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Vanquish Will Take 10 Hours, But It Doesn't End There

These days, most people are happy with a campaign that lasts 10-12 hours. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves falls into that category, as does the recently released Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

What they don't want is something like the 5-hour campaign in Medal of Honor (regardless of how good that game really is, in our estimation). If they're not about to play online, the gamer wants his money's worth, yes? Well, you don't have to worry about Platinum Games dedicating extra resources to multiplayer in Vanuqish, because the game doesn't have a multiplayer option. So, are the single-player fans going to be happy? According to UGDB.com, Sega producer Keith Dwyer says the campaign in Vanquish will take around 10 hours to complete:

"The campaign for Vanquish can take 10 or so hours to complete, but you are no means done, said Keith, "There are additional unlocks to increase replay value, such as the Challenge modes that unlock after you complete chapters. These Challenge sections are quite hard, they require a lot of knowledge about general game mechanics, as well as enemy weaknesses, and weapon effectiveness."

Vanquish is doing quite well on the critical front thus far; reviews of 8s and high 8s are starting to fall everywhere (including the recent 8.5 at IGN), and we've been excited about this particular title for months. Here's hoping it turns out to be a must-play; our review is coming soon...

Related Game(s): Vanquish

Tags: vanquish, sega, vanquish length, vanquish campaign

10/18/2010 8:53:26 PM John Shepard

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Comments (59 posts)

Jawknee
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 9:41:37 PM
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Ooooh, so it IS longer than 7 hours.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:47:59 PM

I've heard 4-6 hours, but 10 is a first. Of course a spokesman for Sega will give the most generous estimate.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 8:54:53 AM

It may be longer then 7 hours, but for singleplayer only game, that is not money well invested in my book.

I sure don't like the trend of short games. Bring on Fallout 3 and GT5 thank you very much.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:22:52 AM

I think Game Informer has it pegged at 5 hours....
ouch

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:43:01 AM

5 hours? Forget that.

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Bandit King
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 4:32:49 PM

tell that to the guy who just posted he beat the game on normal in 3 and a half hours.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 9:47:20 PM
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Meh, seems like a pretty standard practice being used to extend the game after it's initial playthrough.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 10:11:11 AM

They are just really proud they discovered hard mode. You know, like everyone else before them.

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Snaaaake
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 9:48:52 PM
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I prefer a 15 hour campaign rather than this, but at least this is better than nothing.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 9:49:57 PM

Agreed. It's still too short.

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Alienange
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:01:35 PM
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Did he just say 10 hours? So... adding multiplayer to a game DOESN'T take away from the sp experience.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:16:37 PM

Tell that to Medal of Honor.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:18:26 PM

Ah yes because one game speaks for every other game out there.

Besides while MP may not always lower the SP playtime it most certainly results in longer development times and I'm sure less SP content which sucks.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:29:29 PM

huh?

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:30:00 PM

meh?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:33:20 PM

I don't understand Alien's post. If a non-multiplayer game is 10 hours and most multiplayer games are 5-6 hours how does his statement make any sense?

Uncharted 2 is on a blu-ray, you can't pack all that into a multiplat like this.

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Alienange
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:33:59 PM

Ben, MoH is a CoD wannabe. CoD knows full well that nobody is buying it for the sp experience. It's a game that focuses on mp and so MoH, in classic me too fashion, has a short campaign with the, let's call them "preferred" developer making the mp portion of the game.

The short campaign is not there because of the mp. It's there because it's not the focus.

Vanquish however has no excuse. The focus is the sp and it's a big fat 10 hours. Now they're saying they've tacked on what basically amounts to Spec Ops and are tooting their horn over it. It's a little embarrassing for them if you ask me.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:34:51 PM

Wow, you actually make a good point World. Not that you never do but I mean come on.

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Alienange
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:37:15 PM

@ WorldEnds - 10 hours is good enough for you?

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:41:02 PM

No Alienange but he made a valid argument and instead of explaining yourself and countering it you simply offered up a snide remark.

Face it, it makes sense what World said. Most games with MP most certainly are lower than the 10hr mark for SP yet here is a SP only game and it's 10hrs of SP. So evidently your above statement isn't valid.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:50:47 PM

Bear in mind, all non-Sega reports of the game length have been much shorter than 10 hours.

But, as i've been hearing from the recent reviews, the game is about replayability, speed runs, online boards, etc...

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Alienange
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:51:24 PM

You're lecturing me on snide remarks? Really?

If you spent a little more time playing PS3 games you'd realize that nearly every game offers mp. Games like Red Dead Redemption are a lot longer than 10 hours. AC Brotherhood and even the precious GT5 will all offer serious sp experiences along with their mp.

