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Vexx Reviews (Xbox)

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Game Chronicles (Mar 14, 2003)
Vexx is not for the casual gamer. This is the “final exam” of platform games and easily makes my list of the top five most difficult console games released to date and probably takes the #1 slot for the Xbox. Admittedly, much of the difficulty is directly related to the flawed camera system, but even when the camera is working the game is still plenty hard.
Worth Playing (Feb 04, 2003)
Overall, I am extremely pleased with Vexx. It's incredibly fun, creative, and challenging. The visuals are great. The sound is quite good. Aside from the bothersome camera and the somewhat weak framerate, Vexx is a force to be reckoned with. If you enjoy platforming games, you simply must play this game. And it's multiplatform, so no matter what system(s) you own, you can still play it. Go check it out now!
XBox Solution (XBS) (Feb 25, 2003)
Vexx was a pleasant surprise for me that I enjoyed very much. I always like a game that has hidden areas and enough challenges (or shall I say frustrations - ala the Castle!) to keep me into the game. The graphics at times were beautiful and the musical score fit the game well. Even though the storyline seems a bit weak since there are only a limited number of cinematic scenes, the game does hold your interest right up until the end. I have a feeling that this little bad ass Vexx would knock the cap right off of Mario! I recommend taking a closer look at Vexx, especially if you like puzzles, platforms, platforms, and platforms.
GameZone (Feb 22, 2003)
Vexx is a good platforming game for the Xbox, anyone who plays this game will enjoy it. It is a shame that a little more time didn't go into trying to make the game unique. If you have any children, and need a good game for them, check this out, as they will have a blast with it.
Due to its dark story and blistering difficulty, Vexx really isn't a game for the masses. On that same not, it's a dream come true for adults and hardcore platforming fans. In every conceivable way, Vexx assaults the player with brutally challenging goals. So, if you tire of extensive tutorials until the end, look no further.
Fortunately, there are some inventive gameplay elements, such as jumping around 2D paintings and setting the time of day with a magical sundial, that will serve to pique your interest each time you throw it in. If you're pining for a decent Xbox platformer, this is it.
IGN (Feb 10, 2003)
The true strength of Vexx is in the patforming and puzzle elements. The game is good and a lot of fun, but misses out on greatness simply because there wasn't enough thought or daring put into the design. It's challenging at times, but the game is a bit unfocused. Still, the puzzle elements are a pleasure and the gameplay mechanics are simple and somewhat addictive. There are lots of little faults to Vexx but it's a good game, if not a great one.
X-Power (May 19, 2003)
Vexx mag wat mij betreft gerust de titel van beste platformer op Xbox in ontvangst nemen. Momenteel zie ik niet echt een andere game in de buurt komen. Het is gevarieerd en kan soms toch enigszins verrassend uit de hoek komen. Alle hartjes veroveren is geen noodzaak om het spel te beëindigen maar het streelt toch je ego wanneer je het spel écht kan voltooien en komt de levensduur zeker ten goede. Vexx is een game dat een beetje in de anonimiteit is verschenen maar verdient overduidelijk de nodige aandacht. Het eindverdict luidt bijgevolg dan ook: geslaagd met onderscheiding!
GamePro (US) (Feb 13, 2003)
While it wouldn't be smart to give too much credit to Vexx there's nothing really new here, save for some neat time-based puzzles the game is far more engaging than you'd figure from first glance. The backdrops are uniformly pretty, and while you have little idea where to go next at times, the challenge never graduates to frustration-level.
67 (May 08, 2003)
Acclaim präsentiert einen Titel, der zwar kein Totalausfall ist, aber spielerisch nur Mittelmaß versprüht. Die magere Story, das lieblose Weltdesign, die beliebigen Gegner - unspektakulärer Durchschnitt strömt dem Titel aber nicht nur aus allen Gameplay-Poren, sondern auch aus der Grafik-Engine. Trotz einiger schöner Effekte wird die Xbox in Sachen Texturen, Landschaft, Glanz- und Partikeleffekte nicht mal im Ansatz genutzt. Mit etwas mehr Liebe zum Detail hätte man den weitläufigen Abschnitten Leben und dem Klauenkämpfer Seele einhauchen können. Denn das Grundgerüst aus actionreichen Kämpfen, Boss-Duellen und kleinen Mini-Spielen kann durchaus einige Zeit bei Laune halten. Wer gerne scharenweise Monster vermöbelt und einen Sammeltrieb hat, kommt daher auch mit Vexx auf seine Kosten. Aber nur kurz, denn für einen Kämpfer besitzt Vexx ein viel zu mageres Waffenarsenal.
67 (May 07, 2003)
Vexx ist leider eine mittlere Enttäuschung geworden. Das Spiel an sicht ist ein grundsolider Jump´n´Run-Titel der alten Schule, der sicherlich seine Anhänger gefunden hätte, auch wenn das Gameplay für die heutige Zeit nicht mehr zeitgemäß ist bei solch genialen Genrekonkurrenten wie Ratchet Clank oder Jak Daxter. Dass das Spiel in keine höheren Wertungsregionen vorstößt, liegt allerdings an diversen Gameplaymängeln und der teilweise äußerst schwachen Technik, allen voran die katastrophale Kameraführung, die ein ordentliches Spielen in einigen Missionen kaum zulässt. Da der somit hohe Frustfaktor nicht durch motivierende Aufgaben oder eine hübsche Grafik gemildert wird, können wir Vexx leider nur absoluten Genrefans ans Herz legen, für alle anderen gibt es auf allen drei Konsolen deutlich bessere Genrevertreter.
65 (Apr 07, 2003)
Vexx est l'exemple parfait du titre plutôt bien fait mais qui doit faire avec une jouabilité trop imprécise pour ce type de jeu. La caméra vient en effet gâcher ce qui aurait pu être un très bon jeu de plate-forme. Il n'y a pas d'autres mots que les traditionnels : « c'est dommage... ».
GameSpot (Feb 14, 2003)
Vexx is not a terrible game. Yes, the graphics are a touch dated. Yes, the mechanics are familiar, perhaps to a fault. And, yes, the sound design leaves much to be desired. But what undercuts Vexx the most is the increased level of polish and innovation other recent 3D platformers have brought to the table. Had it been released just a year earlier, it probably would've fared much better.
GameSpy (Feb 23, 2003)
You can do worse than Vexx. While it's uninspired and very rough around the edges, it still manages to exercise your platforming muscles in a not altogether unpleasureable way. Xbox is not exactly overflowing with quality platformers, so if that's your only system then Vexx could be a decent choice.
The Next Level (Apr 23, 2003)
Adding it all up, the sum of Vexx's parts leaves you with a very unimpressive experience. Normally this would be my cue to recommend that fans of the genre give the game a look, but to be honest, if you're a big platformer fan (and if you're not, I would hope you haven't read this far), you've probably played enough of them to see this title for how incredibly average (and in many cases, below average) it is. So to that end, I say that even if you're a fan of the genre, you should really look elsewhere. I hear that Mario fellow has an exotic new outing a few places up the rack.