Beyond this disappointing oversight there's something else lacking in Vanquish – a heart. The game rides the knife's edge between parody and guileless bluster so well that its impossible to tell exactly what the game has to say about anything. If Vanquish is poking fun at Solid Snake, Master Chief and every gun-toting videogame hero that has come since it does so with nary a wink.
It's more likely that Shinji Mikami and company are like a cover band, rocking their shooter in the style of their favorite American hits. They may have the chops, but they can't write a tune to save their lives.