Conclusion: So does Voodoo Vince float above the competition and present what is expected for a next-gen platform game? It most certainly does. As stated before, being typically disappointed by the latest crop of platform titles, I enjoyed Voodoo Vince a great deal. I have not enjoyed a platformer in this manner since the first Crash Bandicoot on the original Playstation.
Excerpt: You have to hand it to Microsoft. Despite being relative newcomers to the gaming scene, their first-party development teams are already becoming powerhouse developers whose games have proved integral to the sustained success (such as it is) of the Xbox. But perhaps what is most surprising about the Redmond, WA-based giant is that they've not simply bent to the whims of the market and released hackneyed, generic games to fill shelf space.
Summary: While the genre has become a walking zombie as
of late, platform titles still command a loyal audience of gamers. Voodoo Vince
is another in a long line of these cute mascot games. It seems rather generic at
first, but comes to life thanks to some unique play mechanics and its use of New
Orleans mythology. The ability to hurt yourself in order to hurt enemies is
unique, and gives the gameplay a feel all its own.
Excerpt: Vince is a living doll. A living voodoo doll to be precise. He wasn't always this way though. Before some thugs broke into Madam Charmaine's voodoo shop, Vince was content to sit on a shelf until needed as Madam Charmaine's "third best" voodoo doll. Unfortunately, a failure of an evil mastermind known as Kosmo the Inscrutable has designs on world domination powered by Madam Charmaine's magical voodoo powder. He sent his henchmen to steal the powder and in spite of...
Excerpt: The Xbox will be two years old this November. During its tenure, we’ve seen a surprisingly low number of platform games for Microsoft’s gaming console. The last one I played was the rather forgettable Blinx the Time Sweeper. Full of promise with its intriguing time control system, the game simply failed to deliver.
Excerpt: Voodoo Vince is a new platformer from Microsoft that hasn't receive a lot of press. In fact, even during our tour of the Xbox booth at E3, Microsoft did not mention this title to us. When I first got my hands on Voodoo Vince, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, after spending some time with the title, it is surprisingly very good. In fact, I am a bit puzzled why Microsoft didn't seem to give this game much publicity.
Excerpt: 3D platform titles have stayed similar to one another since the inception of Mario 64. Many have tried and failed to recreate this N64 classic and yet some (i.e. Jak & Daxter) have succeeded bringing together a fun, fresh game to light with aspects to the game that are not reminiscent of Mario 64. What category does Voodoo Vince fall into? Read on and you will find the answer.