VDV controls like a dream. You have total control over the camera via the right analog stick, he can do a spin attack (ripped straight out of Crash Bandicoot) punch, hover and perform voodoo attacks. When you attack enemies they drop beads (think Mardi Gras since the game takes place in New Orleans) and these beads fill up an attack meter as well as your life. When your attack meter is full you can unleash a voodoo attack that maims Vince (no damage is done though) and mimics the attack on all surrounding foes. I love sawing the frog-like creatures you battle in half (it warms the cockles of my twisted heart...)
VDV is a very pretty game and the Big Easy vibe is captured quite nicely. The environments are detailed and extremely colorful (purple and blues dominate the color palette). Along with the great visuals you will also be treated to a wide variety of jazz tunes and they are all easy on the ears. There is one particular diddy that plays when you set yourself on fire and it reminds me of the Ren and Stimpy theme song (fantastic indeed!).
All in all VDV is a really solid platformer that does the fundamentals perfectly and tosses in plenty of style to boot (think if Tim Burton created New Orleans). If you own an Xbox and you are starved for some 3D platforming than Vince might just quench your desire. The unique puzzles are interesting and there are plenty of secrets hidden in each area. You can find this game for around $15 and its well worth the price of admission.
The Good - Creative theme, great visual flair, interesting puzzles and a completely unique take on a stale genre.
The Bad - Bottomless pits are strewn about, enemies could use some variety, some humor falls flat.
The Grade: B+
I just recently came across this game, and I must say its definetly extremely fun and underrated, it gets really hard towards the end (i'm stuck at the final level) but its one of those games you just find yourself coming back to
I turned Ozzybear onto this one. He an I are always scrounging the bargin bins for those tidbit titles that seem to have vanished underneath the next iteration of popular games...who wants yet another NFS title or clone, when VDV, imo, is one of those refreshing titles that you can get excited about, an breathes some much-needed variety into the original Xbox.