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[PlayStation 5] qomp2 Review

[PlayStation 5] qomp2 Review
EdEN
  • On February 29, 2024

qomp2 from Atari and Graphite Lab is the Pong sequel we never thought we needed. Learn more about it in our qomp2 review!

 

qomp2 from Atari and Graphite Lab is the Pong sequel we never thought we needed. If you’re somehow unfamiliar with Pong, it’s the 1972 table tennis-themed video game classic in which each player controls a rectangular paddle as they hit a ball represented by a single block as it moves back and forth each half of the screen. This one took the world by storm, and it was eventually brought to a ton of homes as a console that would focus on one thing and one thing only: playing Pong.

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Fast-forward 40+ years, and it’s now 2024, and things are about to change. The ball from Pong wants to do something more with its life, something different from having to move back and forth between the paddles. After collecting a power-up, it manages to evolve from its original square self into a sphere, which also grants it the power to perform a powerful dash.

 

The game’s controls are simple and to the point since you’ll only need to use two buttons to control the action. As the ball bounces around each level, you’ll be able to change its direction over and over again by pressing the X button to make it move up or down at a 45-degree angle as needed. Pressing and holding down the R2 button will allow you to charge up energy and turn the ball blue so that it can dash and destroy any blue thing it runs into… and that’s about it!

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New elements will be introduced at a steady pace as the difficulty increases over the course of the 30 levels on offer. You’ll soon have to push blue blocks while avoiding sharp spikes or deadly buzzsaws, spinning blades, blocks that disappear after being touched, switches that need to be activated to change which tiny blocks are in play, colored contraptions you must bounce over to open locks of the same color, and keys you must find to open up regular locks, to name some examples.

 

You’ll also run into a boss fight on the final level for each chapter. For these, you could end up fighting against an actual boss you’ll have to hit with the ball to deplete its health, or you’ll be tasked with completing a level that is more of an obstacle course with a challenging layout that will require you to hit each bounce just right so that you can make it to the end in one piece in one go… or die over and over again as you learn from your mistakes. Or you could end up taking on a revamped version of Atari classic Warlords.

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And now, let’s talk about the trophies! qomp2 has a full trophy list with a shiny Platinum trophy for you to add to your collection. The list is split into 2 Silver trophies and 10 Gold trophies and will require you to complete the game’s tutorial, as well as its five chapters. You’ll also need to grab every in-game collectible for a pair of trophies, find a secret exit on any level, die 100 times, complete level 2-6 on a single life, and complete Warlords without grabbing the checkpoint.

 

qomp2 is the Pong sequel we never thought we needed. As you take control of the classic Pong ball, which has had enough of being hit back and forth, it turns into a sphere and sets out on a new adventure. The minimalist presentation and easy controls will keep you coming back for more as you take on 30 levels of considerably increasing difficulty. qomp2 is available on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag. There’s also a PlayStation 4 version available for the same price as a separate purchase.

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Disclaimer
This qomp2 review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Atari.

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