What makes Vanquish different from other cover to cover third person shooters? Power suits. Sam Gideon, the main character, created a futuristic battle suit to defend a solar energy harvesting space station invaded by Russian robots.
The suit makes Sam super-strong, but more importantly, gives him the ability to clear distance quickly by boosting with the left bumper button. Rocket sliding from one cover point to the next makes Vanquish a faster-paced game compared to other third-person shooters. You can even get close enough to enemies to pummel them with a flurry of punches. Sam’s suit can also heighten his reflexes, which makes everything around him seem like its slowing down. Essentially, this is Vanquish’s take on bullet time.