quite good at the demo from various trade shows and has a clear time of 6 minutes and 12 seconds. I challenge you to beat this time! Keith is good, but I’m betting the community will be able to best him in a few short days after release – prove me right, post screenshots if you can, and show them what community can do!

The Vanquish Demo releases on Tuesday, August 31 at a time to be specified by PSN – we hope you enjoy the demo and look forward to your impressions!

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  • This is my most anticipated game of the Year!!!
    Platinum Games consists of the best game developers in the world!
    I’m just so glad that they decided to do the PS3 version first and than port it over to the 360. Good move guys!
    I nearly cried when I played the Bayonetta demo on ps3 to see its lackluster framerate, washed out colors, and screen tearing. I still loved the game. It has the best combat system ever created and Bayonetta is one sexy diva! But still, so happy to see that I’ll be getting a POLISHED Platinum Games title in VANQUISH for my system of the choice. The PS3.
    Day 1. Thanks Julian Mehlfeld

  • @45
    Amen brother.

  • I will need to try the demo, sega isnt what they used to be, but I hope they deliver with this one.

  • ok so there is a difference between the xbox and ps3 version
    so i’ll get the better version, xbox it is then
    thanks for being honest

  • been waiting for some Sega avatars on PSN none yet…

  • This game look amazing!!! I cant pay my rent but i will hiding 60 dollars from my girlfriend for this game. Great job Sega and Platinumgames.

  • AWESOME! I’ve been interested in this game since I saw it at E3, I hope the demo is awesome.

  • This game looks amazing, can’t wait for the demo!

  • Going to play this demo to death. Looking forward to it.

  • I love sega. I also like bayonetta, even thos 360 got the better copy, of it, imnot made those things happen with a port> thats why i hope you guy do a exclusvie game with ps3 one, But 6 mins and 12 seconds… Sound kinda easy .. Im very good in these type of action adventure shooter your talking to mcbuttz78 who played straglehold on hard boiled and never got out..The same mcbuttz that beat fight night 4 on goatt and nevr lost a fight 60 ko’s 54 of them being in the 1st 3 rounds.. I will take your challege and but dont say it didnt warn you when its 5 mins and 54 sec..

    yea i’ll send a pic to prove it no problem :)… where’s the address lol??


    • Not saying it’s impossible, but as a new game with some new tricks to learn, you’ll have to work for it and that’s what I want :).

      You can post to our forums at – I’m on there everyday and will keep a look out, or just PM me the shot!

  • Is the demo for PSN+ users or for everyone?
    Also kudos to releasing the demo before the game is released, I’m worried about the performance of the game on the PS3 after Bayonetta, and it’ll help me make up my mind.

  • I have not been this excited for a demo since Bayonetta. I can’t wait to get my hands on the demo and go crazy with it.

    I accept that demo challenge. I love challenges ^_^

  • hmmm this better run great on PS3. Bayonetta, although can be playable on ps3, was pretty damn horrible compared to the “other” version. Hopefully Platinum Games really were more caring for this game, especially for PS3!

    • PS3 runs great, but again, play the DEMO and let me know (by posting here) if you feel otherwise – I’ll be watching to see what impressions are from around the web.

  • Is it going to let us pick japanese voices instead? I’m not liking the english dubs so far. Also, I know it was asked before, but co-op?

  • wow, this is great news…VANQUISH looks awesome and this demo will get lots of play time from psn users…thanks SEGA.

  • Is there going to be multiplayer? If there is I will definatly purchase this game.

  • I have high hopes for this game. Apart from gameplay and graphics I hope there is a coherent and engaging story as for me (in most cases) this makes the differnce between a good game and a great game.

    The release date is a worry though as it’s releasing the same day as Fallout: New Vegas.

  • russian enemies again-dasvidaniye???

  • Sweet! Will be giving this demo a try for sure. This game looks like it going to [DELETED].

  • Played this last week and I was blown away. I mean…I knew what to expect, it’s Platinum right? Sooooooo good!

  • Can’t wait.

    Platinum Games is the best.

  • I trust you guys have learned from your mistake, getting this game day 1.

