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Windows Little Stone Software
Platinum Engine
Release dates
Windows May 25, 2017
Metacritic 78
OpenCritic 79
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres TPS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
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General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Humble Store
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Windows (unavailable)
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All versions require Steam DRM.
Includes the Tri-Weapon Pack DLC.

Version differences[edit]

The Digital Deluxe Edition includes a sampler of the game's soundtrack, a digital artbook, some wallpapers, and avatars, which can be found in <path-to-game>\Extras. This version of the game was available only for pre-purchase.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip startup game intros[edit]

Skip startup game intros[1]
Completely deleting or renaming the mentioned files in the installation directory results in a black screen at launch.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\movie\.
  2. Open b_jp_0000.sfd, b_us_0000.sfd, and pg.sfd with a text editor.
  3. Delete all content in these files
  4. Save the files.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Vanquish\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/460810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\460810\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/460810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use the -fov XX parameter with a number between 40-120 to change the FOV. The game was designed for an FOV of 80°, so errors may occur at other values.
Use the -window parameter to start in windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Edge 2x, 4x, 8x, or FXAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffering only. Force triple buffering externally.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game defaults the monitor's refresh rate to 60 Hz, higher refresh rates can be selected in the graphics menu.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Rendered image uses SDR color space. In-game HDR option refers only to HDR Rendering.
Vanquish's GUI was made at 1280x720 resolution.[2]

Depth of field[edit]

Use Vanquish 3D Vision fix to disable

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Two keys per action.
Some quick-time events require the use of the default keys. I.E. the game will require you to mash E rather than whatever you re-assigned the "interact" command to.
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Three separate options: Normal, Aiming and Zoom.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput and DirectInput.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Renders almost all DirectInput controls unuseable. Can choose between two button presets only.
Controller sensitivity
Three separate options: Normal, Aiming and Zoom.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects and Voices.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language settings.
Language settings.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation: here.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Weapon never overheats when frame rate is lower than 30[edit]

A problem brought up by patch 1.03 and still present as of patch 1.05.[citation needed]

Issues fixed[edit]

Game defaults to an unsupported resolution[edit]

Start game in windowed mode[3]

Use the -window command line argument.

Not all motion blur effects are disabled when turned off in the graphics menu[edit]

Disable more of the motion blur effects[3]

Use the -extendedmotionbluroff command line argument with motion blur turned off in graphics settings.

Slowdown/low framerate during the visor cutscenes[edit]

Use the -fastvisor command line argument[3]
This command-line option was introduced in patch 1.04.
This may improve frame rate during these sections.

Stuttering when moving the mouse[edit]

Close MSI Afterburner[citation needed]

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Command line parameters[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.[3]
Parameter Description
-extendedmotionbluroff Will disable more of the motion blur effects when Motion Blur is turned off in the graphics menu.
-unlockaspectratio Removes the borders on the top/bottom or left/right of the screen in non-16:9 aspect ratios. Please note that Vanquish was originally designed to a 16:9 aspect ratio only, and as such, certain UI elements will be distorted with the lock disabled.
-fov XX Use a number between 40-120 to change the field of view. The game was designed for an FOV of 80°, so errors may occur at other values.
-monitor X This will allow users to select which monitor to treat as the primary device, which will allow full screen exclusive to work on that display.
-audio X Force the game to use the selected device rather than the default device (may help players with audio device issues).
-window This will force the game to boot into windowed mode (should help if the game is defaulting to an unsupported resolution).
–fulltone Players should try this if they're having issues with the brightness rapidly changing (may very slightly impact performance).
–fastvisor For players experiencing slowdown in the visor cutscenes, may improve frame rate in these sections.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 2.9 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 5670
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/460810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (460810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.