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Velocity 2X review

Futurlab sure know when they are onto a good thing with the ever evolving Velocity game now in its third iteration, although this time it is a fully fledged sequel rather than another upgrade, finally continuing the adventures of Lieutenant Kai Tana and her Quarp Jet.

Flung into another galaxy, Lt. Kai Tana has been found floating adrift in deep space, the Quarp Jet fusing with her own body in an attempt to keep her alive. Though pulled from certain death the rescue is short-lived as the beings who found her are the evil Vokh Empire, a war mongering race who rule their side of the galaxy with an iron fist, subjugating all who oppose them as their own slaves. One such slave sees potential in Kai and orchestrates an escape, quickly reuniting her with the damaged Quarp Jet. 

The initial few levels are a carbon copy of the previous Velocity games with you piloting your ship in a vertically scrolling shooter, saving escape pods and shooting at enemy ships whilst solving basic puzzles by unlocking shielded areas protected by numerical locks; however once the story moves along, our hero Kai teams up with the freed slave Ralan to try and get her home, and at this point, the game changes drastically with an all new element of gameplay - side scrolling puzzle/platforming. 

Seamlessly included in the game and managing to keep in line with the warp and puzzle elements of the vertically scrolling areas, at certain parts of each level Kai is able to dock the Quarp Jet and venture on foot into the innards of Vokh controlled space stations, again following a similar pattern of shooting locks but with an all new set of skills, as thanks to the earlier meshing of woman and machine, Kai has been granted the power to personally warp jump through walls and even enemies, expanding the game greatly with split second jumps, warps and laser battles to solve fresh new puzzles. The new gameplay is a great revolution of the already solid shooter action seen in previous Velocity games; with short burst teleportation’s and running and gunning the aim of each level.

With 50 levels to play through and the slow evolution of powers of both Kai and the Quarp Jet the game manages to keep the levels fresh and do not outstay their welcome, with you progressing through most of the levels with ease, though the latter levels have a score lock, requiring you to return to the earlier levels to beat the many challenges that each level has on offer from time challenges and collecting all of the escape pods to locating messages that add a little more depth to the story.

Futurlab have fine-tuned and expanded on what was already a great game with Velocity 2X, updating the beautiful retro feel visuals with plenty of extra effects thanks to the extra processing power available, all the whilst offering the same fast paced gameplay from before and also combining two very different types of gameplay and meshing them really well together.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS4 / PS Vita)


+ A great pocket money title to grab for the PS4 and Vita.
+ Fast paced shooting and puzzle action.
+ Perfect blend of classic gameplay from two genres, vertical space shooters and 2D platformers. 
+ Cross Save
+ Cross Buy
+ Free on PlayStation Plus


- n/a

Edited On 02 Sep, 2014

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RTLF's avatar
RTLF 2 years ago
It seems to be reviewing really well across the board: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=887255
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lukas83 2 years ago
I don't understand the love for this game. Only 5 years ago this would of been classed as a free flash game directly played from some website. The games uninspiring, dull & very amateurish. In my play time with it I couldn't help but think back in the day I could of made this myself with some very simple freeware tools & a more than reasonable 2 weeks of my time.

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