Boosting Invented Because Walking Around In Vanquish Wasn’t Fun

By Spencer . August 20, 2010 . 12:44am

imageBoosting, the ability that makes Sam rapidly slide towards or away from laser shooting robots, is one mechanic that makes Vanquish stand out from third person shooters. PlatinumGames added this because moving through the space station wasn’t fun.


“During production, it was said that moving across the stage wasn’t fun, and that we needed something both visually appealing, and relevant as a special gameplay element to spice things up. That’s when we came up with the idea,” Takeo Kido, Effects Designer, wrote on the PlatinumGames blog.


“Why don’t we modify the big protrusions around the hips like this, then shove some jets out of the back and have him go flying around! That’d be cool,” Kido continued. “And if we made it so that jets could fly out of multiple directions, it would be a great excuse to have Sam do some really unbelievable actions that would look visually stunning, don’t you think?”


Kido was right. Boosting looks cool, but more importantly it makes Vanquish feel faster since it takes less time to move from point A to B. During firefights, boosting plays an important role too. You can slide towards an enemy, thwack it, and slide to the next one.

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  • Kibbitz

    I like how this guy thinks. Cookie and coffee for you guys, and I really hope this turns out well.

  • malek86

    Reminds me of Slave Zero.

  • krokounleashed

    I’M SO HYPED. For me Platinum Games is the best developer this gen.

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    Platinum – Badass Team Extraordinaire.

    This looks FUN, and they may have just come up with a new trend in games. But I guess we’ll see about that

  • gatotsu911

    I cannot wait for this game. Shinji Mikami and his associates are intimately in tune with exactly what makes wasting thousands of mooks fun.

  • Chow

    “You can slide towards an enemy, thwack it, and slide to the next one.”

    Reminds me of that totally kickass “move” you learn near the end of Zone of the Enders 2.

  • Happy Gamer

    they seem to have a very fun group of devs workin together. so far platinum has done an amazing job with all their games! keep at it guys im on of ur many biggest fans!

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