I will argue until I’m blue in the face that the military stereotypes in Vanquish are Shinji Mikami’s personally pointed satire on the type of ooh-rah armed forces stories Western developers love to put in shooters, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the extra gruff Burns. The beefy CO looks like he’d fit in better in the Gears of War universe and just about every word out of his mouth is the most meatheaded space marine dialogue imaginable (“Look at you, all born-again hard…trying to keep it up?”). There’s no way anyone can take that seriously.