[PS Vita Review] Velocity 2X
Velocity 2X is the sci-fi platformer and shoot â€˜em-up in one adventure, heading to PS Vita and PS4 in the first week of September 2014!
This highly anticipated sequel to Velocity Ultra weaves together two classic game formats into one seamless adventure, featuring puzzle-platforming action alongside award-winning top-down shoot â€˜em-up gameplay!
Velocity 2X is the sequel to last year’s Velocity Ultra. It keeps a lot of the same formula, but it manages to shake up things enough to make the sequel an excellent purchase.
You play as Lt. Kai Tana, the heroine waking up from a slumber, and you need to stop an evil alien armada from destroying planet Earth. I don’t want to spoil the story itself, but I do want to mention that it is told with excellent images with a unique art style which adds a lot to the game between levels. The story is good and it presents a great ending that left me wanting to keep playing more and more.
The game is an overhead space shooter similar to games you would have seen at the arcades years ago. What sets it apart from the rest is the great game mechanics. You have your regular shooter mechanism with the X button that will shoot in front of you, and can use the right stick to drop bombs in the direction you point. On top of that, you can also teleport using the square button and the stick to move quickly to other sections. This all feels great when playing, bringing back what made Velocity Ultra great. There is also a long distance teleport that you can drop earlier in the level and teleport back to that when you reach the end of a path. You will use this quite a bit as some of the later levels have multiple paths and you need to go down them all of them to finish the level (and to maximize your score).
As you make your way through the levels, you will also collect escape pods which act as one of the criteria to review your performance in a level. As you progress through the level, you will find multi-colored switches that unlock force fields of that color, and they will often either have escape pods locked behind them, or will be blocking main entrances. The new wrinkle to 2X is that to get some of the switches you have to dock and run through a 2D level to activate them, beating bad guys and collecting crystals along the way. Once you have gotten everything, you get back on your ship and proceed as before. Most levels have multiple docking points, making this new element an important part of the game.
The game also has a few boss fights against larger ships. They get more complicated as you get further into the game, but I loved them as they felt more like puzzles that needed to be solved than a pure combat scenario. They definitely made me want to keep playing so I could get to the next bossfight.
There are 50 levels total in the game. When you beat one you are graded on your skills including time, points, escape pods and crystals collected. You receive experience points for depending on how you do in each level, and those will help you unlock more levels to play. The goal is to get a perfect play-through by maxing out all four criteria at the same time, which definitely bumps up the replay value.
There are 36 trophies included in the game (10 Silvers, 5 Gold, and 1 Platinum). You earn quite a bit as you play through the game, but as mentioned above, to get all of them you will need to become a master to have perfect runs in all of the levels. Hard but definitely doable.
Velocity 2X is a great game that every Vita/PS4 owner should have. It has all of the makings of a great game, and when we are talking about the Game of the Year during December, this one will definitely be taken into consideration. Very few games drive me to play like this one did, and it kept me going to reach the next checkpoint, to unlock the next level, or to improve my run while trying to get a perfect score. You have to play this game, and if you are a PS+ member you get it for free in September, so you have no excuse.
[review pros=”Fast paced gameplay
Excellent sidescrolling shooting
Great ship mechanics
Everything” cons=”It has to end” score=95]
PS Vita Game size: 700 MB
You can purchase Velocity 2X from the PSN store
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