A "shooter" such as Vanquish lends itself to multiplayer. But no. We have a big fat 10 hour campaign. Sorry, but not too many gamers are going to see that as worth the money.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:55:17 PM

Alienange,

A snide remark and nothing else is weak. Sure I'm consistent when it comes to offering snide remarks but I also consistently state my point and counter people's replies to my comments.

You failed to do that and I figured I'd point it out, nothing wrong in that.

Your examples are a sandbox game, an adventure game, and a racing game. Of course they're going to offer tremendous amounts of SP since their genres automatically create a ton of replayabilty.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:13:15 PM

If Vanquish had a deep, engrossing story to it, like Half-Life 2, then it would be excusable if it lacked mp, but it's not.

But at this point in the generation, for $60, it's about as inexcusable for a purely action-focused shooter to be missing mp as for a racer missing mp.

And the 4-7 hour gamelength estimates don't help. Surely, LV, you can at least agree about the time-cost value out of all things.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:28:00 PM

I was just making the observation :)

Edit: oh and I think if you added MP to this, you'd have to take out the slo-mo electric-ass-slide. Otherwise how would it work?

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Jawknee
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:30:05 PM

I have been reading the story isn't all that great either.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:42:59 PM

World, one could still offer some co-op, right? Maybe in the sequel.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 1:48:10 AM

Even then, you'd have to slow-mo your partner too and it could get bothersome.

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Shams
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 3:11:42 AM

I'm pretty sure one could use the slow-mo with Snipers in Resistance:FOM and Resistance 2 mp?

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carl0975
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 5:11:20 PM

That's where you're wrong Shams, in RFOM and R2, the secondary only set the snipers to full zoom.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:31:57 PM
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I hate it when they add these pointless "challenge" things. What do we get if we win? A trophy? Pffff, I got better things to use my time on. And what's with the ammo not auto-collecting?

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StangMan80
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:51:58 PM
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Wait so there is no mp, just sp? that sucks, this game would look like it would be fun to be able to play online.
I think all games should have at least an 8 hour campaign, but I guess only the PS3 is capable of that
BLUE RAY!!!
I love the statement in MGS4 about not having to put in the next disk, "Ok Snake it's time to put in the next disk... oh wait this game is on blue ray"

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Drake88
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:15:06 PM
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MP games with short SP stories are crap. whats the point in promoting the game of a few SP shots and trailers but the game itself is short as hell (excluding MP). This is why i rather have games of singleplayer more than MP. stories are more catching than just a " hey, play this short SP story, then hop the f@#* on MP and kick ass!" Sorry, but games like that can stay on the shelf. This should be an interesting game.

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frylock25
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:32:07 PM
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how long was infamous? i cant remember. you know like why just use only uncharted 2? how about all the ps3 exclusives?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:36:20 PM

Hmm, I don't remember, but it seemed pretty long to me.

LBP is infinite of course. Resistance can't be very long. I dunno, I really don't care much as long as the experience is worth it. Anything below 6 is inexcusable for a full price game though.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:46:29 PM

I heard a while back from a psxextreme article about a sucker punch online programmer job posting, that inFamous 2 may very well have mp. But the both the game length, and story are strong enough that a lack of mp would be excusable, imo.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 1:06:00 AM

Infamous also warranted numerous play threws. I probably put close to 80 hours into that game playing it about 5 or 6 times from start to finish.

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Shams
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 3:13:27 AM

Same here. I'll be sure to have at least another playthrough before the sequel comes out, too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:33:48 PM
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As far as I'm concerned, unless you are talking about an online-only title like MAG, ANY MP should just be a bonus. I don't even like the fact that it factors into the score, but I guess we all must bend with the times. I think the MP deserves its own separate score, otherwise a high-scoring game that focuses on MP could be really really bad in the SP department.

It won't be long until SP is what is "tacked-on" more often than the MP.

Why don't Kotex and his wanna-be followers just make two games out of each title, then they can make more of that almighty dollar.

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frylock25
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:55:43 PM

for sure man back in ps2 times multiplayer was an after thought to a great single player experiance and usually was allowed locally on one system. hell even gta did local multiplayer at one point. the generation has really flopped everything all over the place.

you know what some of these games the single player is what is being tacked on.

