I’ve had a PlayStation Vita since August 2015, and I absolutely love it. It’s sleek, powerful and has an amazing library of games. In the months leading up to my Vita purchase, I did a lot of research into what games to buy. Of course I was familiar with the obvious Persona 4: Golden, Gravity Rush and Dragon’s Crown, but I wanted to see what other games sparked my interest. One of those games was Velocity 2x, developed by FuturLab Games.
Velocity 2x is part space shooter, part speedy platformer. The speedy part is what initially drew me to this game. You see, when I was looking up information for Velocity 2x, I saw a lot of people comparing it to the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games. Sonic the Hedgehog is one of my favorite game series of all time, so naturally I was interested. At first glance, I didn’t understand these comparisons. Yes, Velocity 2x had an emphasis on speed, but did not feature the varied terrain and momentum-based platforming that Sonic is known for. Now that I’ve played quite a bit of the game, I have a little better understanding. Velocity 2x is a speed runner’s game, through and through. Memorization, reaction time and flawless execution are required to obtain the best ranks in every level. Levels alternate between the space-ship sections and the on-foot, 2d platforming sections, with each offering their own unique play-styles. Whether you’re on foot or in the ship, you can boost, fire one of your weapons and teleport. The control scheme seems complicated at first, but the game does a good job of teaching the player all of the different mechanics, as well as pacing the rate in which you obtain new abilities.
Velocity 2x honestly reminds me much more of the modern Sonic games, Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations. Nearly every action that Sonic can do in those games is dedicated to keeping your speed. Sonic can boost, slide under obstacles, hop over ramps, drift around tight corners and quick step to avoid road blocks while maintaining his speed. The 2d sections of Velocity 2x are very similar. Our heroine can boost, slide, teleport to avoid obstacles and fire her weapon to break down barriers. Even the controls and mechanics in the ship feature similar abilities. Velocity 2x wants you to go fast, and it is very easy to become addicted to beating your personal best times and high scores.
Velocity 2x is a ton of fun. It’s a game that is easy to pick up and play, but will take time to master, and I love those kinds of games. I love games that reward the player for learning the ins and outs of its gameplay systems, and it is a great feeling to return to a level you previously slogged through, and blaze through it effortlessly. If you love games that lend themselves naturally to speed-running, you should definitely pick up Velocity 2x. It’s available on pretty much everything that isn’t a Nintendo console, and is fairly cheap to boot.
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