Velocity 2X is a sci-fi platformer/shoot ‘em-up, and is available on PS4 and PS Vita. In the game’s 50 missions, you’ll be collecting items, taking down enemies and bosses, and racing against the clock in the name of gaining XP to unlock more levels. The mechanics of the game, such as teleporting and firing different weapons, are explained thoroughly and are easy to pick up. There is a very loose story, but it’s hardly worth mentioning and does little to nothing to add to the gameplay experience.
Each level grades you on time, item pickups, and overall score, which makes the game highly repayable and addictive. For example, in your first play through of a level, you might go slow to pick up all the items, but on your second play through, you skip as many items as possible to race to the finish and get the fastest time. Each of these styles rewards you with the necessary XP to proceed, and makes playing levels over a blast.
It helps that the graphics are gorgeous, yet simple, and the game runs at a buttery smooth 60fps, so when you’re burning through a level at full speed, it feels perfect. The game sports a catchy electronic soundtrack, but unfortunately the sound design overall is kind of weak. Sometimes music wouldn’t stop playing from one menu to the next, and animated cutscenes aren’t voice acted or accompanied by any sounds other than the soundtrack, which make them feel even more out of place.
I know, I know, this week is dominated with Destiny coverage (and rightfully so), but if you’re in the mood for something different, and free, I highly recommend Velocity 2X. I only played through the game on PS4, but by all other accounts online the Vita version plays just as well. If you’re reading this after September 2014, the game is definitely worth picking up at full price.