  • I’ll be sure to get the superior 360 version.

  • This game doesn’t look that great..
    It looks like a final fantasy wannabe.
    and some mgs, with halo in the game.

    But i’ll try it out and see how it is.
    I like sega and all but they could have came up with something better..

  • Dang! im so excited for this game, and to think there is going to be a demo for it soon!! cant wait!!! this game looks awesome!!

  • no way im downloading for 2 hours for 6-10 minutes of gameplay. SEGA should know better than to hype vaporware like this

    • Demo will take you an hour at least on first go. Refining the experience to 6 minutes will take time, you won’t do it on your first pass.

  • Definitely looks like I will be getting this game.

    Looks like one part Uncharted2, one part Metal gear solid, and two parts halo killer!

    Loving the preview movie, loads of action.

  • Why is it ok to make a 360 version of a game better than the ps3 version but not the other way around?

  • Looks sick as hell….played a game called “Combat Haven”, reminded me of that game.

  • Finally, something good on PSN.

    And “regular” PSN users aren’t even being discriminated against, like usual!


  • ZOMG! Awesome! I love the look of this game. I really liked Mad World and Beyonetta! Although really different all your games are awesome! This will at least give me taste before October!

    Thanks a lot!

  • Already pre-paid for this game. It looks awesome. Thanks for the demo.

  • Please bring Sega Saturn titles to PSN, specifically Knights into Dreams, and Burning Rangers.

  • I can’t wait for this game. This will be my GOTY for sure. Old-school gaming is back! Support Platinum Games and Sega, folks. We’re in dire need of new IPs this generation.

  • WOW. This is going to be really intense. I can finally see the value in the Seizure Warnings shown in the majority of games. xD

    This is looking really good. Can’t WAIT to play the demo.

  • Vanquish looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it out! Looks to be fun, fast paced and futuristic just the way I like my shooters.

  • Holy sh** this demo is awesome loving the graphics as im playing the demo right now! Defintely day 1 buy here!

  • Just finished Vanquish DEMO and it is awesome. Thanks so much for the level to play thru and now my mind isn’t just made up, it’s completely blown!!! Awesome weapons, melee, cover system…again awesome. That freakin’ Ruski robot is da freakin’ bomb.

  • You know, I was NOT excited about this game at all. The trailers made it look pretty generic.

    I am so happy to say that I was wrong. This went from something I had no interest in, whatsoever, to a first day buy!

  • How is performance for everyone? This came up early in the comments and I wanted to see if anyone noticed any differences.

    Love the feedback so far!

  • Even if penguins relocated to hell because it had fozen-over I couldn’t do Normal mode in 6 minutes. It took me a little over 20 and I died 4 times. BTW I am no game critic but I never had a framerate issue or any glitches whatsoever. So I’d say performance is far above the norm with shooters with a lot of explosions and action. The greatest example is when that huge robot is unleashing 1,000 missles at once, each one is very clear…and made my crap my pants…(not really, but if I was there I would have)

    • I told you it would be hard! I have faith we’ll have someone who can do it, but I’m not sure it’ll be in the first week.

      Thanks for the note on performance, I wanted to check because I personally feel it’s pretty much identical.

      Love the AR move during the 1000 missiles section – also notable is that you can shoot these down mid flight, it’s a subtle detail that has larger gameplay implications later.

  • Well my first try took about 15 minutes, so while nowhere near the hour predicted it was a fantastic time. Looking forward to knocking out that time to beat.

  • Well, maybe an hour is a bit much, but we had people at E3 who would sit on a station for easily 45 minutes. Depends on skill, that’s very true :).

    Just had a guy in our blog post a 5:55 time, so it’s been done, but don’t let that hold you up on trying!

  • Haha wow that is an impressive time. My second attempt put me at a solid 8:13 so I think these last couple minutes will be where I really have to work at it. Heaps of fun though I am stoked to play the full game!

  • Will Vanquish support the Move controller?

  • It’s cool!!!Wonderful demo!!!

  • I just can’t stop playing! This demo is so addictive…
    Best time so far = 7:43

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