Excerpt: Vexx is a platform game that draws heavily on another famous platform game for inspiration (hint: the game's box reads "To hell with a princess - Save the world"). Instead of your standard, sugary platform fare, Vexx serves up a darker and more violent world with plenty of attitude. Not the cute attitude that so many platform heroes possess and that would make them a hit at a junior high dance, but a take no prisoners, I'll let my razor sharp talons do the talking kind...
Excerpt: If there’s one serious problem the platforming genre has always faced, it’s a total lack of originality. Back in the days of the SNES, pretty much every platforming game looked and played like Mario. They all had you engaging in sidescrolling levels where you jumped on enemies to kill them and collected power-ups to give you extra powers, all so you could save some lazy-ass princess who, for some reason, always got kidnapped by the same damn evil villain.
Excerpt: It’s because of this trend that the new wave of platformers that are hitting next-generation consoles are such a breath of fresh air. Games like Ratchet & Clank and Super Mario Sunshine have shook the genre up with their new ideas and innovative designs that, while still sporting some scavenger hunt elements, rely a lot more on other, more creative platforming ideas.
If there’s one serious problem the platforming genre has always faced, it’s a total lack of originality.