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frylock25
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:08:16 AM
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on the psblog they are saying the game takes about 4 hours on normal.

hey that first demo they gave us was like 20 min or so maybe little more. then there is another one tomorrow i guess... so maybe another 20 min or more... so spend $60 for the other 3 1/2 hours, suuuure. i guess ill wait for the review to tell me if it is or isnt that long.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:16:33 AM

I'm not buying the game even if it has 100hrs of gameplay. I wasn't impressed with the game. I think I'm getting too old to enjoy fast paced games.

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frylock25
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:33:42 AM

yeah now that your getting older you like to take your time on things... like picking out scarfs lol

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 1:00:54 AM

Dude, you don't understand it takes time!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 1:48:42 AM

Ahaha, what have I wrought?

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KNG201
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:54:17 AM
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so let me get this right...an extra 5 hours of sp with no multiplayer is good? i would think with no multiplayer it should at least be 20hours.i like games that take houndres of hours like rpgs so im not impressed yet about 10hours of sp. anyone know how many stages and do it seems like it would get repetitive?

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___________
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 2:36:53 AM
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GI say otherwise.
sorry but ill take the word over a well known gaming journalist over the games developer any day of the week.
hes probably just saying that in hopes to suck in a few extra sales.

as ive said many times i wish a system would come out governing how much publishers could charge for games based on what they offer and how long they are.
120AUD for a 5 hour game like MoH is a f*cking rip off, no matter that it has MP for a guy like me who does not normally touch MP, 120 bucks for 5 hours of entertainment is bull sh*t!
how much you want to bet games that have this length like MoH, this, COD, would be at least 7 hours if they suddenly were told they can only charge half price if its under 7.
its too hard to make a game 7 hours, oh now that we have to otherwise we can only charge half price, now that we have been told that we magically found these resources under the couch and its no longer too hard.
funny what can happen when moneys involved!

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 8:43:31 AM

When you go to a theatre(If you have time between your, seemingly, page long rants), you pay the same ticket price whether it's a 200 million 3 hour epic or 1 and 1/2 hour low budget horror film. It's all in what it's worth to you. Personally, if a game is enjoyable, I don't mind shelling out $60 for a 5-7 hour game because I'll play through it again whenever I find the time. As for my take on MoH, like you,I don't play MP. But the game's campaign was a marvellous and emotional experience, and while I rarely trade or sell my games, MoH will always have a permanent place in my collection.

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___________
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 7:23:34 AM

you cant compare movies to games.
last time i checked it does not cost you 120 AUD to get into a movie.
movies are always 20 AUD, most are normally around 2 hours.
so in your theory to get the same value games should be 12 hours long.

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slimey
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 4:52:01 AM
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The dude who did a 54 minute speed run on Demon's Souls ought to be able to cane Vanquish in about 3mins & 48 seconds?

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Deleted User
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 6:05:01 AM
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cool 10 hours i'm so there. I might get this over New Vegas. i'll lay in wait for Fallout: New Vegas Game of the year edition before i even think about the game.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 7:54:34 AM

@ThEInFamOusgOd

Wow... you'd rather get this game 10 hours long over New Vegas?What has the world come to

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 10:42:40 AM
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I got the game while at the New Vegas midnight launch, Finally got to it and between deaths and actual advancement it took me about 90 minutes to complete Act 1. So, maybe someone more adept at shooters than me playing on normal could have done it faster. Halo ODST had about 5 hours of actual gameplay and nothing really new to offer, GI gave that a 9.25. So, between that, their constant insistence that MS puts on better E3s than Sony, and in the top 200 GsOAT, ranking the genre defining LittleBigPlanet one number above, lol, Crackdown, they lost the bulk of their cred with me a while ago.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:21:53 AM
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Unless you're playing really slow Enslaved is more like an 8 hour game. I know, I beat it in about that time =)
And I wasn't necessarily racing through it.

Uncharted 2, though, that's a good 12 hours or so.

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:19:04 PM
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Regardless, I picked up Vanquish last night with New Vegas and am excited to finally finish finals and spend some time with both. A short campaign? Very well, any DLC coming?

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slimey
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:35:09 PM
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The reviews I have read have suggested a play time of around 7 hours but seem to suggest that those 7 hours are all sorts of awsome, with one mad set piece after another

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THEVERDIN
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 6:10:51 PM
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It's to bad that we couldn't get large group of gamers like 50 million to say stuff you're MP. Then close your doors or man up and make some SP games that mean something and actually take time to complete and you feel good when your done. The downfall of gaming came with broadband.

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 6:23:05 PM
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10 hours really still doesn't seem like much even to me for a decent game. It's terrible that I might actually get excited at the thought of a decent 1st/3rd person shooter only having that much nowadays.

There are exceptions, but most games, modern warfare included lack in the quality department aswell, unlike say Max Payne.

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