Today I'd like to talk about a simple, yet mildly addictive game that proves a previous point, "Vanquish". For those who don't know, Vanquish is a fast moving, third person shooter where you are wearing an advanced suit of armor with a rocket on it and wielding a multi-tool like gun. An inaccurate description, I know, but simple enough. The point is that the whole game happens very fast and moves quickly. Imagine playing Halo while your game system is hopped up on speed.
Anyway, while a lot of people complained about it's short game time of 6 hours (which I don't find too problematic, since I only payed $30 for it) and also railed on it's supposed simplicity, I think that those make it a decent game. It's what I call a cleanser. It's a game I can pop in, play for half an hour to an hour, and it makes me feel more relaxed. Like Army of Two.
The point is a simple one and it is this: I used to relax and play through several hours of RP games and now I find myself more enthralled and having much more fun playing Vanquish which, if anything, is the exact opposite of a standard RPG. It's fast, violent, crazy, and fairly story-shallow despite it's political-ish story driving the whole thing.
Bulletstorm is another good example of this. It moves fast, however you do need to think. Except it's only about how to kill people violently and hilariously. Methinks I'll have to try and snag Mass Effect 2 and see if it holds my favor or not. Honestly, though given it's combat, it's still a shooter, really.