Vexx - PS2

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Also for: Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Acclaim Soft. Co.: Acclaim
Publishers: Acclaim (GB)
Released: 4 Apr 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Vibration Function Compatible


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That evil glare from beneath a furrowed brow; those pointed, gnarly fingers almost protruding from the packaging…Vexx looks like a bad guy. Luckily for fans of platformers, Vexx's adventures in revenge and vindication allows its players to feel justified in dishing out the violence. Vexx, like Slade the Leveller before him, believes in justice, believes in vengeance, believes in getting the...oh , you know how it goes. It's time to take control…

The game is a platformer/actioner in which players assume the role of the title character as he starts out on a heroic quest to seek vengeance on those that enslaved his people and murdered his family. Vexx's grandfather was the first to suffer at the hands of the Dark Yabu, an eviller-than-evil ShadowWraith who came to town with his minions to make everyone's life a misery by making everyone do his dirty work. Obviously, those who resisted were for the chop. Vexx himself finds his way onto the enemy's ship, and deep in Yabu territory, he finds the last remaining pair of Astani BattleGauntlets. Needless to say, Vexx finds that these newly-acquired super-gloves give him powers he's never experienced before, and this readies him for what lies ahead.

What does lie ahead are a whopping 18 levels, taking in deep, dark caves, even deeper underwater explorations, live volcanoes, and spooky temples in the desert. All locations are lovingly rendered in dazzling colour and detail, with an impressively adaptable camera function to boot. You get to see everything, and let's just say, everything is worth seeing. The control system too is worth a mention. Once you're familiar with all of your character's moves, the PS2 controller feels like your very own pair of Astani BattleGauntlets.

Overall, Vexx's gameplay is not over-complicated - it is a platform-based adventure, after all - but if you're expecting Rayman-style cuteness or the'I-want-a-pet-dragon-now'-type feelings that Spyro provokes, you have a surprise coming. The darker subject matter means an 11+ rating, stressing that Vexx isn't big on the 'aaah' factor, which maybe signifies Acclaim's desire to appeal to the more mature platform gamer. Worth investigating if you're a fan of the genre, Vexx for PS2 shows that there's still grunt in the old console yet.