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Preview By: Dan Peters

Developer:  Acclaim
Publisher:  Acclaim
Genre:  Platform
Est. Release:  Fall 2002
Posted:  5-23-02

Vexx is a action-platformer game that borrows elements from Banjo-Kazooie and Super Mario 64. Scheduled to be released on the Xbox, PS2, and GameCube, and Acclaim is hoping that Vexx will be a landmark title when it comes to platformer games, already made to a high standard by Banjo-Kazooie, and its sequel, Banjo-Tooie. With the information that we currently have about the game, and the gorgeous screenshots to boot, Vexx could be a benchmark for future platforming games.

Vexx is a young man living in a village called Rockhaven, on the planet Astara. Astara is a beautiful planet shattered with destruction by the evil ruler Dark Yabu and his Shadowraiths. Yabu is using the village people as his slaves, and the worse part of all: Yabu killed Vexx's beloved grandfather. Consumed with rage and wanting revenge, Vexx boards Yabu's airship and discovers two magical and powerful relics called Astani Battle Gauntlets that attaches to Vexx's hands to make him have superpowers. Vexx is then discovered and attacked by Yabu, and is left for dead. But, of course, Vexx is still alive, and with the help of a blind hermit named Darby, Vexx sets out on a quest to avenge his grandfather's death, and restore peace to the planet.

So, what kind of superpowers does Vexx have? With the Astani Battle Gauntlets, Vexx can perform a variety of slashes/energy blasts to his enemies. Superpowers will be based on the four elements (fire, wind, water, earth), and certain environments will call for a certain element. Vexx will go through 6 large worlds ranging from volcanic islands to desert temples, and 18 unique levels. There will be three levels to a world, if you can't do the math. One of the biggest intentions in Vexx is to create a fairly large world, made for the player to do lots of exploring. Almost everything will be accessible to Vexx, and a ton of secrets will be available to find (including hints and clues for better game playing, and more back story). The screenshots I've looked at for the game look gorgeous.  The environments will boast a lot of good visual treats, and the characters will be nicely detailed.  The game will run at an impressive 60 steady frames a second, also, and that's never a bad thing. Vexx could be one of the more gorgeous upcoming games for the Xbox.

If the information we have and the screenshots available are any indication, Vexx could make the likes of Donkey Kong 64 or Banjo-Kazooie look like one of those cheap PSOne games still being released today.  I think Vexx will surprise a lot of people, and it could be the sleeper hit of 2002.  This game doesn't have a solid release date yet, but it should be out by October.

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