Platinum's Vanquish Goes Casual & Fully AutomaticS

Bayonetta and MadWorld developer Platinum Games is making it easier to enjoy the high-speed, third-person, run and gun thrills of its shooter Vanquish. Feel like letting the game do much of the heavy lifting? "Casual Auto" is for you.

Much in the same way that its action game Bayonetta offered an "easy automatic" mode, a one-button gameplay option, Vanquish is also getting an easier than easy setting. Vanquish director Shinji Mikami calls the ultra-casual option "surprisingly fun."

"Before we started work on it, I can't say that I had high hopes; however, once we got it up and running, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was wrong," Mikami writes on the Platinum blog. "Once you get your target on the enemy, the rest is easy as pie. I'm sure saying it that way makes it sound totally uninteresting, but when you actually give it a shot, the tempo it gives the game play will make you jump up and say, 'Woohoo!'"

Mikami also served as executive producer on Devil May Cry way back when, which featured a similar easy automatic option.

For the ultra hardcore, Mikami and crew are also offering "God Hard" difficulty when Vanquish ships this October. Perfect for masochists and anyone who likes God Hand references.

For our hands-on impressions of Vanquish, set your browser's difficulty to normal and click here.

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