Review: Velocity 2X (Nintendo Switch)

Pilot the Quarp Jet at full speed with the Boost feature; use a variety of weapons to defend yourself and master the teleporting technology to outsmart the enemy in this race-tuned space combat. Here is our Velocity 2X review:

Pros:

  • Chunky neon graphics.
  • 1.7GB Download size.
  • Includes additional content- Critical urgency, Dual core, and daily sprint packs.
  • Part shooter part platformer gameplay. The game splits up the shmup action and chucks in a fast-paced platformer action with a run and gun mentality whilst always fighting against the clock.
  • Touchscreen support- You can use the touchscreen to teleport around the screen and use the menu.
  • The music compliments the game in every way, hell I even bought the album off iTunes, Its that good!
  • 50 story missions to play through and unlock. Unlocking the levels is easy, Mastering the levels is the hard part and the true challenge of the game.
  • Can play it undocked with both Joycons detached.
  • HD Rumble support.
  • What’s this game like? Think Galaga on acid, Metroid on speed, space invaders after a major plastic surgery rework. The platformers sections are very akin to a 2D recreation of a loner dropping a shed load of horse tranquilizers and let loose in a laser quest!
  • Get a rank on each level based on a series of sores, Each section making up a badge of honor. the sections are: Time took, Score, Crystals collected and survivors rescued. Getting top marks in all sections will create a badge with stripes, stars on top and a collection of crystals sticking out on either side. Looks a lot better than I am making it sound.
  • The game starts off as a straight shooter, then when opening gates to open more levelness, You may need to enter a docking port and carry on on foot. The on-foot section is surprisingly quick and fun. Shoot crystals to collect them, slide under barriers, warp through walls and avoid gunfire….Awesome.
  • The gameplay is fast by nature, Add in your desire to top leaderboards and finish levels quickly, The turbo button notches that fact up and then some.
  • Full leaderboard support and can be filtered.
  • Cutscenes are wonderful pieces of art with text. You can rewatch or read as it were, These cutscenes at any time from the extras menu.
  • Extras menu is HUGE! You have a section for the bestiary so you can see who.what you have been fighting, the technology you have unlocked/encountered, catch up on story stuff, even still has the now trademark Futurlab calculator option.
  • Options allow you to change between inverted controls, left-handed, auto skip cutscenes.
  • The UI is completely reworked and looks so sci-fi it is crazy, Coming in from the right in an almost old school 360 blade systems kind of way. The menu is a slick easy to use, Any new additions or updates to any of the many options will have an exclamation point on it.
  • Unlock new abilities as you go and this is more geared towards to the on foot sections as more complex levels come into play. things like throw a small teleport pod to get through small gaps, Get a rifle to destroy stronger enemies etc.
  • The shmup sections are very much a love letter to past shoot em up titles, injecting speed and urgency is a winner with boss fights popping up in a variety of ways.
  • It is a hard game later on but never unfair. If you fail a lot then it is you, Not the game.
  • Secret parts to the levels with bonus pickups like codex pages or extra health.
  • the main story will take a good few hours to finish first time around, Going for full completion will take weeks if not months!

Cons:

  • Few issues with gates as they are based off a timer which is a bit confusing at first but you soon get used to it.
  • No tate mode would have looked amazing!
  • You don’t like shoot em up games.
  • You hate games.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • some of the times are so far out of my reach I will never 100% all levels! That’s a personal gripe as I suck at these games.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.8/10

Summary

Velocity 2X is back on a Nintendo platform for the first time. You get everything that previous players have had including all the additional content that adds even more hours to a fantastic game. Just like on Vita the portability is what makes this a must-have title, Short bite-sized levels with SHMUP and action platforming infused action, You cannot help but be entranced by all the neon action. If you have played this game before then it may not be as appealing but if you are seeing this for the first time then you are in for a treat as this is arcade action personified.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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