Developed by Acclaim
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released - Out Now
Price : £39.99
and published by Acclaim, Vexx is a 3D platformer. You take on the
role of Vexx, who is out to avenge the death of his grandfather,
who was killed by the evil Dark Yaba. Vexx has to explore the land
of Astara, which is separated into ten huge worlds, comprising traditional
genre locations - ice, desert, water and industrial, amongst others
- before finally confronting his nemesis.
Game play involves negotiating every platform genre staple - from
moving platforms, to climbing walls, to sliding down poles, to see-saws,
to Boss showdowns - in order to acquire Shadowraith hearts, which
are used in the game's central hub environment, to open up other
On his journey's outset, Vexx acquires the Power Talons, which are
magical gloves that allow him to swipe and slash his enemies. He
can also throw them into the air and keep them there by the use
of combos. Energy can be thus acquired, which in turn can be used
to perform special energy blasts and dash attacks.
Graphically, the game is colourful with imaginative level and character
design. However, the variety of opponents is limited and most will
have been seen within the first four to five levels.
Aurally, the movie and cut scenes are not subtitled. For a deaf
gamer, most of the story will now be lost. Luckily, in reality,
the scenes occur rarely, so you're not really missing much. Thankfully,
the rest of the game is more friendly. The in-game instructions
are written in text, which is clear and easy to read, and there
are no crucial game play sound effects or prompts.
On the positive side, Vexx has a commendable variety of tasks to
perform in order to acquire the numerous Shadowraith hearts. Some
of the tasks are quite tricky and prove rewarding when achieved.
It also provides a sizeable challenge, taking most gamers between
fifteen and twenty hours to complete.
On the negative side, the graphics themselves are dated and the
environments are more blocky and have inferior textures when compared
to its peers. Although the worlds Vexx explores are huge, graphical
pop-up is relatively frequent and spoils the overall effect. The
frame rate is also quite choppy and slows down badly on occasion.
Vexx has the most annoying and frustrating camera I've come across
in a long time. The default view is too high, and shifting it with
the right stick is unwieldy at best. Matters do improve with time
but never to the extent where it becomes natural and intuitive;
a cardinal sin in a game of this nature.
Although the combat system does add something new, it's easier to
just walk around most enemies, therefore making its utilisation
Fundamentally, although Vexx's game play is enjoyable, you'll have
seen it all before in numerous other platform games. Vexx apes Mario
64, Banjo-Kazooie, Jak and Daxter and others but never manages to
Overall Game Rating: 5.0/10
Vexx is a competent and sometimes enjoyable title, but the reality
is that with Jak and Daxter, and Sly Raccoon et al, on the PS2,
you're better off looking elsewhere.
For deaf gamers, the main movie and cut scenes are not
subtitled, making what little story there is, pretty unfathomable.
However, the rest of the game is more friendly, and should not affect
or hinder your ability to play.